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Monday, June 18, 2012

We had a 24 foot round Doughboy pool with a 7 1/2 foot deep end. For 24 years it gave us endless pleasure,, but like Pat said, open it the end of may or beginning of June, close it in September,, a couple times it was so warm, we swam until the middle of October, BUT now I have many health challenges, , the biggest one being carpal tunnel and diabetic neuropathy, and severe arthritis. My whole yard is surrounded by 30-50 foot trees(On railroad property) so thousands of gallons of skanky wormy composted leaves are on our cover each spring,, it takes days of us bailing them out BY HAND and with pickle pails,,, slimy manure smelling and FEELING stuff all over us,,,
we had to literally, put on old swimsuits or raggedy shirts and shorts(with no undies) on,, be covered with this stuff for hours while we got it off the pool cover,, then the rest of that day or another, just to hook things up c=scrub that cover after we finally got it OFF the top of the clean pool water without getting any gunk in the water,,, then fill the pool start it up, etc...

Closing was reverse, not as hard, but just as time consuming,, an above ground pool is very hard work,, inground is a breeze: I have helped ;with many, many types and I cannot believe how easy they all are compared to our situation!!
Add the electric bill, chemicals, repairs, water and sewer bill.. liability.. and you see how it was..

The pool did not owe me any $$$, it served its' purpose,, now it is time for me to maybe take off on a weekend and travel, go to the thousands of lakes and beaches and rivers we are blessed to have here.. but that dive in my clear, personal oasis was fantastic..

Neighbors next door have a a huge custom Beattie pool , 40 feet long, 20 feet wide, with a 9 1/2 foot deep end. I have cleaned that one many times too.. I know they would let us swim, but I will not ask,, I love my privacy and we would be like goldfish in THEIR bowl there..
it is like my dog: I loved her, I miss her terribly every single day, BUT now I can try things I was unable to do before,, like leave the house without worrying somebody would jump over my fence and drown in my pool.

I did see the pools that Sears has: have thought of maybe just getting a small one for just sitting in and cooling off, but still the same problem of cleaning, storing, etc.
I would rather rent a cabin on one of our beautiful lakes for a week and enjoy all of that water that I suffered through snowstorms to get!!!

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NORASPAT 6/18/2012 5:50PM

    LINDA, I am right there with you. If DH had not fallen in on Fathers day i had hoped for another couple of years. Ours is an 18 by 36 with 9 deep. 20 by 40 needed two filters and so we opted for this. It too had serve us well since 1976.
The man who installed it is coming over to help us make decisions based on the financial outcome. The Maple tree that messed ours up was taken down last fall so leaves were no issue for this first year. DH and I could of opened it up on our own. Fill it up and throw the switch but the floods this spring has left the water table high. It is decision time. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon Pat in Maine.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/18/2012 4:17PM

    Biottersweet memories! There goes my lunch.

And then theres the piossibility of a hot tub kept cold in summer hot in winter?

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/18/2012 3:38PM

    I am definitely with you on getting away to the lakes for a while and enjoying a great time. I definitely understand what you are saying and thought you lived near some great water areas.
With your health issues and interests, I think you are smart to enjoy each day as it comes and do the things that bring you and your DD pleasure when and where you want!!! Have a great summer!!
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Blessings and hugs,

Enjoying your countdown!!!

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60 days

Sunday, June 17, 2012

I think I have not lost weight lately, but my trousers are fitting less snugly. We are still sitting here wondering what we are going to do with to thousands of hours we usually spent in the pool all summer,, I would come home from work, get swimsuit on immediately, jump in and be in there until dinnertime,, about four hours,, then another swim afterwards,, on weekends, it was all day from early morning until bedtime..
our bay supposedly has thick, slimy sludge that you have to wade through to get out to to nice water,, I am going to investigate soon.. we already hike there frequently, might as well cool off too.. we will see,,

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/18/2012 3:29PM

    With all the work you have been doing, it's no wonder your trousers are fitting looser!! You are doing a great job. Didn't mean to push the pool thing earlier...sorry.
Blessings and hugs,

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NORASPAT 6/18/2012 6:25AM

    HI LINDA, DH fell on to and in to the pool cover and as I thought our liner is floating. This is decision time, big time for us too. Ours is concrete and steel. I still think I will stock it with trout and let the grands fish all day. HUGS, I will not miss ours but I know you will miss yours. I think you could handle another but winterising is the pits with a short season up here. HUGS Take care Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/17/2012 11:13PM

    Do any of your friends or neighbors have a pool that they will share with you? McKenzie's parents got an awesome pool from Sears (i think) that is 18' by 9' by 5 feet deep that doesn't use all those chemicals but rather uses salt. It is big enough for them to all play around in and cool off even if her parents at 6' plus are too tall to swim laps. They do have rafts in it, etc. and have a great time.
This will show you the pool they have although theirs came from Sears.
Not sure that you are in the market for another pool of your own. But this one can be left up even through the winter also.
Hope you can find one close by that you and DD can pop in and out of at your convenience.
Blessings and hugs,

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/17/2012 3:45PM

    I vote for getting another pool.
Water shoes would help keep that guck off your pretty feet. I don't know about your legs though.

