Continuation of an odyssey

Chickinvic

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Jul 12, 2017
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Wow, I bet that's nice! Straight from the hose here is COLD, even in the summer.

Noodles and beach balls filled with sparkly confetti are the teen favorites here. So is screaming. I don't understand that part, but there's always a lot of screaming when her friends/teammates are in the pool with her. We have new empty-nester neighbors, and I bet they spent some time this summer regretting buying next to a house with a pool and a teenager. 🧜‍♀️ I'm trying to enjoy it, because it's going by really fast!
We are empty nesters, and we genuinely LOVE hearing our neighbours' kids outside enjoying their pool (screaming, listening to music or whatever). It is a happy sound.
 

Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
970
NY
We are empty nesters, and we genuinely LOVE hearing our neighbours' kids outside enjoying their pool (screaming, listening to music or whatever). It is a happy sound.
Good for you and anybody else who can see the big picture in life. Alot of older neighbors get upset if their silence gets interrupted by fun. I have 3 neighbors abutting my backyard. All retirees. 2 of them genuinely love my kids so they tolerate us having fun outside. The other guy is grumpy and wont even say hi if we are both at the border and i say hi first.
My 85 year old mom had a grumpy retiree next to her for years. A family with 3 young girls just moved in and she will be so happy to hear them squealing while riding their bikes and playing.
 
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Rattus Suffocatus

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Jun 5, 2019
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Corona de Tucson, AZ
I am the old grumpy guy on my block..... The next door neighbor is much younger, and they are probably 1/2 as loud as we are. I think they use their pool, but I am not sure! :) Good guy, just keeps to himself.

There are a few neighbors who are older than us, but the vast majority are in their early 30's, making us (in our early 50's) definitely in the small group of "elders" there.... But we are probably one of the more obnoxious bunch on the street with the older teenagers regardless.....and my kids are obnoxious....
 
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Rattus Suffocatus

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Corona de Tucson, AZ
So in the last week, I did a shed, including a "Quikrete" pad, the "snake grate" on the drainage...(and yes I have a second one to do..) Quite a few indoor fixes unrelated to the pool, finally, and I started messing with the "solar roller" solar cover rollers. I think I have a good enough layout now. One side is a shorter roll, but will get more cover. Other is longer but will have less weight on it. Will cut and finish it tomorrow.

TFP from the beginning of the pool has made it extremely easy to keep CSI very tightly in balance. I would assume most starting water profiles would be just like what I am doing with the fairly hard and high alkalinity water. After CYA got to 40, liquid chlorine and muriatic acid are all I have had to add so far. Working and testing great.

Anyway here are two pictures of the last two weekends work... Off in the distance is both diamond pattern steel and hardware mesh to cover the holes in the block wall hopefully keeping out the rattle snakes and pack rats... Tapconed into the wall..IMG_20191012_171352244.jpgIMG_20191012_171434520.jpg
 
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Rattus Suffocatus

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Corona de Tucson, AZ
Okay so I lied a little I guess. My wife wanted to go to the fall festival at Patagonia, AZ. So instead of getting the solar rollers set up, we bought "bling"...

Maybe more of the landscaping will be that way. Very little maintenance and not a lot more cost than live plants. The barrel cactus lights up, too. So there will be a trench and a GFCI circuit in the future I suppose...

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To prove that AZ is not all cacti and some places are green and have trees.. This is only 32 miles away as the crow flies... And amazingly only 700 feet higher in elevation.

IMG_20191013_125627739.jpgMaybe when I retire...