Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Put Up A Clock At The Pool??

It has been hot and the pool has been busy. The pool is open to the public daily from 11 am until 7 pm. I have said those words at least one thousand times. I also say, "No eating, drinking, or smoking inside the pool area; we have provided a pavilion for that purpose." There are signs on the restrooms to remind you not to smoke in them.

Signs, words .......... no one is listening or reading. Some days are just that way. Today was one of them. At 6:45, I put a sign in the door and slipped out to the side yard to stack the wood pile and attack some weeds. I worked until almost 8:00. I noticed that some of my swimmers were still at the pool, so I walked over and said, "Hey you guys, you do know that the pool closes at 7, don't you?" One man didn't even turn to look at me, but said, "We'll get ready to go in just a bit." Like he was dismissing me. So I told them it was almost 8:00. The other gentleman informed me that he knew Drew and that maybe I should put a ***damn clock up. He also told me that he would tell Drew. I just looked at him. Tell Drew what, I wondered as I walked away to go clean the restrooms. I also wonder what he will think the next time he tries to sign in to swim and I tell him he is banned from the pool.

The very first thing I notice as I approach the restrooms is the lights on and the doors open. I go into the laundry room to gather my supplies and notice the foul odor, then see the nasty swim diaper in the trash can along with half eaten food. This is a small trash can for things like dryer lint, etc. I clean that mess up and go on to the men's room. The disgusting odor of cigarette smoke greets me. As if I wasn't already in a crappy mood, someone has peed on the toilet seat. I am assuming it was a child, but having met the nice gentleman demanding a clock at the pool, I can't be sure. The ladies room was a real treat. A swim diaper full of poop is in the shower stall along with a cigarette butt. The water was running in the sink and it looks like someone had a water gun fight.

So, I decided I needed to take a walk through my gardens to calm down .........

The peaches are coming along nicely. Looks like I will have lots, too.



This garden is on the side of the building, I see it when I wake up each morning from my bedroom window. Know what these are? This is one of those happy mistakes. I planted onions here last year and didn't harvest all of them before it got cold. I had no idea they would survive the winter, but they did. They aren't fit to eat and I could have pulled them up and added them to the compost bin, but I decided to let them go to seed.




I like them. They add height. There is rosemary and basil planted here, too. I can just go out and snip what I need when I am cooking.






This hosta looks like it is on steroids!






My tiger lilies have started to open. The weedy looking stuff on the ground is marigolds just coming up.






These tiger lilies are very hardy and I have found that they will grow just about anywhere.




Day lilies are circling the flag pole.





I weeded Gavin's garden last week and added more day lilies. He will be here Friday!!




Lots and lots of day lilies. I feel better now.





Mint has taken over my hollow log. I think I will have a glass of iced tea with mint, then I will feel much, much better.




















10 comments:

Brian Miller said...

ok thanks for the walk in the garden i was getting stressed out there...oh he might be a clock but it may be hard to see from where it ends up...ugh...love the tiger lilies...you have a beautiful place there...

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

love the garden! that "man" was a real weed. too bad you can't pluck him out!

houndstooth said...

Your flowers are lovely!

I'd just close the bathrooms! It's a privilege, not a right.

jojo said...

Thank God you have that lovely garden to take away the woes of the day...
your hosta is amazing! My goodness, he must be very happy there.
deep breath....ahhhhh.

Mamma has spoken said...

As I read your post, I couldn't help but think that it sounds like a day care there except for adults! My sugestion is to charge extra for swimming past 7:00. Just like daycares that charge for every 15 minutes that you are late, I'd do the same for the late swimmers. And if they don't pay the extra, then band them from the pool until they pay their extra charges.
As for the swimming diapers. Our public pools have band unpotty trained toddlers from using the pools. Turns out there is an outbreak of something that comes from swimming in fecal matter.

luksky said...

I wish I could get my hosta to look like that!!! Not enough water for them in my neck of the woods...

ellen abbott said...

I can't believe you put up with humanity like that. He knows Drew indeed. On the other hand your gardens are looking wonderful.

SkippyMom said...

Who is Drew and what does Drew have to do with the swimming pool? Last time I checked Kathy and he who is not named Drew owned the pool. What a tool.

Glad you were able to enjoy the garden and tea sounded so good I just made an iced cold glass :)

Your flowers are looking lovely. Thank you for sharing your hard work. So pretty.

RV Vagabonds said...

Sounds like that mint should have been muddle up in the bottom of a Mojito. People can be so crappy (pun intended).

Kathy G said...

What a jerk! You SHOULD put up a clock at the pool, just to help you enforce the rules. Not that anyone would look at it, but you could point to it when you're telling them :-)