When I was younger, I was always told that I couldn’t go in the pool for thirty minutes after eating because I would die. Actually, it was because you would get cramps and drown, so it’s kind of the same thing. I always knew it was total BS and never really paid much attention.
As I am sitting here thinking about what to write for this post, this “old wives tale” hit me. Where do some of these crazy things come from? Who sat around and decided that if I swim right after eating, I will sink to the bottom of the pool like a rock? What if it was a shallow pool and I could just stand up? Growing up, we only had a four foot deep pool. For a good portion of my life, I was tall enough to stand up and keep my head above the water.
Well, I looked it up on Snopes, and they have dismissed it as crap. Maybe it was just a cruel punishment from parents, taking their fun away. Or maybe they just didn’t have Snopes to check out the facts. Either way, I missed a lot of swimming time as a kid because of it.
What kind of “old wives tales” did you have to endure as a child? Are there some that you still have to deal with?
For the last few days, the weather has been pretty cool and rainy. That’s not helping the pool very much. Over the last few weeks, it has been in the 80s and 90s outside, and the pool was around 76 degrees. That’s not too bad when you consider that I had to backwash it a lot and had to keep adding cold hose water to fill it back up.
Yesterday when I checked the temperature in the pool, it was about 71 degrees. I haven’t checked it today, but with the constant rain and temps around 58 degrees, I can only imagine what it is now. I don’t think I want to look.
The pool is finally starting to clear up. I figured it would take a little longer this year, as it wasn’t opened last year and there was a lot more to clean up. It turned blue quickly, but it hasn’t cleared up the cloudiness quite yet. I can see the shallow end bottom and halfway down to the deep end, so it wont be long now.
One good thing about the rain is that it is filling up the pool and I don’t have to run the hose into it and waste the water. It’s also watering my garden. Two birds, one stone I guess.
My question is this – Why did we get Summer weather in Spring, and now that Summer is about to begin, we are getting Spring weather?
Last year, I planted some seeds in a starter kit inside the house to see if I could grow some flowers and veggies. I managed to grow some stuff, but never got around to transplanting them outside and they got too big for the small containers they were in. The roots couldn’t go any farther and ended up dying. Not so good on my part.
This year, I decided to try again. This time, I was going to start the seeds outside and hope for the best. I planted some radishes, green peppers, basil and parsley in a small strip around the outside of the pool fence. I got the seeds at Walmart for a few bucks, so if they didn’t grow, I wasn’t out much.
After a few weeks, I started to see little green sprouts. Cool! I had always wanted to have a garden, but didn’t know if I had a green thumb or not. I went to Home Depot and got some green coated chicken wire to keep the animals out. After a few weeks, the radishes were starting to grow big leaves. I was pretty excited.
When I planted the plants in the ground, I also planted some of the seeds in pots. The potted plants were slow to start, but they took off a little while later. The parsley is really growing well. I was pretty excited by these results. I was so excited that I decided to start a bigger garden. I was a little scared it would not work, but you never know until you try, right?
I decided where I wanted to put the garden and measured out what I thought would be a good size. I went back to Home Depot and got two 12′ 2x10s, 2 8′ 2x10s and 2 8′ 4x4s. Or, so I thought. I brought them home and stained them to make them look nice. In the meantime I had begun removing the grass in the area I wanted to put the box. It was tough work, as I don’t have a roto tiller and had to do it all with a shovel and a pitch fork. That was not a lot of fun, but I got it done.
We had gone to Hewitts and Gade Farm before this to pick up some tomato plants and a few other veggie plants. Along with the tomatoes, we also got zucchini, sweet peppers and green peppers. At a tag sale two weekends ago, we picked up six grape tomato plants for a buck. What a deal!
After all the dirt removal and shoveling, I put the framework for the garden together. When I got it out by the garden area, I made a startling discovery. The 2x12s were actually 2x14s. And the 2x8s were actually 2x10s. Crap, more digging. I guess I have plenty of room for the plants. I might even need more. Thanks Home Depot for incorrectly labeling your products.
After I got the box in place and leveled out, I planted the veggies and put up the fence to keep the animals out. Now, we wait and see what happens. I hope to have an abundance of tomatoes in a month or two. Here’s what I built. I am not mechanically inclined in the least bit, so this is an accomplishment for me.
So, a few days ago, I opened the pool for the season. For a few reasons, it didn’t get opened last year. So, this year I was expecting a nightmare of a time getting it cleared up and ready to swim in. I could only imagine what had gotten in under the cover while being closed for a year and with all the crazy wind we have had since it’s been closed.
I took the cover off and it was a murky brown, but not the pitch black color I had expected. I started scooping leaves out of the deep end and got quite a bit. A big fear that I had was the leaves would stain the liner because it got closed in November a year and a half ago. It was cold and we were very busy, so it didn’t get cleaned out as it should have.
Another concern I had was that it never had any chemicals added to it last year, including winterizer and anti-freeze in the pipes. I was really worried that the pipes would freeze and burst, but was pretty confident that the winterizer that was added before would still be OK.
After I got the leaves out, I hit the pool with a gallon of algaecide and let it sit in the pool for a day. I vacuumed it out and added 5 gallons of chlorine right after the back washing. Within ten minutes, the brown was turning to blue. I couldn’t believe it. This was much easier than I had hoped.
The only problem I am having is that the water is cloudy. My chemical levels are good, but the cloudiness just wont go away. I have backwashed many times, and even put some clarifier in, but it’s still cloudy. I can’t figure out why. Any pointers?
I have been swimming since I was a toddler. My grandparents always had a pool in their yard, and I spent most of the summer swimming in it. I am a total water rat as well. I could spend hours on end in the pool. You literally have to drag me out. On top of that, I learned a lot about taking care of pools from my grandparents. It helps a lot now that I am doing it on my own.
Hopefully, in a few days it will be nice and clear and we can swim on a regular basis again. There’s nothing like being able to wake up in the morning and dive into the pool, or finish mowing the lawn and diving in to cool off. I love it. My specialty is the backflip off the diving board!
Do you like to swim? Are you a pool person, or do you prefer the beach?
See ya soon!