Posts Tagged ‘patio swing’

Half a Century (Fiddy Cen)

April 8, 2016

Honestly, turning fifty…. FIFTY! wasn’t nearly as bad as I anticipated. I still feel the same as I did yesterday. It’s going to be okay. Five-Oh sounds really old to me, I mean, I was just turning 40 a few weeks ago. Seriously. That was the fastest ten years ever!

50th bday

I declined having a party. I requested a dinner with my husband and in-state children, albeit, it has to be postponed for three days to get all the kids available on the same night. Glad I turned fifty so I could still plan my life around my kids.

My baby son, who is 17, brought me flowers this morning. Ahhhhh. My eldest son, who is 19, called from California and sang a bday song for me. My baby girl, who is 12, made  a giant card for me. For reals. It’s four feet by two-and-a-half feet. My married daughter, who is 22 and in Oklahoma, sent me texts and called and wrote the sweetest words on facebook. My husband, who acts like he’s 14 sometimes, took me out to dinner and told me he was ordering a salad at a Mexican restaurant so I could be proud of him. Then his chimichanga showed up. He makes me laugh.

My family asked what gifts I might like this year… the monumental year when I turn fifty. I mentioned that a backyard swing would be nice. We used to have one, but years and years in the Arizona sunshine fried it to pieces, literally. Nora told her daddy that I wanted a swing set for my birthday. Just trying to be young again!

We picked out the swing tonight. The selling feature, even though it is brown with a red striped canopy (I don’t do red.), was that it lies flat into a bed. SOLD! So now I’m trying to find cute pillows on Amazon that bring cute colors into the red/brown non-cute theme. Currently the swing is in a big box in the middle of the dead winter grass in the backyard. I would be out there assembling it, but it’s dark and I need help getting the piece out of the box. No one will help me at 10:44 p.m., even though it’s my birthday and I am old enough to apply for AARP now. Sheesh!

Happy day of my birth to all of you! I hope you feel as loved as I did today!

 

Ga-nats!

August 8, 2010

Yes, it’s monsoon season in Arizona and with the unusual amount of water pooled in various low places the GNATS have swarmed here and multiplied. I cannot use the word gnats without thinking of the Veggie Tales movie where the giant pea keeps pronouncing it Ga-Nats.  And even though I’m a homeschool mom with loads of diverse information in my noggin, I do not know the life cycle or reproduction speed of gnats.  Although, from the looks of our back door collection, I would surmise the cycle is FAST!  I cleaned the bottom of the sliding doors yesterday and awoke to this:

My pesticide-company-owning-husband said, “Well, they’re dead!”  I guess that is good, but gross me out!

The other sad news in the backyard:  yesterday we awoke, went downstairs and looked out the back windows… and something was missing…. it was the gigantic gazebo!  Gone!  Poof!  Obviously there was some sort of micro-burst in our backyard to pick up a metal eight-foot gazebo that was anchored down and throw it over the six-foot block wall!  Rick looked over all the neighbors’ walls until he located it.  That house is vacant presently, so he went over, picked up the mangled metal and canvas conglomeration and threw it back into our yard.  He knew how much I loved my oasis of shade covering my patio swing… so he slowly disassembled it in hopes of rebuilding it.   No such luck.  It’s gonzo, baby.  Makes me sad.  Here are before and after pictures, which should help you to decide NOT to vacation in Phoenix in the months from May to October.

replacement canopy for walmart mika ridge gazebo