Wednesday, May 30, 2007

If you are reading my blog, then drop me a comment letting me know you were here and I will do my best to visit your blog as soon as I have a free day.

I have been keeping real busy this past couple of weeks. I have a daughter getting married on Sat. June 2nd. So, I won`t have time till after this week-end as we are staying overnight and won`t be back home till sometime on Sunday.

Today was a bad day. My oldest daughter`s car is in the garage being fixed. My car is a standard and she can`t drive standard. So another daughter loaned us her car. We stopped at Cumberland Farm store to fill up her gas tank. We came out of the station driveway onto the road that goes beside the station. Ahead of us , stopped at the corner waiting to turn, was a higher truck. While we both were waiting for traffic on the main road to slow enough for the truck to make the corner a truck with a small trailer attached started to turn onto the road we were sitting on. Looked like the trailer on the back of the turning truck was coming way to close to the truck parked ahead of us, so the truck driver suddenly backed his truck up to give the trailer enough room to make the corner without hitting him. He back so far that he backed right into my daughters car , cracking the plastic bumper and leaving a few bad scrapes on her car above the bumper. She only had her new car a year or 2 at the most and was still paying on it. At first when I saw the truck backing up so fast, I thought his high truck was going to destroy the car hood, but luckily it wasn`t that bad. I feel so bad because my older daughter only borrowed the car to run me to my eye Dr apt.. With the three sets of drops they put into my eyes for the tests, I am unable to drive my own car back home. Worst part is my daughter worked for many years at the car dealership where she bought the car, so she knows the bumper alone will cost about $500. to replace it. Not sure how much of the front of the car will need painting to be sure it blends perfectly. Glad the truck driver never tried to get out of admitting it was his own fault. He was a very polite older gentleman and he felt bad also. On the back of his truck was one of those very heavy open square metal attachments for pushing in the towing bar. That heavy metal is what left the bad paint removed scrape marks which might also be indented a bit. It should pull back ok as they aren`t deep dents.

Of all times for something like this to happen, a few days before she needs it for her wedding. Thank goodness it is still driveable and doesn`t look real bad.

It will probably be a few days before I have time to post more. I want you all to know that I miss reading your blogs and will try to catch up as soon as I can. Hope I am not missing anything important and that good health is with each of you.

Have a wonderful tomorrow and a wonderful week-end everyone.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


A few flowers

A few of my early flowers are beginning to bloom. Apple tree is in full bloom. I need to go get the spray real soon or there won`t be any apples worth eating this year. Should have already sprayed it. I`m a bit late this year.
Only had a few blossoms on the azalia tree so far this year and the leaves are already sprouting.
Lilacs are starting to open. So, Spring has finally arrived. Frost again tonight, so still too early to start planting outside yet. Usually can plant after Memorial Day- April 28th this year ( the last Monday of the month of April).


Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Remembering the game kids used to play.

Remembering the games kids used to play.

I found a couple of marbles when I was digging near my compost bin and it got me wondering if todays kids would have as much fun playing the games we played as a kid.
Remember all those pretty marbles, or alleys ( or was it spelled allies or ???) as they were often called. If you told kids today that you played alleys ( spelling is probably wrong) , they would probably think you meant you played in the Alleys between ot behind buildings. Seems like things are constantly changing, like when alleys became known as marbles. Those snake eyes, those larger marbles, the solid colored ones, the transparent colors that you could see thru, the multi-colored ones, the more kinds we had the better we liked it. That timy hole we made in the ground to roll the marbles into. One game reminded me a lot of Horseshoes. If you rolled your marble and it stopped close to the hole without falling in, then the next player might hit your marble and either knock it in or send it flying far from the hole. You would try to get your in while knocking theirs out further away. Like when someone had a leaner in horseshoes and the next to toss a horseshoe tried to knock the leaner off, but sometimes you ended up knocking down that leaner into a ringer.You might start out playing with just 3 or 4 marbles and end up winning a lot more and go home with a lot of marbles. Wonder what parents thought when their kids asked for more new marbles? Today they might accuse other peoples kids of stealing their kids marbles, or if their kid came home with a lot more than they left with, they might think their kids stole them. Back when I was small, parents never complained about their kids playing to win or lose. When I think about it, wasn`t that a form of gambling? Noone ever thought of it that way back then. It was just a fun game, noone got sore if they lost.

Then there was the Hopscotch games where we drew the game on the sidewalk with chalk, or on the ground with a stick. We used to draw them in the dirt driveway. Not as many dirt driveways around today, but chalk still works on the paved driveways. There were three squares in a row, at the end of those three was two drawn sideways next to each other and the center of these two was lined up with the center of the third square, then the fifth box was drawn on the opposite side of the last double boxes, then after this one was another set of two. You had to jump on one foor tor the first three, then you jumped landing with one foot in each of the next doublw boxes, then back on one foot for the next single box, then using both feet in the last two boxes, then you jumped up landimng with yout feet in the same two boxes onle heading in the opposite direction and repeated the same hops back to the very first single box. If you stepped on any line on theboxes, or landed in the wrong box, or let your other foot touch the ground while hopping on one foot, you were out and had to start all over again. Sounds so easy today, but I still remember seeing many kids losing their ballance and putting down the second foot to keep from falling. Oh yes, the game also required a small stone that you tossed into the squares and it had to land in the next square each time it was your turn, until it had landed in all the squares. If the stone missed landing in the right square, you lost your turn and had to try the same box on your next turn. The first one to finish was the winner.

