Our dog, Snickers, should have been named Princess, for she is no doubt the most revered member of our household.  She is adored and loved and treated with honor by every member of our home – even Brad, though he will never admit it.  As our resident Princess, she has always slept in a chair in our bedroom, on my side of the bed, so she can keep an eye on both me and the backyard, through the shuttered windows.  She learned early on how to lever the blinds with her paw, so she can open the window any time of the day or night, even if we would rather not have sunlight streaming directly into our eyes when we are trying to catch an extra hour of sleep on a Saturday morning.  Here she is on her perch:



Today, however, the Princess has been dethroned.  After spending some time in bed with bronchitis recently, I’ve come to realize that her chair possesses probably the best view in the house, now that the pool is completed.  I decided I wanted to take back the chair, and so I moved her bed to the floor and proceeded to vacuum out all the dog hair and dirt.  Then, I sat in it.  I found it to be quite comfortable, and worth the battle.  And so it began.

First, she came in and just sat there, looking at me in her chair.  I told her to go lay in her bed, but she looked disdainfully at her bed on the floor and proceeded to try to jump into the chair with me.  I told her to get down and she balefully looked at me, then jumped down, only to lie down right next to her bed on the floor.  Just to show me she didn’t have to do what I said.  When I got out of the chair, I put a big pillow in it, so she would learn not to get in it as soon as I stood up.  That worked until tonight, when at her normal bedtime, she decided this was really a whole lot of nonsense and proceeded to climb into the chair, pillow and all.  I had to tell her no, to get down, then to get in her bed.  Again, she sat and stared at me like I had lost my marbles.  I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth, and when I looked back, this is what I saw:

If the picture is unclear, let me describe it.  She’s on my bed, with one of her hind feet lifted up to her mouth, so she can groom it.  It was so hilarious, I almost gave her the chair back.  Instead, I told her to get down and go get in her bed.  She looked at the sad mound of stuffing on the floor…and she trotted off to the living room, to sleep on the couch!  I half expect her to try to get in bed with us tonight, but hopefully she has finally resolved herself to the spot on the floor that is her new bed.  But I’m not holding my breath.  She didn’t earn the name Princess for nothing.


Well, after plaster, we started filling the pool with the hose, per Sammy’s instructions. And it filled all day and all night and by the following afternoon, it wasn’t full, but the kids went swimming anyway!




Then, it was finally all full and beautiful!



A different Hauk Pool guy came to start the pool. That was Friday, the last day of school for the boys. Of course, they were DYING to go swimming…but the Hauk guy said we had to wait a day, since he had put lots of chemicals in the pool. 

Then, on Saturday, at 8am, the sound of running water woke me up. I looked out the window, and saw the fountains running for the first time!

After a few hours, it was still running. I figured it had been programmed to do that, but it was strange to hear/see it.

Saturday was Brad & Peter’s birthday. So we went out to celebrate and didn’t get home for several hours. When we pulled into the alley, we saw a geyser shooting up next to our house, so we ran to see what it was. 

On our way in, a neighbor asked if it was ours and if he could help. He told us it had been doing it for a while, which we verified by looking at the water level in the pool, which was back down to just over half full. We started calling the Hauk people, who walked us through shutting it all down.  A City of Frisco showed up shortly after thanks to a neighbor who called. Thankfully, we were back or he would have shut our water off and we would have had to pay to get it turned back on. 

Meanwhile, we have discovered a separate leak at the back of the pool, possibly explaining the middle fountain’s slower flow. 

But we didn’t let all the problems keep us from swimming!  It wasn’t full, but we still had fun. It was our first time to swim as a family. 

So…it’s kind of done.  Oh well, hopefully they will iron out all the kinks this week!

Pool, Day 41/53

It’s been a few days since I last wrote because, frankly, nothing has happened.  But today was PLASTER!!!  I’m SO EXCITED!!!  I got all my detailed instructions on what we have to do for the next few days and it’s a little daunting (scrub the inside of the pool 3X a day for 10 days???!!?) but at least WE HAVE PLASTER!!!  That means they will acid wash it tomorrow, then begin filling it immediately after.  The hose has to be left on constantly until the pool is full to the level of the tile, then the spa must be filled, but not overflowing the spillway…all very complicated.  The dog can’t run in the backyard until the plaster dries so she doesn’t create footprints – which means, I can’t let the boys out there either!  But the good news is that by this weekend, we should be swimming!  So exciting!

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This entry was posted on June 2, 2015, in Pool.

Pool, Day 38/50

So today is Thursday, the day we were originally supposed to get plaster in our pool.  Plaster is the polymer coating on the inside of the pool that we will actually touch when we swim.  The one we chose is a very pale blue with tiny pebbles embedded in it.  It’s called “Pebble Sheen”.  Once the plaster is sprayed, it dries for a day, then they come back and do an acid wash so that some of the pebbles are exposed.  After that, they use the garden hose to fill the pool, and it becomes our job to scrub off any of the pebbles that might catch on our clothes or scrape our feet.  For about 4-5 days, we have to scrub the entire pool with a pool brush!!!  Fun stuff.

So they can’t plaster the pool when it’s raining.  So when we heard it was going to be dry today, we cheered.  Then Sammy called me yesterday to say the plaster guys are behind schedule and couldn’t make it until Friday.  So we booed.  Then this morning, at 8am, two men showed up in our backyard and when I ran to the front, there was a plaster truck parked out front!  I cheered, and then ran outside to welcome them to my home!  But when I got out there, they informed me the pool was too wet – it’s had rain water seeping in on the sides because the water table is so high – and so they wouldn’t be able to plaster today.  I went back inside and quietly booed.  They said they would have to wait a few days for the pool to dry out, but with our crazy weather, that might be weeks.


Guess we’ve come so far so fast, it’s hard to wait now that the end is in sight.  However, the fence is up, the dog can run in the backyard, the arbor is done and oh!  They finished the decking yesterday!  So I’m happy.  Here are some pics of the finished deck:

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This entry was posted on May 28, 2015, in Pool.

Pool, Day 34-36

Friday came and went, and we got both green tags – for the pool (pre-plaster) and for the arbor (pre-pier).  Then on Saturday – the only Saturday we’ve had anyone working on the pool thus far – men came and poured the cement piers for the arbor  posts.  (Now that we’ve had workers come on a Saturday, I have to renumber the days.  Before, I was only counting weekdays, but including weekends, it’s been 49 days…<grin>)

Monday was Memorial Day and no one came by, then on Tuesday, we got our arbor!!!

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This entry was posted on May 27, 2015, in Pool.