Sunday, April 5, 2020

I Couldn't Stand It Anymore!

My sheepdog look
Hair off my forehead











April is when I usually get my hair cut very short for summer when I can't stand it falling in my eyes anymore.  Yesterday while walking, I had to keep brushing it out of my eyes.  With the hair salons closed though and the stay-at-home order in effect, I cut it myself.  When I even had trouble sleeping because it is so annoying, when I got dressed this morning, I had all the courage I needed thinking that the worst that could happen would be for it to look awful.  So what if it did, with me not being able to visit with friends now anyway it was a good time to try it.  Of course, it will grow long again, unfortunately.  All I know is, I'm glad I did it--feels so much better and now I may be able to keep from touching my face 500 times a day!

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Did You Know? (peacocks, Walmart and us)

Did you know peacocks live in California?  I just learned that on Happy Tuesday's blog hop when I visited Bailey Unleashed.

When I went to Walmart to pick up our prescriptions, they were only letting people in through one door.  I wondered why and then saw on the news the next day that Walmart is limiting the number of people in the store at one time.  I like this idea! 

Today we put out our porch furniture and hung up our wind chime.  Hopefully we'll actually be able to sit out there comfortably.   

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Let's Play Family Feud!

Finally, a game I lost!  Family Feud is a game my husband likes and can win.  He won two out of three from me when we played yesterday, although I scored higher than both his games in the one I won.  The singer and celebrity questions threw me for a loop.  The game works quite well but with only two of us playing, one had to play an entire game first and then the other.  Then whoever scored higher won.  It's very simple to play and works just like the TV show, except we allowed ourselves more time to answer since it was just one on the team having to think of all the answers.   

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Two Fun Games That My Husband Didn't Like--Conflict and Mille Bornes

I thought for sure my husband would like Conflict, a war game by Parker Brothers that I've had a very long time.  It is easy with a combination of luck (rolling the dice) and strategy (choosing which pieces to move when and where).   The object is to either capture all your opponents pieces or to take over their home base as I did with my boat.

The brown squares are land, the blue-green is water.  Planes can go on any square, artillery only on land, boats only on water.  You can go in any direction.  The anti-aircraft gun cannot be taken by a plane.

The pieces in the middle square are your reserve pieces that can be removed and put into action one at a time whenever you roll a 7.  You get to move two pieces each turn, one piece for each die.  Doubles get you another turn, however, if you roll three in a row, you must put a piece in reserve.  I'd say this game only took us about 10-15 minutes so I asked if he wanted to play it again and he said "No, get something else."  I was disappointed he didn't like it because it's one I like very much.  Four can play and you can play partners if you want.

So, next I chose something completely different--a French card game called Mille Bornes.  The object is to be the first to complete a 700-mile (two players) or 1,000-mile (3-4 players) trip.  (This too can be played with partners if you have four players.)  Each player has a "battle pile" that determines if you can play mileage.  To start, you need a green light.  You can then put down mileage cards until your opponent plays any of these hazards on your pile:  flat tire, accident, out of gas, stop or 50 speed limit.  Then you need a remedy card to fix the problem and then a green light before you can play mileage again.  Each player gets 6 cards in their hand.  You get extra points if you can complete the trip without using 200s, for each safety you play (Driving Ace (protects from accidents), Punctureproof (protects from flat tires), extra tank (protects from out of gas) and Right of Way (protects from stop lights, speed limits and no need for green lights).  The game is over when a player reaches 5,000 points.  We only played to 3,000 though because my husband didn't care for this game either.  UGH!

Have you played either of these games?  Which one do you think you would like?

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Scrabble for Juniors--Gerard Almost Won This one!

Finally, a game that was competitive--Scrabble for Juniors.  This is based on Scrabble, but the words are already on the board so all you do is cover them.  The person to complete the word wins a point.  You get to play two letters each turn, either the first letter of a word or the next in a word that is started.  A bit of strategy comes in because you can see the other player's letters.  Mostly though, this is a game of luck which I only won by two points.

