Saturday, February 3, 2018

On Frozen Pond

NOTE: I've been trying to share this post for weeks, but the pics would not download.
At any rate, they did this time. Enjoy our SE Ga snowfall, the first in 29 years!


Well, the pond didn't actually freeze, but the basin sure did!

Here in SE Georgia, we got the first real snow in 29 years, and it was glorious!
Okay, waking up to no water b/c the well pump switch froze (on two days) wasn't
fun, but we've insulated and heated the pump house, so we're good to go on that.

The snow was gorgeous! Hopefully, I'll be able to load some pics of the house under a
blanket of snow, soon. We all enjoyed playing in it, trying to make a snowman *pitiful,
and having snowball fights, followed by hot chocolate and smore's.

Our pond area became magical. I wish you could have seen it in person. We were enchanted!
We rode around it twice, and walked down in the basin once. So lovely, and the
sound of crunching snow is one of my favorites. It was a really big deal for all
of us in Ga and Fl, and we thoroughly enjoyed it!

I'm putting in my order for more, and I hope it won't be another 29 years before
it gets filled (though we could do without the icy roads, lol). Happy Winter, y'all!

Above, you can see the snow coming down!
The pines were lovely under their dusting of snow.

The sun, trying to peek out.

Hope you enjoyed!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Irma Aftermath

Or, the not so little pond.

So  much rain here in SE Ga, that it's spilled out of its banks, and into the two adjacent hollows.
These are two separate spots that were dug, we believe, at the beginning of the pond making, but never completed. One is about 3 feet deep and never holds water (it is now), and the other is around 5 feet, and keeps water even in summer to about 1' depth (the water table, we think).

Now? they are all connected! We might need to net the fish that 'migrate' once the water goes down, to relocate them to the main pond. Enjoy your vaca while it lasts, fishies!!

That area of water in the back is the real pond, only it's now a lot wider. This in the front is a dug out depression that will hold water some of the year, but never this much!
Be sure to read my other post for an update on life at LittlePond!

Finally Fall

And I am loving it!
Southeast Ga doesn't really get 4 seasons. More like 3, maybe. lol

Days will climb to the 80's even in November down here, though the nights
get cool and require heat and plenty of blankets. Anyway, slowly but surely,
we are seeing the leaves change and the weather become cooler.

The last hurricane left us with an overflowing pond (no pics, sorry) that is
STILL over full. In the year we've lived here, the small fingerling fish have
become bigger, but we have yet to see evidence of grown fish. We speculate
that a turtle is eating them before they make it to adulthood.

We're considering having a cousin try to fish it out, if it's there. Dh's health
doesn't permit him to do much other than go to work and rest (so he can keep
going to work). He has PKD, and is on the Mayo transplant list at Jacksonville.
See Untangling the Skein at blogspot for that.

On our fish feeding journey the other day, we were emphasizing again to Drake,
who is now 9, to always, always, always watch where you step, even later in the
day/evening. Sure enough, on the way back to the house, he gasped and stuttered
 and finally managed to say "Snake!".

It was a ground rattler, about 14 inches long, just lying in the path, stretched out.
It never coiled up, or tried to slither away, but played dead, as they sometimes will.
We stepped waaaay around it and called for Cousin Donnie, who was on our property
at the time looking for snakes (he sells them, got $60 for one).

He came, held it down with a boot, and lopped off its head with a knife. No rattles, but
the customary yellow tail. Thought at first it was a copperhead because of that, but
the pattern was all rattler. Drake got to see the fangs on the tiny head, and even
touched the body of the snake. Great learning moment!

Donnie did not find any other snakes here, in 3 days of searching. Go figure!

Last night, we came in from a late soccer game and supper to see a gray fox trotting
away from the back door area, where I had tossed some leftover pizza. There is a cat
we've seen that I thought might come and eat it, but it was a fox last night. It had the
bushiest tail!

We see lots of wildlife here, and love every bit of it.
Deer, fish, turtles, rabbits, and foxes, we've got it all! (well, no turkey's so far, but I'm hoping)

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

I can see clearly now....

The forest is gone.
Sigh, the land next to us sold. At least, the bit right next to our house did.
It was all woods, with no neighbors to be had for a mile. Now, they've cleared it,
and are waiting on the piled up brush to dry before moving in their home. At
least, I think it will be a mobile home. They could build, I'm not sure. We have yet
to meet them. Sure hope and pray they are nice and quiet!

View from our front porch, where forest used to be. There goes the privacy!

In other news, I might see clearly (the lot next door), but I'm speaking with bugs in my mouth. And hair, and all over my car, porch, and everywhere else. Why? It's love bug season! I'll be glad when these jokers are gone. What a mess.

You can read about them here:

This is two of them, mating. They fly around like this, connected, and get everywhere. Go outside, and you are swiping and waving like mad to keep them off you. They don't bite, but are just aggravating. At least the love bug season is short. Yay.

Hope you're all doing well!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A kidney for Tony

Hi all,

I think I've mentioned, either here or at my other blog (untangling the skein), about my husband's PKD. That's polycystic kidney disease, and he's in stage 4. He is also on the transplant list at Mayo Jacksonville.

We are humbly asking for help with anticipated expenses. Meds (initial, they won't let him leave the hospital without $1000 worth of them, not covered by insurance), lodging and food for me while he's in Jax (we must stay 30 days after surgery to be close to his doctors), and home expenses until he's able to return to work. 

I've estimated these to be around $7000. A scary prospect, and more than a little overwhelming.
Would you prayerfully consider donating? We appreciate it, and to God be all the glory!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer, flying by

Where have I been? Spinning and spinning, seems like.
This summer has been full of fun and family, and lots of going to get it all done.
Here's a small pictoral of our days:

Hanging out in the late evening at Lake Grace (highlight: seeing the Canada geese fly over, complete with honking)
We've been spending time at Lake Grace because...CANOE!! Meet Red Feather, our Old Town Saranac 146. We love her, and have already had several adventures. This is another view of that same island above, btw.

Lake Grace from the pavilion/bathhouse side. You can again see the island in the background.

Swim lessons! He didn't really 'get' it, b/c he didn't want her let go of him. Soooo...he still can't swim, or float, or dog paddle, sigh. More lessons are in order. Still, he had a good time.

Giant grasshopper! The pic does not show how big this thing was. Very impressive.

Our Red Feather, all dressed up for the GORRR. You can see more folks in the background, and a few of the actual rafts already in the water.

Game night! Drake loves a good board game, esp when he wins. ESP when he wins against daddy, lol!

Great Oconee River Raft Run 2017
A 4.5 mile paddle from Dublin, Ga. If you look closely above, you can just see the next group of paddlers ahead of us. There are more behind, too.

One side of the landing, before the race. This is not nearly as many as were there. Yes, those girls pedaled that boat the whole way! Paddling ain't got nothing on that!

There are more pics, but that gives you an idea of our days. Hope you're having a great summer!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter at Little Pond

A Bunny-ful table, and more!

We hosted this years Easter Egg Hunt/Party and it was a success. Lots of food (hamburgers, hotdogs, chips/dip, potato salad, baked beans, and more desserts than you can shake a stick at!), a giant water slide, trampoline and an egg hunt with 240 eggs for 3 kids to find!

Our front porch was the hangout du jour, with the slide and trampoline right next to it for easy kid watching. I'll be posting pics of it next time, so stay tuned!

Happy Easter. He is Risen, He is Risen, Indeed!!