Of Pools and Tents

When you’re the one-woman renovating team. . .things go slow sometimes.


When I bought the Alabama house, there was an above-ground pool in the back yard. Woo hoo said everyone! Except me.

Ummm. . .guys? The house was vacant for 10 years. Therefore the pool was neglected for 10 years. No cover. Not cleaned. Not maintained. As in. . .the liner is torn in pieces, the aluminum sides are rusted and there’s a pine tree growing in the pool. There will be no pool! It’s coming down.

I started working on it before it got hot. Between work, driving to Missouri and unloading loads of stuff and furniture, I had neither the time nor the energy to address it. And then it got hot. Standing in the sun, working with hot aluminum in 99 degrees is NOT where I choose to be.

Today, we had a break in the weather. Cloud cover coupled with lower temps. I was able to get quite a bit done (when you’re going it alone). You will notice there are now TWO trees growing in the pool.

I placed the metal posts and pieces in the alley and within an hour, somebody pulled up and picked them up. More power to them! I am too tired to find the scrap metal recycling location.

Temperatures this week will be in the 90’s again, so until it cools off, that pool will sit — as is — until I decide to attack it again.


Awhile back, a friend borrowed my small tent. He brought it back but. . .because it started raining as they broke camp, they hurriedly rolled it up and shoved it in the bag. Last weekend, I decided to pitch the tent in a spare bedroom. If it had any rips, tears, mold or mildew it was going to the trash.

It was beautiful! So I kept it up all week and let it air out. Not many people probably pitch a tent in their spare room, but. . .my house, my rules!!

Now. . .if the kids were going to be here anytime soon, I would have left it up for Sam to sleep in for fun. However, with not a clue as to when they will be back to visit, I took it down this evening.

I wonder what I can accomplish this coming week? Probably nothing to do with pools or tents.


I spent hours sorting paperwork this weekend.  I will more than likely spend hours shredding a good deal of it.  This was paperwork that I had brought to Alabama from Missouri.  Some of it was mine, some was from my mother’s estate, and some of it was trash or just past the date it needed to be kept.

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There are different kinds of paperwork:

  1. Daily – aka “the mail” — this stuff I handle as soon as I get it home from the post office.  Open the packages, throw away the wrappers.  Open the bills and place them by date due in the designated kitchen drawer.  Letters that require more than a few minutes to read go upstairs on the bed where I will read them when I retire for the evening.  Anything with personal or revealing information gets shredded.
  2.  Receipts and Owner’s Manuals – when I buy an item that comes with an owner’s manual (usually a large item purchase), I staple the receipt to the cover of the owner’s manual and file it away.  When I had a filing cabinet, it just went in a file folder labeled, not so creatively, “owner’s manuals.”  When I purchased this house, bless the previous owner!!  There in the kitchen was a manila envelope with manuals to the hot water heaters, kitchen stove, range hood, ceiling fans, fireplace insert, etc.  I have elected not to move the filing cabinet and now have a filing box in the printer cabinet with these items placed there.
  3.  Grocery  & Miscellaneous Receipts – After unloading bags and putting items away, I stop to check both Ibotta and Fetch Rewards.  I scan my receipt and if there’s nothing I might possibly return, I toss it.  Both apps can be downloaded via Google Play Store and pay rewards in either dollars or points.  Ibotta offers cash back for commonly purchased goods that add up and can either be redeemed as gift cards or as actual cash to a Paypal or Venmo account.  Fetch Rewards scans your photographed receipt automatically and awards points for purchases, those points can then be exchanged for rewards.
  4.  Important Papers – this would be such things as income taxes*, county tax receipts, mortgage paperwork, shot records, school records, etc. These go into a file labeled with the appropriate year or corresponding child’s name. * While I use TurboTax to do my own taxes, I always print out a hard copy to have on hand. Into this file goes my W-2 forms, mortgage statements, donation receipts, etc.  Keep in mind that all tax returns should be retained for a period going back 7 years.
  5.  VERY IMPORTANT PAPERS – this would be birth certificates, marriage licenses, social security documents, insurance policies, wills, living trusts and things of that nature.  These are so important I won’t keep them in the house.  They go into a safe deposit box at the local bank.  My executor (or co-trustee in my case) has a copy of my living will as well as knowing the location of the key to the safe deposit box.

Not a very creative or exciting post here, but important nonetheless.  Paperwork can become overwhelming if not handled appropriately or properly.  This is yet another sneak peek into the OCD logical mind of how I operate and try to keep clutter down in the home.