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Pants to the cleaners!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Okay, I am sitting in bed reading at 6a.m. Pouring rain, lightning. All of a sudden a very loud clap of thunder breaks right over the house next door,, about 25 feet from my head! Very loud, loud enough to set off business alarms a half mile away!! They are still alarming!! The lightning was so bright it was like noontime light in my bedroom for a split second!! My whole body came off the mattress and that is NO MEAN FEAT!! taking those pants to the cleaners for sure!! One less birthday to celebrate for me!!!
I heard DD moving around in her bed, so I know it was very loud, as she was sleepign very deeply.

Yesterday was a wonderful day for me. My co-worker was supposed to arrive to buy some pool items at 1 o'clock. She called before 10a.m. and asked if they could come over earlier ,like in a half hour, as they were going to buy a filter hose near me. Fifteen minutes later they show up, buy lots of things I never thought I would sell, I gave them some chemicals and an expensive part,, they were happy,,
Next, scrapguy shows up, spends the whole day tearing down my pool. He filled his whole pickup truck with the scrap... It was sad, but I know it was time,, things change, time marches on, etc,etc..
It was supposed to slightly rain yesterday,, ,, it sprinkled for one minute and that was it.. A couple hours ago, the downpour started. 8:30 a.m. and it is still as dark as when I went to bed last night. I believe we got about a half inch of rain, so far,, DD and I had planned to cut and bundle the pool liner for the trash man, but my heart already had one stop and jumpstart today, I am not going out in this storm for that!!
Now we have about another 500 gallons on the liner and pool cover with the leaves and creatures living in that guk.
Yes, I think the pool thing is done,, on to the next life adventure after I get the hole filled in and prettied up...
SO glad I do not travel on holiday weekends.. Travel and thunderstorms do not mix...

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/29/2012 12:52AM

    We did not get any of those storms. They split before they got to us and went north and south of us. Didn't get any rain today either. It was definitely cooler today. So glad that the scrap guy showed up, tore down and loaded his truck. WAY TO GO on your co-worker getting things she needed too!!
Can't wait to see what adventures are waiting for you.

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JOYSGARDEN 5/27/2012 10:02PM

    LOL Lin!!! I hate days like that!! We got the storm later on today, wind, rain, thunder and lightening. Pools of water everywhere. Haven't seen my cat all day. He doesn't handle storms well either... It's thundering again now, so maybe we're in for round two.......

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TWEETYKC00 5/27/2012 7:00PM

    usually she doesn't, but it's a good thing she made an exception! Those are not the sheets I want to have to wash later!

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DONBOB1 5/27/2012 6:21PM

    You wear pants to bed?? I had you pegged for the au natural type.

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Rainy day

Saturday, May 26, 2012

It is cloudy and sprinkling outside.. no surprise, it is like this every Memorial weekend.. usually it is about thirty degrees colder though..
I hope my scrapguy is waterproof and shows up today.. I am just cleaning my house and glad I do not work until Monday..

Thinking of my Dad and others who sliced time out of their lives for what they believed.. us, our futures, our safety. Please do not be embarrassed to walk up to a total stranger if he/she is a vet and thank them for doing this. They all deserve this, at the very least.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/29/2012 12:46AM

    I did just that today after our Memorial Day service today. He just smiled and saluted. Later I had a chance to talk to him and he knew my dad from back in their day together. That really made me feel good especially as my dad has been deceased for over 32 years.


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JAZZEJR 5/26/2012 10:14AM

    I agree. A big salute to our vets! We appreciate your efforts on our behalf!

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Remembrance weekend..

Friday, May 25, 2012

My Dad was a Navy veteran,, I miss my Dad so much every day.. I have to work, I am unable to go to he Memorial Day Mass at his cemetery, but I can still go there Sunday, be there alone,, see his flag,, light his candle..
I sure miss my Dad... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/25/2012 10:42PM

    I really miss my dad too and he's been gone since 1979 just after my younger daughter was born.
I wish I could thank you dad for all he did for our country.

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MOM2ACAT 5/25/2012 3:26PM

    emoticonMy dad is an Army veteran of WW2, I lost him in August and I sure miss him too.

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GERIKRAGH 5/25/2012 2:15PM

    I miss my dad too and he's been gone a long time. I don't actually know anyone who served in a war zone.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

I just got a phone call from the gentleman that was supposed to be here yesterday to dismantle my pool: he got busy at home and did not call me,, I thought he chickened out because it is such a HUGE job... I prayed that HE would send me somebody that would not charge me $$.. Richard just called and he will be here Saturday morning..
I am happy about this.. a co-worker may come today to buy my pool chemicals for their pool, if her hubby gets out of work on time.. he manages a Sherwin Williams store, so they are very busy now..

