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June 10, 2009

After; Or The Case Of The Cobwebbed Duck

Just in and back out for a few hours, back to the computerless wasteland I call home this summer. It is starting to get on my last nerve. As a result of the project in my sanctuary this week, I got to thinking we really need some Koi in my little pond. No computer to info-dig, arrugh!. My M-I-L has a set of 1950's Britannica Encyclopedias, but no joy there, apparently Koi didn't make the grade re: information in those days. As a side issue I did learn a lot I never knew about Korea. From a 1950's viewpoint mind you.
Last year I had three gleaned duck decoys in my little pond. In December we had a flood and one went walk-about to points north, one tried and got tangled in the fence, and one rode the storm and 20 foot flood waters out serenely. Just like people, those little decoys. A few weeks ago I relaunched the one that got caught in the fence trying to escape and she now glides the pond. Except yesterday I noticed she has grown a cobweb between her head and back feathers. Now I'm eyeballing the little boat my F-I-L has hanging upside down in the barn with the idea of getting to, and doing a makeover on the poor thing.
Here is the duck that rode out the storm, all clean and in possession of all her marbles. Perhaps I need to glean a boy decoy, maybe that would perk the other little miss up? Xing-Xing doesn't know what to make of her, I expect shortly he will launch himself off the end of the dock to have an up close and personal conversation.
"What dock?" you say? You have been paying attention! In February I showed the pond in this post and where is the dock? I only thought of the idea recently, and my big brother likes odd ball projects so he came down last weekend and built it for me. I'm $500.00 in materials poorer, but I LOVE my dock! All three sections will float, and the topmost section is heavily anchored to a 600 pound block of concrete. It should stay, should another flood come...
So I stopped by my friendly Ace Hardware and got a lounge chair, and took down my book and spent a lovely late afternoon relaxing, and thinking of Koi...but when you have three doggies, doggies like to be with...so pretty soon my lounge chair was full and I was thinking about running up the hill fast and hiding inside the 5th wheel for some me time.

Oh well, we love each other unconditionally, most of the time, and they never eat my last Popsicle without asking so what better companions could there be?

Wednesday Thankies
It didn't kill me to learn to drive the riding lawn mower. They will never take my diva gloves away from me though...
Chinese restaurants and a pot of tea
(((Neighbors who water plants without being asked)))

5 comments:

The Numismatist said...

I love this post and the photos.

How about a laptop with one of those wireless USB things that will get you online anywhere? I must admit that I would go nuts without a computer. While I kept my hubby and mother company during their hospital stays earlier this year my laptop was the only thing that kept me sane.

The Numismatist said...

Oh, and the dogs are wonderful. I so miss having one. Maybe someday...

Piecefulafternoon said...

Just how did that spider get out there on that duck? And how is it surviving - must have some lunch "flewn in"-great pictures. I love the dock - tell those doggies to lie on the dock and let you read a while. LOL

Kimberly said...

We also have a duck decoy in our backyard pond. I kindof like watching him float along. We also have 7 Koi. We put them in about a month ago and so far they have survived. I'm anxious to see if they will eventually come to my hand for feedings.

Bizarre Quilter said...

What lovely scenic views! How big is your garden?? Love it! Take care... thanks for posting now and then...