Before we started house hunting, we made a wishlist of what we both wanted. A pool was at the top of my list. I have so many fond memories of swimming every summer at my cousins house when I was younger. The bloodshot eyes after a long day of opening my eyes under water, tinted green hair after summer is over, accidentally going down a much too dry water slide in a one piece speedo. Red butt cheeks for days, guys. My childhood summers were awesome and we always begged my parents for a pool. We may have conned our way into getting a dog with a “but I’ll take care of it,” but they wouldn’t fall for that again.
So when the house we fell in love with happened to have a pool, I was so excited. Until we showed up at the house and saw the “pool” that left us wondering if it was actually just a giant koi pond.
We told a few people about the pool and they told us to just shock it. And we’re like, “No, you do NOT understand.” This pool had been sitting for probably over 2 years with no cover and the amount of decomposed leaves, frogs, and crocodiles that were laying on the bottom of the pool for us was out of control. It was disgusting. This pool is where the, “Primordial soup” theory was formed, and it was most definitely the place swamp thing emerged from. If I had fallen in, we’d be watching the, “The Secret World of Grace Cristo,” not Alex Mack.
After we moved in, we woke up the first morning and we got right to work on the pool. Dan scooped up the first layer from the bottom and it smelled sewer, which had us thinking maybe it wasn’t actually a pool, or a glorified koi pond, but a new open concept septic system. We didn’t know where the drain pipe was and even if we did, there was so much debris that it would have been clogged. So we headed for Lowes and met this really awesome dude James who hooked us up with a sub pump and other things he added to the pump so we could drain it without it getting clogged.
We spent the next week draining and cleaning the pool. I tried to save all the frogs but when we got the very end, there were hundreds of tad poles without legs. I told them they were on their own from there and I doubt they made it very far. We also found our first black widow spider on a BALL OF BABIES under one of our filter covers. She was immediately destroyed and I didn’t even feel bad. She took advantage of her husband and then killed him.
After we drained it, bleached it and power washed it, we had to fill it. We run on a well, so it was taking forever to fill this thing. We knew we had to get some water delivered if we wanted to be able to use it this summer. We briefly discussed setting the tree next to the pool on fire so when the fire department came we’d be like, “Could ya just aim the hose a little to the left.” but I think they would have caught on to us. We decided to just get some truck loads of water delivered and filled the rest up ourselves.
It’s taken many weeks to get the pool to the point it needed to be, but FINALLY we have a pool! Maybe we will get a slide and we can make our own blood shot eyes, red butt cheek memories.
We still have a long way to go with landscaping and a pool house is on my dream list Pinterest board, but you can see how much progress we have made so far.