February 17th 2011 9:15 am
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Good morning friends.
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...a beautiful day it is! It's in the 60's today and we have our window open and the porch. What a great day. I am enjoying just laying on the cat tree watching the squirrels run about and chasing each other. They are nuts!!! Speaking of nuts, our backyard looks like we are having a peanut hunt. I mean it! The squirrels hid them in the snow and now that it's melted. Nuts everywhere! MOL!
The birdies are happy too. They are singing and chirping. Grammy gots to go outside and see how her goldfish are. We sure hope they made it through this winter. She has had some of them for over 5 years, but this year she couldn't break the ice to give them fresh air. Plus there was so much snow on top of the ice. Well we'll know later today when she goes out. Meanwhile, I am just going to enjoy my day in the sunshine and maybe go on the porch while I can. Hope you all have a beautiful day in your neighborhood.
Update on Grammy's goldfish.
The ice is still about 2inches thick on most of the pond, but there is one spot where there is water. She moved some of the water plants and under them was one of her large gold fishies belly up. She didn't see any others, but she thinks she probably lost all of them. Time will tell when more of the ice melts and she can see more water. This was her pretty fan tailed fish. It was about 5-6 inches in length and about 3 inches tall, and a dark orange color with a fancy tail. She raised these fish from little feeder fish and carnival fish. So they were very small years ago. Thanks to our friends who have offered suggestions on keeping the water from freezing completely, but where we live about the only thing we know to work is electric heaters, and we don't use them. We have had a fish pond for over 20 years and you expect to loose some, but you hate to loose those large ones. Hopefully we still have some and they have babies. We cats love it when they have little ones. Lots to watch swim.
Our thermometer under the patio roof says 82 degrees!
I think I read somewhere that floating a ball in the water would keep a goldfish pond from icing completely over. Don't think it would stop all the snow,though....
Glad that there are the beginnings of spring at your neck of the woods...
Sorry to hear about your gramma's fish. We don't know anything about keeping a pond. Meowmy has some cousins in Europe who have little ponds with fish, but usually their climate is a whole lot less severe than ours. Except this year...she imagines their pond also suffered losses. :(
Purrs & hugs!
It warmed up here today too. It was in the 50's today. A lot of our snowing is melting, but there's still some left. Sorry to hear about the gold fishies. There's been a lot of snow in some places this winter. It sounds like a nice fishie pond!