Archive for November, 2011
If your special man in your life is an outdoors man, like mine, you might consider a folding hammock for him this Christmas. They are so light and portable, making it the perfect travel hammock. He can fold it up, many in their own pocket or travel bag, and throw in a back pack.
If he enjoys being out in nature, he will love stringing this up between two trees, and hopping in for a very comfortable night’s rest under the stars. When not using outside, he can hang it up from hooks in the ceiling or wall in the basement, so he can feel like he is camping in the house!
Yesterday was the first day of buck season. I did not get lucky enough to see a buck, lots of doe, though, as is usually the case when they are not in season! The temperatures were warmer than some years, however, and I did have a nice night awaiting the first day of buck season in my portable hammock.
In the morning, I was already in the spot I chose this year. I rolled up my hammock and put it in my backpack. How convenient is that? As long as you don’t mind giving up your warm bed for a night! But I am used to being outdoors, even to sleep, occasionally, and it is quite refreshing at times.
This is my kind of shopping day, Cyber Monday! The perfect day to shop online for great bargains! I love the convenience of shopping on the computer: the savings on time and gas are the biggest pluses for me. But the selection is unmatched! There is no way you could run around to so many different stores the way you can click, click, click your way in and out of stores online!
The other part I love about it is that I can take my laptop, curl up in my Outback Chair Company Urban Balance Cove hammock chair, and browse through many different stores. I get excited when I find a great bargain, but then, I get a second time to be excited, when it arrives!
All of the leaves are down, it’s almost December, and I am lucky enough to have a nice weather weekend to wrap up some outdoor work. The leaves need raked, the patio furniture needs to be stored in the shed, and the wooden hammock stand needs its cover put on.
First, I take the hammock off and put it in a storage bag that I put in the garage. Then I cover the hammock stand and put it up on cement blocks against the shed. It is a bit large to fit in the shed or garage, but the cover protects it from the elements so that we can enjoy it for years to come.
We were blessed enough to have some extended family travel to spend Thanksgiving with us this year! We had such a nice visit on Thanksgiving Day and a wonderful meal. We are enjoying the leftovers today while catching up even more on conversation. We didn’t venture out yesterday with the traffic from Black Friday. It was fun to just relax with our family and stay around the house.
We stayed up late watching funny movies and slept in late today. I discovered a new use for the Algoma Hammocks rope hammock pads that we usually store all winter. I had a great idea to put them on the blow up mattress that some of the kids slept on. It made the mattress more cozy and kept them from feeling hot, as those mattresses can sometimes do. The kids slept like logs and we thought they were never waking up!
I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day yesterday! Maybe some of you went shopping at midnight or got up in the wee hours of the morning to go fight the crowds for that great deal! Not me! I have always found that those deals are not worth the hassle, and are often featured again, in December.
I enjoy sleeping in, then staying home on this highly overrated day, shopping online, with a much better selection, from the comfort of my home. I eat my leftovers from the day before and have a peaceful day. I am ending my lovely day with a slice of pumpkin pie and chai tea, while hanging out in my Bliss Hammocks hammock chair. I am just watching the fire and pondering over the bargains I got today without leaving my home!
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Getting together with my immediate and extended family was wonderful. The food was great, and the smells before dinner were mouth-watering. The Macy’s parade is a tradition that we always enjoy.
Even the cleanup was fun, but messy, as we were all digging in with with cleaning up after the meal, with the dishes, and dividing up all those leftovers! This year, after the meal and cleanup, we all watched a funny movie, Saving Christmas, and had many laughs! Now, I am so happy and peaceful, just hanging out in my hammock chair stand, but I feel like a stuffed turkey!
The colors associated with fall and Thanksgiving are beautiful colors of oranges, reds, yellow, and golds. Interspersed with these are greens and browns. These colors are vibrant and also fun to decorate inside with. Because I love to eat healthy, I enjoy this season of harvest for its several different kinds of apples, as I live near many apple orchards. Did you ever eat a pear apple? Very unique and delicious!
I also enjoy adding a few touches of fall and harvest time inside the home. One thing I do is put a big bowl of fresh apples and pears, mixed with colorful gourds, on the dining room table for a centerpiece. It also encourages the family to grab a healthy snack! The fruit, of course, not the gourds! Another piece of decoration I get out for the fall is a Mexican hammock with fall colors. It makes a beautiful, yet comfortable accessory in the family room.
I had a very nice morning here, at my home, on this rainy day. I had my breakfast and coffee, in my hammock chair, by the window. What a dreary picture outside, but a great day for catching up on some reading. I had mentioned giving thanks for our blessings yesterday. Well, I had a moment of confirmation today, as I was reading, in The Secret by Rhonda Byrnes. She says that the best way to have joy is to be grateful for everything.
When we are in a state of gratitude, we bring more blessings to us, and we put ourselves in the receiving mode for more good to come our way. So, try to practice saying “thank you” for everything: a warm home, a roof over your head, a cozy bed to sleep in, food in the refrigerator. The list could go on and on when we start becoming aware and noticing all these little “blessings” we experience daily.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. As we busy ourselves with the preparations of cooking a large meal like the feast our ancestors of pilgrims and Indians, let us stop and give thanks for our many blessings. Of course, there are always some that are more fortunate than we are. But there are also many people less fortunate. We need to be grateful for each little blessing we are given. This will, in turn, give us more blessings to be thankful for.
I have a wish list a mile long, myself. But I am so thankful, when I stop to think about all the good things in my life. I am so grateful for the people in my life, my family and close friends. I am thankful I have a home to raise my family in. I am also thankful for the blessing of relaxation in one of my many cool hammocks!