Every spring we buy a new cotton rope hammock because we don’t take it down for the winter. It just disintegrates and falls apart by spring. This year we decided that we would take care of our hammock and put it away in the fall, as soon as the weather got cold. We took it down and stored it for awhile, only bringing it out on warm days. It was only cold and snowy in February and, then it proceeded to warm up…So out the hammock came.
Every time I got into the hammock a string would break…just like in past years, and my husband would repair it using yellow nylon rope. So, putting it away didn’t have much to do with it…It’s only made to last a year and possibly, maybe two. I guess we’ll just have to upgrade to a better quality hammock if we want them to last longer. We buy the $80 hammocks at Lowes every year, but they do have more expensive ones that are weather-proofed…so they claim, and it might be worth looking into.
Anyway, the strings have been breaking and our poor hammock is full of yellow nylon rope. Jybow, our cat, plays with the strings as you can see in the picture…as I’m sure the other cats do, when we’re not watching.
The last time Brandon, our grandson was over he was playing in the hammock while we were indoors. When I looked out the window, I noticed Brandon sitting on the ground trying to thread one of the ropes through a hole in the board that’s on the hammock and, I immediately knew what had happened…and what he was trying to do….He was trying to tie the ropes back together and fix it. I could have just let him entertain himself and fix it, but I knew once he got into it again, the ropes would break in different spots.
I rushed out the back door, and said to Brandon, “Oh, my gosh!!! What happened to the hammock?” And I tried to act really surprised. You should have seen the look on that poor little fella’s face…So I quickly told him not to worry, that the hammock was rotten and that I needed a new one….and that I was only kidding.
He’s such a sweet teddy bear…(or maybe I should say Baby Bear)
I love him!
A couple of days ago, we went to Lowes and purchased a brand spankin new, weather-proofed hammock…
Isn’t it pretty and I can hardly wait to try it out…
That reminds me, of a little story, of the first hammock that Jimmy & I bought. I was showing him how to climb into the hammock properly, so it wouldn’t tip over and dump him. I was being very careful and slowly eased myself into the center of the hammock and the next thing I knew I was down on the ground….Clonk! Yes...I go Clonk! And if you knew me you'd understand why. You should have heard the laughter and I have never been able to live that moment down. Every time we get a new hammock, Jimmy says, “You wanna try it out…you gonna show me how to get into it…Or are you afraid it’ll throw you?
“Move on over…I’ll try it out first…
I’m not afraid of it! And could you bring me out a cold glass of lemonade and, call me when supper is ready. Bring the phone out here too...I'm expecting an important phone call."