Memories of Oak Orchard(part 2)

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One year, we had my uncle, aunt, cousin, my uncle’s friend and his wife came with us for a week. Also, my other uncle and aunt, and my five cousins were there too. Everyone had their own place and we would meet up on the pier to catch crabs. After lunch, all the cousins and my brothers and sister and I, would walk down the street and buy candy.  We would try to save it for as long as we could, but after a day or so, we would have to walk back up to the store to get more candy. It wasn’t a busy street, we didn’t worry about traffic. 

This one memory of my uncle and his friend sitting at the end of the pier one night. Trying to fish by flashlight. You would have to have known my uncle to understand that this was a cool idea. He could convince an Eskimo to sell ice water. Anyway, It was dark and us being us, we wanted to have a little fun with them while they were trying to fish with the flashlight. 

We went back to our cottages and got a few boxes of Whoppers, and then went back out to the end of the pier. They didn’t hear us come back out behind them, my uncle was so focused on seeing if a fish was on the line. Then we started throwing the Whoppers one at a time over their heads into the water. My uncle would shoot the flashlight to where he thought he saw a fish jump out of the water. We would wait a few minutes and then do it again in a different spot. Then we would throw one over and then another one right after that, having him think that there were two fish at the same time. They realized it was us when we couldn’t hold back laughing so hard we had to sit down on the pier so we didn’t fall off the pier into the water.  They didn’t sit out on the end of the pier after that. 

I don’t remember if we used the squid we had sitting on the pier for the crab baskets, but I remember it was there. Because a few of us stepped on it. And we did that gross funky dance when you step on something disgusting and you feel that you can’t get it off the bottom of your foot. Makes me shiver just thinking about it. 

Did you know that you can catch a flounder in a crab basket? Neither did I until it actually happened. As I was pulling the string up from the crab basket, I could feel something moving around in the basket, I just thought I had caught two crabs. NOPE. I held up the basket and just kept yelling, “I caught a fish!! I caught a fish!!” Everyone came over and saw it was a flounder. We got a separate bucket and filled it with some water and put the fish in it to take back to the cottage later. We weren’t done crabbing for the day.  Back then, I didn’t like fish, so someone else ate the fish. That was the only time I got a fish in the crab basket. 

One memory I have that still makes me chuckle to this day, is the wooden screen door that we would let slam as we would run out the door to go out to the pier. We would open that door wide, and we would be half way around the front of the cottage, and then you would hear SLAM!! I can’t tell you how many times we were told not to slam the door. Would never fail to happen. 

Happy Reading!

 

Memories of Oak Orchard

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When I was a kid, every summer we went to our favorite place in Delaware. Some people would not consider this place a hot vacation spot. But we loved it. We would look forward to going every year. It was a place called Oak Orchard (we would pronounce it as O-Gorchurd).  There were no telephones in the house that we stayed in, no television. It was a time where families spent time doing things together.  Slept with the windows open to get the cool breeze at night. 

The sun would just be coming up, and my two older brothers and younger sister would wake up and throw on some shorts and shirt or put on our bathing suits and sneakers (these were important to wear while in the water, I will explain later). There was a wrap around porch at the house we stayed in. Right outside the kitchen we had two or three crab baskets that we used to catch the crabs. Bait was raw chicken. Which was kept in the fridge. We would grab a basket and some chicken, making sure the chicken was tied to the basket so the crabs couldn’t run off with it. Then we would tie a rope long enough that we could tie it to the pier and drop the basket in the water. Once we picked a spot at the end of the pier, we would sit next to it. Every few minutes, we would pull the line up inch by inch, checking to see if a crab was inside the basket. When we could see a crab in it, we would pull the rope up quickly, trapping the crab. Then we would yell, “I got one!” After a while, we mastered how to just open one side of the basket to dump the crab in the bucket we kept to collect the crabs we caught. Most days we would spend all day out on the pier catching crabs. We would stop when the sun was setting. Sometimes, we would just set the baskets open on the pier and come back for them the next day. Since we were there only ones there, we didn’t worry about anyone using them.

