The more time I spend visiting blogs, the more I learn and am inspired. I visited FlowerLady's blog and just in sitting quietly looking at her photos, I had an impulse to just want to go back to the way I was before I injured my shoulder. For over a year I have used the excuse of the surgery to defend the neglect to which my garden has fallen. I have allowed so many of my potted plants to suffer, some even perishing. Even my beautiful expensive koi suffered, for they are all gone now. I was never outside on a daily basis looking to their needs. My Sweetie fed them and cleaned their filters, but perhaps had I been more hands on in checking them daily, I would have seen that something was wrong and could have prevented their demise. Whatever ailment struck them, took them ALL within a week.
So for the New Year, I had already purposed that the pond should be taken down, torn apart, the timbers used for garden beds. Yet I know in my heart of hearts that the fish had been a constant source of comfort and joy for the past ten years. Can I really say goodbye to keeping koi again? I'll have to think on that one a bit more. One of the reasons I had decided we should not get into keeping koi again was because my Sweetie is the one who did all the hard work, cleaning out the pond, the filters, and general maintenance. I didn't think it fair to have him doing that. But he always said he didn't mind and that he also enjoyed having the fish. The thing is, to ensure that any harmful pathogens are not lurking from the previous batch, it would mean buying everything new again, especially the liner and filters. I don't see that as being a viable option right now. So perhaps someday we can start fresh, but it will be a while. How's that for a New Year's resolution?
But what I can do is look to getting my gardens in tip top shape again. I've got a good compost pile and lots of good potting soil as well as clean pots. I can become more involved again. Plant new seedlings as well as cuttings. I feel so revved up, I feel I can do anything! LOL! If I can just keep my eye on the prize, which is to once again have a garden and take pictures like FlowerLady, I just might pull it off.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~