The board though is reverseable with the other side a bunch of blank squares.  You make your own words and connect them as in Scrabble, but the scoring is much simpler.  You score one point for each letter in the word.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Tis So -- Another "Bible" Game

Yesterday, I chose to play Tis So--a game where you put together Proverbs from the Bible.  It includes a list of the ones in the game and color codes them into 5 groups with different point values.  Each proverb is broken into three parts and the object is to put them together.  There are also some bonus point pieces that you can use to add 100 points or double the point value of the proverb you play it on.  You can play until all the pieces have been picked, but that would take quite a long time so we just set a time limit of an hour.  I won.  It isn't a lot of fun, but it is a good way to learn some proverbs!  I think once you learned the Proverbs well enough that you didn't have to look on the list, it would be more fun and go much faster. 

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Game Called "TRUMP"

Just so you know, we don't only have old games.  Friday night we played one of our newer ones--TRUMP.  It is a real estate game about making deals, bidding for property and just trying to make the most money.  An odd thing about it is that we are dealing with millions of dollars which I am not used to counting.  It was a little hard when it came to totaling everything up at the end!  I won by $510,000,000 with a total sum of $1,250,000,000! 

I think this is only the third time we played it because it's really a game meant for 3-4 players.  With only two of us playing, we modified it a bit by only using about half the Trump cards so it wouldn't take as long.  The game ends when the pile of Trump cards are gone.  Play just continues until no one can play any more Trump cards they hold.  Then you add up all the money you have, including what is hidden in the properties you own.

Have you ever played this one?

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Saturday Morning Relax Time With Roxy

After blow drying Roxy off after our walk in the rain, I rewarded her with a little mom time on the bed together.  Nice to not have to do our grocery shopping this morning since I did it Thursday this week.



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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Time For Baseball!

Today was supposed to be the Indians home opener and we had a beautiful day for it!  Unfortunately, it has been postponed due to the Corona virus.  So, tonight we played our Baseball box game that came out in 1959.  It's actually quite fun and as close to actually playing as you can get, for a box game.  Sometimes the simpler games are the most fun!

One person gets to pitch by choosing good and bad pitches, trying to strike out his opponent who either swings or doesn't.  A swing at a good pitch results in a batted ball (not necessarily a hit) and a swing at a bad pitch is a strike.  Not swinging at a good pitch is a strike, not swinging it a bad pitch is a ball.  If the batter hits the ball, they choose either a "Bases Empty" card or a "Base Runners" card.  There are little tokens you can move around the bases.  The cards have baseball situations on them such as "Fly out to left" or "Long double, runners advance 3 bases."  You can even try to steal if you wish, by drawing a "steal" card.  It's actually quite fun if you like baseball.  We played a full nine innings and I won 7-4.

The scoreboard has wheels to turn to show the number of strikes, balls, outs and runs.  The cardboard scoreboard originally had tabs that fit into slots on the game board, but they broke off so my dad attached a wooden stand for it.  There used to be sticks that fit into the circles to move the pitch choice and batter knobs, but those broke too so we just push the knobs.  It works!  Have you ever seen this game?  I sometimes use the cards from it when we have a baseball review game in Sunday School.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Hodgepodge Wednesday

1. Howdy Hodgepodgers. It's kind of fun to be back, isn't it?  Last time we met was September, 2018. Tell me something big-important-happy-or sad that's happened in your life since that date. Just one thing. We don't know how long this current isolation situation is going to last and we might need to dole out our news bit by bit.

Our wonderful dog, Abby passed over the Rainbow Bridge May 20, 2019 and we got another dog, Roxy, from a shelter on August 10, 2019.  It was a huge decision because my husband absolutely wanted another dog but I did not.  I wanted to be able to be free to go places anytime when I retired Dec. 16, 2019.  I gave in though and not only got a dog, but a 66 lb. Siberian Husky mix!
Abby

Roxy










2. Might as well get this out of the way early on...COVID-19. On a scale of 1-5 how serious are you about keeping your distance? Explain. fyi-I didn't create the scale but have seen it several places online. Also fyi-we won't only have virus related questions each week, but for this first one it feels right.

