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MONDAY 25th Apr: Boring boring boring


Crinkly

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Tara:   Oh Aunties.  Today was THE PITS!  Mum was working all day, and we didn't get a walk :( cos it started to rain, huge big splatty bits of cold wet.  Mum came out into the garden and stuck her front paws out and said 'See? You don't want a walk!'

but I did!!!

so then Mum worked all afternoon.  And i went out and barked in the garden.  Cos i was bursting with bounce.  And do you know what she did?  She is really mean!  She lured me over with some treats, anda cuddle, and some tug of war - isnt that mean? - and the next thing i knew she had slipped my lead on, and i was tied up!  To the desk handle bit!!!  So i couldn't go out and bark!!!

how mean is that?  Horrible!  I had no choice but to go to sleep!

and then the doorbell went and Mum got all squeaky and excited, and i couldn't see what was going on, cos i was imprisoned, and strangled and bored. :(

then Mum finished work, and My Dad came home, and i woz untied, and we played for a bit.   But then Dad brought the big box through that Mum was squeaking about, and they did stuff.  All evening, they did stuff.  No cuddles, or snuggles, or tv or saying hello to all My Aunties.  They just did stuff.  

So i got to have the zoomies all round the garden, and fought the snakey garden hose, and bounced on Cato.

And now we have this huge stinky thing at the end of the kitchen, and it hums and huffs and smells, and i have to go past it every time i want a wee.

 

Cato:  no lap time today. :(  we always have lovely snuggles, every evening, but today i had to lie on the floor bed and watch Mum fuss and fiddle.  And when we did stop and eat, her hands smelled all funny, and not like Mum.  I didn't like today.  Lap time is important pack time.  And i missed my Mum :(

 

Mum:   Well, it arrived.  Still don't know if it is going to be a good idea, but we had long discussions about it, and decided to Go For It.

we are now the proud (?) owners of a small hot tub.  2 person (think large bath tub!).  It is at the end of the kitchen, by the patio doors, looking down the garden.  I can throw the doors open in the summer, and watch the rain in the winter, while lounging.  Total privacy.  Not overlooked. :) It is only one of the cheap inflatable ones, because we didn't want to invest big bucks until we know whether the benefits to my back, joints and so on are worth it.  If so, in a year or two, we can upgrade to a proper one.

the other thing is the chemicals and water maintenance.  We've gone for chlorine free, ecofriendly water treatments, but the water prep (once a week, for 1 hour) has left the room smelling like a swimming pool. The smell will clear, i understand.  Now i just have to maintain the water quality. :)

pics tomorrow.  Very tired now.

will wait and see whether it is a good idea, or not. :)

Just need to sort out nice comfy dog beds next to it, and we will all be happy. lol.

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Sophie's Haven

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Cato and Tara so sorry you had such a boring day......maybe when the weather clears Mum and Dad will make it up to you..........

As a person that has had a hot tub for over 30 some years you are going to love it.........we had a soft tub now for the past 15 years and it seats 2 comfortably.......and we use it year round and up to twice a day..........ours sits on our porch. It is very relaxing and sooths sore muscles plus when your chilled it warms you up quite nicely.  Look forward to seeing pictures of your tub...........

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I hope that it helps your back and joints.  Maybe that is what I need.  Sounds really nice! ;)  

Cato and Tara, I'm so sorry your day has been the pitts.  There is always tomorrow.  Big hugs and snuggles from us. :) 

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Marlene

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Never heard of a soft one.......good idea.  Now.....that will be quite a conversation piece in the kitchen!

We used to have one - it was outside on the patio.  My favorite was using it in the rain!  Also, my husband rode a motorcycle quite a lot at that time.  I enjoyed going with him sometimes.........but when you get chilled on a bike - it is to the bone.  A hot tub is the BEST way to warm up.

One hint though.....you may be tempted to have a long soak before bed.  Don't do it - you get hot to your core and can't sleep.

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Summerangel

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Sorry you didn't go for a walk guys. 

Its was pretty much like that here all day. We had rain, hail and it was freezing cold. Ok, I exaggerated a little, it wasn't freezing, but it felt like it to me. 

Your hot tub so lovely. what a lovely treat for yourselves. 

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Crinkly

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Aww thank you all.

I must say, last night when I wrote my bit of blog contribution I was seriously doubting the sanity of it.  We bought the smallest one we could (tiny house and tinier garden!) and put it in the most sensible place.  But I really wasn't expecting the chemical stink.  Poor doglets must be finding it difficult to take!

But now the water is warming up, am starting to look forward to tonight's dip.

