Monday, April 30, 2012

Pool Care with Common Household Cleaners

Well, spring seemingly blew in like summer, to a break for Blackberry Winter and then gave way to summer.
When it gets hot here there is one question on everyones lips, "Can we swim?"
Just a few weeks ago, knowing that April was busy and May would be swimming time, I began thinking of how in the world was I going to get rid of that green scum water in our pool that was home to all kinds of swimming creatures? The fact of the matter is that in years past opening of the pool was a very expensive trip to the pool store. This year I just did not have the resources to go dump 300 dollars in our pool! I had heard for years that you could treat your pool with common household bleach and baking soda. I was so scared, but after one time of spending 200 dollars and having the water remain the same and then having to spend 150 more I was willing to give it a try.

Of course, the first place I went was Google. There are a multitude of very helpful sites that teach the method known as BBB. BBB stands for Bleach, Borax, Baking soda. The forums are hopping with people so knowledgeable about caring for your pool this way. They get a big skip in their step by beating the system, so to speak, of the pool store breaking your bank.

So, I studied and went to Dollar General. After 20 gallons of bleach, 6 boxes of baking soda and 2 boxes of Borax, this is what we have:

I do need to vacuum this pool, but the water is all sparkly! Yippee! It only took about 4 days.
Here is a link to where I got most of my information.
BBB for Beginners

This has been the easiest pool opening I have done. I spent the most time just brushing the pool daily to keep the algae stirred up so that the BBB could do its work. I spent 60 dollars on the cleaners. I did buy a good pool testing kit and added some stabilizer that I already had.

Happy swimming!
PS, maintenance has been 1-2 gallons of plain bleach per week. That is it. :)

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Wow, it has really been a long time since I have blogged! For many different reasons, I have just not been in the blogging world lately. When I first began this blog, blogging was the only social media that I knew of. With the Facebook craze and twitter and smart-phones that instantly connect you, it has been very easy to go into media overload. Although, I love my dear iPhone and all of its conveniences I  do miss the blog and really enjoyed it more than all the other. Most of the time Facebook leaves me scratching my head or just plain agitated. *sigh*

So, what have we been doing? Much of the same, homeschool, church, just trying to be a good steward over what I am given charge of at this time in my life. This past week we had a revival that was a pretty good drive. We were thankful for the iPods! Now, I know all kinds of memories can be made riding 2+ hours a night, but really, we are together all day and the quiet time that the iPods afforded were just great.
Here is a little funny picture.

We will be schooling all through the summer with little breaks here and there. This works best for our family. I really get to missing school if  more that a couple of weeks pass without it. I think the kids miss the routine.  I am totally excited, as always, for the upcoming homeschool conference. It is so WONDERFUL! I just get all fired up and refreshed. My oldest daughter has gone with me for the past two years and we have a blast! It is just a great get-away for us.

My struggle with the weight loss/healthy living is an ongoing battle that I am determined to win. We have been doing great and have found a new favorite food....Broiled Tilapia from Allrecipes.  It cooked in under 10 minutes and was fantastic! My whole family loved it!  We have been drinking only water (read that NO SWEET TEA) with our meals and that is quite an accomplishment. I just really want my kids to not have to struggle and have all the bad habits that processed food and soft drinks can create in us.

Well, I must go now and I really hope that I can be back here soon!


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