1-Not at all, living normally
2-Cautious but still going out
3-Going out as needed, mostly home or working from home, still seeing friends/family
4-Extremely limited, only going out when unavoidable, minimal contact with people
5-Full lockdown, no one in or out

We doing #4.  Walking the dog, getting groceries as needed (not hoarding them like some) and going through drive-thrus for fast food on occasion.  Both my hubby and I are over 60. At home we are watching TV, doing exercise videos and playing games (see previous posts for our latest games played).

3. Raise your hand if you think you might run out of steam in the cooking department before it's all said and done? What's something delicious you've cooked or eaten in your own kitchen in the past week?

Not cooking.  Using microwave and toaster oven.  Liked my tuna fish sandwich the other day and today we used a 2 for $5 coupon for beef and chedder sandwiches.  Haven't had them in a very long time and they tasted delicious!

4. What's a television show or movie you've seen recently (it could be an oldie) that you really liked?

My TV shows I like are All American, The Biggest Loser, Survivor, The Rookie, The Wall, When Calls the Heart and a movie I saw this week that I enjoyed very much was Parts 1 and 2 of The Princess Diaries.

5. Share something funny you've seen or heard this week.

The movie, The Princess Diaries, made me laugh out loud!

6. Insert your own random thought here.


I wish people would stop hoarding paper products and groceries and just buy like normal what they need for that week.  The last two weeks our Giant Eagle has been completely out of toilet paper and liquid antibacterial hand soap.


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Go To The Head of The Class Needs Updating!

Our game for Tuesday was Go To The Head of the Class.  Players start in Kindergarten and move up 6 desks when they answer correctly.  If you land on a desk with a red ink well, you get an examination question and the opportunity to skip the next grade!  We had two of these games but I combined all the pieces into just one.  One of the question books was copyrighted in 1957, the other in 1960.  Some of the categories need to be updated.  For example, one question was name the 3 presidents who were assassinated and the answer:  Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley but J. F. Kennedy wasn't listed in the answer.

We started with the senior questions, but quickly found they were too hard for us so moved to intermediate.  When we got through all those, we went to the junior ones and then we moved along much better.  It got to the point where we just were ready for the game to end so much that we were giving each other hints (although that is against the rules and should have moved back 3 desks for prompting).  I was way behind most of the game, but caught up once I got to the junior questions and won when my husband missed his last question with a come-from-behind win.  I believe next time we want to play, we should probably take some time to study the questions ahead first.

Here are some sample questions for you to see how you do (answers at end of this post):

Senior questions:
1.  category "Styled for Tomorrow":  What make of car has the "Park Lane" cruiser series?
2.  category "Where Would You Advertise":  Within 5% either way, what would a one color full page in Life cost?

Intermediate questions:
3.  category "Shopping Spree":  Where would you buy a Quid?
4.  category "Do You Watch TV":  What show does a man sitting in a chair looking at the picture of a house on a large screen remind you of?

Junior questions:
5.  category "Signs of the Holidays":  Which is not a symbol of Thanksgiving Day?  pumpkin pie, turkey, onion soup?
6.  category "What's My Name?"  I am a little Chinese boy and have a wonderful magic lamp--what's my name?

1--Mercury
2--$29,500 (1960)
3--Tobacco Store
4--Person to Person
5--Onion soup
6--Aladdin

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Two Games We Gave Up On

In continuing our "quest" to play different games each day, I pulled out Upwards, but soon we discovered it was too hard and not fun.  My husband couldn't even find any words to make in three turns in a row and just kept turning in letters.  My mom was good at this one but me, not so much.  I was having a hard to coming up with words as well so we quit and changed to what I thought would be a much simpler game--Bridge It.  My husband said "This is the worst game yet.  Even Mingh wasn't as bad as this!"

