Pool Deck Done!

It’s done! And it looks great. It took a while to find our groove with patching, but by the end we had our technique down pat. The new color looks so fresh and will work well with future backyard plans.

Next up is fence installation to keep out the water loving toddler. After that, vegetation! Landscaping intimidates me, so any suggestions for lush, desert plants (oxymoron?) that really green up a space to create a micro-climate, are greatly appreciated.

We received the lumber last week for the fence and currently have it framed out. Hopefully by this weekend all will be complete. In the meantime, we’ve been making good use of the pool. It’s been over 100 degrees for who knows how long. The little backyard respite is one we greatly appreciate!

I guess we should start using the good camera for better photos...

I guess we should start using the good camera for better photos…

Raise the Roof.

It happened.

6 months after getting my SARPE installed, it’s been removed.

I’ve been looking forward to this day for just about every day it’s been in place. It’s awkward to talk, awkward to eat, and just awkward to have in your mouth.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m beyond thrilled I had the procedure done. My cross-bite is fixed, my braces are in place, and all will be right in Trish’s dental world here shortly.

I was running a bit late for my appointment and deathly afraid they wouldn’t be able to see me because I missed my time slot. Luckily, against my greatest Monday fear, they were there. The orthodontist plopped me right in place and got to work on removal.

“Don’t worry, it will feel like your teeth are breaking, but they aren’t.”

Wait, what? No.

No wait…it kind of does. They were as gentle as could be, but with bonding in place and a metal torture device installed for a good six months, it definitely made a home there. I heard cracking, felt pulling, and pretended like I was Bill Murray from Little Shop of Horrors.

The whole removal process took about five minutes total. They laughed when I asked if I could keep it, but I was only half joking. This thing is tribal art and should be worn as a token of triumph! At least they let me take a photo…

I know, right?

I know, right?


I should have kept this for Halloween.

I should have kept this for Halloween.

Maybe it’s too gross to post online, but I don’t currrr. I wore this for six months, you can live with it for six minutes.


Holiday Weekend Happenings

Did someone say 3-day weekend?

Give me additional time, I’ll find a way to fill it. Which is the perfect segue for this blog post: Give me a chipped pool deck and I’ll find a way to fill that too!

The nice thing about buying a house that doesn’t have too many renovations is that you experience and appreciate a lot of the original character. However, lack of upkeep by previous owners can lead to too much character. For example, shoddy looking backyards.

Our pool is great–don’t get me wrong. 110+ degree days for weeks at a time? Water is a must. Heck, get me a kiddie pool or put be downwind of some reclaimed water sprinklers and I’m peachy-keen.

Because we get so much use out of the pool, we thought it would be wise to take the time and repair some of the cracked and chipped coating. Not only is it an eyesore, it makes the pool area less cool and more…poke-y. Pools shouldn’t be poke-y.

So Step 1? Break apart all that is cracking or chipping.

After a few good smacks with the hammer.

After a few good smacks with the hammer.

I got on my hands and knees, crawled around the pool and tapped with a hammer the areas that were loose, cracked or crumbling. Like a really boring version of Whac-a-Mole. Some areas surprised me at how big they became and it was really obvious this home repair was long overdue.

Step 2? Scrub-a-dub-dub.

All hands on deck!

All hands on deck! A toe decided to photo bomb the image.

Graeme took the liberty of utilizing laundry detergent, a scrub brush, and elbow grease to ensure that all areas were prepped and ready for repair. After you’ve crawled around a pool on your hands and knees for a few hours, you realize, “I don’t think I want to do this again anytime soon.” So he scrubbed, and cleaned, and rinsed, and perfected his technique.

Step 3? Pretend you know what you’re doing!

Pool patched!

Pool patched!

The picture above isn’t the final, dried image you’ll see when all is said and done. But it’s a start. The holes are patched and after about 3-hours, we really nailed down the texturizing technique. Basically, if I were a Sim, my skill points would have increased tremendously.

If you’re looking to do the same, I bought the patch product here locally. It’s called EZ Patch 2 and we had to go back to the store for a second bucket. They also created this handy dandy video which provided me with an over-inflated sense of confidence in my patching abilities, but it all worked out in the end. The product sets quickly, so we had to be careful not to take on too many areas at once.

Step 4? Swim!

Really, that’s what we did next. We have to wait a few days before painting it. But golly wow it’s going to look sharp. To quote The Dude, I think the newly patched and painted pool deck will really tie the room together. We’re hoping to have Step 5 happen this weekend. And hopefully a repeat of step 4.

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