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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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What a wonderful gift this day is !!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

It is beautiful weather, work went smoothly, got some bills paid,,

looking forward to DD grilling patty melts,, I have never had one,, we are using onion rolls instead of rye bread...
laundry on the line, pool is almost empty, scrap guy coming tomorrow afternoon to dismantle,, crossing my fingers I can climb into the wall of the pool and play around with the leftover five hundred or so gallons of sludge, water and compost that is left in the deep end.. then have to slice up the liner, roll it up, remove from pool,,etc..

I hope everybody is enjoying this day!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/23/2012 1:04AM

    WAY TO Go on bartering to get the pool cleaned up and gone. My DH is a scrapper and a barterer. You've done great!!!

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LESSOFPMCD 5/22/2012 5:04PM

    Great uplifiting post. It is a beautiful day here as well - other than having to work that is.

Thanks for making me smile at the end of a busy day!

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SHARON10002 5/22/2012 4:46PM

    Patty melts are great! I love the grilled rye bread! We use provolone cheese on ours instead of American cheese. Also add some grilled onions once in awhile, too.
Good luck with that pool!!!!

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SERAPHGYRL 5/22/2012 4:33PM

    I adore pattie melts and you've gotten my mouth watering :-p Thanks! It sounds like you've got some work cut out for you. What are you doing with your pool? Filling it in or remodeling it?
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Busy, busy, busy!! Holy Wah!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Went to work this morning, after work DD and I went to Dunhams to check out their surfsocks. We both got a pair to take to Whitefish Point in August. The beach is sand, but when you get to the shore, it is all pebbles, like river rocks,,some very sharp. Last year I did not have any when i was there alone, so wore some cheapo vinyl open toed shower sandals in the water to hunt for agates and Petoskey stones. The tide kept sending stones inside the sandals,, that is not good..
Live and learn: this year we got surfsocks!! 87 more days until vacation!! Holy Wah!!

I was so worried that I would not find anybody to dismantle my pool , except guys who thought I was a hick that did not know better!! Tried to charge me an arm and a leg to do it plus the price of its' scrap value!! Last time I looked at my drivers license, I did see that I was not born yesterday,,,
I went to the lab for blood work Saturday morning: janitor there is a scrapper, so he is coming Wednesday to dismantle the pool free of charge, he gets to keep all of the metal for scrap.. I LOVE BARTERING!!
I have been pumping water out of the deep end since yesterday morning, off the pool cover since Saturday afternoon.. still have about ten thousand gallons left,,

We are really going to miss that pool!! DD barely remembers NOT having it,, it is 24 years old..
We will be reconnecting with the zillions of Michigan lakes and rivers to cool off for the rest of our lives.. not hard,,, I can walk to about five from my home.. Lake Huron is two miles away..

This is another one of those things in life that forces one to change their routine,, first losing our dear dog, Pooky Bear, now our main form of recreation...

If push comes to shove, our neighbors may be subjected to DD spraying me with our hose in the front yard,, scary as it sounds, there ARE neighbors kitty corner from our house that the whole street wants rid of,, this could be a solution.. naw, even I could not subject them to that sight.. a Molotov cocktail would be more humane!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/23/2012 1:02AM

    I absolutely love your sense of humor!!! WAY TO GO!!! I grew up two miles from Lake Erie in Ohio and I can say there are times when I really miss that water.

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SHARON10002 5/21/2012 6:36PM

    You are too funny, Linda! Those lakes will be nice and cool (brrr) this summer!

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Having blog entry problems anybody?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

This is the second time my blogs did not post,, I did not notice until the day after.. I very seldom have issues with the site unless they change it immensely. Anybody else having problems?

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/23/2012 1:00AM

    I have had more problems with getting spark points to register.

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ANDROMEDA1967 5/22/2012 5:04AM

    No problems that I have noticed.

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LEANJEAN6 5/20/2012 8:39AM

    So far--so good here---but--you never know---- I hate it when you type up a blog , however, and it flies off into space and you have to begin AGAIN----Lynda

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