Saturday was my and Tara’s 10th anniversary together. What did we do that was so romantic? Power washed our house! In all seriousness, it was lots of fun and SUCH a huge change. It looks like a newly sided house now. Too bad it didn’t change the color from yellow to white or beige or something. Ah well!
We had originally planned to do the entire house plus the deck and shed (maybe), but after we did the entire house we were exhausted. We were going to keep going, but both of our neighbors were in their backyards with family over for BBQs and we didn’t want to get them wet or annoy them with more noise so we just called it quits. I think it took us around 3.5 hours or so. We had to take a break after the first side to go get more soap and gas so I lost track of time there. We cleaned the house up for our guests and then chilled out for the rest of the afternoon.
Sunday morning, Julie and Dan (He has a blog now. Go. Read it.) got to our house just before 10am with breakfast, so we all ate and then brainstormed how we were going to approach putting up the pool. There was rain in the forecast, so we hurried and changed to get out there and get it done before it came. I decided to be smart this year and put our tarp down before the grass starting growing back in because EVERY year we have to dig out so much grass and re-level the ground. When we pulled the tarp back, there was a little bit of regrowth, but a simple raking pulled most of it up. We opted not to do the whole leveling process this year based on how well the past couple of years have gone (plus it’s a TON of work) so after we raked and smoothed out a couple of spots we pulled the tarp back over and got to work.
With 4 of us helping, it never takes too long to put up the pool. We slide the metal poles together and through the liner, pop the ladder in, smooth out the wrinkles and start filling. It’s during the filling process that we try to work out most of the wrinkles as it fills with water. We realized after it filled about 3-4 inches that it was leaking in two separate spots (one near the release valve to drain the pool, the other possibly a seam near the outer edge). Once we realized this we immediately turned off the water and tried to drain it, but it just wasn’t working. We ended up dumping all that water all over my back lawn because there wasn’t enough pressure to get it down the house down the driveway. We also realized as we took it apart that one of the filter hoses was completely broken.
We headed over to Walmart (where I bought our original pool maybe 5 years ago) because I saw all the pools were out when we were there on Friday night. Well, they didn’t have any of the same brand in the same size and I didn’t want to mix and match pieces that we already had. From there, I called two Targets and we finally ended up finding one at Ocean State Job Lot. Phew! Of course, as we drove there, we ran straight into a rainstorm and tried to load the car while it was pouring on us, resulting in me and “Roger” pushing the pool straight into Tara’s arm and pinning her against the front seat in her car. Luckily she was OK, but it left a nice little red line on her arm for most of the day.
By the time we got it home to unload it, the rain had stopped so we lucked out and were able to get it put up right away. The newer pool had a few little adjustments we weren’t used to during set-up, but they were easy enough to sort out. We put the hoses in again to fill it and this time we were good to go!
After we finished and got cleaned up, I threw our dinner on the grill. I made us some BBQ chicken, grilled zucchini and pineapple. It was all soooo good after such a rough day. We treated ourselves to the local ice cream place and then settled in for the night and watched some Sherlock and Tosh.0.
Monday morning was much more chill. We just had breakfast (Tara baked banana bread and blueberry muffins) and hung out for a bit.
Julie and Dan took off I think sometime between 10 and 11 or so and then my plan for the day had been to go for a run. Well, it was drizzling a little bit so I tried to wait it out. Finally around 12:30 I got dressed and ready to go just run in the drizzle, but then it started pouring. I gave up at that point and went downstairs on my elliptical for 30 minutes instead. It wasn’t supposed to rain at all on Monday, but that ended up being the worst day of the weekend! Tara and I relaxed and caught up on the DVR a bit, then once the rain finally stopped I went out to mow the lawn and put the chemicals in the pool (which had finished filling right before I went on the elliptical). I’m so glad it’s over and done with, but now we’re dipping back into the 60s, which is definitely not swimming weather in an unheated pool!
I hope everyone else had a great weekend, too. Tell me what you did!