Archive for April, 2011
I am really not complaining, but these last couple of days have been downright hot! Now, I love summer, but where is spring? This 80 degree weather just appeared along with humidity and I wasn’t ready yet! It is nice to ease into the heat throughout the spring. The pool isn’t even open yet!
This reminds me of cotton hammocks that are nice for the warmer temperatures of the summer months. They tend to be lighter and breathe to keep you cooler. I love the summer nights outside in my backyard, listening to night sounds, crickets and katydids. If this heat stays here, I will expect to see a lightening bug, and they don’t normally appear until June!
Another unexpected beautiful day in my corner of the world! How perfect for Easter! After a nice morning at church with the family, we were able to enjoy some outdoor time. Since I already planned on cooking a ham, we still had that in the oven. But I wanted to get the grill fired up so I made baked potatoes and grilled vegetables on it! It was a nice change from the typical mashed potatoes we always have.
Later in the day, I actually caught a short nap in what I call my Easter hammock because it is a Bliss Hammocks quilted hammock in all the pastel colors. It reminds me of an Easter egg! It looks beautiful in the yard surrounded by nearby tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth. All the colors of spring and new life! Perfect for an Easter day!
Where I live, the weather forecast was for rain all weekend. As I was laying in bed this morning, I heard the rain coming down hard. It was going to be an indoor catch-up day. Well, early this afternoon, the sky cleared up and the sun came out! What a pleasant surprise! My husband starting cleaning the garage, sweeping out all the winter dirt and debris, and reorganizing a bit.
We came across our two favorite hammock chairs in the process. We both had the same idea. It was so beautiful out, we had to hang them. It was past time but we had so much rain lately that we hadn’t got them out yet. We hung them up under our maple trees. The leaves are really coming out now. We just sat and swung around in our hammock chair, chatting, and enjoying each others company and the beautiful weather we have had so little of lately. It really is about the simple things in life, taking advantage of a moment to stop and enjoy what is right in front of you, that brings happiness.
I was at a friend’s house last week on her deck. I looked out over her backyard and asked “is it that your rope hammock out there”? Here was a poor, pitiful, weathered old hammock hanging between two trees. On first glance, I thought, ahhh, but on closer inspection, I thought, ewww. I wondered if it would even hold anyone safely. It appeared to be forgotten and left out in the elements for years. Luckily, it was not my friend’s, but my her neighbor’s hammock.
Please, don’t treat your hammock this way! It can be your best friend, there for you when you need a break, a nap, or just a comfy place to read or relax. Treat it with love and respect. Take it in at the end of your season. Plant flowers nearby and make the area beautiful so you will feel peaceful and happy being there.
I love how the sun came out for us today! Yesterday was an awful weather day! I was so thankful to be inside looking out and happy I have a hammock in the house! I laid in it and read for a while while looking at and listening to the rain blowing sideways against the windows! We even had a tornado warning last night! We rarely have those in Pennsylvania.
I was scared and I now know how the people feel in the Midwestern states where tornadoes are common. We were lucky and never had one. However, I feel badly for the people in the Southeastern states who did. We never know when a tragedy can strike and it is important to let our loved ones know how we feel and spend quality time with them as much as possible.
Today is a rainy, dreary day in my corner of the world. I am not going to let it bother me, tough. This week we had some beautiful days and I was able rake off my whole perennial garden. I took all the old, woody stalks away and raked off all the leaves. Now the rain will help the flowers grow.
It is exciting to me see all the shoots of new perennials popping out. It always amazes me, how do these plants know it is time every year? I find that larger groups of an odd number of plants make a more striking garden from afar than several single plants. I am going to enjoy the flowers from my view in my new Bliss Hammocks tropical fruit hammock! It will hold me like a cocoon! I love the colors in this because it reminds me of all the yummy summer fruits!
Algoma Hammocks is also known as Algoma Net Company. They are a hammock company in Wisconsin that has been in business for over 100 years!
They make hammocks, hammock chairs, hammock stands, and hammock chair stands. They also have two very unique products that are patented to their company. These are the butterfly chair and the sport couch.
On the last day of school this year, I told my boys they could have a small party with their closest friends. We will have it on the patio. Each child will have their own Algoma Hammocks butterfly chair. They come in seven different colors so it will be quite colorful.
Because of the butterfly chairs, we will be following that theme for the party. I will have a cake with butterflies on it and some cookies shaped as butterflies. The girls will appreciate them more than the boys. However, the butterflies symbolize that school is over and they can fly away free for the summer! I think all of the kids will like that!
Pawleys Island is a small town in South Carolina 70 miles north of Charleston and 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach. It is known as one of the oldest summer resorts on the East Coast. From this town is where the famous Pawleys Island hammocks were first made and are still made there today.
The original one was a cotton rope hammock. But today the line includes cotton rope hammocks, dura cord rope hammocks in colors, quilted fabric hammocks, quick-dry hammocks, hammock swings, hammock stands, and accessories.
One of the most useful hammock accessories for a camping trip are the hammock tree straps. This makes it simple to hang your travel hammock. You just strap the tree straps around two trees. The height you hang your hammock just depends on the distance the trees are apart.
What an easy bed you just made! I like the idea the best that I am off the ground. I just get a little creepy about that. I feel like I get a great sleep in a hammock. Sometimes I feel like getting rid of my bed!