Always go into Target thinking, “I am going to find a cheap home improvement project.” Because if you blissfully wander the aisles trying to find something to buy besides the diapers and toilet bowl cleaner, odds are you’ll walk out with something far more expensive than the original list. However, if you go in with a project in mind you won’t find bupkis. As for me… I always have a project in mind, but it usually involves about 20 yards of bark that we can’t afford. Can’t buy that much bark at Target. Therefore I load the diapers into the cart and stroll for a good 30 minutes.
The other week I spied with my little eye that they were having a clearance on all of their patio stuff. I have 2 huge patios at my house and both are full of stuff. 3 tables, 2 BBQs, a fire pit, sand box, bench, swing and multiple containers of edibles. On a good day we throw in a kiddie pool too. What on earth would make me think there would be anything in the patio department I would want. Oh! A $20 hammock. That’s what. Who in their right mind would pass up a $20 hammock? Not I.
No stand. No problem!
Last year I got bored when the trusty husband went golfing and built the aforementioned bench. Broke the windshield of my car, but I built a bench. Why not build a hammock stand?
There is a small corner of our back patio that wasn’t covered with some other bit of furniture so I thought it would be the perfect spot. We buy 2 4x4s and 2 bags of concrete. I dig the holes and that night we set the posts. Tuesday the family was over and they said I didn’t dig the holes deep enough. Nonsense. I’m a landscape designer. I know what depth to dig holes. Besides the bag told me that post holes should be that deep.
Wednesday morning I’m all excited to hang my new hammock and give it a try. Yee Haw! Hammock. Wait a tick. My butt is only 12″ off the ground. That just won’t do. I grabbed my trusty tools and moved the hooks up 18″. By now the trusty husband has arrived to watch me take a swing in my new hammock. With the hooks higher I have to use a step stool to get into the darn thing. I’m 5’4″ remember. I heave my butt in and ahh! Hand me a cold beer and I’ll see you in September.
Umm, babe… my butt is getting closer to the ground. Oh! and that post is coming right at my head. Physics won out. Either that or I need to re-evaluate what a size six really means. I pulled the post out of the ground. Ok, the post was only 12″ into the soil. My bad.
So my $25 hammock stand has now turned into a $145 hammock stand (including the 2 pieces of lumber and 2 bags of concrete I wasted). It is also taking considerable more time and effort. Lucky for me I have a husband who is patient.