Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Random Wednesday thoughts

The clouds rolled in today, and without benefit of the afternoon sun, I got a little chilled. Soon it will be too cold for porch-sitting weather.

The creative space is where I go when things get tangled up in my head. It's one of my favorite places to unwind. 

It's quiet down there. About the only thing you hear is birds and squirrels rustling the leaves looking for food.

There's a 100-year-old oak in the front yard that I can't reach around. The lowest limb is about 30 feet off the ground and is as big around as my waist.

The old house has a tin roof. In autumn, when acorns fall from the oak and strike the metal, it sounds like a shot.

There's a well behind the old house and even in August when it's hotter than satan's sandals, the water from the well is cold and refreshing. I've kept the old bailer, which is a slender metal tube about  five feet long used to draw water from the depths. It was used before electric pumps. There's a rope attached to the bailer, and you let down until you hear a gurgle, before pulling it back up full of water.
We had one of these when I was a kid.

I find myself holding on to old things even though they are no longer considered useful in modern-times. But having them helps me to remember where I came from, and the long path that led me to where I am today.


  1. I think it is great to keep the old things to remember where we came from ... it has been quite the path ... ;-)

  2. You're a sentimental guy so it's good for you to hang on to the old things. I on the other hand, am not sentimental and I keep only a few useful thing. I leave the collecting to folks who love collecting old things.

    Don't get me wrong, I like looking at old things and I appreciate them and the workmanship and sturdiness. Maybe, I'm just too busy and my time is taken up by the now...

  3. My parents were much the same--holding onto the remembrances and the items that connected them to the past. We all moved away, and kept moving. Now we have to hold onto those lovely useless things in our memories.
    This one made me wistful.

  4. How will we know about the past if all old things are discarded? We have a well but if we lose power we lose water! I need a bailed as backup!

  5. SWEET the entry. Even when we 'planned to lose all' when we hit the road, we could not. I now the feeling and you expresses it so well. Something one MUST keep!

  6. Anonymous11:15 PM

    We should all remember our roots!!

  7. I love your connection to the past, and feel it also.

  8. I like the way your mind thinks!
    ... and I'm totally in love/besotted with this photo. Good stuff, Rick!

  9. I keep old things as well because they hold pieces of my memories in them. I'm not a rat pack, but I have what I call a memory box...actually two large decorated boxes! In them I put playbills from stage sows, ticket subs from all kinds of things, and more. Someday my children will look in these boxes and see how much fun I had while I was here!


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