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"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Sunday, October 23, 2011

It's a sad, sad day

The time has come. It is with a heavy heart that I face my annual responsibility and put away my hammock until spring. Oh sorry, did you think I had some horrible disaster? Yep, that was sneaky but this is very traumatic for me every fall! I feel like there should be a brief ceremony and a bugle playing nearby. We have such a brief summer and our spring and autumn sometimes speed by in the blink of an eye. I love to be outside and the sunshine makes me happy. The green trees, blossoming flowers and freshly mown grass are a balm to my soul. I love to lounge in my hammock, barefoot with a good book. It calms me and makes me happy.

The change of seasons here is beautiful and there's plenty to do in those long (and I mean long!) winter months. The crisp weather brings a wonderful harvest and gorgeous colors along with the need to dig out the cozy sweaters, pretty scarves and fuzzy socks. But the older I get the more I long for summer. I certainly understand now why we have so many snowbirds (people who live here for the warm seasons than migrate south for the cold seasons). If I could afford two households I would do it too. I adapted to the Florida weather very quickly when we were on our recent vacation. Of course we were being pampered at a resort and it wasn't the middle of a sweltering July so we did have optimal conditions. Still, I think I could live in a hut on the beach just fine. Barefoot and with a book, of course.

Until then, my hammock is down and will be stowed away for several months. Luckily I have a cozy fireplace and a comfy couch (along with the requisite golden retriever) that are the perfect place to snuggle up and read. And I'm already wearing my fuzzy socks. How many months until spring?

(Yep, those are my tootsies in the Florida sand!)


  1. Sad day, for sure. Hubby and I put the patio set in the storage shed on Friday. Brought the snow blower from the shed to the garage *gulp*. Hope the winter goes easy on us all :)

  2. I'm with you...the cold weather has set in in Northern Wisconsin. I also enjoy wearing all of my sweaters and now I have a new Columbia Parka to look forward to wearing. Summer is definitely my favorite season and it will be missed. We put our deck furniture away yesterday so now it looks bare out there!

  3. I live in a much warmer climate, but I miss summer already too.

  4. I think your hammock stories over the years have made me add a hammock to bucket list :)

  5. Everybody needs a hammock!! Now I just need the warm weather back to enjoy it again. Unfortunately we had our first snow today. It's way too early for this nonsense!


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