Very reassuring that you all have and enjoy hot tubs.  I love them when we go away, and have wanted one for years.  Just a bit intimidated by the set up I suppose. lol.

Weather had snow forecast at 2am last night!!! no idea if it turned up, but if it did it didn't settle.  Not much hope of a walk today, unless we dress for the Arctic.  Poor Tara.  More stir-crazy zoomies incoming. :(

But there will be lots of games and wrestling and Ping Pong, cos Dad is home all day! Yay! so the beasties should be able to have a sofa cuddlefest with him while he watches the World Snooker.  Which will make me feel less guilty about last night. :) 

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Sophie's Haven

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Thought I would send you a pic of our soft tub for you to get an idea of some of the different ones out there.........

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This is what they call a soft tub.......I said that it fit 2 comfortably......this is actually made for 6 people but no way you would be packed in like sardines.......they do make this in 2 smaller sizes......you sit on the bottom of the tub but we ordered a seat for me on one side otherwise I would have water up over my nose when I sat down........This is our second tub in 15 years and we just got this one re-skin this past January. One thing with this tub when it is empty Bill and I can move it......it is that lite. We keep it up and running all year round....during the summer we don't have the temp as high.........now Marlene commented about not using it at night as it raises your body temp.......true......but if you live in a cold, damp climate you will come to love it. They have scents such as lavender, cool mist, jasmine that helps cut down the chemical smell........I had a fiberglass tub in the past  but prefer this one over that.......less expensive and easier to fix if you have a problem with the jets. We actually can replace them ourselves if they leak. It is neat to be sitting in it when it is pouring rain, snowing, full moon and in the summer when the fire flies are out it is pretty cool sitting their watching them light up the sky..........plus your so relaxed when you get out.......we have less colds or no colds at all. Excuse our tie down straps, but after our last storm when the wind ripped the lid off and it flying down the porch we had to find a way to secure it down......that to the right is Baileys school desk that he sits on wrapped up in warm towels when I am in the tub during the winter months...........I think your going to really enjoy yours, looking forward to hearing how your first dip was...........

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Missysmom

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Thanks so much for the pic Jeannie, I too was wondering about it! Sure got me to thinking now on where we could fit one of these!!:D

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PipsMom

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Big time envy! Your going to love it! A good soak a after work relaxes you prior to bedtime...and you'll sleep like a baby.

One warning I found out the hard way....watch your intake of wine while in it...something about the hot water on the body intensifies the effect of the alcohol in your body. Get out to stand up and your drunk and staggering about....My friend even passed out cold....she had a pace maker and it effected her badly.

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Summerangel

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OMG all this talk about hot tubs.. I NEED to be getting myself one of these.. 

It looks great ?

 

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Sophie's Haven

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Everyone is affected differently.......rules that came with our tub #1 the temperature no hotter then 104.......#2 alcohol usage  #3 people with heart conditions and certain medications.....not all people can deal with the high temperature. Now I can have a glass of wine and it does not affect me but that does not apply to all people.  The number one cause for drowning in hot tubs is alcohol and pain medications........

 

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Crinkly

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@Sophie's Haven oh my goodness I love your hot tub.  And what an amazing view.

It took until lunch time for the water to heat up with mine, at which point I tested the water, and I THINK all the right things are in the right zones... 

Because it is the littlest most economical (cheap! :roflmao:) and smallest spa we could find, it doesn't come with a properly insulated lid.  So I have bought some polystyrene panels to cover it.  And ordered some plastic to make covers for them.  But that is why it is mounded up with grey blocks. :)  I am going to cut them to shape, cover them, and link them together so that they fold up.

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This is the end of the kitchen.  Grooming table to the left, with wheelie stool under.  My grandmother's standard lamp with the shade that I made.  You will recognise the plants.  :roflmao:

This is the tub when the cover is off.

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I need to find a way of getting the cover off and folded neatly without getting water EVERYWHERE!

and (because I am now in love with it) this is a closeup of the spa itself.

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Note the 70% cocoa solid choc supplies, on the countertop above the ivy? lol

@PipsMom you never need to worry about me, the spa and alcohol, but chocolate on the other hand... oh yeah!

Can't wait to get back into it!!!

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PipsMom

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I love it! I'm one that never heard of the inflatable kind but just as you posted yesterday about it...guess what came on TV today? Yep, a commercial advertising them...what a coincidence......I told hubby...hey look there ....Jo just bought one of those....trying to hint hint.....No it didn't work :( 

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Crinkly

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Oh, haven't seen it on TV!  Found it on Amazon, purely by chance.  Is the advert for the same model as mine?  Blue and white and oval?

