Monday, June 30, 2014

Bacon's Show & Tell

Our buddy Bacon has a Mom who loves to collect old toys and they decided to have a show and  tell day where we can all flash back to old toys we had growing up.  Now Mom tells me that one of the great things about being 'old' is remembering what toys use to be like, when you could ride your bike all day and wander every where, build cubby houses and use your very own IMAGINATION to have fun. Personally - I the Reilly dog - wouldn't know because I am not ancient like she is but I did have my own special and most favorite toy - My Blue Moose. I had him for many years and he was sewn up and patched up constantly until the destuffinator (Denny) came to live here - then poor old moose just got chomped beyond repair. Okay - you can eww and ahhh over how cute I was as a pup back then :)

Now Mom didn't have a lot a toys when she was young but one of the things she did remember was a scooter she got for Christmas We couldn't find an exact match for the scooter she had but this one is pretty similar. Mom's was a pretty dark blue a bit more fancier than this one in the picture, had the pump up tires, a foot brake, a kick stand so it stood up by itself and a little carry rack on the back.  It was the most expensive gift Mom ever got (back then it cost $39.00).  Mom remembers riding it for years she especially loved whooshing down hills on it.

The other toy she remembered was game called Creeper Critters. It was a dice and pieces game. You rolled the dice and each number corresponded to a part of the critter - when you built the whole critter you won. Mom wanted the game so badly but  that year she only had $2.50 to spend (in Moms family the kids got given a certain amount to buy their own present) The game cost $3.00 and Mom only had $2.50 was so upset...but the nice lady at the store saw how much Mom wanted it and let her have it for $2.50.  Mom always remembers that even though she was like 8 years old at the time. Mom even remember the dice - body numbers - the legs were 1, body 2, tongue 3, head 4, eyes 5 and antennae were 6.  You had to throw 1 six times to get all the leg, and get 5 and 6 two times to get the eyes and antennae.


  1. Wow. We had a game sort of like that one that was called Cootie if I remember. I remember building the bug anyway..and the scooter would have been cool, especially having a luggage rack on the back!

  2. Guys LOVE it ..I had a scooter too and yes Creepy Critter hahahahaa does mum remember WALK WALKERS and the crazy tune ? pee ess sorry the destuffinator murdulated your bestie..there is one in every bunch Reilly ;) hugs Fozziemum xx

  3. Awwwww, baby Reilly is soooo cute!

    WHat cool toys and memories to go along with them.

    I love to go on pinterest and look up 1970's and 1980's toys. Such a fun trip down memory lane. Jeff and I like to say 'oh i had that one', or 'I always wanted that toy', 'i remember the commercials for that one', or 'my friend so and so had that toy.'

  4. Mom had a Fisher Price castle as a kid that her older sister bought. She loved that thing and she found one a few years ago and was like a little kid.

  5. that was so nice of the lady in that store, that she gave your mom the game for 2.50. YAY for this lady!
    A scooter was wonderful, I think all girls want a red one! Mom got one after begging for 87 years. Unfortunately as a "get well gift" as her arm was broken. So she had a scooter and couldn't use it. bad, huh? Thanks for sharing your treasures and your memories with me.

  6. Oh boy that scooter is awesome
    Lily & Edward

  7. What, I'm sorry, there was more to this post than just the adorable itty bitty fluffy Reilly pictures??

  8. Oh man Reilly, she didn't get rid of any of your toys did she???
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  9. Oh mY, you made mom remember playing one foot off the gutter with the neighbors and her Betsy Wetsy doll!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  10. My Mom who suffered from Schizophrenia her whole life always told the story about one Christmas she got a scooter and her brother got a bicycle. She beat the crap out of her brother with a cast iron skillet because she wanted his bicycle. Is there a moral to this story probably somewhere but I will leave you to figure that out.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  11. Oh Reilly you were such an adorable bundle of fluff with your blue moose. Gail tells me the one of her favourite toys was an Airedale wheelie dog. If only it had been kept it would be quite valuable now. But she assures me that having the 'real thing' is even better than the toy doggie. Whew.
    Toodle pip!

  12. Oh Doggies now you gots Mom and Dad playing the old "I remember game" about their old toys!

    The Mad Scots

  13. OMD! Creepy Critters! SHE'd forgotten about that one!

    SHE remembers when you had to GROW into the smallest bikes...somewhere around the age of 8 or 9, then got one that a neighbour grew out of!

    SHE was a free-range kid, too.

    Dui chews up almost all of our stuffies, but not his blue Teddy. It slept in the big bed for about a week before he arrived and is now in his crate. He loves cuddling up with it.

    XXXOOO Bella Roxy & Dui

  14. Those are some wonderful things! Games are so much fun, old or new.

  15. Mom's brother had a scooter and he was stingy and never shared it with her. That's brothers for ya!
    You were such an adorable pup, Reilly!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  16. Yes, toys and the things kids play with sure have changed!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  17. OMD Reilly, you were just the cutest little cotton ball when you were a pup!! We LOVE your mom's scooter - talk about fancy!
    Wally & Sammy

  18. Crikey ..... you sure were a cute puppy, Reilly!! My Mum's sister had a scooter just like that. When she outgrew it my Mum got it and she loved it.

  19. That critters game sounds neat. Thank goodness the critter wasn't one of those thousand leggers bugs -- you would have been rolling dice all night long to get all the legs on it.

    One time, Mommy didn't have enough money to buy something -- it was only by a few cents -- so the guy behind her in line put up the few cents so she could have it. Mommy was able to repay the favor when she was older, when she was behind some kids in line and they didn't have enough money to pay for some item, Mommy told the Cashier that she would put up the remaining money to let the kids have their item.


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