Most of the source of my frustrations, other than lack of time, is lack of knowledge. I own two cars, but I know nothing about cars. I have a pool, and I am not too knowledgable about it's upkeep. I don't know much about gardening, or how to do handyman things around the house. I get overwhelmed by the things I have to do that I am not good at. So recently, I have decided to calm down, and just slowly, little by little, educate myself. The internet is loaded with how-to information. You tube is also a great source, especially for handyman tips.
I had the day off today, and decided to put this idea of mine to the test. My van had a low tire. I took it to the local carwash and used the air machine to fill it up. I still need to educate myself on how to read a tire pressure gauge and all that. But I did the job, and I noticed the little cap on the valve was missing from that tire, most likey causing the air leak. I went to Walmart and looked in the automotive aisle, and found these:
Then, I needed to educate myself about my swimming pool. I am not really clear on how to use the chemicals, so I did a little reading on the net and watched a You Tube video. I have been kind of winging it for years with the chemicals, but I learned some valuable things today. First, I learned that using a clarifier might help me with the cloudiness in the pool. Clarifiers coagulate the smaller particles into larger particles which can be filtered out more easily. Secondly, I learned that if the ph in the pool is not high enough, the chemicals you add to it will be less effective, wasting both time and money. Hmmm,, who knew. So added clarifier today, added ph increaser, and after the pool was at the correct ph, I added the chlorine, which has been low. Wouldn't you know it, the pool is now clear, and my little pool strip is happy because everything is in the right color zone. Yeah!!! I do have some debris on the bottom that needs to be vacuumed. I hope to do that tomorrow. I feel a little less overwhelmed already!!
My yard is chock full of weeds. Ick. I decided I need to get the grass fertilized tomorrow morning. I got the spreader all ready to go. I also took the time to read the bags. I have both weed and seed, and lawn food. The lawn food does not have weed killer, and it claims it will not burn the grass. I think I will use the weeder once a month until fall, and I can use the grass food in October.. So tomorrow morning, when the dew is al over the litte grass blades, I will be out there, killing weeds!!
Speaking of weeds, here it what my pool area looks like...
My next project is to tame this bushy mess. It is actually hanging over the pool like a belly hangs over a belt.There is also a large sumac tree which sprouted up last year. I do not have a power saw, my friends will not let me get one! They know me, and don't trust me with one. But that thing needs to come down soon.
I have weedy stalks encroaching my backyard all over. When I was done with the pool area, I worked on the backyard for a time, mostly using the wacker, until the battery ran out. A gas wacker would probably do more work, but I have a hard time starting them, so I opted for battery. That is something I have realized as a single woman...things are heavy. I look for things that are easy for me to carry or use. The fertilizer bags were way too heavy for me to lift and pour, so I used an old tupperware bowl to scoop the stuff in. Took longer, but I do what I have to do.
All in all, it was a pretty successful yard day. I have two kid-free weeks coming up soon, and plan on working each day, should the weather allow it!!