Alone Time on the Hammock

This past weekend while the boys were busy burning yard waste, Emma and I spent 30 minutes of alone time on the hammock. Actually, all the kids enjoy the hammock. But, Emma really recharges from our quiet time together rocking in the hammock.

It was a perfect spring day for clean-up. It was a little chilly, so the fire felt good and smelled wonderful.

Boys make fire


We got all settled in for our alone time on the hammock. I had a curved stick to push against the ground to keep us gently swaying.

Once the last of the debris was burned, PJ came to let us know he was going to start a basketball game on the driveway.

PJ salute


That was good news to Emma. They would be occupied and we could have more time to talk and look at the clouds. The sky was very pretty. We could hear the basketballs on the driveway.  Everyone was happy.

Hammock Sky


Everyone except one VERY jealous dog who army crawls and drags himself over to us and stops the hammock from rocking with his paw. Yes, he did.

Sonny Paw


One moment he was snoozing on the yard just 10 feet away and the next moment he’s wedged himself against the edge of the hammock demanding to be part of our quality time. He is perturbed. If affection is getting distributed, he is not going to be cut out.Sonny as beggar in chief


We give up trying to rock the hammock and start petting Sonny. You can see that he’s starting to get happier.

Sonny makes an appearance


He really starts to relax once we are BOTH petting him.
Sonny love hammock


And he’s like, “Don’t forget about this side, ladies.”

Sonny demanding


After a while he’s reassured but he’s still a little irked. This is one of his royal poses – I think it’s supposed to make us feel inferior. Like, what were we thinking trying to have “a moment” without him?!?!

sonny profile


But, that really is the best thing about having Sonny around. He redefines “alone time”.


Emma loves YAMAWS (You And Me Alone With Sonny) time on the hammock.

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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