Thursday, June 30, 2011

Just a swing , and going back to 1903

Years ago we had a great wooded back yard. My Sister Kat lived beside us. We loved to visit ‘out back’ in the evenings. We had a great time.

I got the idea we would have a good time in swings. I went to Lowes to pick out a couple. The ones I wanted were $70!  Folks I am cheap I ain’t paying $70 for something made from wood. I loaded the truck with treated lumber and went home. I built three 5’ swings, I used the metal rails from the ‘dead end’ street signs that existed  when I bought the land.

We two couples spent untold hours just chatting and swinging. The metal bars I used to hand the swings, is still there, buried in the trees as they grew. One swing hangs there now, that is behind Shirl’s present abode. The other was moved behind the other Condo.

When Kat married Elmer she wanted ‘her’ swing. I moved it and hung it for her, but it was never  used again. Last year I noticed the swing was lying in the weeds in Elmer’s back yard. I told him if he wasn’t gonna use it I wanted to put it to use. SOOOOOOOOO Yesterday I got it hung. The chains are rusty, but after many many years it is still solid, and I sat in it last night and finished The Mayor of Casterbridge’, a classic written by Thomas Hardy. 

The swing will have a new life here.

Thanks for coming this way

Nite Shipslog


Hollywood Squares:
Q. When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex?

A.. Charley Weaver: I'll lend him the car, the rest is up to him

Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?

A. Charley Weaver: His feet.


My dad was born in 1903, but as mom always said Frank was born in three and I was born in five.  This was the 1903 Ford:


At the same time Columbia built this all electric car:

1903 electric car by Columbia

Now we know that history repeats itself, the gas won out, but we are trying to go back to electric.  Wonder what would have happened if the electric had won? Would we be further advanced? I would bet we would have saved a lot of lives, killed from speed.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I love my porch swing. I use it often in the summer and look at it longingly in the winter time.
Glad you could resurrect the old swing and enjoy it.
I think it's wonderful you can make things...I had to buy one of those expensive ones. I doubt it will last as long as the one you made. Tomorrow I'll be off to my camper for a long weekend! It's sunny and in 77 here this afternoon. Just beautiful!!! Happy swinging!

Anonymous said...

Until me son was born, probably two decades passed by without me 'seeing' even a swing. Yes, they are wonderful. Please have you all a good new month.

Bookncoffee said...

I love PORCH swings. When we go to big south fork, we always have a porch swing and I can sit outside on the wrap around porch and swing and read. "We were justa Swanging"...memories of John Anderson's country song came to mind when I read your post. lol

Ya'll have a nice evening!

shirl72 said...

It don't mean a thing, if you ain't got that swing. (doo-ah doo-ah doo-ah).. Now you can
swing and sing. Give that swing every thing you
got because it don't mean a thing, if you ain't got that swing. Glad you discovered your swing.


Paula said...

wow Shirl can really sing. Nothing as good as a swing other then a rocker. you're so smart to have made those.

betty said...

glad you could "rejuvenate" Kat's swing! Swings are so wonderful to spend time on! those and rocking chairs!


Sheila Y said...

Okay, we'll be waiting for a picture of you and Sherry 'swangin'. Porch swings and rocking chairs are so inviting...Have a great 4th! Love from Bama, Sheila

Fred Alton said...

I was in my swing yesterday, thanking God for His blessings on us (the USA). Nothing like it. And nothing like the old Model A which could run forever on $5 worth of gas and could be repaired with pliers and a piece of baling wire. ☺