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:
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!!!
Day 30 was a real disappointment. I thought this week would be a flurry of activity. Turns out, not so much. On the 31st day, some guy showed up to put a document in our sideways Ziploc baggie that’s taped to the back windows, the one that holds the plans for the pool, all the permits, as well as the green inspection tags we’ve received.
Day 32, Sammy came by. Turns out, for the inspection – scheduled for Day 33 – our gate had to close automatically after opening. Sammy (thankfully) was able to set it to close 30 seconds after opening, and I’ve had to work hard to remember not to dally pulling out of the driveway. Don’t want that silly gate to close on my car! The gate was also supposed to have a back-up battery supply, but ours does have a release, so we crossed our fingers it would pass. Sure enough, it did! We are now ready for plaster!
Here’s a video I made this morning. It might work, if I’m lucky:
Turns out, installing the pool decking is a LOT of work. Here’s the progression:
Meanwhile, because life can’t be all perfume and roses, we found out this week Peter will need braces. Again. In two weeks. And insurance has already paid out the max amount. After he gets braces, he will get his wisdom teeth removed because they are keeping his back molars from coming in properly. Dang wisdom teeth. They really serve no purpose, which is why, I suppose, we all get them removed eventually.
Then yesterday, as I pulled into the alley to drive the two elementary-aged children to school, I heard a horrible “thump thump thump” sound. I stopped to inspect and sure enough, I had a flat tire. Not just a flat tire…a COMPLETELY flat tire. As in, there was a razor blade embedded in it that effectively ruined the tire and made me have to buy a new one.
Because right now is the PERFECT TIME to be shelling out extra money for braces and wisdom teeth and new tires. We might end up with a pool when this is all done, but we won’t be able to afford swim suits.