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One of the many reasons I could not continue to try to knit. I admire all who do and love the products but couldn't handle the stress.
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Forty years? My, we are optimistic aren't we? Or pessimistic, depending on how you look at it I guess.
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¡¡¡BOLLOCKS!!!

Made a mistake in double knitting and didn't spot it 'til two rows later and it's a black and white pattern aaaaarrrgggghhhh no way out.

Froggit. Start again.

I think this pattern is too hard. I will have to come back to it when I've had another forty years' practice.
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I was tall, uncoordinated, awkward, to say the least. If you were a pony CM, then I must have been a giraffe.

Never fearless....but very book smart. There! I knew there was something I was good at.
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Not familiar with cats cradle, have to look it up.
Is it similar to Chinese jump rope?
Jumping rope was one of my favorite things. I loved double dutch, and hopscotch.
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Barista let me sniff the new juniper syrup for the holiday latte - hmm
not an unpleasant aroma but I don't want to drink it
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French skipping, with the elastic round two people's legs and then you do in out together in on, twist, in - oops can't remember.

I can't believe I was ever capable of doing any of this stuff - I think twice before I hop too briskly off a doorstep nowadays. And roller skating! Last time I put skates on I might just as well have been a Shetland pony; but I can remember some superb cornering round the side of the chapel at my junior school.

What it was to be fearless. Ah me.
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I never got the hang of cat's cradle. I figured it was some mysterious club I didn't belong to. Same with double dutch skipping. I'd always just get tangled up in the rope.

Come to think of it, what was I good at?
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Speaking of poor toys - cat's cradle. Endless fun with a piece of string. Off to see if I can remember how to do the Eiffel Tower...
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Polarbear- I just looked up Futoshiki, I had never heard of it. Thanks for telling me about it, It looks like my cup of tea. I am going to try it out.
I like the number and logic games. When I have a moment. :)

Thanks again!
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smeshque - I like sudoku, too.

At 99 cent stores, I used to find books of sudoku which includes sudoku, loco sudoku and sumoku (which is more challenging than regular sudoku.)

I also like Futoshiki game which I downloaded to my phone. It's a logic/number game. Have you tried it? I think you will like that if you like sudoku. Right now, I am hooked on it.
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I love tether ball and sudoku.
Smeshque<<<<<< big nerd inside :(


Has anyone ever played with a string and a button? My Dad use to take a strong thread or thin twine, and put a button on it, you can get the button going as you stretch it back and forth. Really can't explain it, just seeing if anyone else knows what I am talking about. ? It was fun though.
Might just be poor folk toys. :)
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Send, you crack me up. Who knew tether ball could be so dangerous. LOL

Yes, Lucky our moms were very proud. But sometimes you have to swallow your pride I guess. Be sure to remind me of that last sentence when I'm old and infirm.
I'll probably be a pain in the butt. I hang on to my privacy like you wouldn't believe. I don't even like reapplying my lipstick in a public restroom. I'll do it in the cubicle. I can't imagine being showered and having my bum wiped. I'm just like my mom.
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Boy,Can I relate to your post Gershun~
When Mom had to go to rehab after her hip replacement,they wanted to see if Mother could still write a check and that made her so mad that they had her do that.She said she didn't loose her mind and ofcourseshe knew how to write a check......and when she got home,a Chinese PT man came here too and Mother loved Frank Sinatra,so the man sang "My Way" in his off tune voice and it was so funny to hear him,I'll never forget.
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people.
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Yes!! Tether ball is the solution for sure. After the ball hits you in the head by the metal attachment, and you are hanging onto the pole for dear life.....bleeding from your nose.....the ball tether will wrap itself around your neck and choke you to death. Yes!

How about a bit of Soduko, or a crossword puzzle? If one can find a pencil with an eraser, your reading glasses, and a cheat sheet. Lol.

