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!


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?

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

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