Even though Grandma Maxine didn’t have a swing set, we always found lots to do out in her yard. We’d climb the grapefruit tree and sit on the two branches that were twisted into a throne or a toilet depending on who was sitting on it at the moment. We liked to play “bop ‘em, frisbee or badminton in the front yard even though the giant cypress tree would always eat our beach ball, Frisbee, or birdie. At Great Grandma Gertrude’s house we’d climb the fig trees growing along the back of her property and eat figs. But Grandma Patricia’s yard was by far the most fun. It did have a swing set—a big tall one. It also had a big watering trough made into a swimming pool with a rope swing tied to a tree above, and an old car to climb around in. So how does my yard compare to my grandmas’? Well, we do have raspberries and apricots to pick and we also have the biggest apricot tree in the world to climb. Add to that our new improved swing set, and I think out house is beginning to cut the mustard.
1. Make a swing chair.
We used an old saucer chair that no one uses. We folded up the legs and secured them with zip ties. Hang your chair using chains and "s" hooks.
If your chair has legs, cut them off and then hang it up. Use an Adirondack chair, a wooden chair, whatever you want. The comfier the chair, the better, but don't use a stuffed chair because it will get soaked in the rain. Use outdoor cushions if you need to add comfort.
2. Hang a Hammock
I hung an old Army hammock of Brian's. If you don't have a hammock, you can buy one or make one.
3. Make shade. I plan to add an awning.
Enjoy watching your teenagers enjoy their swing set again.