In Bridg-It, a very old game by the way, all you do is try to connect your pieces all the way across the board.  Red goes one way and yellow the
other way.  While you try to get your pieces connected across, you also must try blocking your opponent.  It took only about 15 minutes (or less) for me to win two games.  I thought my husband would like this one, but he didn't.

Have you played either of these?  What did you think of them?

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Battleship and Bible Trivia Challenge

For Saturday night, I was looking for a fast easy game to play so chose Battleship.  Of course, we have the original version.  The white pegs are misses and the red are hits.  My husband only found two of my ships!  It was fun, but hubby didn't like having to push in those pegs.  This game involves some luck with a bit of strategy.

Then for Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to play Bible Trivia Challenge.  We used the children's questions because they are easier and had some fun with that.  We could sit in comfortable chairs for both these games instead of sitting at the table to play.  The object is to be the first to move your piece up the rainbow three times by answering questions from the seven categories in order and one from the category of your choice.  Then to win, you put your piece on the dove in the center and must answer a question correctly from the category chosen by your opponent.  The categories are:  Old Testament, History & Geography, Prophets & Prophecy, Names, Letters-Numbers-sequence, New Testament and Wisdom (usually a verse with a blank to fill in the missing word).  One of the questions I missed was "Who was the mother of Ishmael?"  I said Sarah, but the right answer was her hand maid, Hagar.  I knew it as soon as I saw the answer!  I should have got it right.

Which of these games would you most like to play?  Have you played either of them?

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Improved Version of Monopoly

Ever hear of Animalopoly?  We bought it from a gift shop at the Cleveland Zoo years ago.  It's just like Monopoly except instead of buying properties, you but animals and instead of paying rent when you land on someone else's animal, you pay a meal fee.  Instead of building houses and hotels, you build habitats for your animals.  Instead of going to jail, you go hide from a predator.  This is the game we played this weekend.  I forgot how much I enjoy it!  Even when I have to pay, it doesn't seem as bad because you're paying to feed the animals.  Now that we have this, I doubt if we'll play Monopoly anymore.  I won fairly quickly.  My husband kept landing on my Gorilla which is the equivalent of New York in the regular Monopoly game.  I actually believe this is the game that helped me learn how to manage money.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

"What We Do All Day During Stay at Home Time" (Writer's Workshop)

First off, I am not bored.  I am very thankful that I can watch videos of Silver Sneakers and Planet Fitness workouts to keep my exercise going, plus now that all the places I usually went are closed, I get five walks in a day with my husband and dog, two of which take around an hour each.  I am also thankful that on Facebook, I can watch a livestream of our Pastor's messages.  Tonight he is talking about the last days at 7:00 on the Parma Heights Baptist Church page as well as his own page.  Although Sunday services are canceled, at least I can watch our service on video at 11:00 on Sundays which is better than nothing.  I really miss teaching my Sunday School class and meeting in person, but understand the reason for this separation.

My husband has also agreed to play a game with me every day.   Since Friday, we've played all these:  Sequence (get 2 sets of 5 pics covered in a row that match your cards), Sorry! (like Parchesi with cards to add some strategy), Aggravation (marbles are used to go around the board like Parchesi but with shortcuts), Mhing (card game based on Mah Jong), Checkers and Stadium Checkers (move rows to get your marbles to drop towards your hole and get yours in first).  Although I usually win, he is a good sport about it.  We have lots of games so are trying to play a different one every day.  Do you like any of these?  Have you ever played any of these?  I will be posting more game posts in the coming days.

I used to go to the Parma Sr. Center to play Pinochle twice a week.  I miss the people, but found I can play online by just googling pinochle.  I also play Gin and Cribbage (through Facebook) and some Word Wipe, Word Search, Scrabble and Free Cell solitaire on the AARP website.

