Alissa's first pond was a labor of angst. She felt the need to dig a hole, so she just went out
to our failed strawberry patch and did it. In Spring of 2006, and she just went Grrr.
The boys helped her dig. I helped out a little bit too, but my contribution was clandestine...
the pick-axe phantom. Eventually, the hole was deep enough to fill with either a body, or water.
Luckily, she chose the latter. I refer to it as the Angst Pond because I wasn't sure if it was going
to be a grave, or a water feature, or a maybe even a well-featured watery grave!
She laid down the liner herself, filled it with water, and commenced to learn all about pond care first hand.
I had nothing to do with it, until she ran out of rocks with which to line the sides of it. We have had a large
volume of what are called "dinosaur eggs:" oval erratics of igneous & metamorphic origin. They turn up
anywhere you dig a hole. They range from small gravel to medicine ball size. Well, when she had depleted
the easily-accessible ones about the yard, she asked me to bring back rocks whenever I went climbing.
So I did. This greatly annoyed my climbing partners, but they helped me out. More angst: was it illegal?
Alissa threw some goldfish in the pond soon afterwards, then she added botanical life forms. She had
great success with lilypads, muck-loving grasses... but not water hyacinth. Personally, having lived in
the South, I was relieved that hyacinth just turned yellow and died here in Wyoming.
The Angst Pond is a perfectly sheltered habitat. It is bathed in full morning sun during the summer months.
This corner of the house is protected from the prevailing southwest wind for most of the year (in the the
winter months of October through May, North winds bring snow, sleet and massive drifts). Overall,
it's the best place to sit and clear one's head. Alissa's home-made waterfall babbles away quietly.
In 2010, the liner developed a leak, probably from numerous bird dogs who occasionally leap into
the water during the summer months. She started re-digging the pond in late April of 2011...
The work went rather quickly once she set her mind to it.
It didn't hurt that Kara's wedding was in the offing, and she wanted everything
to look presentable by the time the guests began arriving at our house.
I was mowing the back acres while Alissa finished building the new waterfall.
She rocked in the rims of the pond, and byt the time I was finished mowing,
the Angst pond looked quite professional!
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