Deconstructing a swimming pool

We had a busy weekend so far. We are catching up on chores – Susanna and Izzy were sick most of the week. And I’ve been falling behind on the small chores. In addition to small chores, we started helping my uncle take down his pool today – we will move the pool to our yard in the spring. We will have to get a new liner, but we should be able to salvage the rest of the equipment and enough decking to complete the project.

Susanna working on cleaning out water from the old swimming pool prior to taking it down.

Susanna working on cleaning out water from the old swimming pool before taking it down.  Looking good in the boots!

In addition to the swimming pool (which too most of today), I was able to replace the well pressure tank on Friday night. The old tank had a leak in the bladder and required constant refilling of the compressed air in the tank.

With a big yard, it is difficult to get WiFi around the whole property. And with a 13-year-old and an 11-year-old (and two adults that also spend way too much time on the Internet) it was time to update the access point. I ordered an access point that I could install on the exterior of the house and had enough signal strength to cover the entire inside of the house. Getting a good access point (EnGenius ENS1750) makes a huge difference in speed and range.  I got the access point attached and the Ethernet cable run before dinner tonight. I do still need to clean up the wiring in the basement, but that will be for tomorrow.

Tomorrow will involve more yard chores and hopefully some workshop time.

Isabella watching Susanna clean the pool. Clearly very exciting!

Isabella watching Susanna clean the pool. Clearly very exciting!

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Photo Challenge (Red)

This weekend’s focus for the boys and me is the color red. We decided to dress up Isabella in a red dress and see what we got. It will be interesting to see what the boys decide to use for their posts today. This is after a little playing around with Adobe Lightroom. I think I could have gotten the reds to look a little better, but time to do chores now.

Red dress.

Red dress.

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Ben and Isabella

Ben taking a picture of Isabella last weekend.

Ben taking a picture of Isabella last weekend.

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Dinner Time (Sweet Potato Mush)

Wearing almost as much as eating her sweet potato dinner.

Wearing almost as much as eating her sweet potato dinner.

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Playing with the new camera

I decided to upgrade from the iPhone and family point-and-shoot camera. I originally wanted an intro level SLR, but instead decided on a Sony Alpha A5000 mirrorless camera – more compact than a DSLR with nearly the same quality. Ben and I have been playing around a bit with the camera – he posted a picture on his blog earlier this weekend. Here are two pictures that I was playing around with today. As a side note – taking pictures in RAW format and editing them on Lightroom is a significant improvement from editing JPEGs on GIMP. The only downside is that Lightroom doesn’t natively run on Linux and we only have Linux machines running right now.

Will working on sanding the legs for the bed frame he and I are making together. Always happy to be the subject of the camera.

Will working on sanding the legs for the bed frame he and I are making together. Always happy to be the subject of the camera.

Flower from the year (taken in the evening just after the sun set).

Flower from the year (taken in the evening just after the sun set).

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First Day of School (Pictures)

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Self-Portrait

The boys and I are trying a new photo challenge. We will work our way through a weekly photo challenge to improve our photo taking. It will only be the weeks they are here and probably only for the next couple of months. The first challenge is a self-portrait. And since I’ve been playing around in B&W:

Self-portrait in the workshop.

Self-portrait in the workshop.

 

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Kronobergs slott, Sweden.

I’ve been messing around with black and white conversion a little bit. This looks decent on my tablet.

Kronobergs slott (castle), Sweden.

Kronobergs slott (castle), Sweden.

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Pictures from Sweden (Part 2)

A quick upload while waiting in Kastrup for our flight to Oslo (and then home). Note to self: the WiFi at CPH is very good for a free connection.

More pictures of the lake from Dan's cabin.

More pictures of the lake from Dan’s cabin.

Kronobergs slott (castle), Sweden.

Kronobergs slott (castle), Sweden.

Will on the walkway to Kronobergs slott near Växjö in Småland, Sweden. The ruins are located on an island in lake Helgasjön,  Will, Susanna and I went to the ruins while Ben went fishing with Dan.

Will on the walkway to Kronobergs slott near Växjö in Småland, Sweden. The ruins are located on an island in lake Helgasjön. Will, Susanna and I went to the ruins while Ben went fishing with Dan.

 

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Pictures from Sweden (Part 1)

On Friday, the boys and I took the train from Copenhagen to Alvesta, Sweden. We had to switch trains twice – our original train from Copenhagen was cancelled and we had to pass through an ID check at Kastrup Airport before crossing the border into Sweden. It was a little stressful to have to figure out where to go, but at least the people at the information desk spoke English.

In Copenhagen central station, we met a French family on their way to Stockholm that spoke little English and no Swedish. They stuck with us for the train swaps at Kastrup and again at Malmo.  Their daughter sat next to Will on the train ride from Copenhagen to Kastrup, thinking he was older. She was shocked when he said he was 13. She was 18. Of course, it embarrasses Will when I tell the story. But his new haircut makes him look older.

On Saturday, we had Isabella’s christening – Susanna posted pictures on Isabella’s website.

Sunday was an easy day. We cleaned up from the celebration and the boys took it easy.

Monday we went to Kosta and got fish pedicures and ate lunch. After lunch we took a guided tour of the glass blowing factory. In the evening, Susanna’s sister, Rebecka, took the train back to her home, and we headed out to Susanna’s Dad, Dan’s, cabin which is near Sävsjöström, Sweden on Alstern Lake. The boys and I were going to camp out for the night, but after dinner Will felt sick, so Will and I came home while Ben camped out with Dan.

This morning, Will, Susanna and I went back to the cabin and joined Ben and Dan for breakfast. Breakfast was followed by checking out Dan’s harvester, and Ben rode along while Dan took down a few trees. We spent this afternoon taking it easy and playing kubb while the boys took turns trying to figure out the antique (1960s) moped.

Susanna keeping warm next to the sauna at the cabin on the lake.

Susanna keeping warm next to the sauna at the cabin on the lake.

Enjoying the brisk Swedish evening on Alstern Lake, Sweden.

Enjoying the brisk Swedish evening on Alstern Lake, Sweden.

A low camera angle and short (8-inch) wall make Will look like a giant at Herråkra Church, Sweden

A low camera angle and short (8-inch) wall make Will look like a giant at
Herråkra Church, Sweden

Will and Ben watching the glass blowers work at Kosta, Sweden.

Will and Ben watching the glass blowers work at Kosta, Sweden.

Will taking alone time to carve points on sticks at the cabin on the lake.

Will taking alone time to carve points on sticks at the cabin on the lake.

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