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We had a visitor this morning….

Our own black panther. Well relatively speaking. A lovely, sleek black kitty was slithering around the dry falls this morning. I didn’t get a picture of him, but I’ll try. This isn’t his first visit. He took an unscheduled dip in the pool earlier this fall. I didn’t see the whole thing, but I while […]

A long overdue…


Sometimes it takes a concerted effort to do something exactly right to truly screw it up.

Most of you know that Carolyn lost her mom this summer. At the time, she came up with this wonderful notion of adding a snow-viewing lantern to our pond in memory, not just of her mom, but of […]

Silly question for the day…

Does anyone else have a pet that just smells good? (Spouses don’t count. They’re supposed to “smell right.”)

I’ve had three wonderful cats, Effy, Elrond and Efanor. Loved the first two dearly, and Rondo was, IMO, the Most Amazing Cat Ever, but I was never conscious of their smell. But then, they never parked in […]

Pond Camo

Whoever thought I’d be standing on a rock arranging leaves on the bottom of a pool? Welcome to my life. 😆


Flying time

Gomen kudasai

OSG said something last night that kind of took me by surprise. She said rather than long posts, I need to post smaller and more often. But, thought I, I’ve been posting just about every day. What’s she talking about. Then, I looked at the calendar and realized that between getting ready […]

Miscon: had a wonderful time…

…but feeling oh, so guilty. I fear Typhoid Mary and her minions may have infected the entire con.

Yes, for those who haven’t heard, CJ came down with some virus the day we left for the convention and spent pretty much the whole convention in the room, face down in the beandip. Now, this isn’t […]

Make that two…

When we went to pick up our final two koi, Ari and Maddy, we found another tree. A serious must-have tree. It’s a contorted weeping pussy willow. I’ve always loved pussy willows, and this just begged to come home. The problem? how to fit a tree taller than I am, with a snake-shaped trunk into […]


…and balasts.

I just can’t keep up. So, like Merlin, I’ll guess I’ll just live backwards. Or…like the way I write, inside out.

Lessee…day before yesterday…Was that Sunday? Anyway, we were trying to do something about the escalating opacity of the pond. We were trying to hold out for a Spaghetti Party sometime this week […]

Virtual Spaghetti

Life…is never simple. I had a little video all ready to share with you all so we could have a virtual spaghetti party…and now, after spending all evening figuring how to edit it down to about three minutes and trying to figure how to compress it into a reasonable sized file…Word Press won’t accept it! […]

The great release!

Yesterday, upon our return from skating, the Fish Boss, aka Witch Doctor, aka Herself, aka Carolyn determined it was time to release our ten little Indians, er, fishes into the Great Outdoors. We called Sharon, whom we had promised to include in the event, and she turned her car around and hightailed it to our […]