I have plenty of books I can read as well so am getting some reading in each day too.   Of course, I still enjoy certain TV shows that I tape so I can watch them any time:  Biggest Loser, The Rookie, Survivor--Winners at War, All Rise, Bull, For Life, My Wife and Kids, When Calls the Heart and All-American plus of course the news and movies.

What about you?  What are you doing to occupy your days? 

Stop by Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop for more post options and to link up yours.

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

The Corona Virus Restrictions Makes Someone Happy!

Everyone is upset over the Corona virus except our dog, Roxy.  Every time my husband and I leave together, we crate our dog.  She never minded though until last Monday and we cannot figure out why.  We've been crating her since last August twice a week.  We just put in some special treats and she walked right in and settled down.  Since I retired in January, we've been going out more often.  We crated her about 1-2 hours a day, 3 on Sunday while we went to church.  We used to include a busy bone along with some delicious frozen Wolf Wilderness stew until about four weeks ago when we found out she had gained 8 pounds and I discovered the busy bones are really high in calories.  We were giving her them 5-6 times a week but the recommended amount on the bag said only 2 a week for a dog her size.  Oops. 

I think she's realized that she misses these busy bones.  She has been losing weight since we've cut them down to just on Sundays so it's working.  Since our last vet visit 4 weeks ago, she's lost 4 pounds but still has 4 more to go yet to get to the weight she was at when we first got her.

With our church services cancelled, the Sr. Center closed for the rest of this month at least, and the libraries closed to the public, we are spending lots more time at home and haven't gone anywhere together without her.  I did our grocery shopping last night alone to avoid having to crate her today.  We are doing lots of walking including new routes to change things up.  Fortunately, the weather has been in the 30s or better and dry for the most part.  The ice and snow are all gone so I am grateful for that!

Although I am bummed that all our hangouts have closed down, Roxy is thrilled!  Any ideas on how to get her going back in again without the Busy Bones?  We can't really trust her to leave things as they are and not break a window if we leave her out when we go away. 

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Do You Know What a Snow Leopard Sounds Like?



We finally made our first winter visit to the Cleveland Zoo this year on President's Day.  We spent most of the day walking our dog but visited the Northern Trek late afternoon.  It was a fun hour because the tigers were quite lively and vocal.  I got some good closeups of all three of them.  The wolves were fun to watch too!  They ran around and one leaped to the little island in the beaver pond.  It was the first time I saw a wolf on it!  The biggest surprise though was when the snow leopard made noises!  It sounded like a cat--more like a meow than a growl.  I did manage to get a couple of the noises the snow leopard made on video.  I was surprised that only the sloth bear was out and not the grizzlies.

One of the biggest benefits of getting a zoo membership for the year is being able to go anytime we feel like it and spend as much or as little time as we want there.     

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I'm Learning That Going to the Vet is not a Good Thing by Roxy

My mom got an email saying it was time for my comprehensive exam.  This was my second trip to the vet since I got adopted last August and according to the scale, I gained 8 pounds pushing my total weight up to 74!  I really don't care, but my mom was not happy and took it very seriously.   

Yesterday when the temperatures finally got up to the mid 40s my mom took me on an exiting new walk that was about 1 1/2 hours.  I loved that, but then I learned I won't be getting six Busy Bones a week anymore.  When both my mom and dad go somewhere without me, they put me in my cage with a Busy bone and the yummy Wolf Wilderness frozen stew treat I love.  Today my mom read the Back of the Busy Bone bag and found out that for a 70 lb. and over dog, it should only get 3 a week.  Now I am only going to get ONE a week when they go to church on Sunday mornings and are gone almost three hours.  No more through the week when they just go to the Sr. Center for an hour exercise class.

My mom is actually happy about this because the bag is like $10 so now they will last much longer.  As you can see from my picture above, I am not fat.  I look forward to more long walks in new places with warmer weather coming soon.  I really like all the new sniffs when we go new directions.  I'll get those 8 extra pounds off in no time now that mom is cutting back on those busy bones.  I think I'm going to miss those.


