Views of the Neighborhood – Hanging Things

When we all have been quarantined as long as we have the subject material for a Views feature starts to get a little thin. This week I noticed several swings and playthings hanging in people’s yards. These things spoke to me of more staying at home as opposed to going to parks. You are welcome to come along or stay right here. If you decide to pass. on the walk, help yourself to a margarita and keep the social distance.

Views of the Neighborhood

Here is a whole jungle gym kind of set up. Hard to see, but there are rings and pull-up bars. Has a “Go outside and play” vibe.

Although not hanging here is a soccer net and real-live players.

A cute little baby swing.

A very common swing. In a sweet cool spot.

Nothing is hanging on the crape myrtles. I just thought they looked beautiful in the Saharan Dust filled day.

The look of a classic swing is in front of a cottage.

Another swing. Hard to see, but there is one on the porch too.

Yup. Swing.

I had to laugh at the Uncle Sam hanging from a pole. An early Fourth of July item.

Now we are talkingβ€”a hammock under the trees.

A swing, kiddie car, and lots of washed-out sidewalk chalk dust. Yup playtime place.

Well, that’s it. I hope you had a nice walk. You have earned your margarita. I’m paring those with chips and mango salsa. Can you say “Über home?”

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  1. Hi, John. You had me at hammock!
    Stay safe.

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    1. Thank you, Keith. You as well. 😁

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  2. I’m with you on the hammock. That’s definitely my kind of swing. Enjoy your Sunday, John!

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    1. Thankyou, Jill. Enjoy your Sunday as well.

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  3. I could do the hammock right now (Will have to wait as I’m off to work for (hopefully) a short shift as there are talks of thunderstorms later… Is it bad to hope I cut things short? πŸ˜‰
    Happy Sunday, John.

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    1. Didn’t realize you were working. Cutting things short is always a good thing as long as a knife is not involved. 😊

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      1. Yup. Every Thursday, Saturday, Sunday. 7:15-7:30 (8 by the time I close up shop)
        No knives besides the ones used to cut sandwiches … πŸ˜‰

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      2. Long shift. A short cut would be good. 😁

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      3. It would. So far the meteorologists suck at predicting thunderstorms – not a one had materialised!

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      4. Sun is shining now!

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      5. Of course it is. πŸ˜€

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      6. Sun is shining now! Aaaaannnd now we have thunder and rain!

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      7. See. It just took a while.

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      8. But wait! That lasted a whole, I dunno 15 minutes. The sun came back out! LOL

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      9. Man this is like a play. 😁

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      10. Hahaha! Right?

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  4. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Lovely neighborhood, John. When I walked outside this morning, there was a box turtle at the bottom step. I’m always surprised to see him. He’ll be “hanging” around for a bit. πŸ™‚

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    1. We have a toad that does the sme thing (Hang around). Then he’ll disappear for a while as well. Have a great Sunday, Gwen. 😁

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  5. I love seeing swings, John. It does harken back the days of “go outside and play!” Not always offered in a sweet voice 😏

    I’ll be over in the hammock. Do you think you could deliver the Margarita, chips and salsa?

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    1. We can deliver all of that now that the governor says drinks to go is authorized.. 😁

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      1. Sweet. Hitch Twiggy up to a wagon and send her over.

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  6. Getting outside and enjoying some fresh air is the way to go! Happy to see it.
    (could I have a little extra salt on my margarita glass please?)

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    1. Yes you can have extra salt, GP. I actually took these photos on Friday since the Saharan dust pretty much kept me inside yesterday. Looks like today will be better. 😁

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  7. Love the idyllic vibe of your photos, John, and the margaritas sound awesome! Will plan on hitting your house for happy hour next time I’m in the Lone Star state. πŸ˜‰ Watching your numbers climb with great consternation as my family is just down the road from you. Stay safe!

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    1. We are all concerned. Last weekend a group of 300 teens all got together fro a beer pong party. The fallout is going to be severe. Tell the folks to wear masks and stay home as much as they can.

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  8. Ths was a great idea for a post! Although not hanging things, the crape myrtles are my favorite.

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    1. The dust didn’t allow the sun to hit them which would have been terrific. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. You’re welcome, John. I’ll take crape myrtles any way I can get them. πŸ™‚

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      2. I guess I will too. 😊

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  9. Every piece of equipment shown here would have yellow “Do Not Touch” tape in our neighbourhood. So refreshing to see these in their natural state. Thanks for the tour, John.

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    1. Glad you liked it, Mark. Thanks for going along.

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  10. In my neighborhood, see kids playing outside or simply riding bikes has made me smile … so to me, your scenes support my thoughts. Meanwhile, I’m all in for the margarita, chips, and mango salsa.

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    1. Thanks, Frank. I was surprised to see the kids playing. I know that sounds silly but folks have been pretty scarce for the last few months. It’s good to hear from you. I hope you are keeping well. 😊

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      1. All well here. I’ve had a lot of other stuff on my plate this month that has kept me away – but hopefully that will slow down soon.

