The Pool

For many years our house was a ladies health spa. This was back in the 1970’s and 80’s when women and men still mostly segregated themselves for exercise. One of the lessors of the health spa decided to put in a swimming pool, on the leased property, and did. Today we are the proud owners of a 38 year old, 55,000 gallon, gunnite beauty. Compliments of that health spa manager whose business decisions may or may not have been the best.

For some reason I don’t have any ‘before’ photos of the pool. Let’s just say it was green and that the decking was also green…or at least several shades darker than it is now.
Every year cleaning the pool is a chore no one looks forward to but everyone pitches in on because it is the only means to an end. The green water gets pumped out, the leaves and debris are removed by shovel, pitchfork and wheelbarrow. The inside is pressure washed. The water is, again, pumped out. Then the whole thing gets a coat of new paint.
This year, Mark and Randall caulked up the skimmers and tiles because the pool was reputedly leaking. It doesn’t appear to be leaking now but it’s only been filled for a day so we’ll see. We’re having the decking redone–not completely but the delaminated portions will be repaired, the whole thing will receive a new coat of concrete and then a colored skim coat. I have to see samples of the colors in real life before I can choose a color but I’m leaning toward a light copper color.
We have repairs to make, things to figure out, but the mere fact that we are so blessed to live in this place is amazing. The pool? That’s the cherry.

About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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