Having fun these days requires a bit more creativity, doesn’t it? I have been doing a lot more on Zoom, as it is a safe way to see friends and have conversation. On Monday, I was able to spend a nice day sewing with friends, and working on Pachanga, while fat snowflakes drifted down all morning. I made enough progress to write the next couple of clues. If you missed the first post with cutting instructions, click on Pachanga Begins! to get the pdf. The next clue will post next Friday.
Something about snowfall makes me smile, especially when I am warm and cozy inside. The snow on Monday was lovely, with thick fat flakes coming down off and on all morning and into the early afternoon. It didn’t stick to the ground, melting as soon at it hit the grass or pavement, but it was lovely falling. On the suet feeder, I put my homemade recipe in the suet cage before the snow arrived. Lots of birds came for a meal that day. This downy woodpecker was just one.
Then, what could be more fun than winning a contest you didn’t even know you entered? That is what happened last week! My friend Darlene, who blogs at Creative Latitude, entered a drawing where she had to also enter the name of another blogger, and she entered mine. And we won!! Both of us got Amazon gift cards from a fun place called Caluya Designs. They have free and low cost graphics and downloadable files for use in cardmaking and crafting. I’ll be using some for cards for Safelight this year.
I have to share with you one of the most fun things we’ve found for playing with friends. The best thing is, you can play this easily on Zoom, but it is also fun in person. It is a game called Box of Rocks. We have been playing this crazy game on Zoom with some of our MINI car club pals.
It can be played with an unlimited number of people, as all the humans are on one team against the rocks. The box has two rocks, both have a blank side, and a side marked with a one. The game comes with trivia cards, where there are only three choices for answers – zero, one or two. One question was how many winter Olympic games have been held in Canada? The humans confer, and decide on their answer. Then the box with the rocks is shaken for the rock’s answer. Whomever is right gets a point. In the case of a tie, no team gets a point. First team to three points wins. As often as not, the rocks will win, LOL, and it provides a full evening of fun and laughter.
One of our very clever members has a handmade game board with nine post-it notes he holds up to the camera. The categories are clever, not really telling you what it is about. Someone chooses a category, then he has us number our papers from one to ten to write down our answers. His categories have been MINI Cooper trivia, movie quotes, book authors, horse trivia, space trivia, and lots more. Last time we played, one of the categories was called Tom-Tom, and turned out to be Characters Played by Tom Hanks. He gave us the character name, and we had to name the movie. I got 8 out of ten that time, and totally tanked on the “finish the quote” category. The only thing the winner gets after our game night is bragging rights, and we all have a lot of fun.
Simple joys can come from simple ideas. Although we cannot go sit in a restaurant right now, we have made a commitment to try to get a take out meal once a week from our favorite places. When I think of how many meals I had out before the virus started, including lunches, I realize that I need to support the places I like so they will be there for me when all this is over. I actually ate a meal out more often than I realized, until I started thinking about all the lunches out after quilt meetings, and meals for meetings like car club events. Add to those the meals arranged at a restaurant to spend time with friends, and it adds up. The loss of that has had a significant impact on our small, locally owned eateries. The small local retailers need a bit of help too, so I’ll see about finding something for my stash at my local quilt shop, and perhaps purchasing a small gift or a new blouse on Main Street downtown. I can’t make a huge impact, but if all of us make a small effort in our communities, we might help our favorite places survive. We are going to spend some of our stimulus money doing this, along with some donations to charity. Which reminds me, I miss thrift store shopping!! All of our thrift shops are charity shops. I hope I can be vaccinated soon and feel better about getting out in public again. This photo was taken in the spring of 2017, and I hope this coming spring will see us able to do more. I am ready to be released back into the wild.
What are you doing for fun these days? Have you played Box of Rocks?