Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pond: Phase 2, with Bonus Limping

In retrospect, helping to lift and place the rocks around the pond's edge two days after spraining/breaking my foot probably didn't do it any favors. At least, that's what I infer from the fact that it swelled up like a dead toad after two hours of working. I should have taken a picture of my feet that day because on the left was a normal, though naturally large-ish (size 11, shut up.) foot. On the right was what appeared to be one of those elephant leg trashcans, made all the more ridiculous from the petal pink nail polish on its toes. There was not a strappy sandal on this earth that would have prettied up that monster.

And, YES, I have a doctor's appointment today at 2:15. Violet's comment yesterday scared me into going to have it checked out. So help me God, if I wind up paying the equivalent of a really cute pair of shoes only to hear that it's "sprained" and I "should stay off of it and keep it elevated", I'm going to go all sniper-on-a-clock-tower. And that's going to be damn inconvenient because I don't even know where there's a clock tower in Maine.

Pond progress: liner set, pond filled, and working on rock border.
Tom fidgeted and fussed with rock arrangements all afternoon on Father's Day to create a waterfall. All those hours with Legos and Lincoln Logs as a little boy finally paid off.

I'm much happier with the new pond shape in terms of it not looking so much like a Jacuzzi, but I have a new concern. Because of choosing to site the pond on uneven ground (Jenn: not big on planning or forethought), we had to add dirt to the low side to level the edges. Some physics crap about water seeking it's own level or something. (I tuned out when Tom was explaining that part and wandered off to check Facebook when he actually brought out a plank of wood with a level duct-taped to it and began systematically checking every angle).

Now I feel like it resembles a tiny volcano filled inexplicably with water. Something about it just screams "Add baking soda and vinegar and red food coloring!" to me.

Picture (with disclaimer):Next up: Phase 3. Plants! Fish! Less volcano-y!


Violet said...

I think it's very pretty!

And that has nothing to do with my desire to get in your good graces before you get the (good, positive, best case scenario, 'member?) xray results that show that it is just a sprain and you go all sniper-on-a-clock-tower-in-search-of-a-delicate-flower-from-Illinois.

smalltownmom said...

Looks like the pond is on the grassy knoll.

Jen on the Edge said...

I think it looks lovely.

(Note to self: Resist the urge to tease Jenn about the volcano-ness next week...)

quilting grandma said...

Beautiful! I am jealous with all the flowers you already have around your pond. Mind looks nothing like yours:-(

Susan said...

Based on a bad sprain I had years ago you might want ot to be a break!

The pond looks great and not at all volcano-y. A little grass seed and plantings and it will look like a woodland glade.

And the last post? I can see all of that happening to me EXCEPT I would never have called my husband!

Nana said...

The only part that makes it look volcano-y is Tom leaning over positioning the rocks. Picture the pond WITHOUT Tom pretending to be erupting lava, and you'll see just a pond. I like it!

Violet, Jenny will be in Ohio later this summer. If I hear her say that she needs to head west, I'll give you fair warning so you can leave the country.

Tom said...

I spent today calling around to hospitals comparing MRI prices, and then comparing that price to what a landscaping company would've charged to install a pond - and I wouldn't have had to sweat a drop....

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

It is looking great--I hope the same will be said of your x-ray!

Meg said...

Whew, wish there was a pic of your foot. That would've been impressive!

Pond looks great! I'm impressed with your DIYness!