I have a nice pool. Its a remnant from a more civilized age when I have a great job. My wife and I bought a house with a pool in 2000 then totally renovated the pool and surrounding hardscape in 2006. Big home equity loans were all the rage back then so we didn’t even flinch when the contractors told us how much it would cost to put in dry stone stacked retaining walls, paver patio, new steel pool walls and a new pool liner. We were like, “Where do we sign?” Now in 2017, times are tough. No more contractors or pool guys coming over to our house anymore. If I want some work done on the house its DIY or nothing. And to save about 4-5 hundred dollars every fall, you’ll fine me closing the pool myself.
There are fun DIY projects that you can do like build a swing set for you kids or grow tomatoes in a vegetable garden and then there are chores that you need to get done. Seems like I’m doing a lot of chores lately and haven’t had much time for the fun projects. For example this weekend I was power washing pavers for about 10 hours.