1. On Sunday, I finally had
time made time to clean out my murky fish pond.
Unlike my indoor aquariums which I’m pretty zealous about keeping sparkling clean and beautiful, I’m a little more lacksidazical about my ponds. They are sooooo much more trouble to clean and I’m not at all inclined to do them unless the weather is going to be nice for me while I do it. Then too, I must admit I have addictions to various artistic projects I do on my computer and have trouble breaking away from: Corel Draw, Windows Movie Maker, HGTV Home and Garden Designer, and various manuscripts I’m working on, not to mention all the blogging I do…
Yeah, it’d been a while… since last of our Indian Summer 2012… meaning the water was so dark green and thick I could stick a finger in it and couldn’t see any of it below the surface except maybe a vaguely lighter shade of green there. Not much.
One thing I did see, which surprised me, was glimmering hints of orange swimming around. OMG! The feeder goldfish I’d put it toward the tail end of last summer to keep mosquito larvae from growing up in the pond. I’d forgotten all about them! I’m a terrible person! Yet there they were, still alive and grown larger and healthier in all this time. What miraculously tough little beauties!
Guilt driven, I made the time and began cleaning the pond, skimming out nets full of pine needles, leaves, drowned angle worms, and sludge. Yucky, smelly stuff.
Then there was flapping in the net as I raised it and I’d realized I’d accidentally caught a fish. I dipped it back in the water and tried to persuade the fish to swim out of it. Nothing doing, not even when I let it sit there awhile. So I got a small pre-formed black plastic waterfall segment I’d been saving, filled it with clean water, picked the fish out of the sludge, and put him in there. He seemed to like this strange clear water and happily swam around in it, no shock evident. That was good. The other 3 fish, all accidentally caught as well, soon followed suit.
It was past my bedtime but not yet quite dark out when I finally finished with all the skimming and dumping of ugly water, finally replacing it with the fresh suff except for a layer of mud I left in the deepest part for my water lilies. I then positioned the fish filled waterfall segment at the head of the pond and the turtle spitter spitting into it.
The fish danced happily in the spitter current, playing with it like kids do a merry-go-round while I filled the pond up to the top. When the pond was full, I pushed them over the lip of the falls into it, the last one trying to stay in the current the longest; not shy of me, just clearly reluctant to leave the fun park.
Afterwards, Jeb and I looked down on them from the deck in the last light of day and saw them swimming merrily about in their newly sparkling clean home. They’d surely never seen it so clean before. They seemed pleased, playful even. They were still nibbling at the food I’d sprinkled for them too.
I checked on them again when I got home from work last night and it was a different story: they were all dead! How could that be? Cleaner water should have been healthier for them, shouldn’t it? What did I do wrong? They hadn’d seemed shocked last night, yet they must have been.
I want there to be goldfish in my pond, so of course I’m going to go and get some more, but what on earth can I do to ensure the next ones don’t die the next time I clean the pond? Any suggestions?
2. I’ve been learning wonderful new things on my aforementioned HGTV software. Since I didn’t have any help learning these things, no guidance from the manufacturer, no customer support, no teacher, and had to learn everything the hard way through trial and error and a great frustration that I stubborned my way through, I think maybe I should do a little tutorial on that shortly. That way, another fellow struggler with it will have somewhere to learn these things without having to do it that way.
Not really complaining about learning it that way myself though. Yes, it was frustrating to get through but I honestly enjoyed the challenge. I just would have liked a cheat sheet now and then. You know?
3. Oooh! I made an amazing discovery about Gravatar this morning! That’s our profile thingy here. I discovered that it works for other blog site besides just WordPress!
A Xanga friend gave me his Blogspot address yesterday and I went to comment on his blog, hit “Publish” and got a security wall of sorts right in my face. Basically, it wanted to know who I was and what I was doing there and wanted proof of whatever I said. It was VERY off-putting. I thought maybe it thought I was a member and wanted me to sign in, but I couldn’t recall being a member and I didn’t want to have yet another blog site to confuse me. So I gave up trying to post the comment in light of that.
This morning, I visited the site of another friend who’d gone to Blogspot and again attempted commenting. This time, I noticed something I hadn’t yesterday: Somewhere below the “Publish” button there’s a drop-down menu of online blog identities: no Xanga, but Facebook, Google, Blogspot, WordPress and some others. Since I was signed in online through WordPress this morning, I clicked on that one and lo and behold it let me publish!
Wow. Turns out Gravatar is attached to all of those. It’s the head of the octupus whose arms are various social networking sites. Cool huh?
Yeah. You all probably knew that already. What can I say? I’m a slow learner but I am so damn pleased with this discovery all the same!