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Salt System

This is the pool on Pine Island.  And that’s my cute little niece Ava, she’s 5 1/2 and can already read like crazy.  I think she needs to skip Kindergarten, we’ll see what happens with that.

This pool was really nice for a public pool.  Oddly enough, my sister’s husband builds pools, but they don’t have one at their home.  He’s actually in the Bahamas working on water features for a huge resort that Tiger Woods is building with his partners.  My sister Jeanine and Ava, travel to the Bahamas once a month for 10-days to visit him.  He’s been there for awhile and will be there probably until November.  Wouldn’t you hate to have to go to the Bahamas once a month?  It only costs $44 from Ft. Lauderdale.  I’d love to go, but I didn’t think of that far enough ahead of time.  Silly me, I don’t have a passport.

Back to the pool.  Classic Kirsten, talking in circles.  I’ve been swimming about three days a week at the YMCA at home in the burg.  The chlorine has turned the ends of my hair blonde and I always chuckle when someone tells me how good it looks.  Cheap highlights that’s for sure.  The chemicals are pretty harsh.  I wore out a bathing suit in a couple of months.  This pool on the island has no chemicals.  I also dug how the fence was covered with this blue stuff to deter gawkers.  Plus, it was a nice visual.

As we entered I noticed something really different.  No pool smell.  I blew it off and hopped in the lap lane.  I went under the water and bounced up to the taste of salt.  No way.  I swam over to my sister in excitement and asked her if this was a salt pool.  She said, “Yes, it is a salt system you dork, every one has that down here!”  Well, not everybody.  My parents don’t have a salt pool, but they should. 

It was totally like swimming in the soft water that we have at my house.  They use the same pellets and it’s amazing.  I guess it’s costly to change a pool over, but not so bad if you start with a salt filtration from the beginning.  I can’t wait to ask my brother-in-law all about it when he returns for the 4th this weekend. 

All I know is this.  It rocked out.  No harsh chlorine.  The water was super clear.  My eyes didn’t burn and my hair and skin didn’t feel like sandpaper afterwards. 

My only complaint is this.  The pool is closed on Sundays and Mondays.


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Delayed

Delayed.  Not a good word to hear.  Especially when you’re at the airport.  This happened to us on Tuesday.  We were supposed to fly out of town at 5:05.  I checked everything before we left the house.  As we were checking our baggage, the status changed.  Delayed.  Bummer. 

I was traveling with my daughter and her best friend.  We were on our way to Florida to visit my parents.  I was extremely excited because I actually took four weeks off.  I was more than ready to get there and happy to arrive at a reasonable hour instead of in the middle of the night.

Not the case.  We were delayed two and a half hours which put us landing at St. Pete at around 10:30 p.m.  We retrieved our luggage quickly met my parents and headed to Englewood which is where they live.  We got to their place around 12:15 a.m. and of course, the kids were ready to swim. 

Around 2:00 a.m. we all finally made it to bed.  I was happy to find that my parents had purchased a new, very rad camper.  I have the entire thing all to myself and I couldn’t be more stoked.  It has beautiful white cabinetry, and faux dark hardwood flooring.  The a/c cranks and runs fairly quietly.  Needless to say, I slept until near 9:00 a.m. this morning.

Today was a mellow day of hanging out.  We swam in the pool for hours.  We got some groceries and made a full blown turkey dinner like we usually do.  I walked to the beach with the girls around 6:00 this evening.  The breeze was awesome, the sand felt good and of course I dig the smell of the ocean. 

My dad invited a dive buddy over for dinner as well.  Tomorrow, the three of us will head out on the boat into the Gulf.  Luckily, the oil has not made it here yet.  I hope we see some cool things out on the water and catch some amazing fish. 

Most of all, I am thankful and excited at the same time that I don’t have to cram anything in to like 4 or 7 days.  This is going to be a nice, long overdue, extended vacation.