By Dawn Bright
I have a screen-enclosed pool. I keep the decorative concrete around the pool sparkling in the spring, summer and fall, but as soon as winter comes it gets covered with mold, mildew and dirt. It’s too cold to power wash in the winter, but I hate looking at it like this during the winter months. What should I do?
– Sam S., Destin
This is a tough question, Sam. Everything I’ve read about this subject says you do need to power wash at least once a year, and that most people do that in the spring to ready the area for the upcoming months. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer like I am, you own your own power washer and take care of all that yourself. You could hire a professional to do it in the winter months, as they have the correct outerwear for the work, or you could watch for a somewhat “warm” day and try doing it yourself then.
I guess the bottom line is there’s no magic answer for keeping the area clean in the winter. My other solution to the problem is to make sure I only invite company over at night, and we stay indoors. If you can’t see it, it’s not there, right?
I get a lot of weird emails. Today, for instance, I got one with the subject “Veggies that DRAIN your energy,” “This simple sock will CHANGE your life,” and “Thump, Thump, THUMP.” Isn’t it astounding all the ridiculousness that exists these days?
– Aretha F., 30A
At first I thought your question was about junk email, Aretha, but I realize it’s really about the ridiculousness, or dark side, of humanity. Although we hate to admit it, this dark side naturally exits. With all the research that’s been done on the subject, it’s literally impossible to narrow all those conclusions down into the one or two sentences I have room for here. I will say, though, the general consensus is that as human beings, by acknowledging and understanding our shortcomings we can more successfully overcome them.
So, yes! It is astounding, but those ridiculous behaviors can be changed if you put your mind to it. That’s a good thing about being human!
Here comes Valentine’s Day, and I’m still single. I hate feeling so negative about a day that is simply about celebrating love, but I can’t help it! Any advice?
– Jennifer A., WaterColor
I completely understand how you feel, Jennifer. If you aren’t in a happy, healthy relationship, it’s only natural to feel annoyed about all the sweet nothings everyone else is getting. But you nailed it on the head when you said it’s a “day that is simply about celebrating love.” So love yourself!
Make plans to go out, treat yourself to a massage or a meal at your favorite restaurant, or better yet, do something loving for someone else. Make dinner for your parents or offer to babysit for a friend or family member so they can go out. Anything you can do to feel the love will make it a special day, even if you don’t have a significant other of your own. And, from me to you, Happy Valentine’s Day!
Dawn Bright is a longtime resident of the Emerald Coast and an eternal optimist. And that’s pretty much all you need to know about her. Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.