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May 6th, 2019 at 11:50:16 AM permalink
rxwine
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After watching the video, I decided it really belongs in Do it yourself..

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May 6th, 2019 at 2:16:47 PM permalink
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To those in the 'burbs, mea culpa. I thought everything about your lifestyle was stupid. I was wrong.
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May 7th, 2019 at 3:17:33 PM permalink
petroglyph
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Hows your wing treating you? Selling any fish from the fish farm?
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May 10th, 2019 at 4:25:29 PM permalink
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Hows your wing treating you? Selling any fish from the fish farm?


As good as it's gonna get, for now. I tweak it awful now and again, and when untweaked it's completely useless out and back, but otherwise I don't notice it. 12 more days and I'll be laid up for a solid spell.

Speaking of tweaking, I just did so Weds. Jumped down from a car on trailer with that arm holding the car for balance. Forgot my arm can't go up so didn't think to let go and said arm got wrenched up when I jumped. Nothing serious, but a pain that required a short spell of near fetal position; think salah minus the arm extension. Just had to curl up a minute, ya know? Would you know my s#$%-a$$ dog came running over, squirm shoved his way under me. Not play and scratch and lick, just jammed between me and the ground.

Dogs are weird.

And to finish off this portion of the thread...

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I got this, a wheeler to assemble from scratch, and a boat to put together all before surgery. 50 day countdown starts tomorrow.


It's day 38. Boat's in the driveway, all put together and just needs a break in run to adjust timing and whatnot. Wheeler is assembled and in the shop for final adjustment. And the pond's been sitting full for... however long since I last posted. A month? Near it, anyway.

That final tote leak proved a fearsome bitch. I ended up cutting nearly all of it completely out after a whole day of faffing, and that proved the best option of all. The skimmer design is positively packed, and though the pond is always in some state of surface clutter due to everything blooming and shedding now, it all eventually gets skimmed before it can soak and sink. Works better than I could've ever hoped.

I did end up having issues with my haste. Everything stressed too much and coupled with my water ignorance I got an outbreak of ich. The youngest of the adult pumpkins died within days, this one without obvious cause. Was as bright and whole as you'd want a fish, it was just dead. Then the ich hit. Every single fish save Leonard (the smallie) got some severity of it, and Leonard became more and more aggressive as it spread, stressing them even more. Then, due to my chinz and not wanting to pay to fill the pond, the water was low enough that the fish basking in the mud trying to get the ich off became fodder for the dog park. That damn beagle will put her whole face underwater if one gets her attention and is close enough. Blowing bubbles the whole time, she doesn't even freak out.

So as nature is wont to due, everything just kinda sorted itself out. Gus (largemouth) fought his off and has but a light scrim left on his dome. Leonard never caught it. A bluegill and a pumpkin fuzzed on the tail but have since kicked it, and the green sunfish, who caught it last but ended up with very worrisome fields of it along his back and beginning on his face, has since appeared to have purged the parasite and has begun healing. All others too infirmed or too persistent in their basking were culled and eaten.

As it sits now, it's just hitting second gear. The cattails have exploded, their roots plumping up and sending out an island mat. It's fully 3 times bigger than the clump I started with, and my burlap pouch of swamp muck somehow still has integrity. Algae has begun to bloom, but appears to be mirroring the progress of the local cricks. Gives me hope that I got the water sorted straight away. I've dumped literal hundreds of juvenile goldfish already; save for the few that may have found their way into the filter field, all are gone. The 5 remaining fish are all back to normal.

It's a little early yet for the hyacinth; some tester buds I tossed in are struggling. And I still have to acquire lilies, and, of course, hit the lake and start stocking this thing with interesting stuff. Not to mention the seemingly never-ending joy of humping even more rocks up from the crick, as the 3 whole trips I've made so far STILL aren't enough. But it's pretty much there. I even got 14-2 run along the soffit, down the support pole, underground, and to an exterior plug where all wire and the air pump/hoses are hidden. Every bit of all electric and pneumatic wire and hosery is buried or contained in a plastic tote the size of a shoe box. Find a way to decorate over it and it is done. It is on time. And it is awesome.

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May 10th, 2019 at 5:12:37 PM permalink
rxwine
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Would you know my s#$%-a$$ dog came running over, squirm shoved his way under me. Not play and scratch and lick, just jammed between me and the ground.


Aw, he was saving your life. That's all he knew how to do, as he's a dog.


Your pond is looking pretty nifty there. Almost professional, I think. Put it in your resume' if you want to be a pond maker. The tree in the back is decorative -- is it cherry blossoms?
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May 10th, 2019 at 5:34:44 PM permalink
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Aw, he was saving your life. That's all he knew how to do, as he's a dog.


He's turning into a real treat. Still got impulse issues, but getting better by the day.


Quote: rxwine
Your pond is looking pretty nifty there. Almost professional, I think. Put it in your resume' if you want to be a pond maker. The tree in the back is decorative -- is it cherry blossoms?


Ay, easy with the pro talk. I've a reputation here ;)

Thanks for the compliment. The life completely changed it. 2-3wks ago I was still kinda "meh" on it. Didn't change nothin', but once cattails started sprouting and the sawgrass peeked out, then all the yard stuff started coming in, it just sort of transformed. Get the grass to poof out and cover the totes, let the vines come back to cover the dirt patch, and we'll really be in business.

And that's a crabapple tree. Idiot thing rarely blooms, as it puts out buds at first peek of the sun and then we always get clobbered with snow again. The buds freeze and nothing ever happens. It's a rare sight to see it in this state.
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May 11th, 2019 at 4:02:19 AM permalink
AZDuffman
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The bees would love that tree!
The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it
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