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My parents used to take us on a lot of picnics. Back then there was no such thing as stopping for fast food - it wasn't available. There were restaurants but we didn't go there. We had one of those metal picnic boxes with handles. Mom had a set of plastic dishes that stayed in that box along with other picnic supplies. If we were going to be gone for the day, we took a picnic. What memories!!

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Coleen, I hope all goes smoothly for you today. It's sad to see a school end. It's also a big step when a child is in their last year of school.

Heather, It makes me smile thinking of Lela enjoying the park so much. DH & I were married in my parents livingroom. They sold the house some years ago and I often wonder if the owners know someone was married there and one of our children was close to being born there!

Vicki, What ever happened to common sense (child care restrictions)?! I used to take the childcare kids to Seaside and they loved it. We talked about "the rules" on the way there and they were so good. The last year I had one little boy who had hyper tendencies and that really limited any outings because I couldn't trust his impulses. Those fishing trips with picnics sounded like fun. I think they are still in the sturgeon season here.

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8/19/08 10:50 A

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How cool Vicki!

You're very welcome Coleen. I can sure understand your mixed feelings about it! Being the first day and yet the last first day. How bittersweet.



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8/19/08 9:41 A

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Good morning!
Ah picnics! Did a lot of that while growing up and when our kids were younger. I always did a lot of picnic lunches and play days at the park with the day care kids during the summer too, but a few years back with all of the restrictions that the state has now, I quit doing transportation. I miss those days at the park. Hubby and I usee to take picnic lunches and go fishing for the day. Also haven't done that for a few years. Good thing we have those memories!

Heather, I got married in a park, too, right under the trees. We had a pavilion and did a picnic lunch for the reception. A fun day! More memories! That was over 34 years ago now.

Have a busy day today and the next two also. And I am so tired today. Think I have to give up watching the Olympics each night. I really enjoy watching them though.

Vicki

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8/19/08 8:50 A

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A little antsy this morning...first day back to school with kids. I have 9 junior high kids this year. It is also the school's last first day back so that will be sad. It is also my son's last first day here...he will graduate in May.

Am trying to eat healthy today and not let the nerves get to me.

Thanks for the support I have gotten here, it is welcome.

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I was married in a park with a small little pavillion and ampitheater! :)

Oh, I still picnic a plenty! lol Lela loves them. She loves to play all day at the park. And is very upset when it's over! lol :)



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Good morning,

Last night we changed our walking route a bit and hiked up a trail between the school and an old, run-down park. The park is on a hill, surrounded by trees. There's a little hall there that I think can be rented - it's really quaint. When my youngest was about 4 someone put on a Halloween party for preschoolers there. Apple cider drinks, someone playing a fiddle, all kinds of games for the little ones. When we first moved back here someone held a Christmas Bazaar there and that was wonderful. I think it's not often used because it's small and parking is limited. The park is on a hill with what used to be a circular drive around it (one lane) but that is now gated off. We walked up steps into the park. If it was kept up it would be a beautiful place to hold weddings or other celebrations. There are two smaller covered areas with picnic benches.

I made Toffee Torte again and used the chocolate graham crackers it calls for this time - very good.

Picnics. When I was a kid picnics were a summer outing. I can remember going with my elderly aunts. They never drove (one tried once and knocked out alot of mailboxes so that was that) so if a friend offered to drive somewhere, they packed up one of those large rectangular tins with things like egg salad sandwiches or shrimp sandwiches. My favorite was sturgeon breaded in cracker crumbs and sauted- a treat when a neighbor's son caught one and shared with them. Good hot or cold! Another favorite picnic memory was when I was a teenager. A neighbor's neices were there to visit from Colorado so we went to the zoo and stayed so late at a nearby park we found a deli and brought a picnic supper back to the park and stayed until dark. We really don't picnic anymore. It seems like a hassle. If in a pinch, fast food is so convenient. I wonder if we're missing out on some memory-making?

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