When we would get hungry, we would take a break and go in and get something to eat. Then back outside. Majority of our time was spent on the pier or on the little patch of beach when the tide didn’t come in. Here is where the sneakers come in.  The bottom of the ocean was so dirty and muddy, sneakers were required. Otherwise you would get stuck or cut yourself on whatever was underwater that you couldn’t see. 

We invented a game to play while playing out in the water. It was called, Who Flung Poo. How it worked was, you would reach down underwater and grab a handful of the mud and throw it at whoever you wanted to. As you threw it, you would yell out, “who flung poo”, and it would hit that person unless they ducked under water or swam away. Majority of the time it was a direct hit. By the time we were done playing that, we stunk and had to get showered before sitting down to dinner. There was a bathroom with a shower by the back door near the kitchen.  My mom got us a change of clothes because we were too dirty to go upstairs for a change of clothes. 

Dinner, you guessed it, was the crabs that we caught that day. It was so good, mom would fill the tray with crabs and everyone ate as many as they could eat. Then once we were all full, we would go play card games or board games. Then off to bed to rest up for another day of crabbing

A few days before we were to leave to go home, we would all pile into the car and head to the boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ. That was fun. It was where we would go to the arcades and buy souvenirs. Mom would buy fudge and salt water taffy.  The boardwalk was a perfect ending to a really fun vacation. 

It was the best vacation our family ever went on. We all have great memories of our time there. I am sure I will be posting other stories of my time there again. It was good to remember this. Happy ready!

 

Where did it go?

I apologize for not posting any stories for a few days. The ideas just haven’t been coming to me. I feel that this will happen from time to time, and it will pass. But I feel a little lost when I don’t have a story posted. 

I don’t just want to write something just to have something posted. Because that would come across in the writing, and that is not what I want. I want the story to happen on it’s own. And I’m a little disappointed that that hasn’t been happening the past few days. Sometimes when I sit in the quiet and just relax, a story will form. It’s like the stories that I have posted have been in some sort of tank, and now it seems empty and needs to be filled up again. But I have nothing to fill the tank. 

I know story ideas will come to me again and I will write stories to make you smile and feel good. I guess I just put a lot of pressure on myself because I feel I need to keep up.  If anyone has any advice on how to move past this, please leave a comment below.  I just wanted to post how I was feeling. Thank you for listening. Feel free to read the stories that I have posted. 

Hopefully I will have a story later in the week. Happy reading!

Food Fight at the Bake Shop

 

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Danielle was stopping by to see her friend Katie who is working at the local bake shop. They planned to get together for lunch today. So, Danielle thought she would keep her friend company until it was lunch time. Katie was mixing ingredients to make some mini carrot cakes. Once everything was mixed, she poured the batter into small cake pans and then put them in the oven and set the timer. She walked over to the table where Danielle was sitting and they shared of a cup of tea. They also shared a plate of oatmeal raisin cookies that Katey made for her earlier today. 

“What is on the bake sheet for today?” Danielle asks as Katie checks the clipboard with the list of cakes she has yet to make today. 

As Katie reads the list, she tells her, “Well, the carrot cakes are in the oven, then they will be done. Next up is vanilla cake with chocolate icing, then a chocolate cake with buttercream icing and rainbow sprinkles on it. So, not too much more. I can make them after we come back from lunch.” 

They used to be roommates, but Katie wanted to find a place closer to the bake shop. When she lived with Danielle, the commute was about an hour. She found a cute little efficiency apartment a block away. This works out great for her, she is able to come in early and get things set up and make sure the display case is filled before the door opens for the day. 

