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Observations from the public swimming pool 2011

Today we made our first visit to our local swimming hole, I mean pool. It’s a really nice pool, compared to the one when i was growing up. The public pool available when i was growing up was an indoor pool that was also used for the high school swim team. It was filled with noisy obnoxious kids who had no place else to go in the sweltering heat. Today, the public pool has a beach entry, two diving boards, a kiddie pool, a splash pad, and two, count’em TWO water slides! it’s amazing!

Today’s version of people watching was not as interesting as the past, it wasn’t crowded. Which is a good thing, it was a perfect pool day: not too hot, not too crowded, and the water was still refreshing. Sometimes later in the summer, after too many days of 100+ to count, the water begins to feel like bath water. Call me crazy, but I’m not in for the public baths.

I realized today that if I did choose to wear a bikini again, I probably wouldn’t look as bad in it as I thought I would! I think the key is confidence and not caring what anyone thinks!

Anytime a guy just a bit older than me calls me ‘ma’am’ and asks me for the time, I need to get my hair done!

For all of those kids there, I don’t remember seeing many of them using the restroom, which makes me thankful for chlorine

Tattoos, the arm band type, don’t make a young guy look tough. I’m not even sure they make him look cool.

Like last time, there were tattoos on many people. There was a woman who looked like she could kick my husband’s ass, who had many in various locations, including on her neck (shudder). And then there was one that made me kind of giggle. You see name tattoos in essentially any spot, arm, neck, chest. The woman sitting on the chair next to me had “Wayne’ tattooed on herself. It was the location she chose that made me laugh. I think it was the ‘I love you, but not THAT much’ it was on her foot, close to where the toes bend.

I’ve heard it said that tan fat looks better than pale, white fat. While that may be true, I think some people should look in a mirror before leaving their house for the pool. There are some things in this world we are just not meant to see!

If your very small child of maybe 3 or 4 yrs, cannot swim, he will not, and I repeat NOT learn to swim by making him jump off the diving board in 12ft of water and encouraging him to swim to you. Nor will he learn to swim while trying to catch you in the shallows as you walk away from him watching the water slowly cover his head, and telling him to keep coming toward you. That makes you look like a total jerk and will only serve to traumatize said child.

When playing catch with a wadded up t-shirt, you’d better have good aim, because if you hit me again, I’m going to hold you under the water til you cry for your mama!

Every time we arrive after opening, the only chairs left are the wonky ones missing straps so my butt falls thru. You’d think I’d learn better!

Here’s hoping that next year, we have a pool of our own to enjoy. And if my children dare to even think of using the bathroom in it, they will be banished!

How do you spend your hot summer days?

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Grilled Vidalia onions

I’m really sad. I love summer, but it’s hovering around 100 today and it’s only the first part of June! I’m scared, I’m very scared.  And, needless to say, my oven has been put on temporary hiatus because of it. which means, my grill is my new best friend! I’m always looking for new ways to use it and this is an oldie but a goody.

If you’ve seen the Vidalia onions in the grocery but didn’t know what to do with them besides slice them and put them on a sandwich or a burger, you’re gonna love this! You can also do this in the oven and essentially roast them. I know, an onion is never something you think of as a side dish with your chicken or pork chops, but you really have to try this!

4 to 6 Vidalia onions (more or less depending on how many people you are serving)

butter

salt and pepper to taste

heavy duty aluminum foil

1. Preheat a grill to approximately 300, or medium heat

2. cut the top off the onion and cut out the core, leaving the stem on the bottom, and remove the papery outer layers of the onion & discard.

3. put 1tsp to 1tbsp (to taste/personal preference) in the well created by removing the core. sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

This is what it looks like before you seal it tightly in a little packet and put it on the grill.

4. wrap the onion tightly in a square of heavy duty aluminum foil

5. grill over indirect heat for 20 to 30 minutes, or until onion is tender.

6. unwrap and serve with chicken, pork chops, etc. The onion is delicious and tender and sweet.

Yum! Enjoy!

Look at that! It's tender and sweet and a wonderful side dish!

Keep checking back, I’ll be sharing more summer/grilling/cool kitchen recipes!

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