Archive for June, 2014
This is a reminder to me to slow down and enjoy the summer! But I have been! It’s just still passing by at an alarming rate. But from this day on, I am going to make sure that I get at least a small amount of time, preferably more, in a hammock. I have quite a collection of hammocks and hammock chairs, so I have many choices!
It has been too long since we’ve been on a picnic! I believe we “picnic-ed” the kids out last year on our road trip! It was fun, finding picnic areas in unfamiliar, yet beautiful territory along the way and in the National parks. But after a few weeks of it, I guess we had our fill for awhile.
This afternoon, we are just having a simple local picnic at a nearby lake. We each have our own butterfly chair packed and ready, color coded, of course. Now, just to put the finishing touches on lunch..and we are off to enjoy an afternoon outside on theis pretty day!
I enjoyed Father’s Day this year, as always. The family always gets me a great gift and makes this old Dad feel special! I have to give credit to my dear wife (she reads this), but seriously, it is true. She is teaching our children well, and she does truly pick great gifts!
This year I got a new travel hammock, the Byer Moskito hammock! It’s fairly popular, I believe. It’s made of parachute nylon, has a few storage pockets, and the best part, for those buggy summer nights, is the netting to keep insects out! Hence, its name… the moskito hammock. I hope to try it out in the very near future!
This is an old maple tree that we decided we were cutting down several years ago. We thought it was in the way of the garage we were going to build nearby.So we started topping it out, cutting off the top of the branches, it was quite a family project! Our boys were little and they were helping drag the branches away. It was a fun Saturday.
Then…we just stopped. We could not cut it down! It looked a bit funny for a while, but it grew new branches. The builder who built the garage said he could work around it. He built the garage roof right up to it, as if the tree grew up to the garage. I am so happy we kept it in our family! I am even going to hang a knotted hammock chair from it this year!
Tonight I sat under the dense maple trees in my Brazilian hammock and watched them all around me. They bring back fun memories of being a kid and catching them, only to let them fly away… or occasionally putting them in a jar for a short time..before I set them free.
I enjoy lounging in my rope hammock and listening to the birds chirping and settling in for the night. Then there are the occasional bug noises…it’s so very peaceful.
I always found this strange, but I try not to think of it, because I love summer evenings, especially when I’m in one of my hammock swings!
This year, it was a bit rainy during the day, so we didn’t make the evening plans of a winery that I had hoped for. I celebrated by going to my favorite trail for a late evening run on this longest day of the year! Then home for a hot shower and a cold beer in my hammock chair, as the day turned into night.
Every year, a Mama robin builds a nest in my fake palm tree. It always surprises me when I open the balcony door and she goes flying out, because I scare her as much as she scares me! Then she sits in the nearby tree and squawks at me!
I think she’s pretty smart, though. The tree is under the balcony roof, protected and dry. The only problem for me is that it limits my time in my hammock chair. But only for a short time, before long the birdies fly away and leave the nest…just like our own kids!
Oh, my Gosh, I just stumbled across the coolest hammock chair! It’s the Byer of Maine Globo Swing Chair. I see it comes in three colors, so I need to choose between natural, green, or terracotta.
Now, I just need to pick the perfect tree, but I am blessed with many nice trees in my back yard. But I notice there is a special stand for those not as fortunate in the tree department. I am already imagining special, quiet times in it, reading or just relaxing.