Thursday, July 21, 2016
Look at this! Know what it is? Probably. The mystery question is WHERE is it? I was shocked. More in a minute. I'll give you a little time to think about it.
Life was on hold since July 2 until today. My father-in-law is coming home today to enjoy the rest of his life under the guiding hands of hospice. Boy did that decision cause a stir in the family. Someone put it in my mother-in-law's head that he could go to rehab and that is where she decided he would go but failed to tell her two daughters who have been taking care of him day and night during his hospital stay. Since I have been reading my recently received Medicare Manual I knew that was not an option so I asked her to please talk to the case worker to know what her options ARE. She refused. So here is info for you. If you have a terminal illness, your options are hospice or a nursing home. Since they had not made provisions for nursing home insurance, she realized that Hospice would be the best for everyone. We will all do whatever we need to do to make these next months as comfortable for him as possible.
You have no idea what can happen to landscaping when it is neglected for 3 weeks. Luckily I am able to try to catch up. BUT, the pond cannot be neglected. We add water every day which helps to add oxygen to the water and keep the algae down. We also have to clean the filter in the filtration box. Have you guessed the mystery yet?
I do the box duty since it's hard for Terry to get the filter out. The box is about 1/2 full of water and contains a net that catches debree. The pump pulls the water through a filter to catch algae then sends the water out through a hose to be recycled to the pond. We keep another filter under the pump to be sure that nothing gets sucked into the pump to ruin it. I usually reach down in the water to get that little filter out.
The other day I lifted the filter box lid to see a little face with a forked tongue looking back at me. He drew back in the water, but here it came again when it needed air. OMGOSH!! I hate these critters with a passion!! I closed the intake flap so water would empty the box. I thought I'd get that thing!! But the best I could do was chuck him to the side of the pond where he scurried under the deck. OK, so I can't see him so I'm not scared...but I know he's out there.
When Terry was cutting the grass he saw one of his sisters and a niece snake out in the front yard. We hardly EVER see snakes. What the heck is going on?!!?