Sunday, December 19, 2021

Ornamental [1]

This will be a busy week for a lot of people, covid restrictions notwithstanding. Not so much for us, except for some food shopping for special holiday meals. So I thought I'd do a week of Christmas tree ornaments. I'll try to post some that I haven't in the past, but long-time readers will likely recognize some of these.

The tiny canoe is made totally of carved wood.

First, the image of the week this week is of a giant redwood, or is it a sequoia, ornament carved into a slice of wood. I like its simplicity. It was a gift from a friend whose favorite place is Yosemite National Park.

Today's post is a canoe ornament that I think came from Restoration Hardware in Palo Alto, California, back in the late '90s, if memory serves. The boat reminds me of camping trips in the Adirondacks when I was a kid. My father would get me up before dawn to take me out in either a canoe or a standard rowboat onto a misty mountain lake to fish (it would be light outside by the time we got to the boat). He liked to use live worms for bait, bought at the local general store the day before. It was most boring, baiting the hooks was gross, and I hated the whole thing. It's weird to have a fond memory of something I did not enjoy. P.S., I did enjoy the camping. It was just the fishing that I didn't like.


  1. Was it because you enjoyed being one on one with your father?

  2. Snap. Almost killing worms by putting them on to a barbed hook was horrible. Fortunately very few fish were ever caught. I learnt to take a book.

  3. Never did like baiting the hooks. But I would have loved the canoe trips... although probably not with my father, now that I think about it.

  4. I am married to a man who loves to fish. I don’t know who originally said the following, but I always repeat this quote, “Fishing is boring, until you catch something. Then it’s disgusting.”

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Beautiful canoe! Even though you didn’t like the whole fishing thing, you’ve carried this good memory of time spent with your father a very long time.

  6. I'm looking forward to these posts; the canoe and sequoia are an excellent start.
    I've fished twice, both times with non-wiggling salmon eggs for bait. Didn't catch a thing.

  7. Wow, that is amazing, that little canoe! I'm looking forward to this series of blog posts :)

  8. I asked my friend after he spent a week deep sea fishing how the fishing was. He replied that the fishing was great even though they didn't catch anything! I would have loved being out on the water, but not the fishing or the catching!

  9. I love looking at other's ornaments, especially when they have a story with them. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I went fishing with friends when in about third grade. Caught poison ivy. Ugh.
    The canoe ornament is beautiful.

  11. chm, I don't think so.

    andrew, a book on a hook!

    mitch, I know what you mean.

    lynn, LOL! And then you have to eat it.

    bettyan, I could have done without it.

    chris, I'm too impatient for fishing. Yawn.

    judy, :)

    wilma, some people need an excuse to play in the water!

    michael, :)

    emm, ouch! My parents used to say that I got poison ivy when the wind blew. That's about right. It was a major problem when I was a kid. I never got it again as an adult.

    1. I got poison ivy just looking at the stuff. But I've never dared test it again as an adult. Too painful.

    2. I got poison ivy just looking at the stuff. But I've never dared test it again as an adult. Too painful.


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