Lifestyle : koi keeping and gardening

The pond builder and I are coming up to 10 years in Little Siberia. He’s been learning along the way and has created multiple outdoor ponds, multiple indoor wintering ponds and planted a lot of trees and shrubs. The work never really ends and we love watching our little half acre grow and change. Our…

Still Under Lockdown … but I have some new koi 😄

Two weeks since my last post and a lot has happened. Four new koi flew in on Southwest Airlines in May, all the winter koi moved to the outdoors ponds and one moved back into the quarantine pool due to injury. The upper pond is looking pretty good and all of the koi seem quite…

Stay-at-Home in Little Siberia

Stay-at-home Minnesota started on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th). Like much of the country, we’ve been amusing ourselves by spending more time on hobbies. The pond builder’s business is still up and running since we make soaps, detergents, an EPA registered disinfectant and now a FDA approved hand sanitizer. However he is working remotely most…

a little bit of Japan comes home

Our world has been turned upside down with the COVID-19 pandemic. I had hoped to visit the ZNA SoCal show this past weekend and it was cancelled. ZNA Carolina’s show this April has been cancelled. The daily news and increasingly drastic measures to contain the spread of the virus can be pretty depressing. The pond…

Little Siberia is Thawing

While I would rather be looking at a major garden in Japan, I substituted working in my own garden this weekend. We still have snow on the ground but the weather has been in the 40s and it’s melting fast. I spent much of the weekend picking up old autumn leaves. I also unwrapped a…

“Could you put off your visit to Japan until the virus calms down?”

A disappointing week in Little Siberia. I received a message from my Japanese relatives asking us to reschedule our trip. The news reports have been filled with warnings about the spread of coronavirus in Japan. So just over a week away from departure, I cancelled our flights and lodgings. So many fun things were scheduled…

Please enjoy…

The pond builder and I were just talking about how winter was pretty easy this year. Tonight’s weather headline is:  Overnight snowstorm to blanket Twin Cities, much of central and southern Minnesota. The forecast calls for 3 to 8 inches in the metro area, with heavier accumulations to the south.  As usual the koi are unfazed…

Keeping Koi in Little Siberia | January 2020

I haven’t posted for some time now. The holidays and work have been keeping me busy. Plus the koi have been low maintenance and boring.Here’s a quick look at what’s been going on in Little Siberia… Yes, we booked our trip to Japan in early spring 2020. We will be visiting family and the three…

Not sure who is happier – the pond builder, the koi or me…

The weather forecast in Minnesota is cooler days – high 30s during the days and mid to low 20s at night. Our koi have remained outdoors a little longer than we expected. Our new indoor pool had a few minor set backs and a little thing called work had the pond builder on an airplane…

Winter has arrived a little early and we’re unprepared…

Fall is always a busy time. Between work, the last koi shows, getting the garden ready for winter and thinking about bringing the koi in for the winter – we barely have time to watch football  and the new fall series on TV.  This weekend we caught up on some of our tasks. Winter POOL…

Saying Goodbye to some koi

Autumn is here and we have about 6, possibly 8 more weeks weeks before the koi will have to move into the garage. The 2500 gallon pool is positioned in the garage and the pond builder is starting to gather the items needed for filtration. We’ll be setting up something similar to last year’s with…

Seasonal changes around the koi pond

The beautiful Minnesota summer is winding down. Some of the plants are sporting more colorful orange and red leaves, the squirrels are in overdrive burying acorns and the temperatures have been decidedly cooler. The pond builder and I have been busy ordering stuff for our winter pool and garden. (The Amazon guy must love us…)…