Then there were the jacks and that tiny rubber ball. I see they can still be bought in some of the Dollar stores. Today they sometimes use jump ropes for training exercises. We used them just for fun. Noone ever told us we might lose weight from all that jumping. It took three to jump rope in our games. One held each side of the rope ( we just had an old piece of clothesline rope) and those two started spinning the rope while a third kid would jump into the spinning rope and start jumping up each time the rope neared their feet. If we didn`t have a third kid , then we tied one end of the rope to a post or whatever else was handy and one kid held the other end and did the spinning. Sometimes we would have two or three kids in the middle all jumping at the same time. If one of the jumpers missed, stepped on the rope or didn`t jump fast enough so the rope hit their feet, then that person was out and had to switch places with one of the kids doing the rope swinging.

Then there was the tick-tack-Toe game with three in a row where one player used an "X" and the other player used an "O" and you took turns making either an X, or O taking turns putting your X, or O into any one of the 9 squares on the board ( three rows with three boxes in each row). We didn`t have a board to play on when I was small. We just drew 2 lines down, and two lines crossing these down lines to make the 9 spaces. Outside we used a stick to draw it and also to draw our x or o letters in, while in the house we did it with a pencil on scrap paper.The first one to get three in a row in any direction ( across, down or diagonal from one corner to the opposite corner) was the winner, but many time it ended in a tie with noone winning. I received one of those games for Christmas a couple years ago from a couple of my great grandchildren who love playing it. So, I still play that game with the great grandkids today.

Then there was the "May I "game where one was the head one and any number of players were playing. If the head one said to take three steps forward and you took the three steps without asking "May I?" you were out. Then there was the game "Simon says" where the kids in charge would either say something like " Simon says hop on one foot" it was ok to do it. But if the kid said just "Hop on one foot" and you hopped you were out. You only did what was said if it started with "Simon Says".

What ever happened to games like tree tag, or wood tag? We had trees in our front yard and also way out in our back yard. Sure did a lot of running going from the front yard to the ones out back giving the one who was it a much better chance of touching you before you got that far. If you got touched while your hand wasn`t touching a tree, then you became it and the former it kid was in the running part again. Another game that kept us from gaining a lot of weight, but we never thought of it at the time. Seems like we were always jumping or running. Maybe thats why kids were usually thinner back then. All that exercise out in the fresh air. There were no computers or Tv games as there also wasn`t a TV for us to sit in front of. The first TV in my parents home was one my older brother won with 3 chances for $1.00. We were teenagers in High School by this time. There was just the radio to listen to and you didn`t need to sit down to do that. We did own a Victrola where you wound it up, placed the large old style 78 record on it, placed the needle arm over so you could lower the needle onto the record. I still have one of those wind up boxes in my attic. The first record player i owned was after i was married. THar one played both the 78`s and the 45`s. You could put on more than one record and when one record was done, it automatically dropped the next record and just kept playing. i still own a lot of those old 78`s and 45`s that I play on my old sterio. I wish the newer sterios could hold more than one record at a time so you didn`t have to stay near it to keep removing and adding more records. I also still have two 8 track players, the second one was for a car, but I never put it in the last car. I have the other 8 track player connected to the Aux on my newer sterio set.

We had a Carom board with losts of different game on it as we grew older. We had a cro-chey game with the wooden balls, mallets and wickets. That was always fun as the whole family would play together. We played a lot of checker games, both the chinese checkers using those small marbles, and the regular checkers with those red and black markers. I still remember I prefered the black color, but if someone else wanted the black, I played using the red. Color never realy did matter. we also played a lot of rummy card games and as we grew older, the rummy changed to more advanced card games such as Canasta, Samba and so on. When my mother was in her 80`s, she found "crazy 8`s" easier for her, so thats what we played each time we visited her. In fact, one New years Eve, Walt and i were visiting and along with one brother, the four of us played till 5AM in the morning. Every time we finished a game and mentioned we needed to go home, she would say to Walt "You can stay long enough for just one more game, can`t you". Walt and i felt like we were playing half asleep, while my almost 90 year old mother was still going strong. Boy, were we ever relieved when at 5AM in the mornimng my mother said this to us " Dot, Walt look so tired, why don`t the two of you go upstairs to your old bedroom and get some sleep". I bet that was the fastest we ever fell asleep- almost as soon as our heads hit the pillows. When we got up the next morning, my mother was cooking breakfast fior us.

We played so many games that cost little or nothing to play and I think we laughed a lot more than kids do today playing all their expensive games. I am sure if I took more time thinking I probably would recall a lot of other games we did for fun. One of my favorites as a teenager was playing 'around the word"- a game using the basketball. I received the basket ball set one Christmas and years later after I was married the basket remained up over my parents garage door and all the relatives used to enjoy using it when they visited my parents. Even my children played it when we were there. Funny when I think of it now, I never once thought of taking my hoop and basketball home for my kids to use. When my older kids were teenagers I bought them one to use here at home. After my kids were all grown up and had their own places, I taught a grandson to play Around the World and we had fun together.

I`m sure if I gave it more thought I would remember many more fun games we used to play.


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