Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Deal With It

There sure has been a lot of snow and cold in our neck of the woods this year. Not a big fan of winter myself, I'm trying to find strategies to cope with being stuck inside. Yes...reading, scrapbooking, quilting are all great cozy ways to spend time indoors, but my brain needs a little stimulation, too. I challenge this gray matter with computer Scrabble daily and Yahtzee occasionally. The best is when real people come together and not only is the brain exercise good, but the social interaction is highly entertaining! It also reminds me of fun times in the past when we would have Game Night as a family. (Thankfully, my days of tolerating Candyland are long over!)
Two weekends ago, Anne and Jed came here for dinner out and an evening playing a new (to us) game of Mexican Train Dominoes. Have you played it? It's quite quick-moving and involves more strategy than one would think. The first time I played, I was a disaster with points, but now I'm getting the hang of it and trying to rid my stash of those multi-dotted dominoes before the game is over. Just starting out with the game:
Notice how how Wes sets his pieces up...can you tell he was a former choir director? I think he looks like he has an audience with it this way! I think Anne looks like she is a math teacher with how organized and straight her game pieces are. My pieces are randomly placed...whatever. Jed just puts 'em as he draws 'em.
Just last weekend, John and Kari came out for part of the day and we had fun playing this game. Nothing like dealing out all the cards and finding that bird in your hands with the little star in each corner.
Well, February is almost over with now. Hurray! As much fun as it has been to play games with my computer and family members, I still am looking forward to a time when we can take walks outside, open up our windows for pleasant whiffs of fresh air, and get on with the business of living in a warmer world. As I get older, I think about retiring in a warmer climate...this is perhaps too cold a place to live 12 months a year. But, it is what it is and I need to deal with it. Games help in a little way to while away the time and give my brain something to gnaw on in the meantime.


simplicity said...

We love dominos. After Henry was born we used to sit and play at night! Have you ever played Bananagrams??!? I hope that I can show it to Anne and play this weekend. You might like it too. It's a fun version of a scrabble like game.

cellothug said...

I'll have to try out the new game!

It is no wonder all the old folks end up in Florida and Arizona, is it? I think they know something we don't. :) Hang in there!

The Witty Librarian said...

Andrew and I love to play Mexican Train Dominos! Do you have the set that makes Train noises? There's nothing like starting a train and hearing that whistle blow!
Winter is such a nice time for fun indoor activities like playing games with friends and family!

Melissa said...

I've never played Mexican Train before but have heard it's a lot of fun. Glad you're finding clever ways of coping with the chill...I told someone today that I fear I may never see green grass or flowering buds again! Hang in there!