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I'm tired of cooking/preparing 3 meals a day. It's just the two of us but boy oh boy can that woman eat!! She stays slimish, I get fattish. It's bad enough I do everything here much less start making her one thing and me the other. At times I feel guilty when I buy her fast food cuz of the nutritional value....not to mention I eat it too.

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I always hated board games and card games and have a family reputation as a spoiled whiny baby - in my defence I "was" the baby and inevitably lost every game or failed to understand the strategy. I like playing computer games because there is nobody to ridicule you as you learn, and you don't need a partner.
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Daughter2 got me Cluedo last year, Katie. I'm 55 and I'd wanted it since I can't remember when.

Well, either it's really boring or we played it wrong :(

Snap on the building things with the pieces. My grandmother's tiny apartment was not child friendly and the only thing I was allowed to touch was her mah jong set, pink and white tiles with clear perspex in the middle, like a kind of sandwich. I've still got it now.
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Board games. I love to play them but hubby doesn't. When I was a kid I went through a period of time where no neighbor kids were around, and I was an only child. Somehow during this time every adult I knew would gift me with board games....like it would magically make another kid appear. Sometimes I could get my parents to play but they were busy people. I would often create intricate architectural things from the playing pieces though....Funny that I still feel a sense of being on the outside looking in when I see board games, and this gets worse around the holidays.
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Recently, I was talking to sis and nurse niece. I said that everyone keeps updating the family in the What'sUp and they keep forgetting that I don't have one. {If they remember, they usually text me the update.} .. Sis and niece had this puzzled look.

Niece: Ohhh. WhatsApp.
Me: Yeah, that's what I said.

Niece opened her mouth, stopped, and then closed it again. =)
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Send they take away all the fun huh?


CW- we play scrabble every night here, every night. Only we play that you can only use words from the Bible. Moms idea. She loves that game, some days are good for her other days it is difficult, only she still wants to play every night before she can go to bed.
We love her so we do.
On rare occasions she wants to play Mexican Train(domino game) instead of scrabble, But then it always turns out that we have to play scrabble too. :)
She's a funny lady.
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Do not eat the chocolate cookie dough raw.......
Another tradition gone.
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I was really proud of myself when I managed to solve my first sudoku until I noticed it was published for grade school kids - numbers are not my thing, word games like crossword puzzles and scrabble are more my style.

I do remember
-cats cradle with two people, sis and I
-clackers - for once my parents bought me one of the cool toys while it was still cool!
-double dutch (and any jump rope) - being a country girl I had nobody nearby who would help me practice so I was one of the perpetual rope turners
-chinese jumprope - those of us who couldn't skip had fun with that game

As for knitting, crochet, and sewing - been there done that and am not interested any more, I just don't have the patience these days and trying to take shortcuts always results in disaster.
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EMP, eh? Bring it on, that's what I say. Sheesh. How did they ever get away with claiming these "tools" (read: attention-seeking baby goblins) would make life easier.
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Technology is just a personal device for communication. Maybe there is no need for that if you obviously can speak up for yourself. Take heart, CM, technology is destined to become inoperable by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or some other solar or galactic calamity. Really? you say? This is straight from the mind of my dH!!! Yeah, sounds lovely, right?

In the meantime, learn to text on it, the favored form of communication by our adult and teen chiildren. It may be the only remaining way to get a response out of them. Text this message: " Hi all, I am baking the favorite chocolate chip cookies of the season tonight at 6 p.m." "Come on over..."

I still want to see the cell phone leaving in the back of the trash truck, really soon.

It would be hilarious ending up in a dump, barking away every time someone called you.
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It can't wake me up if I've locked it in the car or mailed it to one of the kids though, can it. One More Word out of it and...

Hands up, I picked barking dog because it sounded a little bit like my poor old boy. But he was *never* this demanding, not even when he came back from the vet high as a kite on methadone.
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CM,
Whatever alert you use, those alerts can wake you up at night. If an alert is subtle, very quiet, and near your bed, you may be wondering about insomnia at 3 a.m.

Enjoy your new phone. !!! I would have picked "barking dog" as my first choice, thinking it would be fun. I do not own an i-phone.
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O sh*t and derision! - as my father used to say.

All three kids sending me helpful tips at once, the alert is set to "barking dog," by the time I've answered one there's another six, it also vibrates which I did NOT tell it to do - it's absolute f***ing bedlam here.

I'm turning it off and going to bed.
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Deepest sigh.

The other thing I can't do (yet) is use WhatsApp.

I think I have just sent a picture of my foot to fourteen people.

At times like this I remember that when I first saw a sudoku I wrote out every possible solution for every possible line and worked away at it for ages. Daughter 2 glanced over my shoulder and said "no you've gone wrong already."

You're never too old to learn (at your own pace).
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I can't crochet, either, Book - not for want of trying. There is a blanket I would dearly love to make so every few months I pick up my crochet hook, go to YouTube and have another go; but I think my fingers just don't work like that? I'm getting *something* wrong, whatever. I'm so envious of the skill.
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Had the state of Maryland not taken so long to send me my dad's ashes (two months), I could have had them in time for the memorial service and buried them in Ohio when I was up there 3 weeks after he died. Now I will have to wait for warmer weather in the spring.
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I can remember riding horses bareback in the middle of a galloping herd (don't tell hubby); for years that was the only thing he got really mad about.... caught me at it twice! Nowadays I can barely get out of their way while feeding them....
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cats cradle, now I know what it is, just looked it up. That is what we played with using the chinese jumprope. Where I come from.

I crochet when I get a chance. Right now I am working on a blanket for my DH. I made my Mom a few things. I too prefer sewing, but if traveling a long distance crocheting keeps me sane. :)
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It's been a long time since I played cat's cradle. I had to google it. I recall the 2 person game. But I also recalled mostly playing it by myself. Found the video on it. Yep, that's the one I played - the solo one. I also remembered making a witch's broom and then a witch's hat from the broom. Fun when you challenge your sibling on who can make it the fastest.

I tried crocheting. I'm terrible at it. I would forget the count or the place I was on. In the end, I threw away the instructions and just crochet my own yarn 'shoes' from my imagination. After that was done, I decided I just didn't have the patience to crochet anything. Too long and kept losing my place.

So, I moved on to sewing. Took a beginner's class on sewing - how to make your patterns. I don't have the 'brain' to do all those numbers and wooden stick drawing. In the end, I just bought McCall's patterns at the store. Had a hard time understanding the instructions. So, I just looked at the finished products and the black/white pictures that's beside the instructions. I, then, altered the dress by adding another V-neck on the back (used the front V-neck pattern to also be the back) and made some high slits on the sides of the plain body-hugging dress. FYI, buy a beautiful Hawaiian print material - and.. ahem... You have a very sexy high slit sides dress with V-neck front/back .. sexy dress! =) {I made this for fave sis - who is a very very pretty person.} … After a while, I lost interest in sewing. … Turned to drawing.. etc....
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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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