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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Disappointed in Pet Memorial Markers

Just last year, I bought three pet memorial markers from Miles Kimball (only two pictured here, the other was for our first cat Mr. Moe on New Year's of of 2007).  Now they look like this:


All three are crumbling and the last two are not even legible anymore.  They looked so nice when we first got them and I expected them to last! I'm not happy at all with this purchase.



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Friday, January 17, 2020

A New Discovery - the Minute Clinic

When my husband went to get a free hearing exam and possibly a hearing aid, they found a lot of wax build up in his right ear and advised him to go to the minute-clinic at CVS to have the wax removed before getting a hearing aid.

This was the first I heard of a minute-clinic in CVS.  The name is somewhat deceiving though because it definitely takes more than a minute.  Perhaps the name refers to the time it takes to register and sign in, but there can be a wait as long as a couple hours which was the case when we went to the one down the road from where he was tested.  Fortunately, the CVS only .8 miles from our home also has one.  We just never noticed it before.  They do a variety of things, not just wax removal, and it's less than an urgent care or a hospital.  Our insurance covered $99 of the cost so we only had to pay $5! 

The technician was able to get most of it out and advised using drops a couple days to soften the rest.  She was very nice and considerate of what my husband was feeling during the removal process and did not continue once she saw the ear was getting irritated.  She also made a follow-up appointment for us so we wouldn't have a long wait.  She said the waiting list usually gets crowded.

I would recommend it.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Thankful Thursday

This first week of January 2020 I am thank for:

(1)  Silver Sneakers--I signed up for free and got free membership at Planet Fitness and the Y.

(2)  The mild winter weather we are having. 

(3)   Lunch at Cracker Barrel with my husband.

(4)   Playing Cribbage and Pinochle again with new friends at the Parma Sr. Community Center.  I used to play Cribbage a long time ago with my mom and Pinochle a long time ago when I worked for Buckeye Union Insurance Company.

(5)  I broke a couple records this week:  Got an all-time high for me on the AARP Word Wipe game of 14,723.

(6)  After not shooting pool for a year or so, I cleared the table in just 16 shots breaking my old record of 17 set back in 1917!

(7)  I got my 15-yr.-old cat to play a new game with me using a balloon.  (see video in previous post)

(8)  My Anthem OTC card came in the mail that I can use for up to $70 worth of certain products free at Walmart or CVS each quarter!

(9)  Our investments are all at an all-time high as of the end of December!

(10)  Played Pickleball and won more games than I lost--usually I break even.

(11)  I enjoyed getting my husband to join me at the Sr. Center for dealer's choice day when he won Rummy and I won Cribbage and Crazy Eights.

(12)  Had fun playing chair volleyball at the Sr. Center for the first time.  Looking forward to being on a team when they start a new season beginning February.

I love being retired!  I have some fun every day now!

Find more Thankful Thursday posts at Knit By God's Hand.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Putting Old Helium Balloons to Good Use

Missed it!
I finally let out the air from two of my helium balloons this morning that I got from a couple co-workers when I retired. I did the first two and then before doing the last one, I tried pulling it down lower for Spunky Doodle to play with the string until it popped back up.
I'm going to get you, come back down here!

Got it that time!


Spunky:  This was something new for me and I liked it!  I wonder why mom waited so long to play it with me. There are two videos:  The first is just me playing and the second shows Roxy trying to play too (but I told her to scram).


Part 2 with Roxy too:


This may not seem like much, but Spunky Doodle used to play a lot and now she doesn't.  She is old now and mostly just lays in her bed by the heater or walks around a bit when she feels like it.  She does still go up on her cat tree if the sun is out to look out the window.

I really wish I had thought of this game sooner, but I am sharing it with you who have cats.  It's not the balloon she likes, but the string attached that doesn't stay down.  I hope you play with your cats as well.  Please share your favorite games in the comments.

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