Monday, May 21, 2012

The Painting of the Pool

Twelve gallons of pool paint. The square footage of our pool indicates that ten gallons will cover it. Past experience has taught us to get a little extra ....

You cannot paint when the pool is in direct sunlight. Another lesson learned through experience. This what was accomplished by four people in one evening. We got the sidewalls done and most of the deep end. We only had two handle extenders and the men snatched them up right away. Marty and Michelle help us get the pool ready to open every year. This was the first year they helped paint. We all started with great enthusiasm, sure we could knock it out in just one evening.

With four people, we all started n the walls and then when we reached a certian spot, the men started on the floor. Michelle and I were left to fish the walls and cut into the edges that the rollers couldn't reach. After two hours it was apparent to all of us that we would not finish before it was too dark to see. We were also giddy from the paint fumes. I think we may have gotten a little loud with our laughter.

We had to quit as night fell. Seven gallons of paint had been slathered on. I decided to try my old trick with the plastic bag and freezer to preserve the rollers. The men were doubtful about my technique. But it worked and the next evening found the same foursome with the same rollers .... and two more extenders. When we got down to gallon number twelve we were all tripping over each other, so Michelle and I graciously departed and let the men finish.

Smurf blue. It is curing and there are a few more minor things to pick up and the water.

I woke this morning with a blinding headache. I suppose my fatique has caught up with me. I have so much that I need to do, but have decided to lay low until it is completely gone. I ventured out into the sun twice and only made things worse.

So here I sit, pondering the oddities of life and wondering what the holiday weekend will bring my way. So, I will share with you a joke I heard this weekend ....

A man enters a bar and takes a seat next to another on a barstool. He bemoans his lot in life, wishing he had more money and had not fallen on hard times. The man next to him suggests that he consult the genie in the men's room and ask that a wish be granted. He figures he has nothing to lose and seeks out the genie.

He returns to his stool and his companion is startled to see that the man's shirt is covered with ducks. He asks his new friend if he found the genie. "Yes, I did. I think he may be hard of hearing, though, because I asked for a million bucks, not ducks!"

"Well, that explains my 15" Bic!"


SkippyMom said...

Love the joke! Tooo funny. I wonder if I can share it with my beloved MIL. She likes racy, little jokes like that, but, erm...that one might be a touch too much coming from me. heehee

Great job on the pool! I can't believe you paint the thing every year! What is up with that? It looks fabulous, don't get me wrong, but I have never heard of having to do it like that - and you know the business we are in. heehee

I am really sorry to hear about your headache. Of all the people that don't need an ache or a pain - you are the most deserving of being painfree - I swear. You work so hard. You would think the pain fairy would give you a day off. [Am I making any sense? giggle] I hope you stayed inside and it subsided. Enjoy your gorgeous new pool and I promise I will be saying a lot of prayers for you on opening weekend. Fingers crossed the crazies stay away.

Hugs my friend!

Brian Miller said...

haha thanks for the chuckle this afternoon...i was going to say make sure you leave room to get out of the pool and not paint yourself in the of luck this weekend!

Sandi McBride said...

Believe it or not I envy you the pool party...sick and tired of lying with my foot above my heart! Oh to be with you wielding a paint brush...ohh, love the joke, lol

lotta joy said...

I have a feeling that being in the concave pool with fumes around your head has something to do with your headache. And I have ALWAYS wrapped my rollers in plastic wrap and either froze them or left them on the counter overnight. This works with brushes too!

Mamma has spoken said...

Confession time:As I was reading and looking at your pictures I was predicting that you were going to say you painted yourselves into a spot you couldn't get out of.
Glad my prediction was wrong!
The pool looks great!

Cathy said...

My kind of joke - loved it!!

Sitting here with the cold rain pelting down wishing it was outdoor pool weather - having to make do with the heated indoor one and run like mad to the car to get home for a lovely hot bath.

Take care

Cathy @ Still Waters

Linda O'Connell said...

Funny joke. You did a great job on the pool. I can tell which section Kathy did :)

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