Saturday, September 25, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Dead Goldfish Aren't So Bad

Normally, I would have been very unhappy to discover two of my goldfish dead in the pond, but the good news is that these two moved into our first "raccoon-proof" pond more than two years ago, after living at least one year in a Portola classroom fish bowl. They survived many fishing attempts by marauding raccoons the past late summers-early falls and seem to have lived out their goldfish lifespans.
Fish 1
Fish 2
It is possible that the roots of the water irises and mint plants had crowded them out or taken up too much oxygen, but knowing what survivors goldfish can be, I rather doubt it. After taking the plants out yesterday afternoon, there was still at last 15 inches of water space at the bottom, as well as space at the top of the "squarepond".
Before deciding to remove the pond

Pulling out the plants in order to drain and remove the container

So now I have an opportunity to "remodel" the pond area again. It's been three years since I built the current configuration; this coming weekend, I'm going to try connecting the two ponds and giving the two koi and the four other goldfish a bigger home. Tom has his doubts that it will work since I'll need to connect the smaller pond to the bigger one with two separate pond liners and a channel under the bridge for the fish to travel between water holes. There is definitely the possibility of creating a big leak or dirt collapse, so wish me luck!
This week's configuration

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Had a Great Time; What a Place We Live In!

We got back from Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows last night - six wonderful days of "roughing it" in order to thoroughly experience the beautiful mountains, rivers, meadows, flowers, and wildlife in the High Sierra. It felt great to shower and wash my hair after we got home (running water is a wonderful luxury) but I would have easily traded another week of living in a tent with the only running water in the river, if I had more vacation time. It struck me that if ever I didn't have a house to live in, I could follow the warm weather and spend the maximum number of days camping in national and state parks. I'm sure lots of homeless people are forced into doing it, but as long as we had the vehicle and fuel to travel, that would be a reasonable alternative.

Coming home, in addition to running hot water and a real bed, also meant returning to electricity and an internet connection. Although I had a mobile phone that got great 3G connectivity, I had my old phone with the battery that wouldn't hold a charge, so although I could take pictures and email them, I couldn't check Facebook or weather updates. (That's why they call it "roughing it", ha ha!) So now I have over 1660 photos and about 50 minutes of video clips to edit - plus laundry and other things to deal with before my vacation ends tomorrow night. Yeah, my life is really rough ;-) We live awfully blessed lives, living so near the beach in Ventura and having the resources, health, and time available to drive 3-8 hours to places with 8,000-10,000 foot elevations for hiking, fishing, and skiing. Now that I have to go back to work on Monday, I'm already looking forward to another vacation in the fall . . . and looking way further ahead: to retiring and getting to travel even more in a few more years!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

I'm Back - and on the Road to Zion

Wow, it's been over four months since I last updated this blog. I've actually written more on Pond Ponderings, and of course the CROP Hunger Walk needed (and needs) updating. I think Facebook is the biggest culprit - it so much easier to write one sentence and upload a few pictures. So I'm back with loads of flowers, fish, trips to visit Sam & Jenn, special occasions, and Bob updates to catch up with. This is the day after a wonderful, fun, sunny Memorial Day Weekend. I had to work Saturday, but Friday, Sunday, and Monday were great. Sam & Jenn came down Sunday evening and yesterday was the annual UCLA Reggae Festival. I stayed up late last night putting videos on YouTube and here is my favorite:

(You will eventually see all my videos from yesterday's festival on YouTube - just search for UCLA Reggae Festival 2010 venturahundleys.)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Time to Start Planning for April 25th

Doing something to fight the causes and effects of hunger is important now more than ever - join us in the Ventura CROP Hunger Walk!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rain Is Predicted To Fall All Week!

That's practically unheard of in drought-stricken SoCal, so I'm in rain-lover heaven!

Yesterday, Tom and I wandered around LA Live, trying not to get blown away with our umbrellas ;-) Today, we got this incredible straight-down-from-the-sky very loud downpour. There is more rain predicted for the next two days so I'm really excited!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2010!

As usual, we are late getting out our Christmas cards, but until they all arrive, here is our annual letter with this wish:

May the world’s Hope for

Peace, Love, and Joy

during the holiday season

last throughout the New Year!

(Our annual letter will open if you click on this posting's headline.)