The pool adventure continues

We bought a new pool.  We researched, measured, comparison shopped, and found the perfect one. Even better, it was an opened package so it was deeply discounted.

The girls helped put  it together.



Yes.  It takes up all of our grass.
The girls look happy  though.


I see a summer of fun ahead! I even bought myself a floatie and have enjoyed some pool time.


Adventures of a Backyard Pool

20160510_064221.jpgFor the last few summers we’ve enjoyed a  small above ground pool in our backyard. Last year we bought a new one. The only one we could find in a middle of a heat wave that would fit our 17×17 patch of grass was 12×36. Seeing that my daughter is almost 5’5″, this summer it would have been interesting to see her try to swim in it.

But, alas, we are a frugal family, choosing to live off of one income in the summer months due to my school district job and desire to play all summer, so I set up the tiny pool. The girls were excited and I let them play in the pool before adding any chemicals to it.

It was a fun night. The neighbor girl came over and played, we cooked burgers on the grill, and just enjoyed the simplicity of backyard family time.

That was Saturday night. Fast forward to Monday morning. Liv wanted to check the chlorine and ph levels of the pool. Since she’s 13 and has handled mere complex things in science class, I figured she would make an excellent pool girl this summer. I sent her outside to begin her new responsibility. She  rushed back in the house with a look of panic on her face. The pool had lost half its water.

I went out to investigate, and found several places in the seams that water was leaking from. Then, the pool imploded and water went everywhere. Our tiny pool was no more.






21 days Facebook free

I made it the 21 days.  Honestly I have little desire to look at Facebook again,  except to get my pictures.

Things I’ve learned or noticed these 21 days:

1. I have amazing friends who keep in contact with me even without social media.
2. I’m more relaxed.
3. It feels good to not constantly be checking in, afraid I’m missing something.
4. I do miss seeing my friends pictures.
5. Face to face time with people has been amazing.
6. I can enjoy events and be present without sharing pictures.
7. I’ve read two 900+ page books.
8. It’s nice not having my face in my phone.
9. My laundry and housework are still behind. I don’t think I’ll ever successfully keep up with that stuff.
10. I wish I could think of 21 things but this will have to do.

So if you are one of my real life friends reading this, let’s do coffee!

Sick day

Today I’m staying home sick.  I have a minor chronic condition that occasionally flares up and today it chose to make itself known.

So, I’m in bed with a heating pad and a good book. 

Minus the pain, it’s an ideal day. 

Trying to block the sun

Last year the property behind our house sold. The first thing they did was cut down all the trees to develop a new neighborhood.

My backyard is on the west side of the house.

All last summer we avoided the backyard after 1:00pm. Oh, also our living room and kitchen are on the back side of the house.  That’s right every night glaring sun with absolutely no shade.

So this year we are trying to create or own shade.


That’s right…two umbrellas and a canopy/gazebo thing.  The instructions said it would take 20 minutes for 2 peopleto set it up.

The instructions lied.

4 people and maybe 3 hours. Spread or over two days because we walked away in frustration more than once.

But now it’s finished and I love it!


I think I’m going to get some lights on the way home tonight and we can enjoy our gyros on the shaded back deck.

I’ll post a picture work all umbrellas and lights later today.

Have a fabulous Monday friends.

Only 7 more weeks of school!