As sort of a follow-up to yesterday's post about the extreme heat, I should mention that we have repeatedly contemplated the idea of getting a pool. Someone, please step forward and talk me out of this foolishness now.
There are several homes in the area that have really nice in-ground pools and I have noticed that none of them have what I consider to be required, a fully screened in room built around them. We don't have a huge mosquito problem, what with all the bats and such, but I keep thinking about how much sand must blow directly into the pool with ever breeze. When we have discussed the idea of a pool, we keep going back to the amount of work involved and of course, the expense. For what I want or think is worth the effort involved, it would be quite a huge investment.
When our kids were a lot younger, we bought a small above ground pool for first house. This is what you might see at Big Lots or Wal Mart, about 36 inches tall and maybe 16 feet round. It was great for the kids, not so great for liquored-up adults taking turns diving into it. But we got two seasons out of it and it was probably $150 well spent.
So as we toy with the pool idea, we have been thinking maybe the way to go is with one of these nicer quality above ground pools. If you get one with the stainless steel panel, reinforced rails and upgrade to a high quality liner, the things can last for years. And if you decide the pool is no longer worth the effort, get rid of it.
We went to Family Leisure (of course) and talked with Froy, a highly trained above ground pool salesman who walked us through the drill of what packages worked best, why some of the lower end pools were not going to make us happy and the usual stuff. It was all very informative, but I just wasn't ready to commit.
When we came home, we measured out an area in the back where we would probably put a pool. There are many things to consider with an above ground pool. Certainly, the view is the first thing that comes to my mind. Are we going to mess with the view we have of the yard from our hot tub? Do we create a huge obstruction from the back porch? It isn't all just splishing and splashing, there are other things to consider. Naturally, a new deck would be required. You can't just stick a pool in the yard and not have a fancy deck leading to it, can you?
There is one other thing to consider. Eva can't swim.
So since we were in the area, we had skipped breakfast and would later skip dinner, off we went to Clear Springs Restaurant for some much needed lunch.
If you have never been to Clear Springs, I'll save you some money: order the small onion rings. There is enough to feed a table full of people.
Just for good measure, I ordered some Stingers - jalapenos stuffed with catfish and fried. Good stuff.
Eva ordered her usual shrimp.
And I broke my rule of only ordering catfish without the sides. It isn't that the Cole slaw and beans aren't good, but after onion rings, Stingers and catfish, who needs the rest of that stuff? Needless to say, we were stuffed!
Perhaps it is a good thing we didn't pull the trigger on a pool. There may have been reports of beached whales in the greater Natalia area.