April 2007

Today was a gorgeous day, one of only a few so far this spring. It’s time to start filling pots with plants, and doing projects around the yard. I’m still wrapped up in chapter writing, but I managed to take some time for other things.

For the first time this year, I spent money on gasoline for the Moto Guzzi. Two and 3/4 gallons for $8.53. I took a ride over to what’s left of the old Oak towers and took some pictures. The buildings have been reduced to a pile of rubble. The new structures are being advertised for Fall 2008, and look to be only 3 or 4 stories tall instead of the 10 or 15 stories of what was just knocked down.

I also spent $35 on a round cement ball for the fish pond. I had looked into building one myself, but coudln’t find information on water resistant or fish safe formulations of concrete used for making solid structures for water. I’ve read that some formulations can leach alkali or phosphate and change the water chemisty. I don’t like the ball just yet. It will make the pump difficult to access, and I worry that I used a clay pot to elevate it and I don’t know if clay gets soft over time in water. I hope the ball doesn’t leach anything into the water. The person at Van Liew’s guessed that it was fish safe. The fish have grown long beautiful flowing fins since they’ve been there.