Katie was taking the carrot cakes out of the oven and putting them on a cooling rack, she didn’t notice that Danielle had walked over to where the bowl of buttercream icing was sitting,  Danielle was watching her take the cakes out and waited until she closed the oven door. Then she waited until she turned around. She had a spoon with some icing on it, ready to fling it towards Katie.

With a smirk on her face, knowing what Danielle was going to do, she warned, “don’t even think about it.” As she warned her, Katie grabbed a spoon and put some on her spoon, ready to fling it at Danielle. For a second, neither one of them moved. Seeing who would make the first move. 

Katie was the first to fling the icing. Hitting Danielle in the middle of her forehead. Then Danielle flung hers, hitting Katie on her cheek. And the food fight was on. Katie grabbing an egg and smashing it on the top of Danielle’s head. Danielle grabbed a handful of flour and flung it at Katie. Creating a cloud of flour. They both were reaching on the table not sure what they were grabbing and flinging it towards each other. Everything was flying, flour, sprinkles, icing, handfuls of butter. The floor became slippery and they both fell to the floor. Laughing so hard they couldn’t breathe. The kitchen was a mess. And they were covered from head to toe. 

When they caught their breath and looked around them, they knew if they didn’t clean this up before Katie’s boss came back in about an hour, Katie was going to get fired. So for the next hour and a half, they wiped down the counter, washed all the dirty dishes, mopped the floor. Making sure there was no evidence left of the food fight they just had. Katie got them to clean shirts with the bake shop logo on them so they had something clean to wear outside. They could walk to Katie’s apartment and get cleaned up. Susan worked the counter and came in at the end of them cleaning up and just chuckled and went back up to the counter saying nothing. Katie knew Susan would not say anything to the manager. After everything was cleaned up, Katie took the mini carrot cakes and put them in the display case. Then Danielle bought a few cookies and they were on their way. 

Walking up the stairs to her apartment, Katie said, “That was a close one, I thought Linda would have been back before we got everything cleaned up.” Danielle was giggling as she followed her up the stairs. “Yea, I thought so too, but it was so worth it.” After they got showered and changed, Katie ordered a pizza and the relaxed and watched a movie. They ended up falling asleep on the couch. Cleaning up all that mess exhausted them. But it wouldn’t be the last time that they would do that again. 

Sometimes going in early has its advantages. 

Rest Stop Dancer

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Leslie is on a road trip up north to see her best friend Jill. They have been friends since high school. Jill has always been a free spirit and she never stays in one place for too long. Leslie never knows what place Jill will say she is next. As long as she is happy, Leslie just lets it be.

She has been on the road for a few hours, she is getting hungry and wants to get out of the car and stretch her legs. Just passing a sign that read service station is one mile. Following the signs, she takes the exit to take a little break. When she is parked, she gets out and walks around the car a few times. Leslie still hasn’t decided what she wants to eat, she looks around and decides to get a sandwich and an iced tea. Then goes and sits at an empty table. Relaxing and enjoying her sandwich, she texts Jill to let her know that she stopped for something to eat. Jill responds back that she is excited to seeing her. Leslie smiles and finishes her sandwich. She gets another iced tea for the road and heads back to the car. 

Leslie is back on the road after taking a break. She only has about four hours left to go. Arriving to Jill’s around dinner time. Leslie is excited because they haven’t seen each other in a few years. This is the break that she has been looking for. Work has been driving her crazy and it’s time to get away and just relax.

Traffic hasn’t been too bad, after getting past the cities, the traffic thins out and only a few cars are on the interstate. After driving for another two hours, she needs to fill up on gas. A sign for a gas station is five miles away. Leslie will pull off then and fill up. She is glad this trip is almost over. She loves road trips, but she is starting to get tired. 

The sign for the gas station comes up and she pulls off the exit and goes to fill up her tank. She looks over and see a rest area to the right. Once she is done, she will drive over to the rest area and just sit for a minute. There are a few people over there taking a break before heading back on the road. 

