Tuesday, May 6, 2014

We are pool challenged..

This is the first time we have ever owned a pool. We have never lived in an area where having a swimming pool made sense..New York was way to cold  and Missouri had a short pool season too. Plus with the additional home owners insurance that would be needed in the USA it was cost prohibitive to consider one. So now we have a pool in our Merida home.
We went to Barroso, our closest pool store and had a pool technician come to our house in December. He spent an hour with Carlos explaining how the equipment worked as well as what chemicals were needed and what they did. Carlos even took notes!

When we arrived on Easter Sunday, the pool water was clear and so blue...by Tuesday it was going green and by Wednesday it was pea green! Yuck! Thanks to research and videos on the Internet we realized that we had an algae problem and quickly went out to get the stronger chemicals that we needed. Carlos shocked and scrubbed and vacuumed until by Saturday the pool was finally looking blue again!
It was so enjoyable to swim several times a day and at night the water was like velvet!


  1. Pools can be challenging in this environment. We are constantly fighting algae and leaves that blow in from next door. It takes some time to learn the right balance of chemicals. The pool has become our morning routine, to clean and check chemicals. My favorite time to swim is at night with the pool lights on. Wonderful!

  2. I have never had a pool but we had similar issues when we bought our hot tub. Such a concoction of chemicals to keep it clean. I told hubby if he wanted it he had to clean and take care of it ..and he has. Your pool is so pretty at night with the lights!

    1. Thanks...I like to swim with the lights off at night too...specially with a full moon. Carlos still wants a hot tub too...to me it doesn't make sense in the tropics!