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Sunday, August 27, 2023
Friday, August 25, 2023
The space between the wall and the tent will be concrete pool deck.
Bill got about half of the wall done today - the rest will be done Monday.
Each step is closer to the pool being done.
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
|Pool site is a mess and OCD untidy.|
|Will weaving the rebar|
|Henry the hammer|
|Steel rebar for wall|
|The filter is in the garage far away|
|Clay soil is really messy|
|Steps in southeast corner|
|This is the west retaining wall|
|The retaining wall footer has steel in it|
|The tent keeps them cool here in Florida|
|Henry and Bill lay the tiles|
|Lulu chose these Tamaqua Blue tiles|
|The steps are poured concrete|
Saturday, August 05, 2023
|Rounding the bottom corners|
|This is where the steps will be|
|Lots of mixing mud|
The pool is moving along slowly but surely. We dodge weather problems and labor problems. It is hard to line up things depending on others.
Thursday - they scruff coated the walls. This will give the marcite finish something to grab onto.
Friday - they rounded off the corners between the walls and bottom. This will make it nice and smooth for the wireless vacuum to climb around. It also eliminates corners for dirt to gather.
Next - they will do a stucco coat on the floor - again giving the marcite some teeth to stick on.
Sunday - we are doing trenching and laying pipes from the pool to the garage. We are also trenching and putting a new 100 amp power line from the meter to the garage. This will provide plenty of power for the pool heat pump - pool water pump - the salter - and our electric car.
Next - we must dig and contour the land for the pool deck and drainage. The pool deck will slant away from the pool on all 4 sides. Rain water will run away from the pool - not into the swim water.
Finally - they will trowel on the marcite plaster. Along the perimeter will be blue tile - on top of the walls will be a travertine coping with round nose.
Tuesday, August 01, 2023
|Margot Robbie as Barbie|
We went to two movie openings in 24 hours. First there was Oppenheimer. Then came Barbie. I knew Lulu had the Barbie dolls as a kid. She let them behind when she eloped - never to see them again. I guess it is a lost innocence. So I asked her if she wanted to see the movie. Our rears were still sore from sitting thru Oppenheimer the night before. But Lulu is never a girl to pass up an opportunity - you Never know where it will lead.
We chose a theater that has the red leather recliners. We arrived at 3 PM for the opening - and we were the only ones there. In the next 15 minutes many more came - but not the sellout I expected.
Barbie is a dress up doll that started in the 50s. It is made by Mattel Toy Company. Disney owns the movie rights. It starts out as just one stacked blonde - but today they branched out to all races and professions - they even made a couple boy dolls.
Lulu seemed to enjoy it - she laughed at many things that went over my head. The famous Barbie house and cars were blended into the plot. I guess it is some sort of cult and I am on the outside looking in - but it was fun seeing the joy and remembrance that Lulu had from those days playing with her friends and cousins.
There was a ghost appearance of Ruth Handler - the inventor of Barbie. She died in 2002. Will Farrell was the president of Mattel. Barbie was played by Margot Robbie - the Australian that played Tonya Harding in the movie.
At the end - Barbie has a sorta "Sandra Dee" moment - that brought a big laugh. I will leave that to you to experience. This is a nice movie for all ages - mostly girls.