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MARTHASPARKS 6/17/2012 10:43AM

    Yuck to the sludgy bay. What happened to the pool?

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61 days, but who's counting?????????

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Dd and I finally got that %^#@^&%$% skanky pool cover cleaned and hanging over the clothesline to dry!! Major cardio and strength workout!! Nothing better than the smell of cow manure on your legs and feet, under your nails!! temp 88, humidity 95%!!!
We are retreated indoors with teh A/C and ceiling fans until DD grills the ribs later!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/17/2012 12:15AM

    DD threw her pool cover away. Her trash man told her he sure wished she had cut it up into smaller pieces and put into more trash bags because it was so heavy. How did he think she got it out to the road for him. lol
I am sure you really miss your pool. Have you found a substitute one close to you yet that you will be able to enjoy? WOOHOO on the cardio and strength exercises today!!!
I am counting the days with you..
Blessings and hugs,

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NORASPAT 6/16/2012 10:31PM

    Hi LINDA, Sorry about the stinky pool cover. Ours is still on the pool. Almost the first day of summer and still a cool breeze.
I cut down more junipers and I am taking back what little back yard we have left. We put the pool in and lost space and then a 2 car garage, it's still not big enough. So we are re-claiming by cutting them down. Every time DH cuts the grass he ends up bleeding so i decided to get rid of the mess. Never realised how fat the trunk is. WOWSERS! are they ever big an\d heavy.

HUGS Keep on counting. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/16/2012 4:29PM


I miss your pool, too.
You can always get another one.

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62 days..

Friday, June 15, 2012

A VERY long and hard day today,, rose at 3 a.m..., worked from 3:45a.m until 1:05p.m.. I am VERY tired!!!
I just finished drinking a half gallon of lemonade, will polish that off with another half gallon of water.. I drank two glass of iced tea before the lemonade, plus another two glasses of water at work.. I think I have my fluid intake for the day ,, especially water!!!
A coworker's family raises chickens as pets, as a hobby,, they have one chicken who lays BLUE EGGS.. Yes, blue!! I bought some and will boil a couple of them and take them to my mom this weekend for a goof. He calls them their Easter eggs!! They are a pale blue. some of them have little spots on them,, but they a are pale blue!!
They are organic,, nothing fed to these chickens but corn and organic feed!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/16/2012 12:34AM

    Wow! so those would be the best eggs ever, then.

Hmmmmm not that's a lotta water Lin! It must be really hot.

I, so, wish we ahd a refrigerator that had automatic icemaker & filtered water.


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/15/2012 11:34PM

    I remember my grandmother having chickens that laid baby blue (powder blue) eggs. I remember telling her I didn't like those ones. (I had never tasted them either) lol
Have a great weekend!!!

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NORASPAT 6/15/2012 8:20PM

    We ate Duck eggs, there was actually a colour on the paint box palette called duck egg blue.
I wrote this and lost it. I did say I like duck eggs and we have no chicken farms any more. We do eat chickens , HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRUPLEBEAR 6/15/2012 8:14PM

    My grandma had chickens that laid blue eggs when I was younger. They are so pretty!

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THINAGIN2 6/15/2012 4:11PM

    I had some of those chickens at one time. We would get blue, pink and green eggs. They were always a conversation piece and just as good as any other to eat!

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63 days............

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A ncie day here; errand running was in a circuit:credit union, dealership car wash, on to fruit market for fresh picked asparagus,, on to salvage grocery store for some deli foods, canned goods, deeply discounted Columbian coffee, pure juices,etc,,

We are hoping to get more yard work finished this weekend,, also pack up more treasures for the garage sale to take to dad's house..

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/14/2012 9:41PM

    Sounds like a busy day for you. Good luck with your garage sale.

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NORASPAT 6/14/2012 6:15PM

    It all sounds like a very good plan. Hopefully your garage sale will be a big success. Pat in Maine. I hope you are feeling better with the better weather. ((((HUGS)))) Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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