Sooooo…..I have this pool problem.
I know I shouldn’t complain because having a pool is a blessing. I think I spend as much time in the summer floating around in the water as the kids do splashing and diving for toys.
But it has been a battle. Lisa vs. Algae. And for the past 2 years I am the big loser in this war.
We made the decision this year to invest in our own pool testing kit. This kit tests for a bunch more things than just basic chlorine and PH. It sounded like a great idea until the kit arrived in the mail and I opened it to discover that I would need to go back to school for a degree in chemistry to understand how to use it. My mad skills in watching TV and sewing pillows don’t come in handy when you are trying to calculate how much bleach you need per 10,000 gallons of water depending on your PH and TA levels.
This is what I was doing yesterday, “Reference the CYA/Chlorine chart to know what your FC shock level should be. Adjust the PH to fall between 7.2 and 7.5. Slam your pool no more than once an hour using the PoolMath calculator and run the pump 24/7 until you pass the OCLT.”
I am not kidding. And that’s the easy part.
My 15 year old son and I decided to make this “swamp to oasis” a mother-son bonding project, so crying was out of the question. I started to well up once when the kit told me to decide if I wanted to measure my CC by .2 or .5ppm. But I pulled myself together and confidently said to him, “This is your time to shine, son….you choose.” And we forged ahead.
For next summer I am considering hiring a pool man.
Except for the brain exhaustion of doing complicated pool math, I have been enjoying my week at home. I have done a lot of resting, replying to emails and talking with the kids. I took a three hour nap on Monday, which you would think would keep me from sleeping that night. But nope. I rubbed on some lavender and slept like a baby.
Even though I was planning to go light on the extra projects, I did pick up some paint at Target to try. Did you know they sell paint there?! I had no idea! It’s a bit expensive, but the colors are nice and that guesswork being done for me has value. Plus they have wallpapers that coordinate with the paint which makes me so happy. I’m not generally a wallpaper person, but I kind of got in the mood when I was looking at their options. My bedroom desperately needs painting and this might be just my solution. I bought a sample container and put some on the wall where I can look at it for a few days to see if I like it.
SO much easier than the pool test kit.
I may send Target a thank you note.
Unless I have to figure out how much paint I need using a complicated online chart. In which case, I will be having my son do that part.
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