Thanks, everyone!! It was a lot of work, a lot of dreaming, but it's so worth every minute of it.
Renaldo, you AREN'T insinuating that I talk too much, are you?
I didn't think so. And I can't wait for you to see it in person!
Josh, I love the log, too. It's doubly cool because it comes from the place I grew up. I may have even played under that tree when it was alive, or cut branches from it to make Christmas wreaths. It took one man and two boys to move it. DH and I picked it up out at Dad's farm and shoved it up into his pickup truck. It rode around with him for a while until we had the energy to get it hauled over to the spot where the pond was going. I've had the log for a couple of years now, too, just marking the spot! It's cedar, so it's really heavy, and I think it will hold up for quite a few years to come. I have it propped up on rocks so it isn't touching the ground, so I'm hoping that it won't rot anytime soon.
Mary Ann, the pond is the deep part, with the fish and the pump. I decided to make a shallower section separate from the pond, and call it a pool. The waterfall drips into it, and then the water goes over a few rocks down into the larger, deeper end. So, it's just a way for me to describe the two different spaces.
Jane...Start collecting junk that no one wants, and before you know it, you'll have the supplies you need for a pond, too! I'm pretty sure that DH thought I had finally flipped my lid when I asked him to load up a pile of rocks from his friend's barn, and then one day I took off with his truck while he was milking, and came back with another load of rocks from a house foundation that was being replaced.
He really did look at me like I had a screw loose when I said I needed the log, but I THINK he likes it now. He doesn't spend too much time in the yard, but I did see him out there yesterday afternoon gazing into the pond, looking at the fish.
One of my good friends said that in the years to come, I can sit up on my deck and yell at my great-grandchildren to stop climbing on the log before they fall into the water. There's a word picture!