If I had a dollar for every time we were told we should have a pool in our backyard, it would add up to a lot of dollars. Unfortunately, not the 40,000ish dollars necessary to put a pool in our backyard.
A few summers ago, Costco had this super cool, big above ground pool, with a salt solar chlorinating filtration system that allowed you not to have to use harsh chemicals. The cost of this pool was more equal to the dollars that could have been earned from the comments regarding our need for a pool.
Well, don’t let me go to Costco unless you expect something to come home with me. I was so excited to get this for the kids! The pool was purchased, put up and enjoyed thoroughly for about 3 weeks. Then the dumb filtration system went all crazy. I was told to take it apart, scrape the copper plates of the build up, among other tasks that would take about 20 minutes every other day. It would then work for about a day and a half before the alarm on the unit would go off in the middle of the night, somehow its’ sound making its way through my window and waking me up. Between the green water, waking up in the middle of the night to address this pool like I was caring for a newborn, and the water bugs that I still have no idea where they came from started swimming in the pool, I was done. Our good friends had bought the pool at the same time, and were a bit smarter than me for throwing in the towel a few weeks earlier and lugging the dripping mess back to Costco.
My husband took the entire thing back to Costco, dripping tubes and all. They were awesome, took it back and gave us a full refund.
Then there was this whole large round dead grass area to deal with in our backyard where the pool had sat for a couple of months.
Operation fire pit was launched.
My husband built this awesome large fire pit, and we surrounded it with the plastic chairs we have had for years that we get out during parties. When I told him about some adriondack chairs that I had seen for X amount of dollars, he really went into action. He bought a pallet of wood, and built 10 chairs for about the price that 2 of the ones that I had seen would have cost.
Our pool that I purchased as a gift for our children one hot summer, has become a memory making fire pit which I think will be much more enjoyed for years to come.
One of my favorite memories with our pool turned fire pit was about a year and a half ago, we were going to have friends and neighbors over, and it started pouring rain. Everyone still came. I don’t remember what we ate (very odd for me, I always remember food), I just remember all of us standing around the fire pit, rain coming down, and us drinking and laughing together as our kids ran like crazy playing in a yard full of rain. We have all talked about that since. Such a simple but fun memory. Thanks to a pool that didn’t work out!
Merry Christmas! You never know what your gifts may lead to.