Thursday, August 29, 2002

Seeing The Pool Finish Line

This is the sprint at the end of the 90 day race. Geoff, Vicente, Rich and Corm have all been contributing to the completion of the two different fence sections. Setbacks have included: delayed delivery of fence sections, inexperienced hired help, a weak drill battery and a dead saw. Surprisingly we're doing better than I thought we would. My part is to call the county office at 8 a.m. and determine which 2 hour time window our inspection is scheduled for, and then possibly beg for the latest in the day; we don't need this guy showing up at 9 a.m.

I also need to set the tiles on the pool steps and bench. Without some color on these spots they will 'disappear' in the white plaster. This should be interesting, as I have never set pool tile. Did I mention 'plaster?' Are you sitting down? IF we pass inspection, Mission Pools will send their plaster team tomorrow! Grab you ear plugs and floaties, because we could be swimming in 10 days!

When Geoff and I met I had just cut my very long hair very short. Off and on through the years I have worn my hair short, but I am mostly drawn to the romantic notion that long hair is the most attractive. Geoff doesn't share this belief. In recent years I have joked, "I wouldn't have long hair, if we had a pool." Geoff would then laugh and threaten to build a pool. So, to make a long story short: I cut it all off on Monday. We laughed again at the fulfillment of my promise, and we attribute the sudden rush in completing the pool to my very short hair.

The brave ex... hold on, I just saw Luna pacing passed the window. Chicken Run!

Luna and Gracie both love to make a break for the wide open spaces. Cuties; they always cooperate when we come out to retrieve them.

So, I was going to write about the boys, the brave explorers, who have camped out every night this week. I joined them Tuesday night, and Geoff has been with them the rest of the nights. The boys have had the courage to be on their own, but us big kids haven't wanted to miss out on the fun. Monday night we found a frog and a toad. Last night the bats were very active. When I slept outside the ostriches were very loud (no, we aren't in Africa; there is an ostrich ranch about 1/2 a mile down the valley from here.) Alex is determined to make his 'roughing it' experience very authentic, and wanted to sleep outside the tent on the bare ground. He is hoping for a thunderstorm, and desperately wants a campfire. We'd better wait for some rain before we do anything involving sparks.

Yesterday was also devoted to some sight seeing with our Kona visitors, and Holly, Rich and Nicholas. We met at Max's gymnastics class; he had a fairly large and enthusiastic cheering section. Then we had lunch and headed out to Bate's Nut Farm. We fed their goats and sheep. We checked out their chickens and mulberry trees, and compared them with our own. We have fewer chickens and smaller trees. Everyone found tasty things to snack on, and treats to share later. The weather was ideal; warm and breezy.

It's nearly 8 a.m. Time to call the exciting!!

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