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Friday, November 15, 2013

The Pool

Swimming Ool                                          
by Ken Nesbitt                                                                            

Swimming in the swimming pool
is where I like to "B,"
wearing underwater goggles
so that I can "C."
Yesterday, before I swam,
I drank a cup of "T."
Now the pool is just an “ool”
because I took a "P."

I found this cute little poem while searching for a poem about pools. There was a sign on the wall of the pool with about the same sentiments. Hope you enjoy.

We got up early this morning and got our things in the car and left for a new adventure. Joe's Dr and mine have both mentioned swimming as a great activity for both of us. Joe, because of his coming surgery and wanting to lose some weight and me because of my arthritis.Joe went to sign up and use the pool himself the day before yesterday. He came home so happy that I decided to join him today. The staff is so friendly and helpful. The early morning is devoted to seniors.A water aerobics class was in session, as I entered the pool. The pool is so large...more than one activity can take place at the same time. I looked for Joe and there he was... with a big smile on his face doing his walking exercises. I was so happy to see him like this. He's been hurting so bad that his smile has disappeared...but not this morning. As you can see in the picture there are railings with steps going down. So much safer than those old ladders that we used to use. Island music is piped in and it gives a resort like atmosphere. The swimmers were pretty much our age and everyone was friendly.A whirlpool/hot tub was bubbling away just out of sight in the picture. You can use it after exercising...so nice and warm. I noticed... as I did some of Joe's walking exercises that this walking is good for balance too. We seniors  need help with balance as we age. Leaving the pool area and going into the locker room...everything is so easy to use. There is a little machine to spin the water out of your suit on the wall. Warm shower felt good after using the pool.  As we started to leave...I noticed a coffee bar and comfy chairs with a window looking out at several bird and squirrel feeders. The gal at the desk said, "Just wait till winter when you are in the warm water and looking out at snow coming down....so pretty." We decided, on the drive home, to get a year's membership.This is right up our alley...as soon as Joe is healed, he will be able to get back in the water and we will have another activity to do this winter.


Barbara said...

Lovely for you. Most pools are like this these days but I we'll remember the old days when one used a cubicle on the side of the pool and that was it!!

Little Bitty Damn Houze said...

Good for you and Joe!!

Sharon said...

What a good idea. You will fun while you are doing something good for your health. That pool does look inviting ~

CraveCute said...

I applaud your wise decision! I have often thought this would be an excellent winter activity but have still not signed up yet. I have a friend that swims at least once a week and has done so forever. She is in great shape too! Instead my hubby and I purchased snowshoes!

Judy said...

This is wonderful! It will help you maintain your joints so that spring gardening won't be so difficult and it will be perfect for Joe to get back his strength. I am so happy for you!!!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Wonderful!!! Our gym has a pool area much as you describe. I love to do my own water aerobics when I can. We have a therapy pool that is warmer than the regular pool. It was great when I was recovering from our car wreck. You will both benefit from this. Enjoy!!!

Lonely Rivers said...

Hello! Thought I would take a peak over here after seeing all of your comments on Ernestine's blog over the years. Thanks for the motivation to try the pool. I have been saying I want to, but just can't make myself go. Your post made it seem really inviting and easy.

Margie's Musings said...

What a great idea, Balisha! And I hope Joe's surgery goes well.

Leslie said...

Oh, that sounds nice! The pool looks so tempting. What a great way to stay in shape over the winter!

Balisha said...

I was thinking about people commenting to me on how they don't want to be seen in a swimming suit...because of the way their bodies look. You just have to go for it and forget all that. As we age....our bodies all look pretty much the same. Some a little heavier, some more wrinkled, some more frail.No one is a "Esther Williams" anymore. Why deprive yourself of something that is so good for you...because of a wee bit of vanity? Joe and I bit the bullet and found that it was fun.
We are looking forward to Monday, when we will go again. If you have a pool in your area....try it...you'll like it. It makes you feel young again.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

This sounds wonderful :)

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

This sounds wonderful.
In the close small town there is a pool and exercise area.
My insurance pays for it but just have not gone.
Maybe I will
Proud of you
and take care...