There is a couple with two small children, the parents are sitting on the picnic bench eating sandwiches, while the children run around and play. A gentleman with head phones is walking around the parking lot, every so often he would start dancing when a good part of the song comes on. Sometimes he even sings out loud. Everyone around stops and looks where the singing is coming from and just smiles and go back to what they were doing. Leslie chuckles and he reminds her of one of her friends back in high school. He would be walking down the hallway with head phones on, dancing to whatever song he was listening to and sing parts of the song. The guy at the rest stop was oblivious to others around him. He was just enjoying his break with some music. 

Leslie was back on the road knowing she didn’t have much further to go. Passing a sign that read the where Jill was. It was only a few more exits. She felt it was taking forever. But finally she came up on the exit and turned off the interstate. After checking the directions while at a stop sign, she found her way to Jill’s house. Finally off the road and time to relax and enjoy the time with her best friend. 

Midnight Bowling

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At the bowling alley near Maggie, Saturday nights they turn off the normal lights off and turn on the special lights for midnight bowling. They have this ball above the lanes that spins with all different colors. And they play music while everyone bowls. 

Maggie brought her best friend Claire with her. They always come to midnight bowling. Claire mostly bowls gutter balls because she is too busy watching some guy that she finds cute. Maggie isn’t that much better, but she does knock down some of them when she really tries. 

When Maggie was done taking her turn, Claire stood up and went to pick up her ball. Before she picked it up, she said “check out Mr. Tight Jeans over there.” Pointing to the group of guys the next lane over. He was the one taking his turn. They both watched as he took his turn. He bowled a strike. Mr. Tight Jeans bowled like he was on a league. Claire looked up at their board and noticed that he bowled a few strikes,  one or two spares, and some where he only knocked down a few pins. He had the highest score out of the group. And he had a killer smile that could turn your legs to jello. 

Claire was up, and she wanted to make sure to not get a gutter ball this time. She gave herself a little pep talk, no gutter ball, tight jeans is watching. If you can’t get a strike, at least knock some of the pins down, BUT NO GUTTER BALL!!  Maggie couldn’t hear what she was saying, so she just giggled and sipped on her iced tea. Claire stepped up and swung her arm back and then forward, letting the ball go. So far, the ball rolled down the middle, went slightly to the left, but didn’t go towards the gutter. Knocking down all but four pins. Maggie watched and then cheered after the pins reset. Claire looked over at tight jeans, he wasn’t paying attention to her or Maggie. She was on a mission to make him notice her. Maggie just shook her head and chuckled. 

Maggie was up and she knocked down half of the pins, a spare. Claire cheered and high fived her when she came back to sit down. They took a few minutes to take a sip of their iced tea. Watching the group of guys with tight jeans. Claire was just watching him as he took his turn. All she could utter was, “Oh, that form, mmm mmm mmm.” Maggie rolled her eyes and was checking the others out. But wasn’t making any confession about which one she liked. Maggie is the more quiet and shy type. Claire is not. People can’t understand how two people that are so opposite can be friends. It just works for them. They have been best friends since high school.

They had a few frames left to go before the game was done. What Claire didn’t notice, but Maggie did, tight jeans has been checking Claire out most of the night. He is just more subtle that she is. Maggie didn’t want to say anything because she didn’t know if he was interested or just checking her out.  

When midnight bowling was over, the overhead lights came back on and everyone covered their eyes for a second to readjust to the white lights. Then everyone was heading to the racks where the balls went. As Claire was returning hers, Mr. Tight Jeans walked up to her. She was surprised when he was kind of shy when he spoke. 

“Hi, my name is Jeremy.” He extended his hand to shake hers. She gave him her hand and he held onto it and continued, rather stumbled over his words, “yea, um, I , uh was wondering if you would like to come back here with me sometime. For like a date.” She thought he was so adorable asking her out. She didn’t know he was checking her out. But she is glad that he was.

