In the summertime in South Texas there are a couple of ways to stay cool... get naked or get wet. We choose the latter...most of the time.
As such we have a pool, a great way to spend a leisure evening. Our
pools are not the traditional "cement pond" in-ground pools but portable
above ground pools as seen in the blog post Chuckie and the Roo. Up
until now we've had 15 footers and John installed a
much bigger pump/filter with the 1st one that was designed for much
larger, permanent, professionally installed above ground pools and it's
made a huge difference.
When we were in San Antonio we had a
different style. It was quite complex to put up and John literally took a
week of vacation to install it. We brought it to Jackson County when he
retired but instead of taking the time and labor to reinstall it, we
opted for one of those blue, above ground "Intex" pools. I call it the
redneck pool and occasionally the Margarita pool but that is another
All in all Intex makes a fine portable above ground
IF you invest in a better, more powerful pump/filter and perform daily
pool maintenance on it. In other words, treat it like it is an expensive
above ground or in ground pool. This one has lasted 6 years and this
year we needed to make a decision if we'd keep this one up for one more
year and make minor repairs OR change it out. I understand they only
have a 5-6 year life.
We opted to replace it. With a 24'. It will arrive in about a week.
In order to make this change we need to tear the old one down and
re-level the ground and pack in about 3-5" of sand where it will be
We found out quickly that it was cheaper to order an
entire dump truck load of sand than to get the few yards we would need
to pack in under this pool. This means...we'll have a lot left over. And
- our soil is hard clay. If you don't catch it with the right amount of
soil moisture it's impossible to till...so the plan is ..to work on the
pool first and get it up and running then use the remainder to work
into the clay soil in the food plots!
So this will be our
weekend. In 90 degree weather as we'd like to have it up and operational
for Memorial weekend. I am sure the Green Machine will get a work out
and so will we but...in the end.... I can sit in my float ring, music in
the background, looking up at the brightly lit night sky, watching for
Satellites and wondering how I got so lucky....