Pool Too Deep For Children

poolWe have an above ground pool that is too deep for children. They are nine year old boys and enjoy swimming but we were concerned about the depth, especially for the shorter of the two.

We researched  and inquired about various ways to make a shallow area but they were either too expensive or not feasible. One of our thoughts was to sink containers to the bottom of the pool for rest spots. We had a couple of plastic containers, filled each of them with weights and let them fill with water and sink to the bottom of the pool. It worked! Note: The containers were heavy duty with strong covers.

Caution: We were advised that if the pool was too deep for children that they should wear life jackets. This is recommended.

Our grand-children are good swimmers and like to dive so we sank the two containers near the center of the pool. Also, we make sure that we have things in the pool, such as noodles, that they can hang unto as a float.

The security of having something they can stand on has increased their confidence and has made us feel a little more at ease. We still make sure that there is an adult in the pool or on lifeguard duty.

This is how we solved our dilemma.

Children have to be watched at all times and should never be left alone. Let the phone ring..your child’s safety is more important.

We laid down a bed of sand as a base for the pool.  The border was pressure treated 2×8. One of the things we should have done was to use rebar or something similar to brace the 2×8. Also, if we do it again, we would use stone dust as a base, with a covering of sand.

The pool was level but with the water pressure, the area where we had the most sand was compressed and we had to jack the legs up to re-level the pool.

We used a bottle jack and a three foot piece of 4×4. This was a little tedious and took a couple of hours but it worked better than we expected.  One end of the 4×4 was placed under the cross bar on one side of the leg and the jack was placed on the other end and we carefully jacked up the leg. We placed 4 inch by 4 inch  plywood squares under the legs and used as many as needed to level the pool.

It’s been a week and the pool is still level, the tubs are working and the weather is fantastic.



Mistake Ordering Fish Special

There was a special of fish and chips on the menu at a restaurant that we  go to occasionally so both of us ordered the special as we both like fish. We had considered getting another dish and sharing both.

The meal was brought to our table and the fish did not look very appetizing. I wish I had taken a picture of the plate. Both my wife and I looked at each other and our faces read, do we really want to eat this?

The fish was haddock and had a batter that was not very appealing. I tasted mine. It was not very good. I watched my wife and hoped that hers would taste better. She said, I can’t eat this and she didn’t. I ate mine, not enjoyable, without eating the batter. Also, I ate one piece from my wives plate. The reason, I didn’t want to embarrass the restaurant staff! (I will let them know about the meal).

Garage Door Problems

This is the video that I followed to fix our garage door problem.
We have been having issues with our garage door for the past few months. The door would close with the key pad but would not open.

We tried changing passwords and changing the battery, in the key pad. To be truthful, we thought our key pad was wired and not wireless. There was no change other than the light came on in the key pad. Followed the instructions to reset passwords but the work light would not respond.

It appeared to us that the key pad was not working as the door would close but not open. We were in the process of ordering a new key pad but I decided to give it another try. I followed the instructions, from the following you tube video and was able to reset a new password. Presto it worked. I have no ideal what I did differently from other occasions. I’m thinking that I wiped out old codes. Hope this helps!

Planking A Salmon

A week or so ago, our friends said that they were inviting mutual friends for a bbq. All of us are from  Newfoundland. There will be five couples and one of the men,  Dave, is waiting a call for a heart transplant.

We, or I said that we should plank a salmon. Now, I wasn’t thinking as it is very difficult to get good atlantic salmon here in Arnprior. The price for the salmon was not the question as we only do this once or twice a year. The event was to happen on a Saturday and my wife asked me if I had arranged for the salmon. I told her not to worry.

One of the better places to buy farmed atlantic salmon is at Cosco but we didn’t have a membership and it’s about a forty minute drive from Arnprior. I worked late Friday and after supper, (dinner) we went to the local Metro supermarket. My wife went shopping and I went to the fish department. I was in luck! They had just received a shipment of fresh salmon. The girl told me that the salmon were large and would cost about one hundred dollars. We discussed the possibility of filleting the salmon and I would buy one fillet or she could cut it in half. I told her I would be back Saturday morning.

We, my wife and I discussed how much we would need and we diecided on half a salmon. We like the tail half and I find that part  easier to fillet and scale.

Saturday morning I went to Metro and the same girl was working. She saw me coming and asked what I had decided.  I said half a salmon, somewhere in the forty dollar range. The salmon was in ice and she asked me where should she make the cut. I pointed out the area and she cut it in half. She asked how much I thought it would be and I said forty-two dollars. “Close, she said, “forty-one”..”we’re good” she said. I had to go home, descale and fillet the salmon. My filleting knives are in Newfoundland, however I did find a suitable knife to do the job. Turned out to be nice fillets…now to the get-together..

Salmon scaling or descaling a salmon

What a meal! Planked salmon, pork on a bbq rotisserie, scalloped potatoes, baked beans, broccoli  casserole, coleslaw salad and carrots. For dessert, bakeapple cheesecake, partridge berry cheesecake, rhubarb cake. The planked salmon was excellent, although the plank caught on fire as we had the heat a little too high. The plank needs to go on a higher rack or keep the heat lower. We had the plank soaking for 16 hours.


How to plank a salmon by Cedar Grilling Company

We had left-overs for supper on Sunday. Salmon, pork, baked beans and a salad we made from the sliced potatoes that were not used in the scalloped potatoes. The meal was as delicious as our Saturday get together.