Archive for November, 2013
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has become a bit out of control, with Black Friday starting the week before now! I am glad to stay home and shop online, in the comfort of my own home. I love online shopping because you can find everything you need, any time of year.
For instance, can you walk into your local Lowe’s or Home Depot in December and buy a hammock? No, you can’t, at least not in the cooler areas of the country.
I hope this day finds you well, and able to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast with loved ones. Not everyone is so fortunate. Today is a good day to count all of our blessings that we are thankful for! Most of us can find something!
I like to imagine what the first Thanksgiving feast was like and how it symbolized friendship and working together, with the Pilgrims and the Indians. Then my mind jumps back to modern day and I enjoy watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade from my hammock chair!
This is a big day for many people who are cooking Thanksgiving dinner. I am always amazed at the flurry of people in the grocery stores! All that preparation, hours and hours, and it gets gobbled up (pun intended!) so fast! That’s the funny part.
But I am glad I am just having a small, simple, family dinner this year. I love the traditional Thanksgiving feast, but not the prep work, so I just try to keep it as simple as possible. That way I get a chance, on this pretty day, to take my portable hammock out in the woods for an hour instead of baking pies!
Still talking about my loves of leaves. Well, now the trees are bare, and all the leaves are down on the ground. They are everywhere! In the yard, on the patio, in the flowerbeds…all over the place. I even love the smell of leaves! Is that weird? I love the way they crunch when you walk on them too.
Today, I dug out a swinging hammock chair that was just put away last week, just to enjoy an hour in the yard, in the middle of the leaves! I have decided that I might remove them from the yard, I might. But I am leaving them on the perennial garden. They will mulch and nourish the soil, giving me pretty flowers.
I love trees and I love leaves! I love the leaves in the spring, when the leaf buds are tiny one day, and blown out to full size the next! But I especially loves leaves in the fall, when they turn colors, and fall, and blow all around. I have enjoyed some quality moments in my Outer Banks Hammocks quilted hammock this fall.
I would lay on it, under the trees, as leaves were falling. The maple trees leaves turned a beautiful yellow color, and were very vibrant this year. I will miss these days, as now all the leaves are down and the branches are bare. Until next fall…
This is the time of year that I have to take my hammock swings down and store them in the garage for the winter. Yes, we may very well, still have a nice day here and there, warm enough to sit out and swing in them. But, I care about them lasting me for many more seasons. So, if I am blessed enough to be available on one of those days, I will go to the garage, get a step stool, and a hammock swing, and hang it back up…even if for an hour. It will be a wonderful bonus that day!
Because of the lack of trees in my backyard, I knew I would have to purchase a hammock stand if I wanted to have a hammock. I researched the type of hammock stand I would get and found that I had to choose between a metal or a wooden stand.
The metal one is lighter which makes it easier to move around. The wooden one is heavier which makes it more stable. But then I would need help to move it around. I decided to go with the wooden hammock stand because I think that safety is more important.
I was very surprised to find out that I can also buy hammock suspension kits. Of course I do not need to use a kit now when my hammock is still new. One day I know I will need to have new S hooks or chain. I will pick up my kit now, and then when my hammock needs it, I will have it ready. My hammock accessories are complete.
Now I am looking for what else I can make. By searching on the Internet I see that there are many different types of sweaters and hats, but I want to make something that is harder to make, and bigger. I found a website that is selling hammocks and I thought that was silly to knit a hammock. Then I found that they are selling quilted hammocks. I can learn that, I am going to make one!
We live very busy lives today. We run from place to place to get everything done that we believe we need do. We are so plugged in that we hardly notice the change of the seasons and the beautiful colors of the leaves in the fall.
In the winter where I live it is dark when I drive into work and dark when I drive home. During these times I often will consider what I would pack if I was going to live on a deserted island in a warm climate. I find this fun to do and always have something new that I would consider bringing. Lately a frisbee made it to the list to play with my dog. One thing that makes it to the list every time is one of my backpacking hammocks. Lying in the sun is my main goal. My travel hammock is light and I can carry it in my backpack anywhere I want to go on that island!