here are two children playing Chess, it doesn’t take long to learn the rules and is a great game for all ages~ even kids as young as 8 years~
Back to board games, the ultimate game is Chess, the modern version of the game is around 500 years old but is thought to have been started in the 6th century. Anyone is old enough to play if they can learn the rules, 8 years old is about right. It is interesting, it takes skill and teaches skill,
Chess board and all the different pieces, rooks, castles, pawns, knights, king and queen, they all have rules for how they can be moved~
There is a lot going on in a chess game, different pieces move only certain directions and are some only allowed to jump certain ways. Every piece can be captured and removed from the board except for the King, when he is blocked and can no longer move, the game is over and you have “Check Mate”, someone has won and someone has lost. It is intense, it takes a lot of thought but it is not hard to learn and such a pleasure to play. It has stood the test of time.
Dan and I used to play a lot and he played to win! Once in a while if I beat him, he would want to start another game immediately and would always say, “one more game, winner take all”. And as with all games, he kept track (for months) of how many games he won and how many I won. These were his rules and I went along with it until his sister-in-law told him that nobody did that and it was the craziest thing she ever heard. I didn’t allow him to keep track after that.
Tricia’s yard is beautiful, it is big and she takes care of it herself. It is a pretty view from the new sun room
Today I am happy to be showing off Tricia’s project from a few years ago. This area has gone from a breezeway to a screened-in porch to what it is now~ a big beautiful sun room. It has insulated windows to keep out the heat, cold and dust, it is a year round place to enjoy. This project has gone through several stages and has taken several years. It is now complete and perfect. We have enjoyed some nice meals out there.
this is the love seat area, on the opposite end of the room is a large round patio table~
this is the view from the living room, all it needs now are some palm plants. It is a beautiful place~(bluebonnet oil painting by Elizabeth Elder)
Jitter Joe, in his favorite spot~isn’t he just a little doll!
Soon I will be showing my own Sun Room project. I also went from a screened in porch to a glassed in sun room but it took me almost forty years. And there may be a blog later on of another sun room in the family, (I lived in that one for a month this summer with three dogs and 40 chickens).
Jitter Joe is my baby boy, he is smart and cute and funny. What a blessing to have him.
Jitter Joe is my sweet little eleven year old Shih Tzu. I have had him since the day he was born. He is perfect, adorable and happy. He likes everyone he meets. Just one small problem, two years ago, I woke up in the middle of the night as he flew off the bed and hit the floor. When I got the light on, there he was, swimming in circles on his side, jerking, foaming at the mouth and wetting. I tried to hold him so he wouldn’t hit the wall, he is so strong it was all I could do to keep him restrained. This went on for four or five minutes while I had a complete melt down. I thought he was dying. After the shaking slowed down, he started to come to and was able to stand up and take a few steps but was confused. He seemed to recover and 20 minutes later was more normal. All I could think of was the emergency room in San Angelo, but when things got calm I decided I could wait until morning and take him. The rest of the night, I was on my computer trying to find an answer to what had happened to him. The symptoms all seemed to lead to the same, a seizure or epilepsy. Usually a dog with epilepsy will start having seizures when they are a few months old, but in older dogs it can be a brain tumor. When Ronnie checked him, he said a dog won’t likely die from a seizure, they just need to be protected from injury when they are having one. They are in no pain and don’t know something has just happened to them. If it only occurs once in a while, they will be fine but more often than every few weeks they need some help. He gave Jitter a tiny Phenobarbital pill to take twice a day and that has worked. Jitter has a spell about once a month and I can deal with it since I know how to take care of him. We talk about it a lot and I tell him how much I love him. He is my perfect blessing.
Marci and Jitter Joe on their bed. I put pillows around the room in front of door facings and furniture to protect Jitter from hitting something when he has a spell. (oh one more thing, when it happens he has to have a good bath and a treat).