We have been 'discussing' this purchase for ages.  Mr C is convinced it is a good thing, and therapeutic, but too much effort and ultimately will get neglected.

I think he underestimates my capacity for slothful lounging in balmy water, but am worried the water maintenance will defeat me.

Originally the garden was designed around having a hot tub, but I now realise that it is too overlooked (would need a whole umbrella/gazebo setup) and would be a problem with the weather and wind.  We get really strange gusts and mini wind spirals because of the alley, the walls and the corners of the buildings.  Whereas this little treasure can squeeze into what was originally the dining area of the kitchen.  And - best bit - we can run it all winter, and recycle the heat to keep the kitchen warm, rather than heating the Great Outdoors. :birthday_toast:

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Sophie's Haven

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That is the cutest thing........your going to love it........how hot does the water get?  Chocolate and a hot tub is a great mix. Be sure to let us know how you enjoyed it tonight..........now when we refill our.......cold water of course it takes almost 24 hours to get to 104 degrees. I will be thinking about you when we soak in ours tonight..............

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PipsMom

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3 minutes ago, Crinkly said:

Oh, haven't seen it on TV!  Found it on Amazon, purely by chance.  Is the advert for the same model as mine?  Blue and white and oval?

 

These ones are more round it seems as yours is oval so don't think they are the same manufacturer. I caught the retailers at the end right quick and noticed Tesco so that's where I found the examples for this brand... Lazy Spa

http://www.tesco.com/direct/search-results/results.page?sortBy=1&searchquery=Hot+tub&SrchId=4294967294&catId=4294967294+4294793662&lastFilter=Type%7CHot+tub&icid=redirect_hottub&_WebEvents=Inflatable+hot+tub

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Crinkly

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It goes up to 40 degrees Celcius, which is the standard, I believe, and is probably the same as your 104 Fahrenheit.  I think.

It seems to heat about 2 degrees an hour, and went from cold (12 degrees) to 40 in about 15 hours.  But I think 40 is too hot for me.  I have dropped it down to 38 for tomorrow, and will see how that goes.

The jets are awesome.  I expected such a little tub, and such a simple setup, to be disappointing but the jets are very powerful, pushing me away from the side so I was supported by bubbles, not the side of the tub.

Huge amounts of steam and condensation though!  Need to have the kitchen extractor on ALL the time!

And the chemical smell has completely gone now.  phew!

Love it love it love it.

@PipsMom Ah yes!  Those LazySpa ones are better quality, I think, but they are all round, usually about 6 feet.  Ours is 4 feet by 7, which fits better.  Sounds like you NEED one for your back, she says, pointing out how useful it would be to you. lol

If (WHEN) I eventually upgrade to a fibreglass one, it will be a little narrower, I think, and fit better, with better insulation. 

Hark at me, planning the long term already! :roflmao:

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PipsMom

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I used one daily ( old style) when I lived in New Zealand. Best thing ever for a bad back, especially as I backed up to the jets and let it massage my spine .....lovely.

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Crinkly

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with the polystyrene insulation above and below, and the filter turned off, it dropped from 36 to 32 degrees overnight.  So I need to switch the heater on for a couple of hours before my next dip.

Does the fact that I am hoping for downpour this lunchtime (therefore no dog walk, therefore time for a soak) make me a bad Mum?  I think it does!

Mr C has not yet dipped a toe.  Which is bizarre.  How can anyone resist?

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Sophie's Haven

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I could not tell by the picture what your cover was made of  but they do make solar covers that you can make to put on the top of your water to keep the heat in.........you will find to that the longer your in the tub that the aeration will cool the water off too. So glad your enjoyed your soak....did you sleep good?

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Crinkly

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thank you - will look out for that.  I think it is like bubble wrap, yes?

I slept beautifully!

(and yes, it poured all lunchtime, with hail and sleet again, so I spent half an hour in the tub.  with choc.  it really is bliss. :shipwrecked:)

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Sophie's Haven

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Yes it is a lightweight bubble wrap material.......

Be sure to use body lotion as your skin will start to dry out.......

Years ago in my other life I worked at one of the top grocery chains in the state where I lived........I was about to scan a plastic container of Tide laundry soap and the cap fell off when I tipped it over and the soap splashed down my smock and down my pants.......never gave it any thought but when I got home I had some time before the kids got home from school and I took a soak in the hot tub........the soap had soaked thru my pants into my skin and once I hit that tub I had bubbles filling the tub........what a mess.......I can laugh about it now.......:hysterical:

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