...sort of, in case anyone noticed I was gone...
Jeff, before you say a word, I hereby acknowledge that you were absolutely right and I am guilty as charged. I do tend to go into hibernation in winter.
But it's OVER! I got my waterfall running! The big apple tree framing the pond is in full, glorious bloom, as is the intensely fragrant "Maiden's Blush" lilac I planted in 2004.
Mary, Honey, so sorry I wasn't around to offer condolences on Sasha! I'm glad Gretchen is doing better now, poor dear. When I met them they seemed like two of the world's happiest dogs, devoted to their people and to each other. The orfes should be here Wed., Thurs., or Fri. The lady said she couldn't promise they would be sent on Monday, but that it should take just 2 days, and I'll get an email when they are shipped. Then I'll be sure and email you. It will be great to see you again.
Sandy, I hope you're still off the butts! Getting a solid spinal fusion is a long process. I'm heading into one of those this summer, I think, for the first time since I was 13. It will involve multiple cages, removing all or part of the current rod and inserting new rods with lots of screws. 2 lengthy operations, anterior and posterior approaches, re-angling my lumbar spine, and extending my fusion to the sacrum, for a total of 13 fused joints, T5-S1. Nope, I'm not looking forward to it, and yes, it's what I've been distracted by all winter. I have an excellent online support group for adult scoliosis issues, which has been taking most of my 'puter time.
Meanwhile I'm determined to get the pond done and in shape so I can lounge beside it while I recover. I have some cosmetic work to do on the waterfall, and when it's done I promise to post photos.