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Old 05-21-2017, 03:26 PM   #1
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What a day

It has been a busy day. Tebow and Bentley had dentals this morning. Ollie had a late afternoon appointment and got 2 shots (poor baby). The hot tub got dumped, cleaner and refilled. Then an hour was needed to get the chemicals in balance. We will be going in tonight! Our son's friend works with his brother's pool/spa company and helped with the last tweaks. He looked at the water yesterday and said we didn't have to do it yet as the water was still crystal clear, but it was getting harder and harder to keep all the chemicals in balance (need ph up, then too much ph so need ph down, more chlorine to get the correct reading, more defoamer, etc) so just wanted a clean start. It's been 11 months so that is pretty incredible. Our son's friend says most people don't take care of hot tubs the way they should so they have to dump and refill every 2-3 months. Also worked on shampooing the carpeted stairs. They are soo dirty. They are the most high traffic area in the whole house. My goal is 2-3 steps a day until they are done. The stairs are soo much more work than doing an entire room. So now it's relax time with a glass of wine.
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Old 05-21-2017, 04:51 PM   #2
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We had a hot tub in Houston for 2 years. But I was the only one going in it, so after 2 years we sold it. There is a hot tub close to the pool in the Recreation Center were I could go. But I am too lazy to go to the pool or hot tub. And again, I would have to go on my own.
At our house we don't want any water feature. It attracts the snakes and scorpions and toads. There is a toad for a week now in one of our flower beds just by watering the plants. Charlie does not go there so it does not matter. Don't know how to put him away without killing it. It's poisonous. If we put it on a shovel to relocate he will probably jump. I don't think we would have time to even throw him over the fence.
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Old 05-21-2017, 05:25 PM   #3
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We had a hot tub in Houston for 2 years. But I was the only one going in it, so after 2 years we sold it. There is a hot tub close to the pool in the Recreation Center were I could go. But I am too lazy to go to the pool or hot tub. And again, I would have to go on my own.
At our house we don't want any water feature. It attracts the snakes and scorpions and toads. There is a toad for a week now in one of our flower beds just by watering the plants. Charlie does not go there so it does not matter. Don't know how to put him away without killing it. It's poisonous. If we put it on a shovel to relocate he will probably jump. I don't think we would have time to even throw him over the fence.
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ewww. That toad is ugly! We have our hot tub covered at all times when we are not in it. It's required but even if it wasn't I would. I don't want to net critters out of water!
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Wow....you are such a busy beaver!!!!! Sort of doing similar things. Just backwashed the pool, changed out some seals, pressure gauge, and chlorinater......the pool is in perfect balance and a wonderful 80 degrees. Just in time for the girls 4 day stay with us.

There is always something when you have your own home and do it all yourself.

Only have 2 rooms of carpet to clean so not a huge project.

Have to pull weeds out of our beds, trim hedges and mulch !!! So hot for outside work but has to be done.
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:02 PM   #5
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Wow....you are such a busy beaver!!!!! Sort of doing similar things. Just backwashed the pool, changed out some seals, pressure gauge, and chlorinater......the pool is in perfect balance and a wonderful 80 degrees. Just in time for the girls 4 day stay with us.

There is always something when you have your own home and do it all yourself.

Only have 2 rooms of carpet to clean so not a huge project.

Have to pull weeds out of our beds, trim hedges and mulch !!! So hot for outside work but has to be done.
I'm sure the girls love the pool! I miss the pool we had when we lived in Florida. It's just not worth it here. Spoiled by Florida's long swimming season. Besides our next door neighbor has a pool and we get invited over there frequently. All fun and no work.

I'm way behind on my flower garden. The only thing in it are the perenials (purple salvia and pink flocks). Hopefully this weekend.
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I'm sure the girls love the pool! I miss the pool we had when we lived in Florida. It's just not worth it here. Spoiled by Florida's long swimming season. Besides our next door neighbor has a pool and we get invited over there frequently. All fun and no work.

I'm way behind on my flower garden. The only thing in it are the perenials (purple salvia and pink flocks). Hopefully this weekend.
Do you know of any plants/flowers that repel mosquitoes? Thought I might plant some in a pot around the area I potty the dogs......just as a precaution.
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Do you know of any plants/flowers that repel mosquitoes? Thought I might plant some in a pot around the area I potty the dogs......just as a precaution.
Supposedly the Citronella plant does but I'm not convinced. I've planted them before and didn't really notice a difference. Citronella tiki torch fuel does work. There are a lot of cute table lanterns out there. Wonder if it the smoke more than anything else and regular candles would work. You don't get bit when sitting by a camp fire.
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Sorry but no plants work well to repeel mosquitoes. The only thing that works for a couple of days is mosquito spray that you buy at Lowe's or Home Depot. For a patio free of mosquitoes you have to screen it and even then.. becareful when you open the door.
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If dogs come into contact with citronella plant they can experience skin irratation. If they ingest it they can become lethargic, have diarrhea and a loss of appetite.

I planted lemon grass in big pots. It can get up to 4 feet tall. I also planted rosemary, mint, basil. All 3 are suppose repress mosquitoes, with basil also repelling fleas.
I also planted some lavender to repress mosquitoes, fleas and flies. But some sites says lavender is not that good for dogs while others say it's ok. So, I put that pot where Jack can't get at it.
All my gardening is done in pots.

Here are tips for repelling ants:
pure lemon juice - spray the area
ground cinnamon
cinnamon essential oil - around doors, windows and floors
peppermint essential oil - doors and windows
baking soda and powered sugar
cream of wheat
white vinegar - 1 liter poured down ant hill
equal and apple juice
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