I once had an aquarium in the hall at the top of my stairs. It hummed beautifully at night making a peaceful, bubbling white noise and the light cast a soft glow down the stairs in the dark of night. It held a dozen or so neons and other small fish and a beautiful pair of angel fish. It also contained the customary plastic plants and natural looking gravel, bubbling devices and comical old lady wearing a snorkel tank. I didn't peer into it very often, sometimes feeling bad for the fish captive inside, but I cleaned it regularly.
Since there is no water faucet on my second floor, when I drained the tank I would syphon it out the window. Far better than hauling gross buckets of water down carpeted stairs. At the time the carpet was ballerina pink (what was I thinking when I did that?). Once the tank was cleaned and emptied however I did have to haul 35 gallons of fresh water up to fill the tank. One night we had a leak in the roof directly over the aquarium. In the morning I removed the one surviving angel fish and gave it to my daughter, then cleaned and refilled the tank and ran it without occupants for months. With the double filtering system I had installed, and no fish poop, the tank stayed sparkling for months on end. I didn't even miss the captive fish. There is something to be said for an empty aquarium I discovered, one that was just for me.
If you know me at all you know I love my house. In my personal opinion there is nothing more important and essential to a happy balanced life than a home that brings you joy and peace. It can be wherever you want it to be and range from being a shack to a mansion but it has to make you feel comfortable and surround you like a warm hug. I love going out but I feel as if I am happiest at home.
We don't entertain like we used to. We were once famous for our amazing Halloween parties and it wasn't unusual for us to have a wedding in the yard or build a stage to feature a band for a hot Fourth of July BBQ. Huge parties take vast amounts of energy and bunches of $ as well. Now I enjoy smaller gatherings with close friends, romantic teas and private conversations. But since I love my home and rather like myself I love being alone in it as well.
This morning I decided I should put a timer on the lamp on my coffee bureau. There resides my morning coffee fixings, my favorite diner-style mugs, a thermometer with the outside temperature so I can plan my day. There's a chalk board for morning greetings and nearby a basket with a wide selection of tea. Although the windows have an eastern exposure in the early dawn hours the room is dark. How nice it would be, I thought, to have the lamp be on when we get up to make coffee. It would turn on early and instead of a glaring collection of bulbs on the ceiling fan just the little lamp would light my way into the room to prepare my coffee. It would be like a Bed and Breakfast just for me. Like an empty aquarium tank that I had simply for my pleasure.
Snow fell again last evening. A good dusting that needs no shoveling but following a very cold and snowy winter it seemed rude somehow. I have been out in any weather near 40 degrees or higher if the wind was not too brutal and no rain or snow fell, working in the yard for days. I am more than anxious for spring this year. This morning I ordered a 165 gallon galvanized stock tank from a farm supply in the Carolinas. I have laid out a small level patio area, moved my grill and grilling table and I await an order for ferns and flowers from a gardening company. This spring I will be putting in a tank pond. I have a delightful little fairy which holds an urn to pour water into the tank. Beneath the beautiful river birch I planted some three years ago, that is now a full sized tree, I will have my pond. But this, like my empty aquarium, will not be to capture fish, it will be for me. I have mowed one too many lawns in the oppressively hot and humid Pennsylvania sunshine and this year my hard yard work will be rewarded with a nice plunge in a cool tank of water. I can hardly wait! Watch for pictures and I hope you have an amazing spring and very soon! Thank you again for visiting!