I've always loved hearing/reading Jeff Foxworthy's "You Might Be a Redneck" quotes. Although several were completely foreign to me, some rang true for this southern girl.
We have a unique style of ingenuity in the south. Call it "country clever" or "redneck resourcefulness", it's ingrained in us. Our mommas or grandmommas have instilled in us the desire to take what others call trash and turn it into functioning treasures. This can be a good thing, but it also creates a plethora of weird looking things sitting around the home and unfortunately the yard.
Hub bought a Kentucky blue water mister from one of the big box home stores a couple of years back. We do anything we can to beat the heat down here, so I thought it was a brilliant idea. We could lay on our pool deck and have a cool spray relieve us as we imagined ourselves at some fancy resort. Sounds blissful, right?
We hooked that bad boy up and turned on the hose. I was perfectly positioned to receive the gentle cooling manna from our genius purchase. Regrettably we did not realize that the water pressure flowing through the hose would blow the little misting valve clear across the deck, and it could not be reinserted. We were stuck with a malformed plastic tube that shot water into the pool instead of providing the much needed relief to the sunbathing area. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.
Enter the redneck resourcefulness. Hub decided to keep it and let it become a water feature. It has been our "fancy" fountain ever since. Although it does not function as a mister, it does make a calming, zen-like sound as the water hits the pool. We get the $5 "fountain" out every year and feel good about how clever we were to convert a tragedy into a triumph.
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