Outdoor Wooden Playsets

Have you ever considered purchasing a playset for your family?

When my siblings and I were young, our parents had a metal “swingset” in the back yard for us to play with. It had a couple of regular swings, a glider, a slide, and a bar that we could use to hang upside down by our knees or do chin-ups with (I never could do chin-ups!) We were the envy of the other kids in the neighborhood, and we often had the neigborhood kids come over and ask if they could play on our swingset.

Some of my favorite memories of my childhood surround sitting on the glider, going back and forth with my sister, or a friend, and singing songs like “I know an old lady who swallowed a fly,” “She’s coming around the mountain,” or “Blowing in the Wind.”

When my own kids were young, we had a wooden playset for them that looked a lot like the one in the photo below:

When we moved away from that house, I wished that we could have taken that playset with us, but that just wasn’t an option. The next house that we had was on a steep hill, and simply not a good site for a playset like that, and I always regretted not being able to have a great playset like that for my kids there.

American Subways

Do you ride the subway? There is a huge difference in the different U. S. subway systems. They all have different styles of trains and even tracks. The fares vary widely as well.

The Chicago trains are old, extremely loud and pretty cheap to ride if you must commute. The Washington DC trains are nicely maintained and go all over but finding parking near a station can be a challenge. The San Francisco trains are clean and fast, but they seem to frequently have delays and problems. I liked the Atlanta subway when we had to go to an event at the stadium a few years ago. The train dropped us off right at the front door.

Internet Friends

Over all these years I’ve been on the Internet and in groups, or now on pages like Facebook or MySpace, I have meet so many interesting people. Some of these friends I have known for over nine years. I have met people from all over the world and have even been fortunate to meet them and get to know them in person and vice versa. A friend of mine from South Africa even came to visit!

I know there are a lot of terrible and very dangerous people out there. But I have been blessed and have met Internet friends, who turned out to be Real Life friends.

Happy Labor Day

The family and I aren’t doing anything really special for this day. It’s cold and dismal outside and I feel for people who had plans to go to the beach and have out door events. I always think this day marks the end of the summer and it’s kind of sad, in a way. Besides, it means that cold weather is coming and as everyone knows, I hate the cold. Have a safe day all.

If you are into apps

I don’t know about you, but ever since I got my iPhone, I have been very happy to learn about all of the great free apps I can put on my phone. A couple of my favorites include the “Wal-Mart” app (for the Savings Catcher program – I’ve saved over $100 so far!) and the “GasBuddy” app, which helps me to find the cheapest gas close to where I am when I need to buy gas. My son Jon was telling me that he uses the musicians friend app so he can find out what their “Stupid Deal of the Day” is every day. What is your favorite app?