I used to clean a few times a year. Sometimes they oddly fell around the weekends near the daylights savings time. Alot of my spring cleaning comes from the warm weather... it induces wide open windows and slider doors ... which lets in the fresh air ... which stirs up the, yuck, dust. Ewww, sunlight filtering through dustmotes to let me see just how much winter has settled through out the home.
Of course this year spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning. Last year in June they opted to drain the local pond, and as a result the residents were unfortunately evicted from their home. Thankfully the city decided that anyone in the town could show up and take home one or two (or in one family's case, 35!) of these displaced fugitives. So my mom and I, being the animal nuts we are, opted to take a couple each!
Well we'd really wanted turtles, but they all went to ground. However we discovered alot of gold fish and carp. And amoungst the carp, low and behold, we found a foot long tri-colored koi!! We also found a massive two-toned goldfish. So we took "Calico Jack" and "Mr. Cool" home in our bucket, and just as we left they called out that they'd found a turtle! So we took home this hatchling that wasn't much bigger then a fifty cent piece. My son named him Tiny. Two days later they called us back to see if we wanted another turtle, that was caught crossing the road, and almost became named Speedbump. So we opted to take the turtle and ended up naming her Calypso.
Now we have two ponds in our backyard. A 90 gallon turtle paradise, complete with basking ramps, outdoor areas, and dig boxes.... and a secure mesh top since we discovered (the hard way) Red Ear Sliders like to escape from their enclosures and go on walk about!!! The second pond is a 140 gallon koi retreat. With water lillies and other plants, rock croppings, waterfall, underwater lights, and a sand castle at the waters edge that's solar powered.
However, after everyone got done hybernating for the winter they're awake and active again... and the ponds are messy and scummy. Time to do a thorough spring cleaning now that spring has sprung and our critters are awake and entertaining us once again.
But for all their work, there is nothing more peaceful then in the warm summer evenings then to go sit on the lip of my pond, and trail my fingers through the water with Calico Jack nibbling at them ... hoping I've brought him worms to eat.