Squeezing his hand a little, she smiled and responded excitedly, “Yes, I would love to. Let’s exchange numbers and we can talk and get to know each other better over dinner sometime, and then come here afterwards.” He smiled and nodded. They exchanged phone numbers and parted ways.

Maggie had to escort Claire to the car because she was so happy she floated out of the bowling alley. They finished off the night at the diner a block away.

Caller Fifteen

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“The time has come,” the DJ announced, “here is your chance to win tickets to the hottest concert this year. I will take caller number ten. Good luck.”

Jamie and her friend Chelsea have been tuned in for the past two hours waiting for the DJ to announce when to call for a chance to win tickets. They have been fans of the Chase Walker band for years. Jamie has a crush on the lead singer, Chelsea is into the drummer.  They are both trying to win the tickets. They have the station number set in their phones and are already dialing.

“Hello, you are caller number 5, try again.” The operator says when Jamie calls.

“Hello, you are caller number 8, try again.” The operator says when Chelsea calls.

They both sit back on the couch defeated. Always the optimist, Chelsea turns to Jamie and says, ” We still have another chance next hour.” Jamie isn’t feeling too optimistic, but nods her head. They stay tuned into the station and listen to some music and chit chat to pass the time until they announce when to call again. 

Jamie fills in Chelsea on what Maria is baking at the bake shop. Chelsea talks about a few hook ups at work. With her being a receptionist for a law firm, she knows when two people are seeing each other, some people are not so subtle. 

“This is WMJQ FM, it’s that time again. We are looking for caller fifteen this time. If you are the fifteenth caller, you will win two tickets to see the Chase Walker band. Good luck.” Then the DJ cuts to a commercial. They both grab their phones and start to dial. Busy signal. They both dial again. Jamie’s call goes through and rings. Chelsea gets another busy signal. She hangs up and waits to see if Jamie will be the winner.

“Hello, you are caller fifteen, congratulations!!” The operator says excitedly, but Jamie is so surprised she doesn’t say anything at the moment. Then it hits her and she lets out this scream and looks at Chelsea with a grin and nodding her head letting her know that she won.

“I can’t believe I won!!!” Jamie tries catching her breath as the operator asks for her information so they can send the tickets. She gives her address and her phone number and then hangs up. Chelsea hugs Jamie and they are so excited. They didn’t think they would win. They had been trying for days. Today was their lucky day. The tickets are for next Friday night.

Jamie thought it would be cool to go to the concert in a limo. So she set one up to pick her and Chelsea up and her place. The driver came on time and they arrived at the venue about an hour before the show started. It was packed, but they didn’t care, the tickets they won put them close to the stage. Jamie would be able to Chase Walker, the lead singer up close. And Chelsea would be able to see the drummer, Danny Lyons. They found their seats and just waited. 

Show time!! The lights blinked to let everyone know that the show would be starting. Everyone started to cheer as the lights came up on the stage. Chase was the first to walk on stage, Jamie just sighed and instantly started to fan girl. The rest of the band strolled on stage, Chelsea sighed when she saw Danny take his seat at the drums. 

They swayed through the ballads, and then rocked out on the rest of them. Jamie sang every lyric. She could have swore that Chase looked at her a few times and smiled. Maybe he did, she will let that live with her. Because she knows he smiles at everyone who is close to the stage and enjoying the show.  Jamie and Chelsea may have been sitting together, but they were having separate experiences and enjoying every second of it. 

When the band was getting ready to leave the stage, Danny was about to toss out his drum sticks. Chelsea called out to Danny for one of the drum sticks. He turned to her and tossed it to her. Then winked and turned around to go backstage. 

They were floating walking back to the limo. Chelsea was afraid that someone would try and take the drum stick out of her hand, she stuck it down the front of her shirt. Jamie just had a grin glued to her face because Chase smiled at her. This is a night that they will remember forever. And they experienced it together.