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Splish Splash!

Not dead, nor am I drowned. I did have loads and loads of physical labor this past week while the pool chemistry was balancing out. OH YEAH. BECAUSE THE POOL IS FILLED WITH WATER AND WE SWAM ALL WEEKEND. \o/

Before I did, though, I got a big chunk of the landscaping done, namely the hardscape. Which translates into FOUR TONS OF ROCK moved by yours truly. I have some serious guns right now. But we'll get to that later. Massive picspam coming up, and I'm not even kidding. Like, 40 pictures or something redonk. OK, so remember how my backyard looked like this at the end of July?












But oh, there was so much in between from the last post to now. First, they had to put the plaster in. All of those pipes that had been sticking out needed to be cut down, the jets/sharksdrains added, and the spaces sealed.





Then they trowel on this thick VERY BLUE paste. I begin to be a little concerned that maybe I didn't pick the right color.





They go from the deep end to the shallow, and boy, that looks.... blue. And it doesn't have the texture I thought it would. Hmm.





Hot tub! And that's protective paper, NOT A PINK DECK, LIZ.





They were wearing these weird shoes - four spikes in the corner of each metal platform - it looked like someone had walked over the plaster with toothpicks when they moved around (but that's easier to fill back in that big ol' footprints.)





Big step!





Boy, that looks... stark.





Fixing the mini-pogo holes






Can you see the red plugs that await my diving board?





Yeah, this isn't looking like the rock that I pointed at and said "This color, please." HMMM.





They are done and it has to dry a bit.





Ok, while it dries, it looks a bit better. (I took this picture from our Puerto Rico vacation, got the RGB for the ocean, and we matched that for the pool plaster.)





"Hey, Laura? We're professionals. We know how to do our job. The plaster wasn't done."





They sandblasted it to reveal the black flecks, etc. THEN THEY STARTED FILLING IT UP. \o/





And here's the sand from the sandblasting, and that's a big hose that sucked out the gunk and ran it down into the main sewer line.





(They're finishing the sandblasting to the main pool.)





MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE SPA...





Sandblasting is done and time to fill. Because it was super hot, the upper plaster needed to stay moist while the pool filled from the bottom up. That's why the sprinkler is going.





THAT COLOR is much softer. And so begins the 3 day fill up. 3 days. 38,000 gallons of water. (Um, yes, my pool is 10 feet shy of being a junior Olympic. I LIKE SWIMMING LAPS, OK?)





SO CLOSE.





Not even a little close.





Day 2 of fill up.





So the MR. and I had to keep the plaster watered as it filled, and as we stood there with a hose (we had three going at once) it became hypnotic staring at the water. At one point my husband said in an almost drugged voice, "I'm just going to fall in." NO YOU ARE NOT BECAUSE THERE IS ONE FOOT OF WATER AND YOU ARE 9 FEET UP, DING DONG. But yeah, it was touch and go for the both of us there for a spell...





Time to get some hardscape and landscaping done! 15 trees need to go in, 10 Italian Cypress (we think we're going to add 4 more, actually) and 5 Leyland Cypress. We hired 2 Day Laborers (read: illegal immigrants) to come help us rip out sod on a huge stretch (38 feet long, 10 feet deep, one foot down) of our lawn, till it up, and help us move the trees. They were the NICEST guys, all of their family is back in Mexico, they've been here for 12 years sending as much money back as they can to keep everyone alive. We brought them back for a few days to do random things to pay them. And we took them to lunch, etc., and the pool man was so impressed with how great they were that he hired them on the spot. :) YAY HELPING PEOPLE THAT DESERVE IT! We have their number to call for any future odd jobs. Great guys. (I don't have their picture, because see: illegals.)

Here is a pic of most of the trees, with the Mr. standing in for scale. Yeah, we needed extra hands to move the trees. (And if anyone in DFW needs a good place for trees, boy, do I know the spot.)





Five in! 10 more to go.





Meanwhile, the pool is still filling....





5 more!





Ehn, ehn...





Almost...there...






But I still can't belly flop, so I start on another landscape project, filling in the step pads. First, I line them with weed block landscape fabric.





I put the edging from the other picture along the inner side.





4 more trees done! (We felt another was needed, so that made the 15th tree.)