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      2. Good to be busy for sure.

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  11. Yesterday I passed a nearby house and noticed a ladder propped against a tree. The people were hanging an old-fashioned swing from a limb. Don’t see too many of those these days, but its what I always had as a kid.

    Nice views, John.

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    1. Thankyou, Joan. I think folks are going back to having to accomodate active kids who can’t go somewhere to burn some energy.

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  12. Not a lot of front yard stuff here. Swings tend to be in the back. Hammock sounds like a good idea though.

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    1. A lot of the houses here don’t have much of a backyard. People have to make do with the front.

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      1. Makes sense. There are places like that in other areas of New York too.

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  13. I spent a good number of hours reading in my grandparents’ porch swing during the summers. I still like a porch swing. When they came up with those “gliders” that were so popular for a while, it was a step back for civilization.

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    1. I remember the gliders. They were always rusty and made noise or didn’t work well. You are right about a step back.

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  14. Nothing says, life is good, better than a child’s swing (or an old man’s hammock).

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    1. You have a great point, Greg

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  15. Good morning, John,
    the only hanging items we have are the bird feeders and the wind chimes. We do have a hammock, but we rarely put it up.
    Have a wonderful Sunday, without too much Sahara dust,
    Pit

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    1. I hope it clears soon. Thanks, Pit.

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      1. There doesn’t seem to be any around here. We have really bright and unhindered sunshine.

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      2. I’m not sure it got as far as you.

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      3. It really looks like it didn’t.

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  16. A margarita, chips, and mango salsa sounds really yummy, John! Thanks for sharing the hanging items. πŸ™‚ I love the hammock! And yes, all the swings and outdoor gyms scream “Go outside and play!” I’m sure that’s a parents’ favorite refrain these days. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thak you for the visit, Jan. 😊

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  17. I loved these images, John. My grandson has his own swing set and a trampoline out in back. They’ll lay dormant and quiet for now as our Winter begins. It’s -4 here this morning. Can Uber deliver a large dose of your summer warmth? Oh, and jug of Margarita with a side order of headache medication ’cause I like to be preapred.😊

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    1. It is on it’s way, Soooz. Should be there sometime in March.

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      1. lol … of what year? πŸ˜‚

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      2. I was going to say 2012 but since you gave me an out I’ll say 2022.

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      3. πŸ‘

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  18. Eeek! I meant to type prepared … I swear I haven’t already had a few Margarita’s. πŸ˜‰

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    1. You are cut off.

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      1. Sigh. Rehab again? Did I say sigh? Memory loss as well. Please send Tiny down here with bail money. πŸ˜‹πŸ™„

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  19. Those are great shots of the neighborhood, John. The quarantine may be forcing us to rediscover the familiar. Your opening lines reminded me of one of my favorite poems, ‘The Red Wheelbarrow’ by William Carlos Williams.

    so much depends
    upon

    a red wheel
    barrow

    glazed with rain
    water

    beside the white
    chickens

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    1. I’m glad Rob. Thanks for letting me know. it is a swell poem.

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  20. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    So many different types of kids swings, but my favis the hammock:)

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    1. I think it is everyone’s favorite. 😁

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  21. Haha! Uncle Sam makes for a funny pic. With the mental extremism that seems to have gotten hold of humans, with someone or the other getting hurt with anything or everything, some could interpret this as being disrespectful of Uncle Sam.

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    1. I think disrespect would be if he was holding on by one hand and holding his head with the other. Thanks, Ankur.

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  22. Lovely, peaceful, and homey scenes, John. Take care and stay well. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. You as well.

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  23. Good tour! I hope you’re staying well. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, Rhonda I’m staying out of trouble for sure. 😁

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  24. I could do some serious reading in that hammock – it’s in a perfect spot.

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    1. It is. Of course fighting heavy eye lids might be a problem

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  25. There is one rental cabin in the state park we stayed at. It has a huge big hammock back in the shade. Looks like a great place to read a book.

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    1. Sounds like agood way to spend some time for sure.

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  26. The hammock was the most appealing to me. πŸ˜€

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    1. To most I think. Thanks, Deborah.

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  27. The saucer swing has become very popular up here. Nice to see people out in their yards.

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    1. It was the most popular one here. Thanks, Jennie.

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      1. Have you been in one? So much fun!

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      2. We had one at the Coast that was a delight. here we don’t have one.

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      3. πŸ™‚

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  28. What a great stroll around the neighborhood, John, thanks! Our neighborhood has a lot of the same, and I’ve always loved porch swings. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. πŸ˜€

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  29. Very clever John. It’s always fun to hang out with you. Oh, and here are the Monkees with a theme song for this post. “What Am I Doing Hanging ‘Round.”
    Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. i enjoyed this song and then hung around for The Last Train to Clarksville. Thank you.

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  30. Lovely photos, John. I could definitely go for the hammock, a tall glass of iced tea and a good book.

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    1. That sounds good to me too. Thanks, Michelle.

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