There are a few chores. Most involve cleaning in the spring and prepping for winter in the fall.
In between I backwash the filter weekly (about 5 minutes of work) and once a month, I go in to clip off the dead foliage and feed the water lilies.
Many people don’t do that but I am an overachiever.
This year I have been especially lazy. Going into the pond means putting on my chest-high waders (no way I’m going in there without protection! Everything poops in there!).
My old cat peed in my waders several years ago. Most of the odor has dissipated (and yes, I used all kinds of things to wash them out!) but climbing into a wader with a slight cat pee odor doesn’t excite me.
However, it’s more tolerable than paying another $100 for waders I wear about 5 times a year.
I need to put a 2x4x8 board across the pond. The lining is slippery. I’m old and unbalanced (not only in my mind but my body too). I think of it as my pond walker.
Very carefully I ease myself down into the 28 inches of fish poop water. Sometimes I forget to put a tool I need in easy reach. (Who am I kidding? All the time. I lost a screwdriver once in the water. Took a year to find!)
As soon as the beloved husband sees me reach for the waders, he takes off on his bike. There is no one to yell to.
Climbing out isn’t easy. I hoist and roll out. (It would make a great YouTube video of how not to get out of a pond.)
This week I was lucky. I had everything handy. I didn’t drop my tool in the pond. I clipped the foliage and otherwise cleaned it up. It all went pretty quickly.
That’s when it happened. Did I mention it was hot? Steamy hot? (Do you know how hot it gets in a pee-smelling rubbery wader?) I decided to reach one more plant when it happened. My glasses slipped off of my sweaty head and landed lens first on a rock.
dread excitement to get into the pond, I forgot to switch to my old “work” glasses. I put two major dings in my “good” ones. One in each lens. Right in the center where you focus. Boogers.
Had I not reached for that one more plant, there would be no post. The frogs had a good laugh.
At the end of the day, my water lilies are happy. I can wash off the pee smell and I’m in the market for new glasses.