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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to a better 2013.
We had Christmas last night over at my Dad's house. I did take some pictures last night of my pond, but they did not come out very well. Here are the pictures I took this morning - check out my car - it is buried.
I am not a snowbunny, so definitely thinking about our warmer weather friends. Perhaps you could start some threads with pictures of your ponds, so those of us in Snow Heaven can enjoy warmer ponding days via your ponds?
Did any of you get something for your ponds for Christmas?
Your yard looks about like mine. After a brief cold snap (below zero) it jumped to +40. My pond is like yours, partially thawing. It seems like spring outside but I know that will reverse itself soon. January and February are usually the coldest for us, but we are gaining sunlight each day having passed December 21st, the longest night-shortest day.
Thanks for the pics. I also look forward to seeing some ponds further south, although it is always interesting to me to see ponds in the upper 48 with similar weather to ours.
Looks beautiful but I don't envy you at all. Actually makes me shiver.
It went down here today to 60 but I'm sure we will get a cold snap and have to cover all the plants one of these days.
A couple of nights dipping down to 27 is not unusually during the winter here. I drap out all the landscape blankets and cover all my most precious plants and the others I just hope will make it. I have 250 feet but that won't cover everything but I try.
Keep warm you two and i hope your fish stay healthy.
Thats exactly what I did for a few minutes today. Sat and watched the fish. Then I did a lot of pruning to the hedge of Carolina jasmine that WAS on my front fence. Got carried away and now it is down to the ground but I'm sure will start up again.
Fish were peppy and came to the top but water was to cold to feed so I promised them tomorrow I will get them some plain cherrios as I tried it once and they loved them.
Carolyn, keep thinking spring and it will come sooner.
Went beserk yesterday with clippers so this is todays work. Hadn't been trimed for 5 years. Other side still standing may get lighter trim. LOL It's Carolina jasmine and confederate jasmine that got intertwined over the years. I'm lucky chain link fence held up.
I'll cover it with mulch and lots of composted manure and I'm sure it will come back. If not it will get replanted in spring.
Mary2 and Carolyn stay warm! I love looking at snow, I just don't want to live in it again. My blood has thinned far too much! I've been in Florida for 35 years. Although I love visiting the snow belt of Ohio, I'm sure I'll stay somewhere a little less harsh.
Bonnie, I don't know WHERE you get your energy! I feel like I'm never caught up! I had one small holding pond of fish, that I seriously neglected, so some have ulcers now. I've been using different strategies on different fish, so I know which one works best should any of my large good fish ever get one. The weather has been warm the past few days, so it's been nice having a few days off to work on things. January is always my busiest month, so starting Monday I'll be working non-stop, unfortunately not in my yard! :)
Happy New Year to all of you! Stay warm, stay healthy!
Well,l I would say "you too" but I guess that is a given. We are still sitting in the low 40's and the pond is melting bit by bit. I doubt it will stay that way but I see what I hope are leaves melted into the ice and not gold fish.
Appreciate all your wonderful comments but it's really not true anymore. I worked from 9 to 1 today and got all yard lites taken down and put away and then cleaned up all cut shrubs inside yard. Then came in got a shower and crashed on my nice little bed and had a nap. Went to church for our Wed. night supper, helped clean up kitchen and then was glad to be done for the day. I can remember the days when I could work from dawn to dark and never stop. Those days are gone but I try to keep going at a steady pace even if it is slower.
Tomorrow I think my grand sons are coming over and hopefully we will get a lot more work done. Same ones that helped me dig the pond with their dad. They are wonderful helpers when they have free time which isn't often. They don't go back to school until Jan. 7. Their mom is always glad to drop them off to me and I appreciate their help. Sitting and playing video games all day doesn't train kids to work in my humble opinion. The real world is work. As a kid i was never made to do a thing I just grew up liking to work and I'm still that way. Guess it just gives me self satisfaction.
Wait until you retire, you will be busier than when you worked. I would never have closed down my window treatment bus. if I had orders to keep me going but it hasn't worked out that way but 30 years is better than nothing and before that office work primarily which I also enjoyed.
Work really is a blessing.
OK all you snow bound, keep warm and make a snowman for us down here who can't.