Koi Show Winners

Well it’s been a busy ten days or so with the annual UMKC Koi Show. Not only did we have to have our koi ready for the show, we helped with set up/administration and we hosted the judges for a pre-show dinner. Having the judges come over was great for us because we learned a…

Visiting some ponds in Louisville (actually Indiana…)

This weekend we put some wood over the lower pond, threw down some insulation and covered it with a tarp. The pond digger is planning to make something a little more permanent to keep the new pour warm over the winter. More photos and videos in the section about pond building… Meanwhile, this week we’re…

Growing moss

Last year I started a Pinterest board with photos of lovely moss covered rocks. I have this hope that one day the rocks hugging our waterfall will be totally covered.  Once again, patience is not really one of my strengths so I decided to nudge nature along.  I have a ton of moss growing in…

It’s the journey

Some people have beautiful ponds and average koi. Some people have ugly ponds and beautiful show koi. Whatever your reason to keep koi or have a pond in your backyard  – if it makes you happy, that’s what counts. Our children think we’re crazy and are convinced we’ll end up with a moat around our…

Attracting backyard pests

We live in suburbia and one of the pitfalls of an outdoor koi pond and bird feeders is unwanted wildlife. Nice to see but I wish they would go to someone else’s yard. Besides the hordes of gray and red squirrels, chipmunks and occasional feral cat, we see plenty of deer and wild turkey. Today…

happy symbolism

According to a variety of sources on the internet, koi symbolize good fortune, prosperity, success, happiness, harmony, love, perseverance, courage, longevity.  I’m liking this list a lot.  I am hopeful my life will reflect all that the koi symbolize.  Now yesterday, I fractured an ankle – not sure how that reflects the good fortune scenario….

watching water

Moving water tends to mesmerize me (perhaps I’m easily amused). I can spend an hour watching the pond, the birds, the squirrels – and that’s in the winter.  Come spring, there are more squirrels, more birds, chipmunks, the waterfall will be running and the koi swimming.  Some may think it’s a waste of time but…

Koi inside the house

Ha ha, there are times that I think koi in the house would be pretty cool but one, my house isn’t big enough and two, I think koi should live outdoors. However, you can always enjoy artwork with a koi theme. This Christmas, my husband gave me a beautiful ceramic serving tray and a koi…