Yes, Gershun, those metal clackers hurt my fingers too.
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You all are reminding me of after a lengthy stay at the hospital my Mom had to go to a rehab facility "to get her strength back" They would all sit in a circle and kick a ball back and forth to each other. My poor Mom thought it all beneath her I know. Half-hearted to say the least. I remember leading her into the dining hall to her table where her roommates were all sitting. This little Chinese man said "Jean, kick ball good" LOL

I can imagine what harm seniors could get into with a yo-yo. Or how about those things called clackers? It was two heavy balls suspended by a string and you were supposed to knock them against each other till something happened. I forget what. All I remember is I used to hit myself on the wrist with the balls all the time.

Tether ball?
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Linda,
What about skipping rope?

Maybe Teepa Snow has covered mind improvement devices, toys, games, puzzles, etc.
When at lunch out in a restaurant, my elder loved one skips ice cubes across the table, and I skip them back. But it is me who has to get up and retrieve the lost ice cube so no one will slip on it walking by. An occupational therapist-I am NOT!

Fun. Toys for seniors, Christmas 2018.

I can, however, make ten free throw baskets in a row!
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Send, at DH's PD exercise class, the coach handed out hula hoops. A couple of the wives were hula hooping away - me, I couldn't get the muscles to remember at all!
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Yo Yo, would be an excellent stocking stuffer.
An idea for our elderly too! We could test their competence and memory by giving them things they might remember and know how to use still like a yo yo.
I never could master a yo yo, and even a hula hoop was circling to the ground.
A little paddle with a ball attached....
A punching bag.....(I have seen it done, 50+ repeats, like a pro-fighter).
Pick up sticks.
Jacks and a ball.
Shooting baskets can focus our mind.

Sure that this idea is not original.
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Gosh no, no awards for me, I'm a mere novice on the team. Didn't even win anything in the raffle :(

But I did get a yo-yo in my Christmas cracker. Haven't used a yo-yo since I don't know when, though I do remember I was pretty rubbish at it even as a child. Still am.
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CWillie,
Aw, "president's choice candycane chocolate fudge crackle"?
Googled that, computer froze-
available only in Canada?
What president?
What stores?
o m g .

Sounds delicious.


CM,
You are too too humble to say anything about an award with your name on it?
Interested if that is why it was so hard for you to go? Can we share in your achievements?
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The lady I sat next to felt exactly the same, it turned out, or so she said.

Just as well she made the effort, though, because she was called up to receive her twenty years' service award after the lunch.

I think I should probably stop feeling sorry for myself.
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At all volunteer events having nothing to do with the actual volunteering, arrive late, leave early. There is something eery about going somewhere (a party) honoring one's self, imo.
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Countrymouse, get out there and do it! If nothing else, the walk will re-energize you.

BTW - I understand 101%. “The Miasma” visits me, too. It’s a lousy companion, inn’it?
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Volunteers' Christmas lunch.

All I have to do is walk half a mile, stick a smile on my face, and take a mild, friendly interest in a few dozen nice people for two hours.

I am having real trouble pushing myself out of my front door.

Why's this so hard?
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Candy cane chocolate fudge crackle ice cream is like mint chocolate chip on steroids - and it's in stores now🤤🤤
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Send,
everytime that she tells you something she needs, just say yeah, well I need (fill in the blank.)

Don't let her get your goat. :)

And you can never go wrong with mint chocolate chip.
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New topic...
My whine is why me?
Not a caregiver to my neighbor, but she keeps mentioning everything she needs,
as if I am Santa.
I like to share, give people things, but when communication is not clear, it feels as if I do not have the opportunity to say "No", because she does not actually ask.
It feels like she never asks, but tries to manipulate me instead, by repeating the need many many times.
I feel challenged and frustrated to be in the presence of a possible grifter.
W h i n e. . . . .

Mint chocolate chip.
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Mmmmmm... Coke float....

A button just popped off my jeans. Not fair! I was only *thinking* about it - !
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Cheaper and more pleasure than a face lift too!
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