Well, here it is, the 6th of March in Iowa and still haven’t seen a below zero day. The 3 inches of snow that fell sunday is GONE! It got to 70 degrees today, and although the wind was ferocious, it was still nice out.
I work in building maintenance for a property management company and spent my day patching drywall from the drunken revels of Iowa State University students. It isn’t glamorous work, but I love it nonetheless. It also allows me to throw ideas at art majors and get feedback, of sorts. Some of my ideas are taken as ramblings of a dirty, old man. Go figure. Other people take them seriously and, in the case of a few of my outdoor projects, pitch in and help. I had office people and the football team dig my koi pond, lol. I was still sore from the efforts, but the hole got a whole lot bigger and deeper than I could have done by myself in an entire weekend.
The new project is going to be a bottle tree. Some people make them from concrete reinforcement rod, others from a wood post and dowels drilled into it. I have access to a welder, I own a table saw, and other necessary tools. So which will it be? I have a bevy of photos downloaded, they all look good, and I can’t make up my mind. I suppose I’ll figure it out when I go out and buy the materials.
Anyway, 70 degree weather this early in March is wonderful. The wind is normal, and if you don’t own a pond, it isn’t so bad. The bad part about a warm, windy day is, evaporation. Normally by this time of year, the pond is frozen over still and full. This year, however, I have had to add about 4-6 inches of water to the pond about every two weeks and today wasn’t any different. The cold water makes it a lot tougher to get the chlorine out, so I made up a chlorine filter out of a drinking water filter with hose adapters added to the inlet side and then run a short piece of hose into the pond. It work very well to remove about 95% of the chlorine from the water, reducing the stress on the poor, starving koi that I can’t feed until the water is a lot warmer. I’ve cheated and thrown in some algae tablets on the bottom and threw in a piece of lettuce so they can, at least eat the daphnia that grow from it.