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Take the plunge

A shot from my phone while sitting by the pool...

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!

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Today’s post is going to be a little different than my usual blogs.  As I try to establish a base of daily readers and have a successful blog, I want to know my readers.  I’d like to get to know everyone that reads my blog and have their feedback.  What would you like to see or read?  Tell me.  I want to know.  Let me know about things that interest you in a blog.

I would also like to know what type of social media you use.  Do you use Myspace, Facebook, or Twitter?  What do you know about search engine optimization (SEO)?  Are there other social media sites that I don’t have listed here that you use?  I would also like to know blogs that you read.  I would like to expand my daily blog intake.  I have learned over the last month that I really enjoy blogging and reading other people’s blogs.

In the near future, I also plan to start doing reviews of photography related products.  I was contacted by someone from LowePro today about reviewing their camera bags, so I hope to be writing reviews of them very soon.  If you are familiar with their bags, you will know they make a quality product that lasts.  I currently have the Lowepro Mini Trekker Backpack camera bag that is 8 years old and still looks like brand new.  I use it all the time.  I go hiking with it, lay on it, wear it on the motorcycle.  It is top notch.  I am honored to get this opportunity.  I simply can not wait to start testing their products.  So, tell me what you look for in a camera bag too, and I might be able to test one that is more specific to your needs.

I would really love to hear from you on these topics.  Let me know what you like.  Take a minute to leave a comment.  Subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss a post.  it wont hurt a bit!  See you soon!

Smile!  It's not that bad!

Smile! It's not that bad!