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Well today was hot tub winter prep, ripped and tore out a lot of the plants that have grown like all pond plants do............like weeds!

This is before: the plants in the front area are mini cattails, water willow and cotton grass.
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This is after: I moved the cattails, the grass and pulled a bunch of the water willow out. It had grown a massive root mass over the summer. Figured I should get it under control or the entire pond will be water willow next year. Still have a ton, it will come back without issue.
I moved the other plants since I figured out we couldn't see the lilies blooming when they opened the plants blocked the view from our windows. The six lilies in the pond, groomed fed, added kitty litter put back in.
Poor pond looks empty now.

I moved the pump so will eventually hide the tubing better. Also moved the water fall so it hits plants that don't care about water movement not like lilies. The bees were not happy I was messing with their water hole, but no stings!
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I personally, have no issue with those spiders. And I think the little jumping spiders are adorable. But my husband says all spiders belong outside. So when we find one in a sink or tub, I get to catch it in a cup and put it out. The one spider I’m not keen on is the brown recluse, and by extension, the wolf spiders that look so much like them. Black widows don’t even bother me, but the idea of necrosis from a bite is just off putting
 
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We had tons of black windows in AZ, they seemed to poof out of the ground every night. No matter how many you wiped out. I planted a lot of eucalyptus trees, black windows gone! They don't like them.

Our spider friend is eating a stink bug!
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So of the kittens remaining that were born here, the last female is white with black spots, and was very stand off ish. With the cold snap, and two little ones inside, I decided to bring her in to see if she’d mommy them. Turns out, after a little bit of struggle cuddling and lots of treats, she’s now a love bug. And a darn good mouser. She doesn’t mommy the little ones, but she does cuddle and play with them. I think I’ll keep her inside. The great horned owl outside has had me worried, but the anti social attitude she had made me think she would be better for someone else, but now she’s lovey, and friendly, she’s staying!
 
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I don’t do oysters, much less raw ones! You can send me any pearls, and pretty shells, but keep the meats of the sea! Instead, I’m doing apples and pears! Just harvested our trees, the apples are big and ugly, but oh so tasty! Flavor like a gala or pink lady, but slightly softer texture. Apple cobbler for us tonight! I’ll try making pear cobbler for work, and see if I can get it firm enough to portion out for the bake sale.
 
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Apple cobbler didn’t quite turn out sweet enough, cause I was thinking as sweet as the apples were, it called for too much sugar. Wrong. So I drizzled Carmel sauce on it, and it’s tasty.
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