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We’ve Been Framed

Hello Party Pool People,

So while I was chowing down Chowda in Boston, korey (yes she’s back to using the little ‘k”) was filling in as General Bali Hai Contractor for the week. And may I say she did a most excellent job as our framing is 99.9% complete (just one change needs to be made).

The framing looks very good and creates a slight seperation between the pool deck and the patio deck. The only change to be made is that we have removed a planter box (from 3 down to 2) to create more space for socializing and our patio table. Don’t worry though Gumbas I still have two planters to fill up with some tomatos, hot peppers, basil and the like. Fresh gravy (tomato sauce for you gringos) and coonsetive (something too hot for most of you to eat) are definitely in the equation for next summer.

I should also mention that the rock wall face is also complete. It’s not totally what we had hoped for but we think they did a nice job.

So next up…

  • Today or Monday: Inspector Gadget pays us another visit.
  • Early next week: Rock steps and walkway and concrete is put in place
  • After that: Pool equipment, lighting and fixtures are installed

So if all goes well (again IF the operative word) we could be filling the pool in 10 days to 2 weeks.

Oh and also by popular demand (and input) the new poll is up to the right…Pick Your Favorite Pool Toys :).

Splash Count This Month!

Ts and Cs of Pool Construction

Tile and Coping that is 😉

Yes we’ve had our tile and coping installed this week. Not to mention that Dog Xtreme games need to move on because our trenches our no more.

So it’s been a pretty busy week at Ol Bali Hastings Hai that have gained lots o smiles.

While the Bali Hai Posse will be travelling to Da Ranch this weekend, work will continue as Monday should mark the start of the rock face and the framing for the walkways. We are leaving the Bali Buckhouts in charge of things so things should go well and on schedule ;).

One other accomplishment this week of note is the pool alarm has been ordered. Saftey First is the Motto at Bali Hastings Hai. And who better to define safety for mammals under 9 lbs than the Marshall herself, Deputy Kelly Dog. Yes The Dog found a wireless alarm system that will blast us (and the neighbors) whenever Zack, Jack, or a Racoon Hack tries to enter the pool. And the Marshall has also offered to check the battery on occasion, in her own words and definitely not mine “This is a test, this is only a test…”. All will be safe and loud at the Bali Hai Pool :O.

On a more mellow note…

You may ask how have we been enjoying the Bali Hai Lounge. IMMENSELY would be the answer Bob! We spend so much time in it, it’s crazy. Before dinner, after dinner even a few work moments have taken major strides there. It’s our most favorite place in the world right now. There are cocktails for all moods and climate moments as my Brother El Lymo prepares to rehabilitate in the Lounge in Late August.

Ok gang Aloha and enjoy the 4th of July Weekend (we’ll keep our fingers crossed the next long weekend is at Bali Hastings Hai)!



The Bali Hai Lounge is Open for Business

Hello Bali Haiigans,

We couldn’t resist and spent a good chunk of Saturday setting up the Bali Hai Lounge on the deck. The assembly part was actually pretty easy but getting the roof on the structure was the tricky part (thank god for good neck and shoulder muscles).

But after a little sweat and grumbles we were pleased to have our Mai Tiki Gazebo assembled and in place on the new deck. We then started the decorating process (of course).


The furniture was brought out from hiding, plants were moved around and a quick little shopping spree to Cost Plus were all in order.


You will notice in the picture that plastic is still on some of the furniture. This is not because we are channeling little old ladies from circa 1950 but because we wanted to minimize dirt and dust during the rest of the work that still needs to take place in the yard.


Sunday morning coffee and newspaper reading and Sunday evening cocktail hour all occured without a hitch in the new lounge so things are looking up for this landscape redesign.

Now if only we had a pool to swim in, no more trenches and some landscaping and all would be good in the world.

No word on the tile start so stay tuned…

Splash Count 2-3 weeks (I hope)!

Deck the Hai with Bows of Hibiscus…

Aloha Blog Friends and Family,

I’m excited to say the first part of our project is complete…the deck remodel is done!!!

And it happened in the nick of time for our heat wave. We enjoyed having an after dinner drink last night on the deck looking out over our pool trenches and away towards the East Bay hills. It was wonderful.

Moomba is loving the new design as well because she can get to her ball much faster when we throw it by leaping from the third step down. Though I have heard a voice from heaven and it was my Mom’s saying “It’s a good thing I’m not alive how the heck would an old lady get down those stairs without a railing, you are just like your brother.” Of course I replied to the heavenly voice with “you’re right” so all is good with the universe … whew a spiritual slap on the side of the head was averted!

We hope to start setting up the Bali Hai Lounge on the deck this weekend if we can tolerate the heat.

Now back to the pool.

We have been watering the hole all week religiously (too bad it isn’t a watering hole that gives back to the proprietors). The electricians came out today to light up our lives and did the rough electrical. And I picked out the location for the pool control pad.

Note to future house guests (yes Tulloch’s from Pomona, SoCal Tullochs/Anderson/Bonafante Clan and Kevin that means you): The Pool/Spa control panel does not allow you to catch Mario, win John Madden Football or out surf Kelly Slater. It’s not a video game and I will show you how to use it.

