On a summer evening, not long ago . . .
Crystal and Sir Beads are out doing some errands. They decide to stop at their favorite discount store . . .
Crystal: Oh my gosh! Look at THIS!!! And only $3.99! I can’t believe it.
Sir beads: What?
Crystal: (breathlessly) Look! It’s a paper punch with sand castles and pails and shovels and a little starfish!
Sir Beads: Oh, very nice.
Crystal: It has a beach theme and you know I spent practically every waking moment on the beach as a kid – well, during the summer season, at least.
Sir Beads: (Nods and then smiles.)
Crystal: Honestly, it’s SO cute!!! I just can’t leave it here for $3.99!
Sir Beads: Oh, definitely not. (He winks.)
Crystal: I know. I know! I’m still a big kid. 😉
A previous summer post here 🙂
OMGosh!! I would have bought that too! Not sure what I would do with it, but it would certainly bring back childhood memories of growing up on Lake Michigan.
When I visit Michigan City now, its become a tourist/summer attraction. I’m glad I knew it when it was just a little place amid the Dunes. It was a great place to be.
You always bring so many great memories back to me!
I love it!
Hi there, Clenna 😀
So very happy to “see” you!
You understand that “beach feeling” that came over me when I saw the paper punch. I know how you loved Lake Michigan.
THAT is extremely cute! What a great find!
Yay! Been missing you!
Hi Crystal! 🙂
That’s just the cutest beachy punch! I would have quickly grabbed that myself!
Like you, I spent lots of time at the beach as a kid, but you know what I thought of right away?…maybe it was those two little ones with their pails and shovels. We spent one summer in Florida, and my sister and I loved catching (with our bare hands) these buggy little sea creatures called “sand fleas”. People use them as bait for fishing. After each wave, right where the sand meets the water, we’d watch for the bubbles they’d make as they dug themselves into the sand, and we’d stick our hands in after them. Ick! Just the thought of doing that now, makes me cringe. A sand flea is about as big as a cicada, and they sort of resembled them too, only they are very light in color, and they don’t have wings. I can’t imagine sticking my hands into the wet sand in search of anything these days!!! So gross! It’s something, how a picture can stir up memories we’ve stored in our heads from ages and ages ago!
Enjoy your week sweetie pie! xoxo
Hi Paulette 🙂
I must admit when it comes to bugs – I’m a bit of a wimp. I am not familiar with sand fleas but the thought of holding anything resembling a cicada makes me a little scared! Yikes!
It’s funny though because I could hold a turtle with no problem.
You and Michele must have had some wonderful times playing on the beach. I’ll bet collecting shells was on your agenda then!
What an awesome find Crystal! I love it!
I’m from West Texas, and didn’t grow up anywhere near the beach. I come from mesquite bushes and the sandhills. LOL! I do remember going on family outings to the Pecos River a lot….camping, swimming and fishing for catfish. I finally got to see the ocean when I was 13. We went to Florida. It was the Summer the movie, “Jaws”, came out. I didn’t go into the ocean right away due to my brothers taunting me about Jaws and how he was just waiting for me to go swimming. lol I haven’t thought about that for a long time. In spite of my brothers, I still had a lot of fun. Thanks for reminding me of that wonderful memory. 🙂
Brothers are like that! I have a few of my own so I can identify. 😉
Every time I come here, something is different. You like to tinker, don’t ya!! 😀
Funny you say that – because lately I’ve been feeling that everything looks too same old, same old. 😉 LOL
But in general, I like to keep things looking a little sparse. I think it’s more restful to the reader’s eyes to land on a page that has some blank space.
(I missed you last week!) xo
I was here last week. Several times. 😀
I needed your cute little beach punch cutouts to remind me of summer. I couldn’t type a comment with frozen fingers. LOL!! We are already into Fall. Cool here for about a week. COLD, actually. I have on a velour housecoat as I type this. And thinking about going to get a quilt to wrap around my legs.
Thanks for the summer memories.