It’s been just a few weeks since we heard the phrase “polar vortex” for the first time here, and only days since we experienced “thunder sleet,” so it seems surprising that it’s now time to talk about swimming pools.
As we begin this new year, we are given a fresh start and many times a fresh outlook on what we want to accomplish in the future. Oftentimes this includes looking to the past to determine if there are things that we would change if we were able to do so.
Hello! So, the last article I wrote discussed the effects of diabetes and the effects that an unhealthy weight has on your blood sugar. (It’s interesting writing this article a day after Halloween considering that this holiday is all about candy, but I digress.) I think the key in all of these discussions is moderation.
Although this summer appears that it will be much milder than the last two summers, it is still hot this time of year. Traditionally one of the solutions to dealing with the summer heat is the cool enjoyment that a swimming pool can provide. That is not always possible in August — as pool water tends to heat up, oftentimes past the point of being refreshing.
The July Fourth weekend is traditionally the biggest weekend of the year for pool use. If you are the pool owner, hopefully by now your July Fourth plans are in place (or are least close to being in place) for your guests. If you are anything like me, you prefer to follow a list to be sure that everything gets done. Following is a checklist to assure that your July Fourth pool party will be one to be remembered.
School is out for the summer. That means kids get to enjoy the breathtaking feeling of freedom unlike any other. There is nothing in adulthood that can compare with the feeling of freedom that kids have when walking (or running) out of school on the last day.
In recognition of the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities in the United States and the resulting need for ongoing public education on safe water practices, May has been designated as National Water Safety Month.
Berlandier’s sundrops (Calylophus berlandieri) is native to Texas and surrounding states. It is a deciduous perennial that usually grows 4 to 20 inches tall, 1 to 2 feet wide, and may develop a woody base.
What will the weather be for the next few months? Pete Delkus, chief meteorologist at ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas, showed a weather pattern map on March 28 that provides some insight on what to expect. The map indicated that the Dallas-Fort Worth area forecast for the months of April, May and June would be normal rainfall and above-average temperatures.
As a periodontist, I am constantly being bombarded daily with the new best thing — the thing that will cure gum disease, the machine that will make my life easier and more productive, the device that will make all of my dreams come true.
With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, you may see a wide range of dates for Independence Day pool parties. Some people are selecting this weekend to celebrate, some prefer the actual holiday in the middle of the week, while others are opting for the weekend after.
Zexmenia (Wedelia texana, formerly Zexmenia hispida) is dependable for summer color and is easy to maintain. Also called orange zexmenia, it has 1- to 1.5-inch yellow-orange composite flowers from late April though November. The seeds are similar to sunflower seeds, but much smaller. It is a perennial native to Central and West Texas south to Mexico.
Although summer officially begins June 20, for most of us it has already begun. I have always considered summer beginning when the kids get out of school, which happened this week for most area schools. There are so many things to look forward to as summer begins — spending time with family and friends, summer camps, Six Flags, Rangers baseball, not having to wake up early … the list goes on and on.
My family moved around a lot when I was a kid. I’ve never gotten a clear answer as to why; for all I know, my parents were on the lam.
During a recent conversation with someone who wasn’t aware I’m a periodontist, I learned the person’s child had been injured in a fall. When I asked if the child’s teeth had been checked for damage, the response was jarring.
Many of you have contacted me about how tickled you were with the “nice boots” column. Al’s boot business at the Antique Gallery has stepped up and there are more of us out there strutting our stuff (or should I say scooting our boots?). Consequently, Al just brought in 100 more pairs of boots to stock his shelves. Pam and I had such success with our first purchases that we were among the first to buy a few more of his vintage beauties.
So how ’bout that weather? Do you remember last winter? What I remember most vividly about last winter is Super Bowl week in early February when we received more than our fair share of winter weather all in one week — virtually immobilizing the Dallas-Fort Worth area as the world watched. But this winter was completely different — very mild and enjoyable, perfect for spending time outdoors.
My dear readers, I wanted you to be the first to know, I have fallen in love — again. Last month I wrote about my “Georgia” sheet music collection (some of you may have considered this to be the ultimate in egocentric behavior). This month, I am writing about my newest passion.
As the years pass, pools can become outdated and in need of renovation. Some pool owners want minor changes; some prefer dramatic overhauls. The availability of new products and materials that weren’t available when the pool was constructed can mean the renovated pool looks better than it did when it was new.