I hope to sell my other parts to my contractor,, I have no clue how much fill dirt and black dirt cost, but hope this will help pay to fill that area in,, especially the deep end..
I know I will get what I need, I love the learning process of all of this, I am used to doing for myself, so having help with this pool thingie is a blessing.

I also am very aware that the State of Michigan started a new program last year that offers you a state-wide sticker for $10. You merely pay the $ with your license plate tab renewal and it gives you access to any state park, recreation area or campground. This state is famous for the lakes, rivers, camping and boating,, It has the second largest number of registered boats in the U.S... this means that SOMEBODY sent this little gem to me just as I was about to lose my swimming hole here at home!! Now it is up to me to travel and find new places and people to enjoy the water with all summer..

I look forward to more adventures out there.. wish I could hop in a travel trailer and go visit all my fellow Sparkers across the country though,, Now, THAT is an adventure!!!

BTW I was picked as a Spark motivator yesterday,, What a thrill!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/25/2012 10:38PM

    So glad that things are falling into place for you. Enjoy that pass to the great places that Michigan has to offer. Good luck on finding new place and people t enjoy them with you.

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FOXYROXY13 5/25/2012 12:19PM

    Sounds like things are going well ^_^ not exactly without a hitch though lol.

grats on SP motivator you deserve it ^_^

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SERAPHGYRL 5/24/2012 2:08PM

    I'm so glad your pool project is coming along. It's a blessing to have the privilege of helping somebody else. I'm glad you're a recipient when you need it.

Congratulations on being selected as a SP Motivator. The position is well deserved. You motivate me.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

i have been inside my pool pumping water out, slicing the liner around the bottom for removal later,, still waiting for scrapguy to show up,,
I started using my ratchet to get the screws out of the decking all around the top of the pool,, only half of them came off, my right hand is throbbing from the actions,, it is the hand I just had surgery on for carpal tunnel,, I sprayed all of the screws with WD40 and still a no-go on them,,
I DID climb through the blown out wall of the pool to get inside,, it is very sad to think of all the years we had hundreds of thousands of hours of enjoyment from that pool,, 24 years,,,

It killed me to slice into that $300 liner that is only three years old.... my winter cover is torn also from the weight of the snow.. i just bought it last September,,
I finally got hot and tired, pumped all the water I could from the bottom of the deep end and stopped working on it...
now I am just depressed about this big change in our life,, the pool represents a time in our lives when I was going through a divorce, health challenges, and my DD and I were blessed to have this brand new form of entertainment that kept our minds off our life situation.. many friends and relatives spent hours here, lots of great relaxing memories.. all from a pool of water!!!

Intellectually and physically, I know I can no longer handle it's upkeep , but in my heart it was a Godsend. I may plant a garden if I can handle that,, we will see,, I do NOT do well with change,, had a rotary phone until fifteen years ago!!

I know I am very old fashioned in some of my thinking, but most of it is just plain old German stubbornness...

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/25/2012 10:34PM

    That German stubbornness can go a long way to helping yourself when you need it!!! WAY TO GO!!! I know mine does. lol
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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SUECHRIS50 5/23/2012 2:41PM

    I understand giving up a familiar thing like that pool!I am told all the time to get a touch phone but I still have a razor!I agree with thinagin2 its an old friend that was always there for you and you are hurting alot!Getting a new car sends me hiding just thinking about it...Smile!! emoticon

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GERIKRAGH 5/23/2012 2:28PM

    Hey, I have German stubborness too! Build a communal garden. Have those same friends and family who enjoyed the pool help you. Then you can all share the work and share the crops. It's time to make new memories.

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SERAPHGYRL 5/23/2012 2:28PM

    I'll bet there are lots of people who don't even know the sound of dialing a rotary phone anymore. I collect antique phones and some have been updated to work on today's phone system. I had to get a new one so I could push 1 for this and 2 for that :( I still answer my old Kellogg crank phone and I love the sound of my phones ringing.

Most people have trouble with change. We Sparkers know this well. I'm sure you will think of a way to make your pool area into something that will celebrate this new phase in your life.

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THINAGIN2 5/23/2012 2:28PM

    I am sorry that you are having to give up your pool. They are a lot of work but oh, so much fun! I have read several of your blogs on this subject and can't help knowing that you are saying "goodbye" to an old and dear friend. Hang in there!

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