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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Picnic that was NO Picnic!

Today I am going to share a little story with you. It is about one of the days this summer that we decided to do a family outing. I know what you are thinking… You are thinking: “YAY!! Tootsie took a day to hang with the family!!! Good Times!!!” Right??? Ya…well what should have been fun for the whole family…turned into something else all together…at least for me.

It all started when we decided to take a day to go fishing. We chose a place to go to…and we picked a nice little site to set up. The plan was to let the kids fish a little bit…and then have a fire and a little picnic.


I am not much of a fisherman, but I do like to be outside , and I always enjoy just hanging out looking at the scenery or taking photos, or even just having a little time to read a book…or dream up a few posts!


The kids love to fish…


They were having an absolutely wonderful time!!!

They fished for a while, and I was snapping photos, setting up the picnic and hanging out and enjoying the day. I had just picked up a book to read for a few minutes until it was time to eat when it happened.

I heard a noise off to the left of me. I looked…but at first didn’t see anything so I chalked it up to the wind.

Then…I heard that noise AGAIN.


OMG!!!!! OMG!!!!! OMG!!!! A GOPHER!!!

Now, those of you who have been following Tootsie Time for a while know that I am no fan of rodents…in fact I am terrified of them. Mice, squirrels …gophers…muskrats…all of them…they are SCARY!

I tried to scare that little bugger away from my picnic table…and I thought it had gone…but I was wrong. A few minutes later…he was BACK!

So I threw a rock in his direction…


…He just looked at me like “whatever lady…is that the best you got???”

I am by this time, standing on the seat of the picnic table…trying to maintain my composure…


…so that no one would laugh at me…ya-- that didn’t work out either…the cowboy couldn’t even look at me without giggling…he isn’t scared of anything. I am sure he thought it was more than just a little bit funny .



The gopher stayed …he didn’t care that the kids were walking back and forth…he didn’t care that they were trying to chase it out of our site…that gopher was there…and I think he was there for ME!


That darned thing just kept running back and forth all over our picnic area…it kept me either standing in the box of my truck…or on the table seat.

I think he knew I was scared…and thought he would enjoy it just a little…he had a stash of sunflower seeds a few feet from the picnic bench and fire pit…and he taunted me…and seemed to thoroughly enjoy it.


He kept his eye on me…

I bet he is thinking that he would eat me for desert!

He sure is watching me closely…or was it me watching him? I don’t know…all I know was I wanted him to leave!

If I was braver I would have stolen all his seeds while he was running around…IF I was braver.


I did ask my son to take all the seeds away from there…and throw them into the fire so he would leave and I could actually come out of the box of my truck…


I got the “look” you know the one…the “mother you are off your freakin’ nut” look….


…so I was stuck with this ridiculously scary gopher…all afternoon…


I think he thought it was funny too!

We had our picnic… it was nice. I got a lot of good practice at taking photos…and it seems that from my perch in the box of my truck, I had a good view of everything!


When it was getting dark and it was finally time to go, we got into the truck and drove home…all the way home….we planned our next fishing trip/ picnic day…and no one mentioned the gopher to me again.

Until Next Time….Happy Gardening!

*)*)*) Life is amazing as long as you have the right people around. Every day is a lesson.

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Unknown said...

He sure looked like he was hungry.... hungry for TOOTSIE *eeek eeek eeek eeek eeek (scary music)*.

Thanks for the smile this morning. I got up way too early with the husband, saw him off to work, and now I can't fall back asleep.

Carol said...

is he sticking out his tounge at you in some of those pix?

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Fantastic photos Tootsie ~ and it looks like a great time was had by 'almost' everyone, including the gopher. :-)Your kids sure are growing up fast.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

Andrea said...

hahaha Tootsie, i don't know what gopher is but i think it is beautiful specially those stripes at the back. He doesn't leave and keep looking at you because you are taking his pictures and he want modelling. Isn't that great, you should be thankful. Aside from kidding, your children are so beautiful, and who is the cowboy? Is he the father of the kids whom i had some bad feelings with because of what you've been through? I thought at first it was Grampie!

Junebug said...

I'm so sorry I got such a chuckle at your expense! I don't think I would like him either but the pictures were great. Next fishing trip, bring gopher treats and put them far, far away from camp!

Unknown said...

You would never make it around here girl!!!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Glenda,

He looks kinda cute in the pictures :-) So sorry it ruined your picnic though.

9405018--Pat said...

great post today!!!! sounds like a great day for the kids and cowboy !!!