I think that I've posted several times about how much I love our pond. Krissy used to say that Grammy tells Pappy what she wants, and Pappy gets it. Such was the case with the pond. About 10 years ago, I wanted a pond, and Rod and the twins worked really hard to create the pond as my Mother's Day gift that year. Sometime over the last two weeks, our pond liner sprung a leak. And this was the problem. We ordered the liner, and a new filter from Lowe's online, and through ebates.com, we saved nearly $20.00. In order to replace the liner, the pond would have to be drained, the fish and plants removed, and the liner pulled out and replaced. That also meant moving all the stones around the pond, and that in itself is a job. We filled the canoe we have with water on Thursday evening to let the chlorine evaporate out of the water. Friday evening, Rod began to drain the water from the pond. As it drained, we realized how dirty it was and that this was a good time to clean it.
This morning, Rod and I took a road trip to Elmer's Aquarium Store in Monroeville, PA. We were waited on by a great young man. Not only was he knowledgeable, but he patiently caught each fish that I wanted. And when we decided to buy bullfrog tadpoles for the grand kids, he made sure he got ones that hadn't grown legs yet so the kids could watch them grow. We ended up buying five new fish ($10.00), three tadpoles ($4.50), a water hyacinth ($4.99) and a parrot feather ($2.99). Oh, and we bought a new water lily. And when we checked out, our bill was $69.00. Say what!!! Well, what we didn't know since our clerk picked out the water lily (the last they had) was that the water lily was $36.00. Yep, a pretty penny!
We ordered two catfish to be picked up next Saturday, and stupid us . . . we didn't ask how much they are.