When we decided to move out to the country, I PROMISED the kids we'd get them a pool. You know those round plastic pools, about 4 ft deep, with the inflatable rim? I reasoned that I didn't want to have to run them into town every hot day to use the township pool. I wouldn't be able to send them down the street to a friend's house anymore. And besides, maybe I'd like a swim too. The inflatable pool seemed like an ever better idea when we decided to temporarily move to the Ol' Homestead with the grandparents first. We can take it with us when we move!
Being July, and having just survived a heat wave with the exact same temperatures as Miami Florida, the pressure was on. I PROMISED that pool. PROMISED.
Good news - they're on sale. We decided to buy it before they're all gone. Jethro and I both looked slightly ill at the checkout. We have so many things to pay for. Debts to pay off, bills to pay, repairs to be paid for. BUT WE PROMISED. We mumbled to each other about how our kids are pretty happy about there at the Ol' Homestead, and don't get bored, and haven't complained about the lack of X-360-Nintendo-sega-64 game things. They've been pretty low-maintenance, really. Also, WE PROMISED.
Once home, the full reality of the country landscape hit us.
This property slopes gently away from the road. A truly flat space of lawn is hard to find. The spot we picked out is just barely big enough to shoehorn that pool between the house and the back lane. We'll still have to do some levelling first.
My ol' man decided his tractor isn't powerful enough, so we might as well get a guy in with a Bobcat... and of course, that back door has been nailed shut for a few years. We'll have to do something about that... especially since the back steps have been missing for a long time now...
Jethro started getting excited. Oh boy, building a DECK! This will involve power tools!
I started up a nervous sweat.
I calmed myself by remembering that this little back porch will be a nice spot for my parents to relax even after we move out and take the pool with us someday.
The grandparents deserve it. I suddenly wanted badly to pay for it, and throw a brand new door into the deal while we're at it. We'll still get the vet bill paid. We can do this. We can do the work ourselves, and it won't cost much because we can shop around. We can do this.