Hi All, I've been off the site for a while. We were gone most of summer on vacation and now are settling back into school. I can't believe I've already seen a post on getting ready for winter! Some updates with me. 1. My pond cleared up, crystal clear. So I guess my fish load wasn't the problem, not sure what was up, but happy its over now. Maybe a part of the cycle of a newish pond. 2. My fish are getting HUGE. 3. My husband tells me the other night he's interested in building a bigger pond up the hill from this pond, doing it right (regarding liner issues), moving all the fish to the new pond and then reconstructing the existing pond to fix the liner and some other issues we are having. WOW! I didn't even know he liked the pond! LOL! I'm not sure where I am on that. I need to think about it. I have become blind to the liner situation now, but I guess he hasn't. Just feels like more work than I have in me right now. 4. We have a foster dog with us. She was a badly neglected breeder dog that lived in a pen for 7 years with no vet visits. She is now a pampered fur baby who is currently sitting under a diffuser enjoying some cedar wood and lavender oil for calming. She is really sick with heartworms and liver issues. She has very little energy and her meds cause her to pee in the house (I'm not even sure if she is housebroken, but her meds cause her to pee a lot to get the fluid out of her chest). I actually have a mop and bucket sitting around just waiting for the next clean up. She's also not eating. I made her chicken and rice yesterday, she gobbled it down, but hasn't eaten since then. I keep expecting her to die over night. Fingers crossed she will pull through, but I don't think she will ever really be healthy due to all the heart damage. 5. The kids are back in school, so I can get back to coffee by the pond with my fish babies. 6. I have also had some unfortunate health news and I need a surgery, after which I should be fine and better than new. So WOW! That's a lot going on in my house!