The Mr. and a helper bent over while backfilling the tree holes with good soil. Remember how I have crappy dirt? I dug most of that up for another project you're about to see.





EXCEPT CRAP, MASSIVE RAIN STORM! NOOOOOOOO! We staked the last two trees in a downpour, took our drenched selves inside and waited until the next day to finish up projects. Um, at least the pool will finish filling up? =P






Remember my step pads? I didn't want to buy fourteen tons of expensive blue rock, so my neighbors volunteered their gravel to help me raise the 6 inch gap to a 2 inch gap. But the catch was I had to shovel it. under the blue rock there you'll see the gravel. That's TEN WHEELBARROWS OF ROCK. Oh, and did I mention I was doing this all around the ENTIRE PERIMETER OF THE POOL? *cry* My back was so sore, you have no idea.





We don't have the shade structure built yet, and we don't want people coming in the gate and bringing dirt up on the deck, which means I got to make a 20 foot step. And build a retaining wall around the backside as we have a 2+ foot cantilevered deck. This was 2 of my 4 tons of rock moved, btw. Not finished (obv.) but I did this stretch in one morning (11am - 1 pm.)





Here's the back corner, and I had to build up a slope, level it, then start building a 2 foot wall. THEN. I had to take the crappy soil and fill in the 2 foot gap between the wall and the pool to make it high enough for me to lay landscape fabric, gravel, and then the pretty blue rock. OY. (Oh, and I had to dig up and move the irrigation, because the irrigation dude we hired apparently thought I was making things up. THANKS FOR NOTHING, DUDE.) I need to add more rock, btw. and mix it up better. That can wait a few days, though. I'm worn out.





This stretch is over 40 feet and wraps around. I am a MASTER of the string line and level, you guys. Also, I had to do this TWICE because my lovely kids thought they'd help. I had to take the whole thing apart and re-do it. No, I'm not joking. CRY.





The landscaping isn't done, we still have to replace the back fence, and I'm not sitting in it with a margarita (I did that yesterday) but here's what the finished pool looks like.




I AM VERY HAPPY WITH IT. (You can scroll through the whole gallery if you want.)




I'm heading to a landscape place to buy some plants and get tacos. HEY GUYS. GUYS. GUESS WHAT I'M GOING TO DO WHEN I'M DONE? If you guessed jump in my mother truckin' pool, YOU ARE CORRECT.

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pernickety
Sep. 20th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is so beautiful and I'm seething (seethinig!) with envy.
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
When you ever come to the states you will come see me and we will drink beer by the pool!
lynnenne
Sep. 20th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Holy gravel trucks, you are a landscaping MACHINE! I can't believe you did all that work by yourself. *bows at the alter of you*

You pool looks FANTABULOUS! Enjoy enjoy enjoy! <3
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
OMG, the rock work was SO INTENSE. I had to shovel it from the neighbors, then roll it up a hill, then shovel it in place. The day labor guys whistled at one point as if to say, "She works as hard as we do!" LOL.

AND I LOVE IT. Bring your suit next time you're in town. :)
stephanierb
Sep. 20th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)

That looks AMAZING. I know it's not completely done yet, but still. I'm surprised you managed to drag yourselves out to update us at all. I think I would've been setting up shop permanently in there.
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU! I'll post pics when it's all done (because I'm spazzy like that.)

I spent the better part of yesterday floating with a margarita and a hamburger, so I was well rested after my week of crazy labor. :)
captainofidiots
Sep. 20th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
BEAUTIFUL! Yay pool! I want to start swimming laps again, so I'm super jealous of your private pool. ;)
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU!! I bought a mask to go with my swim fins, and the Mr. and I have been swimming laps in the AM. Great way to start the day! :)
gabzilla
Sep. 20th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
Holy crap! What a transformation (and a crapton of work! Oy.)
Margaritas are definitely deserved. :)
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
UGH, it was so much work moving that rock. I'm not done yet, I still have to move gravel over by the pool equipment, but as for today, I am just going to look at plants, put some in the ground (I dug up holes and used that crappy soil to backfill the wall) and then dive in the pool. YAY!
essene
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
eeeee!!!! So much work. So PRETTY!!! Hope the jump is fabulous!
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU THANK YOU!! I'll get a pic of me cannonballing in very soon. (UM, let me rid myself of my farmer's tan, first. Ha.)
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stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
SAM I LOVE TO JUST FALL INTO IT. I HAVE FLOATY THINGS AND THEY PLEASE ME GREATLY. <3 <3 <3
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stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Just a scoche busy. THANK YOU!!! True fact: Italian cypress LOVE the heat and crappy soil. BONUS. Leylands (the pyramid shaped trees outside the fence) are trouble free evergreens you could have up there, too!
flyingichthyo
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Wow! Wow, oh, wow! Congratulations, sweetums. You certainly deserve it.
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! It pleases me greatly, I have to admit. :)
tundrabeast
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
That is literally so beautiful. It's going to be gorgeous all times of year, too!

