The Moment is Now

I spend so much time thinking about what next that I often don't notice what I am doing at the moment. I am working on relaxing my mind so I can be open to the flow. Seems like when I am creating something the hours in my studio fly by.

My creative process, great learning resources, and ways to help the planet by repurposing are the theme of this blog. You are about to enter "the world according to Jan." Hope you find it a-musing.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Pond Building Adventures

Waterfall covers up the bio filter
My husband and I decided we could be a reality TV show called Pond Stars.  Maybe people would mistake us for Pawn Stars and tune in.  They could hear us bicker about how to build a water feature and a bio filter.  But that is the short version and the story starts way before that.

My husband refuses to buy rock so instead we made numerous trips to the Cascades to pick up boulders.  A mineral permit can be obtained from the Forest Service for ten dollars which is a value.  Gas on the other hand is not a value.

We drove into the Cascades by Westfir and took logging roads into the Fall Creek area.  Dodging mountain bikers (who ride downhill way too fast by the way), we stopped along the road to pick up rocks.  Not just any rock, it had to be the right shape, color, and size.  In total four trips were made to the mountain, but I only participated in two of those. A girl has her limits after all.

MD built a rock retaining wall and I proceeded to dig the pond.  This is my fourth pond so I was ready to make it big.  I dug a hole about four feet deep and 8 by 10.  The dirt was used to back fill against the retaining wall so I didn't have to haul it off which was a plus.  The downside was that there is a dish for the TV in the middle of the landscaping, but hopefully the ferns will grow up and it won't be so noticeable.  I got the pond liner and filled the pond with water and spent another day shoving dirt in low spots and adding those flat rocks around the edge.  I become obsessed with projects so I spent way too much time on the getting just the perfect rock for around the edge.  Luckily we had lots of them from those four trips.

After looking at bio filters for a couple of hundred bucks, I decided we could build our own for next to nothing.   On line it looked like a couple holes in a bucket and some filter media was all you needed.  Of course we had no idea what size to make the hole and we were trying to use materials we already had.  Oh did I mention that MD also kept insisting we didn't need a filter, the filter material wasn't right and that this bucket thing was ridiculous and he didn't care what the people at the pond store said. 

After an afternoon of drilling holes in buckets we thought we had it.  We hooked it up and overnight the pond dropped four inches.  Back to the drawing board.  Your outlet has to be large enough so it flows out at a steady rate and doesn't air lock and the bucket overflow.  Luckily we had a bigger outlet so I went searching for another bucket.  Now more bickering.   I had rewired MD's drill because you had to jiggle the cord.  Well, I blew that one and now it doesn't work so he went off searching for his hole saw.  The hole saw hadn't been used for a while so the chuck was rusty and needed WD.  Now we are looking for WD, decided olive oil would work, back in business. But wait there is more.

In just a few days the pond had filled with mosquito larva. MD noticed this while drilling holes in the new bucket and insisted ( more like demanded) I drive to town (20 miles away) and buy fish immediately.  Since we were snapping at each other this seemed like a great idea.  I said, "You can do the waterfall while I am gone."  When I came home an hour and a half later,  it was finished and looked wonderful.  We dropped 30 feeder goldfish in the pond and they began scarfing up larva.  All was good.  We were Pond Stars. 


  1. That was too funny. Sounds like my DH and me when we do projects.

  2. The saga continues. Pointed out yesterday that biofilter seemed to be working cuz pond was clearing up. Hubby replied that dirt was settling to bottom which would happen naturally. Gotta love him.

  3. I was smiling all through your post .. as it sounds like hubby and I as we create our gardens... the pond project is scheduled for 2012 so I'm certain similar discussions will be occuring.

    Thank you for your visit and sweet comment. Yes, we try to keep our gardens as nature would have created them ... our "city" friends often comment that we didn't level out a couple of the gardens .. but I explain Mother Nature does not own a level...following your blog now xo HHL

  4. Love the idea that Mother Nature doesn't own a level. If she did the planet would have no mountains or valleys and would be a boring place indeed. Good luck on your pond building. Keep from building four of them like I have just make the first one good sized. The sides also need to be steep to keep raccoons from getting the fish. I sip coffee next to mine each morning and just watch the fish swim around. Very relaxing.


I look forward to reading your comments so thanks for taking the time to write a little something. Wishing you the best of all possible good. Jan E O