So what’s up for next week (a lot we hope):

Monday: Tiling should (operative word should) be done.

Wed: Hardscaping starts and will continue for about 4-5 days. What’s hardscaping you may ask… It includes coping (no not with the heat) which goes around the pool ; that’s the stone edge of the pool. Also included is the stone steps and pathway that leads to the spa, the rock waterfall, spot rocks and cement for other areas like the patio.

So lots ahead but we are getting close to the final stretch :).

Splash count 2-3 weeks

Gunite and Good Luck

Yo Yo Party Pool People,

Today was a big day with the spraying of gunite. At 6 a.m. I was jolted awake by a very large truck pulling up in front of the house.

Over the next 30 mins two more large and noisy trucks (we are now #1 enemy on our neighbors list) arrived and gunite spraying started at 7 a.m.

Let me just describe the process as LOUD AND STINKY!

By 11 a.m. the noise had subsided and the gunite trucks rolled on to their next household.

It’s amazing though how just by putting gunite on the walls it now looks like a pool

So the next week involves “curing” our gunite (no it’s not some nasty foot disease) three times a day. While this is happening the “electro magicians” will come out and lay wires. Once that’s done we get a visit from Inspector Gadget again and then we can fill in those darn trenches.

Oh and I should mention while gunite was a going our deck guys have been working away as well and it’s looking pretty darn good.

So things are moving pretty quickly and I’m really getting antsy for a swim :).

Splash count 4-6 weeks!

Happy Friday!

On Deck

Hi Pooligans,

No pictures today but thought it was time for a little update.

So Inspector Gadget paid us his first visit on Monday and all went well. Since then the guys with gas (no not my brothers) showed up and did rough gas lines for the pool and BBQ Island.

Oh speaking of the BBQ Island. If you click on the link for the Outdoor Kitchen we are actually getting the Platinum II. We were looking into the Thatched Roof but decided against it when the guy told us you have to flame proof it every year and replace them every three years. Instead the round eating area on the Island will have an umbrella.

Okay back to the progress update. So our deck remodel is fully underway. The old deck has been dismanteled and the frame for the new deck is already up. Korey is very excited about this and counting the days until the Bali Hai Gazebo can be put in place. She’s thinking coffee on the deck in the mornings and cocktails in the evening (remember to VOTE on the Right Side for the Bali Hai Signature Drink). God knows we don’t want to leave it to Korey to pick her own cocktail ;).

Moomba and Zack think this backyard redo = agility course training. They have mastered jumping over pipe trenches, tight rope walking on small pieces of dirt and navigating around deck posts and wood piles at lightening speed. Don’t be surprised if you see this soon on ESPN, XGAME for Dogs!

Tomorrow is the big day for Gunite and I received my pool watering instructions for the next week (3X a day first 4 days and 2X a day after that). The pool scheduler told me to think of it as an excuse to work on my tan ;). I should have told him floating in a pool is a way to work on my tan but remember it’s important to stay on the pool scheduler’s good side :).

So things really are moving along (though never fast enough for us land bound lasses).

Splash count 4-6 weeks and counting!

P.S. Pool Purchases of the Week: Floating Noodles and BBQ Bar Stools.

"Steel" a Peek at the Pool Progress

Aloha Party Pool People,

So the past two weeks have shown good progress on the pool front.

The plumbing has been pretty wrapped up. There are muchos pipes and holes to prove it. As Roger said “He now knows where all the PVC piping in California went.”

A couple of days ago the rebar was done. For you less construction minded readers, no rebar is not a cool new poolside pub we are putting in; it’s the steel framework for the inside of the pool.


Now we are just waiting for inspector gadget (isn’t that what all inspectors are called) to pay his/her first visit and give a big THUMBS UP!

Then we move on to the fun part…GUNITE. Gunite is a form of plaster but much more durable.

So get your floaties ready the Splash Count is not that far off.

Yipes it’s Pipes

Well thanks to the end of hopefully the last bought of rain plumbing was a happening this week at Bali Hastings Hai.

The pipes were brought in!

Cleaning heads were marked off for the pool and spa, the skimmer was dropped in and pipes were laid. So either we have a really cool new outdoor bumper pool table or our swimming pool is coming together.

This is a big week ahead…first inspection, rebar and fingers crossed gunite…woo hoo!!!

Splash count we are hoping (big hoping) 6-8 weeks away.

Holy Hole!

We have a pool hole!

The pool crew was amazing yesterday and got here early worked through most of their lunch and completed the digging of the pool which you can see below.

Next up: is first round plumbing which will be next week (the pool company is still backed up on workload).

So Splash Count still 8-10 weeks out!


First Grade

And then there was dirt…lots of it!

So the pool is officially underway. Yesterday a big truck and a bobcat (the kind you drive of course) showed up to get this party started.

The only problem is that the bobcat wasn’t in such a partying mood and broke down twice. So Day One went a little slower then expected but things are underway as you will see by tons of dirt below.

We also met with our landscape designer to review the first pass of the master plan and we are very excited.

We are happy to let our friends and family in on the fun so take our poll on the right and pick a plant to go in the new tropical oasis.

Splash count still 8 to 10 weeks