Felicitations <33
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! And I really hope so - I can't wait to have all of the other projects done so it really shines!
wickedsin
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
ok, I love this pool, but the shots where I can see the other houses on the street totally make me homesick for Dallas.
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
LOL! Well, I'm no longer in Dallas proper, but I know what you mean. :D
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stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! And seriously, my husband and I just LOVED those two guys. They were so sweet and such outstanding workers - we were glad that someone that could give them steady work could see their value, too!

You have NO IDEA how many pictures I took of it filling up - I only posted a few, but I think I took like 30, lol!
pickledprose
Sep. 20th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
IT'S SO PRETTY!
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
tinkerbell86ca
Sep. 20th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Daawww! I teared up when I read about those two guys getting a job! That is just so sweet! Yaaaay! Good Karma!

I want a pool in my back yard . . . but no. We can always use my friends though . . .
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you picked up on that bit, they are just the NICEST GUYS. I'm so glad they got regular, steady work, too!
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ladycyndra
Sep. 20th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
WHOOO YAY ITS DONE!!! Im coming over!!!
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
Now for all of the decorating and fun times, YAY!!
nemesisstar
Sep. 20th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
It's gorgeous and I am very, very impressed with all of the work that was put into this! You and the Mr. rock. \m/ Enjoy that lovely, cool water and a nice, tall bottle of icy cold beer for me!
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Why thank you very much! And I will do that very thing, but only because you are FORCING ME to drink something cold an alcoholic. Ha.
swmbo
Sep. 20th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Holy COW, that looks FANTASTIC!!
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU! We still have to:
*build the shade structure
*build the outdoor grill
*get nice deep cushion seating for under said structure
*finish landscaping
*party like it is 1 year less than 2000

Next time you're in town we'll tell your hotel to stuff itself and you can stay at Casa de Me. :D
mumsisdaughter
Sep. 20th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Everyone has worked so hard but I am particularly impressed by your labouring skills, all that hard work toning your muscles last year (?) has paid off. What a strong lady, them zombies got no chance!
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, why thank you so very much. ;) Zombies stand NO CHANCE with my biceps like they are!
fabrisse
Sep. 20th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
I'd love to come swim with you. That's a lovely looking pool.
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! And it'll just get better looking the more work we do around it! :D
a_mistletoe
Sep. 20th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I assume the 2020 Olympics will be in your backyard. I am looking out on the cold twilight darkening sky and sighing with envy.

I need a picture of you and the margaritas.
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHA.

And pics of me drunk in my pool will be here shortly! :D
thebratqueen
Sep. 20th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
I'll be right over!
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
We're keeping it heated for the next month to enjoy, it's a pleasant 84 right now, with the air temp in the 90s!
dancetomato
Sep. 20th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
We are definitely coming to swim in it next year. Yis.
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Stoney-Con 2011!
risingtofall
Sep. 20th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
WHOA what a difference! That pool is gorgeous!!!

And helloooooo Mr.!
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you thank you!

And lol, he's all sweaty and gross there, you should see him gussied up! ;)
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strtmyorange
Sep. 20th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
OMG! POOOOOOL!!! Sooo pretty and inviting! Almost as good as one filled with pudding! Congratulations.
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHA, almost but not quite! We'll pretend it's electric blue jell-o! :D
kuzu_no_ha
Sep. 20th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
It's beautiful! HURRAY!!!!
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!! \o/
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