After taking the van in for its usual oil change, etc. (more on that later) and running a quick errand, I put on my grubbies and boots and ventured down to the pond to check up on the overflow pipe. While water was still running into it a bit of cleaning needed to be done. I stepped in and raked and cleared the debris away from the milk crate capping the pipe and boy, did the water flow then! I believe the level of the pond finally went down about two inches. What's really great is that I spotted a Canada goose (male) while walking down to the pond. Then while clearing out the pipe I saw the female getting ready to sit on her nest. It's well camouflaged so it took me a while to see it. I stayed where I was for a while just to watch. The male meandered around the far end of the pond and the female was as still as a statue. He never went even near the female while I was there. I'm afraid the goslings may not make it once hatched, however. There is a pair of hawks nesting somewhere near and last year only one gosling out of six grew up. Not knowing how long it takes before goslings hatch I plan to keep an eye on them pair to watch the progression.
Now, for the van. I have to take it in tomorrow and leave it. Seems there is a seal leaking oil. Of course that seal is where they have to dismantle this and that which is why I have to leave it. And you really don't want to know how much it's going to cost. A bunch, but not as much as a new vehicle would if I didn't get the repair done. Like I said before, it's paid for and I hope to keep it for a long time. Ah, the vagaries of life.
And with that I leave you with this thought for the day: Never underestimate the power of a frustrated woman.