Monday, April 18, 2016

what a streak!

I finished stitching up my Shepherd's Bush, Shepherd's Fold needleroll on Saturday.  And it's almost finished in it's final form!  I ordered white emery to fill it with as I needed a needle sharpener and as soon as it arrives, I'll totally complete it.  Next up - the ruler case.  :-)  I still have the first piece to start also, it's the lid of the pretty wood box but I'll just buy a paper mache one and paint it purple like the wood one.

I spent most of my weekend working on my koi pond.  It was so nice outside!  I started working on it last year from March to July and managed to get all the guts in and the koi rehomed from my parents house and about a month ago, my loving Lab, Ben ate three huge holes in the liner - non reparable holes. 

To replace the liner, everything needed to be removed.  That included two tons of pea gravel that made up the bog and two tons of boulders that made up the waterfall.  It's a good thing I hated how the waterfall turned out.  I was planning on redoing it no matter what this year.   

Oh the mess! 
Here is the temporary home for my koi as I replace the liner - a 1,000 gallon kiddy pool in the garage.  In a perfect world they will only be in there 24 to 72 hours.  Hoping I have no huge issues.  I don't have to replace all the guts I removed over the past weekend, just enough to start the some of the filters again.   I will pull the liner this Friday or Saturday depending on the weather.
Here is the lab himself - Benito.  I foster labs for Chicagoland Lab Rescue and this guy crossed our paths last September.  He's from Puerto Rico.  Isabelle fell in love with him and we kept him.  Unfortunately....  Not only has he eaten my pond liner, but also my $3,000 couch and all my outside cushions.  He's lucky Isabelle loves him so much...
So that was the start of my spring home repairs.  Also up this year is replanting my entire backyard with grass.  It got so messed up with the digging of the pond and I've made this my priority.  The mud since the fall has been so bad.  I'm going to hire someone to come in and level out the soil so I can replant it with a mix of northern hardy grass, clover and northern super short wild flowers.  Hoping to also find some cash to work on all the pavers I want to put around the outside of my pond.  But that's $$$.  I need to work on my deck also so we'll see what happens. 


Robin in Virginia said...

Good for you on your stitching and almost finishing finish! Oh my, poor Ben. It sounds like he may be in the doghouse. I hope he settles down and sticks with eating his own stuff.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Your SB piece is darling! I can't wait to see it all assembled. That pond looks like a ton of work, backbreaking work! Good luck on completing it quickly but yard projects are a never ending thing around here. I hope Ben behaves himself!

Von said...

You have some big projects in your life right now! The SB project is gorgeous and will be amazing when all put together - as will your pond!! Can't wait to see more progress pics!

phann son said...

That turned out great, Margie! And I like how you turned it into a frame weight. Way to go!