The Ants Go Marching One By One

by Sherry Riter in Alyssa,Brittany,Family,Memory,Product

The ants go marching one by one


Do you remember what the next couple of words are to that song?

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah!


We are supposed to be excited about ants?

I don’t think so-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o! Not for the rest of my life will I ever be happy to see an ant because of that horrible experience years ago. Ants always seem to appear where and when they are not wanted…like a broken bra strap on the first day of a new job or gum on the bottom of a shoe!

Ants are simply pesky and aggravating.ants go marching one by one

When can you always rely on an ant to show up?

At picnics.

I love, love, love picnics as much as Yogi Bear. So Yogi and I have something in common. We love those pic-a-nic baskets and the delicious food inside.

I found some glorious picnic baskets at 1001 Picnic and thought that I would share them because picnics are not that much fun alone.

Come on over here and sit down next to me. Here, do you want some fried chicken and potato salad or would you prefer a veggie roll with pasta salad?

Both? Alright…

There. Are you comfy now?


The key word for me in this first basket is “collapsible” because I simply run out of room to store big items in my home. Finding something cute, big enough for a picnic, insulated to keep the cold air inside AND collapsible is simply wonderful!

Collapsible Insulated Picnic Basket

Cute, huh?

If you’re like me, cozy little picnics for two are rare which is really quite alright because more is merrier in my opinion. Since my family is larger than two, a picnic basket for four does nicely.

However, being the “Shopper That Isn’t” which is akin to the “Little Engine That Could” in a weird opposite sort of way, I haven’t looked at picnic baskets for years and years. Well, not until recently and I definitely let my fingers do the shopping instead of my feet.

I’m so much happier when I can shop in my pajamas.

Anyway, I think Yogi would go crazy over the cute picnic baskets that are available in 2010!

Take a peek…

Don’t you love that olive green color?
Redheads look good in, on or with olive green.

Solano picnic basket
Look at all that room in the big open pocket!

Toluca picnic basket
This one is definitely my daughter’s pick.
It is trendy and hip!

Metro Trio-Equinox picnic basket

I love the little cutting boards!

Catalina Driftwood picnic basket
I love the little roll connected on the side.
It says, “I promise we will sit and relax together.”
Not literally, but that is what I hear in my head.

Somerset picnic basket
Kissy, Kissy, Huggy, Huggy
Wouldn’t this make a great anniversary gift too?

Wedding Heart picnic basket

Be still my beating heart…

Windsor picnic basket
Isn’t that just elegant?
Maybe I have a bit of Scarlet O’Hara in me…

I never gave up having picnics when Brittany and Alyssa were little girls. I would pack tons of food and games with a pretty tablecloth and a whole lot of determination to combat the elements.

We always had lovely picnics, but some of the most common things heard at our jaunts was…

bzzzbzzz bee
    “There’s a bee!” screamed Brittany as she ran as fast as her tiny legs could carry her.

    “Mommy, make the fly go away,” spoken in an Alyssa pouty voice.

    “Kill the ant! Kill the ant! It’s going to get my food!”

    “Ewwww, there’s bird poop over there!”

    “I don’t want to sit on the ground. There might be bugs hiding in the grass.”

    “I’m hot.”

    “How long do we have to picnic?”

    “Why do you like picnics so much? There’s so many bugs and it’s hot!”

Am I exaggerating?


I laughed as I recalled their tiny freckled faces in the shade of trees in the hot Texas sun.

Not too long ago we had a picnic and I kid you not…

Both girls were obsessed with the ants that kept crawling around their shoes.
Prissy girls will always be prissy girls! ant with leaf walking around prissy girls

Do you go on picnics? Visit 1001 Picnic and tell us which basket you would love to own! Share a picnic story or leave a link to a picnic story you have posted on your blog.

Stretching back on a blanket in the grass
with the Windsor Picnic Basket,
staring into the big blue sky with puffy white clouds,

The Redhead Riter

“Girls, it’s time to go! An ant just bit my foot!”
Well really, where did you think they got that attitude?

***I was compensated by 1001 Picnic for reviewing their site and writing this post. However, my opinions are always honest and I really do love their picnic baskets. Thanks 1001 Picnic for the opportunity to brag about you!


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 JANE E KIRN September 12, 2010 at 4:56 am

Very nice baskets. I agree ants are not welcome at picnics, or in the kitchen when you are gone. But I do find them entertaining when they are out where they are suppose to be. They pick up a small piece of food and go ever so far with it. Very nice blog…


2 Alyssa September 12, 2010 at 6:38 am

I like those collapsible baskets! However, my favorite will always be of the wicker variety. I love the Napa-Botanica from the website.


3 Holly September 13, 2010 at 8:22 am

Love the baskets and kill the ants for me, too, while you're at it. ;D

HAHA!! The things we do to try to make a memorable moment… They complain at the time, then later they talk about the good part of the memory! I guess THAT'S what we're hoping through all the chaos.


4 Lori September 13, 2010 at 6:03 pm

I just love the wine accessible picnic baskets, but since I'm more likely to picnic as a family, a basket for 4 would be awesome. I just love picnics too with great food and a sport in mind, either a football or frisbee would do fine.


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