Dining With The Fishes

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Did you know that many collectors of vintage,
collect things that remind or connect them to their past.
...items that evoke fond memories of people, places, and days long gone.

Such is the old cricket bucket below...

A couple of years ago,
I started collecting vintage minnow buckets to display at the lake house.

Somewhere along my travels,
I came across an old cricket bucket/box to add to the other relics.

One of my beloved Grandmother Mac's favorite pastimes was fishing!
She raised fishing worms on her farm.

 As a little girl, I remember riding the narrow, winding country roads
 with her in her old green, big-as-a-battleship Chevy Impala.
Along the way, we peddled dirt-filled brown cardboard containers
 of worms to her faithful customers.

We also sold cartons of farm fresh eggs along the route,
but that's a story for another day!

Since she raised them, worms for fishing were plentiful,
but she also loved to fish with crickets,
 and had a bucket identical to the one I found. 

Nearby to where I grew up was a neighborhood lake,
 and some pretty good fishing holes.

My dad was a traveling farm chemical salesman, 
and occasionally my mom would join him on the road.
Grandma Mac stayed with my brother and I while they were away,
and fishing in our local spots was always on the daily to-do list!

Grandma Mac's cricket bucket captivated my interest.
I did love to fish along side of her,
but was just as content to sit and watch the crickets.
I was fascinated that no matter how they crawled,
(and they were busy little fellas), they couldn't escape the bucket.

Watching the crickets also occupied me, keeping me quiet.

Grandma was fun and loved to talk,
but fishing was serious business and commanded silence,
....heaven forbid we scared the fish! ;) 

The old cricket bucket might appear crude and not worth much.
But it transports me back to happy, carefree times.

...oh to be young again,
and unaware of the ugliness and darkness of this world,
as we've witnessed just this last week in our country,

Thanks for visiting!
Would love for you to share something you collect that has nostalgic ties to it!
...do tell!  :)


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  1. What a fun grandmother! I would not be able to touch a worm or a cricket, but my grandsons sure would love it if I'd fish with them! Great memories, and I love your fish plates and beautiful setting!

  2. This is super cute and I loved your grandmother memories. :)

  3. Rhonda, this brought back so many wonderful memories of fishing days with my grandfather. He also raised fishing worms; and had a cricket bucket just like that! We would ride in his Chevy pickup to the lake and had the best times together.

  4. Hello Rhonda, I loved this post about summer fishing and fond memories of your grandmother! We used to spend summers at a farm and at my aunts house!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J!
    Enjoy the week.

  5. I had a favorite grandmother ~ "Mama" ~ she was my mother's mother. I would have gladly lived with her if I could have. She passed away in the 60's but I think of her daily. She was absolutely wonderful! We did a lot of things together and I treasure the memories.

    I've never heard of a cricket bucket ~ :) I love that you shared this with us! My Dad was quite the fisherman and I always enjoyed it. Your table looks beautiful! The dishes are perfect.


  6. Rhonda, the sweet memories of your Grandmother Mac brought back many memories for me! How much fun it must have been to ride with your Grand,other to deliver worms to her customers! Such a pretty table! Pam @ Everyday Living

  7. Love the cricket bucket and the gear fishing story with your grandmother, I was very close to my grandmother and have fond memories of her too

  8. Your "fishing" table d├ęcor and story are wonderful! Love that tablecloth and the fish dishes - the S&P shakers are adorable! The cricket bucket makes the perfect centerpiece!

  9. Oh the flood of memories you must had when you found that minnow bucket....Such good times that I am sure you will treasure forever...yes, the good times, the simple times....we can all use them again!
    Beautiful table with a gorgeous view!

  10. Rhonda, I loved this story. It brought me back to my childhood and my own Grandmother. She was the sweetest woman I ever knew, died when I was 10 and I missed her so very much as we lived with her. I love your table, what is in the cricket bucket? I also laughed out loud at the fish S and P!!!I, too, have been so, so sad by the events of last week. Such senseless violence. I wish we could go back to easier times too. XO, Pinky

  11. Your table is very inviting and it sounds like your Grandma was lots of fun to be around. Thanks for joining us this week at Celebrate Your Story.

  12. Love your grandmother memories. I have some glasses mine gave me and a handkerchief from each. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Such beautiful reflections, scenery and table setting.
    Lovely to have you share this with us at TOHOT.

  14. Oh I enjoyed this post so much this morning. Love the memories. And oh yes...my grandchildren love to fish with me. One of my granddaughters told me recently that I was a tough Nana cause I didn't mind stinky worm poop! LOL! Love the tablescape. So FISHY! Visiting from TOHOT. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  15. This is really pretty!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  16. What treasures are your memories of fishing with your grandmother! Your table is so pretty, anything the least coastal or beach catches my interest! Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  17. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful memory. I love the fish plates, what a lovely tablesetting.

  18. Rhonda, I think the cricket bucket as part of a tablescape takes the cake. All the fish plates are so cute ~ perfect for a lake out. Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Desgin Link Party.

  19. Rhonda, love the memories and love that cricket bucket! I have so many fond memories of my Mo-maw. You are are queen of creative tablescapes--pinning!

  20. Beautiful table Rhonda, and I loved hearing about fishing with your Mom and Grandma. My Grandfather is the one who taught me how to fish and digging for worms was always part of the fun or going to the bait and tackle shop.

    Cuz they also sold candy. LOL

  21. What an absolutely beautiful tablescape! The cricket bucket is so unique. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It! Hope to see you back this week :)

  22. Rhonda- I loved this because because it connects my favorite things- a collection, precious family members, and memories.
    I also love those plates!



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