The job that took the most time was our poor little water feature. The water feature consists of a big plastic flower pot with a fountain pump that sits atop an inverted clay pot. There are a couple of large rocks and a fake frog to anchor the fountain pump. Here's a pic of it taken in May when it was all clean and spiffy.
Before I got my port and began chemotherapy in late May I kept it cleaned out regularly- or at least I cleaned it when it wasn't serving as a frog nursery. However, thanks to the fatigue that hits me frequently and the miserable heat and humidity we've been having the garden and everything on the deck have suffered neglect. The water feature has been getting nastier and nastier as algae and who knows what have formed a thick, slimy black coating on the container, the fountain parts, the rocks. Today I decided it was time to declare war on the yucky black stuff. Mr. G had a meeting, so I got him to dump all the water out and unhook the pump before he left. I put on my long rubber gloves and began to blast away at the container with a jet from the garden hose. Nothing. I didn't want to use any chemicals to kill the algae because of the frogs visiting it regularly, so I began to scrub with the scrubby side of a sponge. Nothing. Finally I went in search of a brush of some sort. The best I could come up with was a little nail brush. By golly it worked, but it was taking absolutely forever and I kept running out of steam in the heat, so would take frequent breaks, then move everything to a shady spot and continue working. This has become my primary mode of operating lately- work a while, rest a while, repeat. It takes longer to get anything done, but it does get done, eventually. I finally got the container and the rocks scrubbed clean and picked up the pump to remove the fountain. I was immediately covered in ants! While I had been scrubbing away the ants had been moving into the filter on the pump. There must have been lebenty kazillion of those nasty little things. I was finally able to get the pump taken apart, get rid of the ants, clean up the fountain parts and refill the water feature just before the rains moved in this evening. The fountain is now happily gurgling away on the deck, looking once more clean and spiffy. I feel a sense of accomplishment.
|The fountain creates so much foam it looks as though the froggie is having a bubble bath. Notice the Terro ant bait thingy at the side of the water feature.|
I wish I felt the same sense of accomplishment about the dinner I cooked tonight. In an effort at variety I decided to try a recipe from an old cookbook for pineapple burgers with a spicy sauce, served with buttered noodles and frenched green beans. Mr. G. was not impressed. I told him it was a recipe from the 1960s. He said it should have stayed back in the sixties. Oh, well, you can't win them all. I have discovered a great way to french cut green beans, though- in the food processor! Works like a charm. You can see how it works on the Clever Carrot Blog.