Archive for July, 2011
Today, I saw a sight that made me smile. I was walking along the beach, as I love to do every morning. I came to the pier and this is what I saw. Mexican hammocks hanging everywhere under the pier. There was a Mayan hammock strung between every post! They had their own little beach camp in the shade.
Beautiful, handwoven hammocks in every color. I was so sorry I did not have a camera with me! I would have loved a picture of this! What an easy way to enjoy the beach by using the pier posts! The aluminum beach chairs can take up so much room and you can’t stretch out in them. This was a perfect beach picnic for this family!
A couple weeks ago, I was on a staycation and I blogged about it for over a week. It was wonderful! I am truly hooked now on staycationing! So restful and enjoyable. Now, I am getting ready for a real vacation. My family likes to go to South Carolina and rent a house on the beach. I am looking forward to it, however, vacations do involve work! There is a certain amount of planning and preparation required.
The days of relaxation and enjoying the Carolina sand and warm water will be worth it! I am definitely packing one of my travel hammocks to take along. That way I can enjoy the relaxation in my favorite way, in a hammock!
This is one of my favorite hammocks. This quilted hammock looks so perfect on the beach, its colors remind me of the water! I have made a special spot on the beach just steps from my beach house.
I lay in it and listen to the waves down on the shore, and this is one of my favorite past times, ever! I wouldn’t dream of listening to my iPod here. I love music, but I enjoy nature’s music of the waves crashing and the sea gulls calling much more than anything else!
I wanted to share one of the zucchini recipes that I discovered yesterday while swinging in my hammock swing! I made this today and it was a “thumbs up”!
4 c. zucchini, thinly sliced
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. chopped onion
2 c. (8 oz) mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 to 1/2 cup butter
8 oz. tube of crescent rolls( can use reduced fat)
2 tsp. mustard
1/3 c. parsley, chopped
1/2 t. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 t. oregano leaves
Cook and stir zucchini and onion in melted butter for 10 minutes. Stir in parsley, salt, pepper, and oregano leaves. Combine beaten eggs and cheese; add to zucchini mixture. Separate crescent rolls into triangles. Place in an ungreased 10″ pie pan, press over bottom and up sides to form crust. Spread crust with mustard. Pour vegetable mixture into crust. Bake in preheated in 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until center is set. Cover crust with foil last 10 minutes of baking. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
I had forgotten to cover the crust, so it got very brown. Next time, I will cover it, but it was still yummy!
I love growing a garden in the summer! Yes, it can be a bit of work. Yes, it can be a struggle with critters and bugs. But the rewards are endless! I like working in the soil, and I am always amazed when the plants start to bear fruit! They start out so tiny, then it seems like overnight, the vegetables are huge!
Today, I spent some time in my favorite hammock chair, perusing through a couple summertime cookbooks, looking for zucchini recipes, because my zucchinis are exploding right now! I flagged pages and made a grocery list of all the ingredients I will need, all from the comfort of my hammock chair in the shade! This is the great part about gardening for me.
We have all heard of this saying, but what does it actually mean? Where did it come from? “Dog days” are the hottest, and most sultry, days of the summer. The actual dates vary from region to region, depending on climate and latitude. Dog days can also define a period of time that is very hot and stagnant, or marked by a dull lack of progress. The name comes from the ancient belief that, Sirius, the Dog Star, in close proximity to the sun, was responsible for the hot weather.
The dog days of summer, for me, are in July and August. Sometimes the only thing I feel like doing outside is just lay in my cotton hammock. This is cooler in the heat of summer. An icy, cold refreshing drink of lemonade is a welcome treat on these days! I like to freeze the lemonade in ice cube trays to prevent watering down my drink!
The greatest thing about my hanging hammock chair is that it is under huge maple trees! But wait, that is not enough for me! No, I need a hammock chair in the house too so I can “hang out” whenever I want to, so there is also one in a hammock chair stand in the family room. This one is for having tea or coffee and a little breakfast in the mornings, and sometimes a winding down read before bedtime.
The hammock chair outside is so great to sit in the shade on a warm day. My favorite time, though, is to get my PJ’s on, and go out in the evening, listening to locust and watching lightening bugs. Then I stay out until it is dark and the moon is bright. I get so relaxed before bed, I sleep like a baby!
I have to admit that the only hammock I feel like laying on today is my quilted hammock in the family room or the hammock by the pool! It is too hot outside to do anything but swim and stay wet all day! With the heat index, it is 110 degrees here! Wow! It almost has me dreaming of snow, and winter is definitely not my favorite season!
I am keeping cool and happy, though, in my pool, and in this new Outback Chair Company Urban Balance Wave hammock! It is very modern and cool and has been quite the conversation topic around here lately!
Today is July 22, National Hammock Day! The original origin of hammock day is unknown, however, it was started to remind us to slow down, relax, and enjoy the remainder of the summer. Once July is here, it starts to go really fast! Now is the time to make time every day to enjoy your hammock, If you don’t have one, now is the time to get one!
There are so many varieties to choose from today. You may want a double hammock to share or a single hammock just for yourself. There are hammocks with and without spreader bars in several different fabrics and colors. Whatever you choose, you will surely thank yourself many times over! Celebrate National Hammock Day!
Oh, my, my. It is hot! I love summer and being outdoors, but when the heat index is 105 with the humidity, it’s just hard to bear! Even in the shade, with the humidity, it is pretty uncomfortable today. Having a pool is wonderful today, but for those without one, staying in the air condition is probably the best choice. So, what about your hammock out there in the sweltering heat?
Well, this is a perfect time to make room inside the house! There are all sizes, depending on your space. Even stretching out in a hammock chair in an out-of-the-way corner is great! If you have the space, bring it in! I have made room for my hammock stand in the large family room. We all enjoy it!