Archive for February, 2012
Happy Leap Day! Just an extra day this year to give us an extra February day. But don’t fret. tomorrow is March 1st, then spring will be 19 days away! Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365 days to circle once around the Sun.
Julius Caesar introduced Leap Years in the Roman empire over 2000 years ago, but the Julian calendar had only one rule: any year evenly divisible by 4 would be a leap year. This lead to way too many leap years, but didn’t get corrected until the introduction of the Gregorian Calendar more than 1500 years later. However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn’t add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days! I know that sometime in March, I will be out working in the flower beds, putting some pansies here and there, and hanging my Mexican hammock in my big old maple trees! I can’t wait!
I am blessed enough to have a large room to keep a hammock in a large arc hammock stand. It takes up a big portion of the room, but I don’t care, because I enjoy it so much. It can be rainy, windy, or snowing, and I’m relaxing in my hammock just like it was summer and I was out in the back yard!
It is also quite the conversation piece when new people come to my house! They say, ‘wow, you have a hammock in the house! That’s so cool!” Some day I may have to swap it out for some chairs, but for now, I am truly enjoying it every single day!
The local tradition of making handcrafted hammocks in Brazil originated hundreds of years ago with the Topeba Indians. They used fibers from the carnauba tree to weave sleeping slings that kept them up off the ground.
The Brazilian hammock is still in use today as the main sleeping source. Most local Brazilians do not even own a bed!
There is less than one month until spring! I am getting quite a serious case of spring fever! I love the longer days we are having. It is still not quite dark by 6pm. Today was a sunny, but breezy day. The temperatures were warm, in the 50’s, and I actually saw a forsythia blooming, a bit early, however! I actually noticed the bulbs are poking through the ground. This is probably because we have had a fairly mild winter. I hope it doesn’t come now.
This makes me very excited to get out in the gardens and start clearing away the old, woody stems of last year’s perennials to make room for the new shoots. I love getting the hammock out in the yard and on the patio too! I do need to refrain for now, because we could still have some snow. So for now, I will just enjoy dreaming of spring!
Today was Fausnaught Day, also known as Fat Tuesday. This day is the last hurrah before the solemnity of Lent. I have never eaten so many donuts before! I started my day by driving to the gym while drinking coffee and eating a big sugar cookie from a local bakery. I am walking into the gym brushing off cookie crumbs! Very admirable! Yeah…
So, at least I exercised hard. Then around noon, as I walked into the grocery store, I realized it was Fat Tuesday! Well, why not? It’s just one day, right? So, I had more than my share of donuts this afternoon. I am so glad I normally eat healthy, because after all this, all I wanted to do was lay in my quilted hammock and snooze!
Women like to accessorize themselves with jewelry, scarves, etc. You may not realize that the greatest part of having a hammock is adding fun hammock accessories! One of my favorites are the pillows. I like to add a few so that I can prop up when I want to read or write.
There are magazine holders, misters to spray you when it’s hot, and even a hammock rocker! You can put the stake in the ground near your hammock, then pull on rope to rock yourself to sleep!
If you have considered using a hammock indoors for the winter season, but are not sure what kind or size would work, you would do well to try a Brazilian hammock. They come in size single, which is smaller, all the way up to Gigante, which will hold a whole family!
They come in many colors, or natural, making it easier to blend with your decor, or as a nice accent piece. You can hang it from two hooks on the wall, or from a hook in the ceiling. Then you would hang both ends from the hook, making it double as a hammock chair!
Spring is coming next month and I just can’t wait! I am ready to take my folding hammock on a much needed camping trip! I have been blessed with a pretty mild winter where I live. So mild, in fact, that I have almost decided to go camping a few days that were in the 50’s!
But then, in the evening, the temperature might drop to the 20’s. For me, that’s a bit too cold yet. Although, I have camped during deer season, but, for some reason, it is easier then. At this time of year, I start getting spring fever to get outside more and enjoy nature more than I do in the winter.
Yes, I had a front row seat to the Grammy’s last night! Right in my own family room, swinging from my hanging hammock chair in the corner! I’m sure it would be amazing to actually be there, but I was quite satisfied from my comfortable spot, cuddled up, legs stretched out, just “hanging out”.
I am always amazed by the talent that is in this world. These people are truly blessed with gifts to share with the rest of the world. It was a cold, windy night here outside, and I couldn’t think of anywhere I would rather be than in my new KW hammock chair!
The Green Eggs and Hammocks trailer hitch stand is the perfect Valentine’s gift for the outdoors man in your life! He will love you forever if you get him the unique stand to hook onto the trailer hitch of his SUV or truck.
He can then place hammock chairs on the arms so that you could even join him on a picnic, by the lake, some warm afternoon this spring. You can sit and swing, while looking out over the beautiful water. It will be a perfect afternoon! There is even a canopy to keep you shaded or free from rain.