Saturday June 8, 2013

I had lots of chores to start the day including scooping algae out of the pond in the backyard. I was enjoying watching the hummingbirds drink from the pond fountain, but I kept being bothered by the large quantity of algae so after getting the pets sorted and me dressed and ready to tackle the day, Oliver and I went outside and I scooped vast quantities of algae into a five gallon bucket. I couldn’t believe how much there was and by the looks of things, I’ll be scooping more tomorrow, although not nearly as much. I did put a very large barley pond log into the pond and hopefully that will help. I took a peek at my frog pond and was thrilled to see tadpoles swimming around. I even managed to get a photo of several up against a rock. The pond will never win awards for its looks, but that is why it is hidden away in the shade. It is totally designed for the enjoyment of the frogs. I’m still hoping to get a water plant for it as well as more water plants for my other ponds but that may not happen this year as it is getting late in the season. Still, the tadpoles looked happy and with any luck, I’ll have lots of frogs in a few weeks. I started piecing a new quilt with a pattern I’m designing as I go. The quilt is a baby quilt for a friend’s granddaughter, and if I like how the pattern turns out, I’ll make a set of two quilts for Vashon Youth and Family Services (a mom and her six-year-old daughter). If I still like the pattern, I’d love to make another quilt for my bed. After that, I read and reviewed another book, a YA fantasy novel which was a lot of fun. Now it is definitely time to call it a day!

scooping algae
into a five-gallon bucket
the dog helps me
clean the pond
crows overhead