Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Pool Is Open!!

All is well in the world, in spite of all the mishaps and craziness that surrounds the first big weekend of the season. The only way I can describe it is to liken it to the massive house cleaning for company. You hate the thought of starting, then wonder if you will be done in time, and then are so happy when the company arrives so that you are finished .... whether you are or not.

The toe is much better today and the bruise is hardly noticeable. I am almost sorry it isn't all blue and purple and ugly with crazy swelling. It is such a good excuse to be sitting and would be a lot more believable if it were so. The pain is much more manageable today. The toe just feels tight. Guess I will no doubt have arthritis developing in that toe.....

The wicked moon was shining down on the land of Kan-Do Kamping last night.


I finally said good night to the guard frog at 9:38 last night.



The sign says it all. I skipped supper and just went to bed.



Before I called it quits, though Crazy Tom came in carrying a big box of T's! Dayglo colors. I want my shirts adorning many bodies in many places this summer.

This what the pool looked like when we started repairs. All those ugly cracks had to be repaired and patched before we could even think about painting. Ideally we would have repaired and scraped and power washed, then let it dry for 24 hours. After that we would have painted, then let that dry for 2 days, then filled it with water. Ideally.
To do so we would have to have 4 days of no rain ..... in a row. That didn't happen. The paint is not cheap and if you don't cure it, it starts chipping up in about a month. I was determined to do it right this time and not be rushed. That didn't happen. Most of the paint cured properly, but there was on problem section that refused to cooperate and we ended up filling it before the paint had even cured for 24 hours.

That wheelbarrow is full of the paint chips of previous paint jobs. I would use it to fill an area and put dirt over it, but am afraid it would eventually wash up and end up all over the landscape as little blue specks. Wonder if I could use some kind of epoxy product and fashion a unique sculpture ............. you know, like the biggest ball of string. It could be the biggest pile of pool scrapings in the state. No doubt the only one in existence. Just thinking..........

Progress started slowly. See that area in the back? The trouble spot.

We ran the fire hose out to the pool and turned it on full blast all night. We woke at frequent intervals to check on the pump and the progress of the fill. All day long yesterday young and old came in the store to ask when the pool would be full. The door opened so many times that the air conditioner worked overtime and still didn't cool the store. I finally told them I possessed no powers that would allow me to tell the future. This seemed to quiet them for a time .... or they were busy with their dinners around the campfires.......

Today at 12:05 they were allowed in the breath taking water and all was well in the world of camping! It is still busy as bag after bag of ice is purchased, along with a million candy bars. In two hours I will once again post my "no vacancy" sign and call it a night. It has been a long and prosperous day.










9 comments:

houndstooth said...

I hope you sleep for a long time after all that! Whew!

SkippyMom said...

I am glad you are finally in bed and completely booked. We REALLY feel your pain on the pool [totally know what you are talking about ;D]

Toe looks sore. Hope it heals up soon. Will you really get arthritis because of the bottle falling on it? That is harsh. Fingers crossed and good thoughts no arthritis.

Have a good weekend, as best you can - and how much are the shirts? I will happily tout Kan do in VA if you send me the info!

Love ya!

Jilly said...

I want a hot pink shirt. And the family discount :)

Brian Miller said...

glad that the weekend is going well for you! hoping that is all it is for the toe...get some rest though, the weekends only half over...

ellen abbott said...

YAY!

Nancy said...

I'm so glad the pool is finally open and that the campground is full.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

do you ship? lol - i want hot pink, too! love the shirts. glad you got the pool open without "too" much trouble. I'm sur it was more than what you indicated but at least it's open.

hope you have a great summer!

Mamma has spoken said...

I want a t-shirt too!
It all looks great and you've worked really hard to get it that way, broken toe and all. Hopefully, you can enjoy what is left of the week-end taking it easy, selling candy bars to the hungry swimmers.

Whitney Lee said...

I love the comparison-that's exactly how I feel when I've got people coming or a party to host!

I had no idea the pool required that much work. It looks like everyone is enjoying it. When do you get a turn?