slip and slide

United States
May 28, 2012 7:40pm CST
I bought the kids a slip and slide as it's been in the 90's the past few days and I thought since our pool is no more basically that it would be a nice way for them to cool off. Now the kids ran the water on and off this morning I'd say a total of 3hrs and I said they've had plenty of time on it they need to turn it off for the rest of the day. Well the neighbor was out reading (her kid in my yard) and chimed in and said "it's free we have well water" and then I asked her is the electricity to draw up the water from the well every 10min free? She stuck her nose back in her book and had nothing further to say. Am I wrong on this one? But if we had no power we'd have no water, so to have water we must use electricity to pump the water up and sadly the power company doesn't do that for free! Oh and why is it the kids are only doing these sort of things in my yard? They have a slip'n slide they could of gone over there and used her water / electricity not just mine.
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@GardenGerty (87739)
• Marion, Kansas
29 May 12
You are not wrong on this. Besides the cost, you need to not have them out in the sun all day. It is nice of you to let her kid come play at your house. I am not sure how to get her to offer the same to you.
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• United States
29 May 12
I don't let the kid she just appears, plus she's the only other kid who's not in high school in our neighborhood. IDK either, the kids do play over there sometimes but if you've been reading any of my posts in the past about the kid sitting in her window waiting for my kids to do be outside, even showing up in her swimsuit when my kids would go swimming in our old quick set pool.
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@GardenGerty (87739)
• Marion, Kansas
29 May 12
She sounds like she must be a lonely little girl. It is good that you pay more attention than her mother seems to.
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• United States
30 May 12
Sometimes I agree! Though the kids have not been getting along the best as she's an only and I have 3... so when she can't take control of how things are going to be played she runs home and tells her Mom that one of the kids hurt her feelings and wanted my middle to apologize. She may be lonely but she can be a bossy lil thing. Hubby even said tonight "when did we adopt a 4th?" But I feel safer with them in my yard anyway cause I can see what they are up to from a window or being out there with them.
@Nadinest1 (2042)
• Canada
29 May 12
OK, when I was a kid, we used town water and when the power went off, we could still flush the toilet. I now live in the country and we have well water. Yes it does take electricity to pump up the water...so when the power goes off we cannot flush the toilet or use the taps. Another thing that is not so great with well water is that it is soooo cold. Slip and slides, sprinklers etc are great but not with freezing cold well water. I hoped this help a little.
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• United States
30 May 12
I don't think the neighbor had thought about the electricity involved in the water being pumped up. Yes it is freezing cold, which is why I think it should really only be reserved for very hot days and maybe alternate back yards as to who's they use which day.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
29 May 12
I was going to say that she would have probably felt differently if the kids were all in her yard using her stuff. People don't care if it doesn't cost them.
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• United States
30 May 12
Yep! EXACTLY JEN! I told the child perhaps they should play on her slip'n slide tomorrow for a few hours when I was questioned why I turned the water off
@PageTurner (2827)
• United States
29 May 12
Perhaps you could ask your neighbor if you can hook your hose to her water supply? This way y'all can share, especially if her children are over at your place. I used to love the ol' slip and slide with my children. We made our own out of giant pieces of plastic because we found that the ones you buy are just too short and not wide enough, either. Hope your children continue to have a blast!
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@lanieky (47)
• United States
3 Aug 12
When I was growing up we had well water also and yes you had to use electricty for the well and I also remember when I was a young girl we could not afford a slip and slide so my dad took plastic and we took some dish soap and made our own slip and slide.
@vivasuzi (4126)
• United States
5 Jun 12
I think you are right, it's not FREE. AND even if it was you have to have some limits. 3 hours is plenty. When I was growing up I think we'd use the slip and slide for like an hour max and then got bored of it :) If you are looking for cheap ways for your kids to cool off, I would also suggest this pool from Intex. It's only 30$ at Target and we LOVE IT!! It's a blow up and about 12'x6' so plenty of room for kids. We use it for my 16 month old daughter (I have to get in there with her). I love that I can sit in there and cool off while she plays. Since she's still a toddler, we only fill it up less than half. Then to conserve water, I use a bucket to pull water out of the pool and water my plants before I empty it completely. As for the neighbor - I'd just write her off as a nosy neighbor. I have a couple of those too :) Always making snide little remarks about the way we do things. Just ignore her and you'll feel better! http://www.target.com/p/intex-blue-120in-swim-center/-/A-13800360
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
5 Jun 12
You are right that if the entire neighborhood was using only your yard that you were spending more money that you would have typically been spending on electricity. However, you are also very lucky to have well water and not have to pay for the cost of water to operate the slip and slide. One of the things that I really don't like about slip and slides is the fact that the water has to constantly be running in order for the toy to be functional. Given the choice, I would much rather have a pool in my yard since you fill those up once and they will last for the entire summer.
• United States
30 May 12
I count things up like this as well and have earned a reputation for it. People seem to almost kindly judge me for it until they need a deal on something then they ask me. I know it might just be a few cents but being mindful of the pennies adds up to dollars very fast. Its easy to miss the trickles of change that sneak out and cost us heart ache later.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
30 May 12
Isn't that the way to goes? If they see a way for them to use your stuff why not! I was one of those everyone's kids came to my house...but now they all still call me mom after 30 years so I guess in the long run it was worth it....but when they were all here all the time eating my groceries etc I certainly remember how you must feel!
@Fishmomma (11466)
• United States
29 May 12
I agree with the other posters its a fun activity. In my area, kids don't use them, as water is really expensive and we can't water our lawns until 8:00pm. Most of us in this area have a small pool that you set up or an in ground pool. Water is conserved because of our low rainfall.