No, not the mountains (although that would be nice). How about a trip to my two, red Adirondack chairs in my yard, purchased from Rural King!? It is a cheap and (sometimes) easy retreat to make.
I love, love, love, summer evenings! I don’t want to take them for granted or forsake them because it has been so blasted hot! I do not want October to arrive and say, “Hey … I didn’t spend much time outside this summer, just enjoying summer!”
I also love, love, love, drinking my coffee outside in the mornings. Lately, I have been busy with chores before work. However, those will slow, a little, after the 4-H Fair ends next week. So, I want to use a little of the chore time as coffee time.
The current spot in the yard where the chairs sit is a sort of forgotten, overlooked area. I can sit there and watch my family come and go without even noticing me. When I yell, ‘HI there!’ they seem surprised to see me. Then, they wander over and join me. 🙂 We TALK!
I can also watch people drive past my house and they don’t notice me tucked away in the shade. The dogs, however, notice me. The 105-lb lab, Hunter, has a very hard time with understanding he is not a lap dog. My peace is shattered a little as I work to convince him his doggy breath is better suited for a distance of at least 3 feet away from me.
This forgotten, overlooked area is truly a little neglected. So, I also daydream a bit about future landscaping projects. I see a firepit in its future! Cool, fall evenings spent
burning roasting marshmallows and drinking hot cocoa!! Hard to imagine in the current heat and drought, but I know it will happen.
I’ve also been a little curious about why they are called Adirondack chairs. Here’s the history:
There is a little town on the edge of Lake Champlain, by the Adirondack Mountains, called Westport. The first Adirondack chairs, called Westport chairs, were named after this town. In Blue Mountain Lake, New York, the Adirondack Museum proudly preserves the Adirondack chair’s interesting history.
Each summer in Westport, New York, a man named Thomas Lee enjoyed time with his large family. Stony Sides, the home this family occupied, had a shortage of patio furniture and Lee felt he could not find relaxation. So, in 1903, on the lawn in front of the house, Thomas Lee began nailing boards together, crafting new chair designs for his 22-member family to sample. History relates that, with all of this feedback, Lee created a unique new chair with a slanted back and seat, and the now well-recognized spacious armrests. Lee’s family whole-heartedly approved.
I encourage you to take a trip to the Adirondacks as soon as possible.
I’ll be heading there as soon as the 4-H Fair ends this week! See ya there?