Sunday, October 6, 2013

Walking in the woods


(A boy & his dog, Luke and MJ.)

When I was a kid nothing was more exciting to me than walking in the woods with my dog. Most of the time we would end up by a river or creek.  Most of the time I did not have a pole but I carried the string and a hook. Bait was usually easy, just roll a log.


(Not Ace but a reasonable facsimile, LOL)

There was always a long stick, seldom over 6’ but long enough for a boy to land a whale. Open-mouthed smile. I never caught anything larger than a small perch or blue gill. Most of the time I threw them back after letting my dog smell them.

There were a few times we roasted one or two on a stick.  But the fun was sitting and hugging the dog, I still wonder why that made so much sense to me? It wasn’t lonely, and it was just plain fun.

I remember once getting caught in the rain and building a little lean-to for us.

Most of the time, if it was warm, we went swimming. Ace, being an English Spaniel, loved the water and enjoyed playing fetch.

Every once in a while we would find where an old saw mill had been and enjoy playing in the saw dust.  Back then no one used the slabs, and I could find one to make a sled out of to slide down the pile it it was high enough.

It is funny (and wise) today, everything about the tree is used. None of the tree is left to rot. 

I always carried some salt in my pocket wrapped in wax paper, finding a green apple tree was my biggest treat. Next was a tomato or onion out of some farmer’s field. I don’t think they cared.

Carefree days, those days are remembered with a big smile.

Thanks for coming by the log and sharing my memories.

Nite Shipslog


My friend Ann,  from a couple posts back, hit me up while she and Daisy were stuffing us with good food, “Will you do the entertainment for the senior adults next Tuesday night?”

What could one say but, “Sure.”  So that is this Tues. To be honest while I am looking for a subject to speak on, this all came up.Surprised smile



1969 Pontiac Grandprix



Carefree days, indeed. The innocence of youth and simple pleasures.

betty said...

I think that's why they call dogs "man's best friend" because they just have a way of making days be fun, even if we are just hugging them. Loved reading your memories.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Sounds like a great topic to speak on. Being childlike and carefree...or maybe unconditional love. Dogs do give us a lot of it. I miss the days I had dogs, but now I have none and pretty much it'll stay that way. I can always visit my kids dogs when I need to have a furry friend. At least we have the memories of them and that is a good thing for sure. Hope you all have a great Monday!

Elizabeth said...

I do remember carefree days! Even now cuddled up with my Spaniel can make me feel carefree!

Helen said...

A good childhood to remember.

Chatty Crone said...

I have my first dog now - I never had one as a child. But I do remember when I was little I would spend the day outside all day. Kids don't do that anymore do they? You had such a great childhood and so many wonderful memories.

Cher' Shots said...

We've had some really good dogs in our days. Miss them! I always enjoy traveling down your memory lane as it always triggers my own memories as well.
'love & hugs from afar'

Lucy said...

You brought a smile to my face. I hope every one can think back and have great memories like that. Being on the farm we always had a dog. Usually a Collie. As those of you know, that has followed my blog, Spunky is our pride and joy, but when I was little whatever dog that lived on our farm was "The Best".

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee...
When «Louis» was in high school, he had a dachshund named "Oscar". Oscar loved donuts and beer. He was a great dog. It was a sad day when we had to put him down because his back gave out and he could no longer walk.

Paula said...

Bet your Mama didn't have any idea where you were at times and it didn't matter back then. We were outside all time and all over. Don't remember ever having to check in but it was safe where ever we were.