The Rambling Writer’s Pandemic Pool

Missing our swimming during the pandemic closures, Thor and I install a “swim spa” pool and transform our front yard.

Among the many adjustments of this past year of the Covid19 pandemic, a big one for Thor and me was missing our swimming exercise at the university pool, closed since last March. And then I missed the precious narrow window of outdoor summer swimming here in Bellingham, WA, as I dealt with my cancer surgery and recovery. Since we’d had to cancel three trips last year, we decided to use that money (and a bit more) to order a swim spa that lets us swim against a current, like swimming upstream in a river. And we can heat the water to whatever temperature helps fight the damp cold of our Pacific Northwest. Ahh, blissful weightlessness and exercise forgiving of our various old injuries and arthritic joints! We baby boomers keep making those adjustments….

Our pool was on back order for several months, due to pandemic construction and delivery issues. Meanwhile, we decided that the only practical place to install it was in our under-utilized front yard. Thor enjoyed tearing out some of the Oregon Grape hedge that he detests for its thorns, opening up the yard next to our neighbor’s driveway, and getting a 6-inch cement slab installed.

I was just about recovered enough to start careful swimming in the late fall when our pool finally arrived, involving 5 vehicles to install.

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The Rambling Writer’s Pandemic Pool — 6 Comments

  1. Thanks, Sherwood! I have to be careful with too much upper-body exercise still, as it gets the rib pain aggravated, but slowly building up swimming time (using my fins a lot to let arms take it easy). Thor and I both love the pool, and it’s definitely helping the winter blahs.