Thursday, August 25, 2005

Time keeps on slippin' etc 

I'm not sure how this happens.

I sit down here thinking, "Ah, a jolly Monday, productive start to a brand new week!" (Yeah, I'm usually kind of out of it on a Monday.) And then the next thing you know, I'm dragging in posting on Thursday, still with nothing to say....

Hmm. Well, Mike goes back to school on Monday. We are going to Pueblo for Caro's back to school shopping on Saturday, but Mike is pretty nearly set. Yesterday we virtuously went to Alco for his notebook and stuff, taking part in the Back to School Wal-mart boycott. As a karmic reward, I found THREE pairs of jeans shorts for Mike for only $4 each!! We also got his hair cut, and if I get around to it I will take a pic of Handsome!Mike for public admiration.

To hold you, here is a self portrait he created at that Dollmaker site:

That ought to wow them in the 7th grade!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

From today's Lamar Daily Snooze News: (on school registration)

Seventh grade student, Mike Wright said he is ready to go back to school.

"He is bored at home, and I make him do too many chores," said his mother, Susan Crites.


I'm so mean. And I'm so ready for August 29th!

(P.S. Yes, *I* know there should be a comma after Wright....)

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Professor, I think there's something wrong with my potion.... 

Mike decided he wanted to clean and refill his pool yesterday. Before removing what was left of the old, algae-enhanced water I decided to try a little experiment. Quite a few years back we had a wading pool, and as with this one we filled it with water from the well. Back then, when we had tried to use regular household bleach as a chlorinating agent, it turned the water an interesting shade of black.

That was before the big fix up where most of the people in our area of the county got in on a sewer system project. So I figured that IF the problem of black water back then had been caused by contaminants in the water table, that was probably fixed now.

I poured maybe a cup of bleach into the pool and waited! Hey, it bleached out and killed the algae, cool! So Mike emptied and scrubbed the pool, and then when it was refilling, we added about half a gallon of bleach, which seemed about right for such a big pool.

Except oops, not.

That's what it looks like today, AFTER precipitating out for a while. Not too inviting, eh?

I did some Googling, and my best guess that it's our good old rock-hard mineral laden water interacting with the chlorine. So on the one hand, I'm thinking it's okay to get into, because there's nothing in it that's not already in a. the well water or b. a normal swimming pool. And on the other looks gross, and maybe there was a chemical REACTION and it is deadly.

So I thought I would ask my readers and see if they knew anything about it.

In the meantime, Neville Longbottom and I are scratching "pool maintenance worker" off our lists of possible future occupations.

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