Carl did the prep work and I did the painting, of course. We make a great team!
Here is the pond and garden surrounding our deck. The pond is right off the edge of the deck and this photo is what it looks like later in the season when all the sweet potato vines are full-grown. We also have a japanese maple tree where the curly willow twigs used to be.
It took a lot of patience this year to get the pond back into shape as we faced several challenges from the rough winter. We had to replace the waterfall box, the filter, and all the piping due to freezing & cracking problems and then the loss of many fish from a pesky blue heron. All the trees behind our pond were also lost due to severe weather and they will have to be cut down this spring, but we are happy to say that we are finally on our way to getting things back into shape. Our neighbor was kind to offer us some beautiful flowering shade plants that they wanted to get rid of and they are starting to grow. (Thanks, Lester & Lois! You are a blessing!) The challenges we faced with the pond this year were only the tip of the iceberg. We faced several other challenges that seemed overwhelming. Everything seemed to come at us at once. However, we were reminded that we can trust God, one obstacle at a time and one day at a time and that He will take care of us. He showed us his care through different people in our lives. For this we are so thankful!
Yesterday, we decided to have dinner on the deck. It was a beautiful day and it was nice to finally hear the tranquil sounds of the pond running again!
We had kabobs and twice-baked potatoes. Yum! We made the kabobs with chicken, zucchini and mushrooms, loaded them with BBQ sauce and cooked them on low heat for 20 mins. In retrospect, they could have used some pineapple chunks or tomatoes for added color, but they were DELICIOUS! We also made a few kabobs with the leftover chicken pieces, to add a little more meat to each of our plates.
I also had a chance to finish some small paintings this past week. Here are the pics of them. A few of them are still available in my etsy store. You can see them at this link.