And now for a moment of culture…. a flashmob performing “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s 9th symphony. Enjoy!
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Earlier today I was repairing some broken links on one of my blogs. One of the broken links was for a YouTube video from Jim Stafford’s song “Spiders and Snakes.” While I was trying to find a working video to use to replace the broken link I came across this funny video titled “Things not to say to your wife.” Well, I just had to listen to it, and it made me laugh. I thought I’d share it here, hoping it might bring a smile to the face of anyone who might stumble across my blog and give a lookie-loo. I hope you enjoy it!
Many years ago I found a beautiful recipe for a fruit trifle for a crowd. The recipe says that it feeds twenty-four people. I have shared the recipe with my family and friends, and we often enjoy the fruit trifle during the summer when we have large family gatherings. However it has been a couple of years since we have enjoyed a large family summer gathering, and I simply cannot justify making the fruit trifle for my small nuclear family!
So when I learned that the Jefferson Ruritans were holding a “picnic” where a “crowd” might appear, I decided to fix my beautiful fruit trifle.
I volunteered to be on the decorating committee, and was given the honorary title of “chair” of the picnic committee. Although the actual planning of the picnic was mostly done by the club president, I managed to have some creative freedom in the decorations – to a point. Although the picnic was going to be indoors, I was adamant that it be as picnic-like as possible, so I bought some of the mesh food tents that are used at picnics to keep the bugs off of the food, and with the help of my sister Lori, we “planted” several plastic “ants” on the food tents to try to give the picnic some authenticity.
The picnic was last night. The trifle was a big hit – this was the first time I’ve ever fixed the recipe and ended up with a completely empty bowl at the end of the meal! I did get one request for the recipe (it’s already been emailed out!) Doesn’t the photo make the trifle look amazing? And how do you like those plastic ants on the food tents! When the club president saw the ants, she thought they were real bugs and she tried to brush one of the ants off of the table! Didn’t I laugh!
When I was a kid growing up, my family loved to play a card game that we called “Jackass.” Eventually I learned that the “proper” name of the game is “Spoons” and when I teach it to people nowadays, that is what I call it (in polite company, of course!) But in my heart I will always think of the game as “Jackass.”
These are the instructions of how to play the game:
The object of the game is to see who LOSES several hands.
Before the game is started, it must be determined what word will be spelled out, and if there is any “penalty” for losing. (Like maybe singing a song or doing a little dance or something like that.)
Use a standard deck of cards, and 1 less spoon than there are players. (4 players = 3 spoons)
For each player, use all four cards of same face value in different suits. (4 players = 4 Aces, 4 kings, 4 queens, 4 jacks) All other cards are put aside.
Place all spoons in center of table.
Dealer shuffles cards, and deals out equal number of cards to all players, so that each player has 4 cards.
When everyone has looked at their cards the dealer calls “pass.” Each player passes one card to the player to the right, and then picks up the card from the left. The dealer calls “pass” again, and repeats until one person grabs a spoon (signaling that he/she has 4 of a kind.)
Each player is trying to get 4 of a kind; when a player gets 4 of a kind then that player grabs a spoon. (It can either be slyly or with much ruckus.) The remaining players also all try to grab a spoon, but one player will be left “spoonless” thus losing the hand.
The one who loses a hand gets a letter written under his/her name on the scorecard. When one person has the entire word spelled out, the game is over; you have a “loser.”
Following is an example of a scorecard, assuming that Dad has lost the game:
The only thing is that when I keep “score” I don’t bother to put the “round 1, etc” numbers off to the side; that’s just an extra detail I put in hoping it would help to make it clearer. The “real” scorecard would look more like this:
And of course, you can use a different word. When we played it as kids we used the word “Jackass.” The standard penalty for losing the game of “Jackass” was “The jackass run” – the loser had to crawl rapidly around the house braying and kicking up their heels and making “ears” with their hands and wiggle them around and saying “I’m a jackass, hee-haw, hee-haw” or we’d make the loser perform the “jackass call” – they had to use the telephone and call someone they knew and say “I’m a jackass hee-haw, hee-haw.”
We had the option to dream up different penalties but those were the two penalties used the most. Boy, if only we had cell phones with video cameras back then! With that in mind, before you play the game it’s a good idea to agree BEFORE the game what the “penalty” for losing is! Now that we are all “grown-up” we don’t bother with penalties….but maybe we should revisit that thought the next time we have a big family gathering here and decide to play some games!
One time the whole family was playing “Jackass”, and my oldest brother lost. He was eighteen years old and had a REAL girlfriend (as in REAL dates and hugs and kisses and all of that yucky stuff that teenagers do on REAL dates) at the time. The family decided that the penalty for losing the game at that point in time was that he had to call his girlfriend (right then and there) and when she answered the phone he had to say “I’m a jackass hee-haw, hee-haw” and then hang up without saying anything else! Boy the entire family laughed so hard when he good-naturedly actually DID make the phone call! But to be honest I really can’t say that I remember him ever playing Jackass with us again!
Another time I had accepted a blind date from a match made by my best girlfriend. When he arrived at the front door to pick me up my father answered the door and invited him to come inside. My father introduced himself, shook hands, and then told him that the family was getting ready to play a game of “jackass” and would he like to play? I exclaimed “oh no, don’t say yes!” but my date smiled and replied “Sure.” Of course my date lost. And even though I tried to intervene on his behalf, he did, in fact, do the “Jackass run.” He was very good-natured about it, laughing and laughing, and we did end up dating for several months afterwards.
Anyway, a few days ago I had the opportunity to show a guest in my home some of the things that I used to love to do. Naturally, one of the things that I am most proud of is my “Trash to Treasure” collection of items that I have crafted over the years.
I’ve always been mindful of the amount of trash that goes into our landfills, and pollute our environment. When we lived in Maine and we drove to our transfer station (used to be called “the dump”) there was a shed for recycling items. I used to sort, and recycle everything I could recycle and I would make the trip to the transfer station and put the sorted items into the bins.
Here in Virginia, recycling items is more challenging. Especially since I am not supposed to drive, and I don’t drive to the dump – we have a paid garbage pick-up service. To the best of my knowledge they don’t offer recycling bins as part of their service.
But I digress….
I am planning on randomly posting photographs of some of the crafty items that I have done in the past. I hope you enjoy them! And just to get it started, here is a photograph of a clock that I made from an old junk-mail CD. I painted it, installed some clock-works that I bought at Michael’s Arts and Crafts and then I turned it into a clock! It was fun, and easy, and I used it as a class project when I taught at Michael’s Arts and Crafts when we still lived in Maine.