Hi NJ transplant (one of many, I'm sure) from West Orange to PA Poconos.


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lol it is 11 now, from big to small. My hubby was working and he bought me a tractor with a back hoe and bucket, got to do something with it. He wants me to build another and I sort of said NO got enough to take care of. He wanted me to build a just lily pond. But with our slope it is a pita to build ponds.
Yea I had that fever too! I had an acre and a half in North Caldwell NJ, and a back hoe. I was itching to do some serious landscaping and pond building. A career, other home improvements then a divorce kept it from happening.
 
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Went is therre a bridge there because I know we went into dingmans ferry area .They owned a chalet type A frame back in the 70's because they bought it around the time my son was born in 1974
Yup. The ferry is long gone but the Dingmans Ferry bridge lives on. There's still an individual standing out there in the road taking tolls!
 

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I did not realize that was where you were from until I read under your post .Hubby thought when we retired I would want to go back to PA where I was bor and told him heck no it is cold up there and his mom and dad had retired to VA after he retired from ford motor company so we bought land down here in 2003 because we knew the plant was going to close and hubby and I had 33 years in and son just took buy out and brother in laws moved to another ford plant .We had a modular house put on our land here and a couple of years ago bought another place up near bedford lake 12 acres with a newer single wide on it .We sold our house in NJ before it even hit the market sight unseen .Here we are in Va and I love it snow comes and an hour or so later it is gone .Sad to say my sister lost her life to domestic violence in 1985 and then lost my parents in 1986 .So it is better to be here .We sold her chalet back in 1988 after her her hubby got life no parole
 
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I did not realize that was where you were from until I read under your post .Hubby thought when we retired I would want to go back to PA where I was bor and told him heck no it is cold up there and his mom and dad had retired to VA after he retired from ford motor company so we bought land down here in 2003 because we knew the plant was going to close and hubby and I had 33 years in and son just took buy out and brother in laws moved to another ford plant .We had a modular house put on our land here and a couple of years ago bought another place up near bedford lake 12 acres with a newer single wide on it .We sold our house in NJ before it even hit the market sight unseen .Here we are in Va and I love it snow comes and an hour or so later it is gone .Sad to say my sister lost her life to domestic violence in 1985 and then lost my parents in 1986 .So it is better to be here .We sold her chalet back in 1988 after her her hubby got life no parole
I can understand needing to get away from the ghosts in the old neighborhoods. That's partially why we moved out of NJ. The other reasons all relate back to the tax and build mentality of the politicians in NJ. They were wringing us dry! I grew up living in many places coast to coast. I've mostly lived as an adult along this latitude so I'm pretty comfortable with the temperature range. We have a travel trailer and have taken some long trips and intend to do more. Unfortunately COVID has us at a standstill for now. We're just hunkered down like the rest of the US for the duration. I just want ONE home to keep coming back to. Tired of relocating regardless of the reason. Very happy here.
 

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Now that in Edison I had an acre on a private road and when I left we were paying 15 thousand a year in taxes and here this house a liitle over 3 acres and we pay a thousand and auto insurance is way way cheaper .All the New Yorkers were coming in .The other house is less than 500 a year because it is single wide .I am sure now that the idiots here voted in the casino in Danville things will go up .But at least next year we will get a senior discount on taxes besides veteran s discount .You have to be 69 to get seniors discount off taxes . We already got the paper work to fill out .My son still lives back in NJ and runs a towing company .My other son lives here .We traveled a lot with Ford so was tired of that before we retired .Seen enough I just want peace and more peace in my life .Lived in NJ since I was 3 and born in Chester PA My parents were just relocating back to PA then but sad to say both died March 7th .I just wanted milder winters but not the summer all year round
 
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Wow TEN ponds! Nope don't expect to go there! I have other hobbies and a wife. My property size is also on the small side. LOL
Careful Bob ponds are more contagious then covid.
 
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Careful Bob ponds are more contagious then covid.
I know I've been bitten. I have so many hobbies that I have to ration time amongst them: Sailing, Firearms, Home improvement, Ham radio, recumbent tricycle, pond building, "Poison" Dart frogs (amphibians in general), vivarium building. There's probably a few I've forgotten to mention. My friends were shocked when I told them I was going to retire. I was always so busy at work, they were all convinced I would literally get bored to death. Not a chance!
 
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If you are into vivarium's this name might ring a bell with you. The avatar i have here is from my old setup I'll give you a hint Birds
 
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If you are into vivarium's this name might ring a bell with you. The avatar i have here is from my old setup I'll give you a hint Birds
Like I said I have so many hobbies I have to ration time between them. Since retirement I've been working on the house and also picked up hours as a Public Safety Officer and Range Safety Officer. Both of which I stopped recently with the last rise in COVID cases this season. I'm not happy putting my wife and I at risk. With the freezing weather I've been working inside on the house and planning for landscaping in the spring, hence the waterfalls.

As for the vivarium aspect I haven't been active on the internet with that, so I'm unaware of the movers and shakers in that arena. I guess I know one now.
 
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i do miss this tank but when i started traveling it needed more attention then i could give it. But i have already acquired plate glass 5/8" thick for my next set up 7 feet long 36" deep and 24 inches tall . then ill make the above area from there .
 

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I never understand why people ask aren't you going to be bored after you retire .I have not stopped since I retired .I had dirt and a house I built decks ,pergolas and shed and do my woodworking .I just last year took up over 2000 sq. ft of flooring and put down new flooring .Seems like there is always something to do .If not mowing or trimming trees or shrubs it is building things .I still to this day wonder how I did it all when I was working 6 days a week and raising 2 sons .I think people who retire find more things to do that they enjoy or always wanted to do or dreamed of doing .I learn so many new things than ever before .67 and still going strong and married soon 48 years ,good gosh how did he put up with me that long ;):D
 
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Update on the solution to a problem you guys helped me recognize. Inerrant in the use of skimmers is the possibility of water level dropping too low or them becoming clogged. I'm sure most of you already know the problem and solution. But for the benefit of other newbies:
The low level situation is easily solved by an automatic level control system. The clogging is a little more difficult with the pump intake connected directly to a single skimmer. When either situation occurs the pump will run dry and overheat. I was sure I'm not the only one that has ever run up against this but could not find an available solution on the internet. My problem was more one of a limited vocabulary than a unique situation. The answer became obvious when I finally stumbled across it. A check valve! The one I found is cheap and a high flow design. Just put a "T" connector before the pump intake and put this check valve on the bottom of the connection with the intake side of the valve open to the water vault. Both the pump and the check valve will be installed at the bottom of the pond in the water vault.

Valterra Check Valve, 3/4 in, Single, Inline Spring Swing
Granger and of course Amazon both have it.
 
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i do miss this tank but when i started traveling it needed more attention then i could give it. But i have already acquired plate glass 5/8" thick for my next set up 7 feet long 36" deep and 24 inches tall . then ill make the above area from there .
I wish you hadn't shown me that. Now I'm itching to build one! I can't add another thing to my to-do list!
 

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