Category Archives: Games

I am Yoshi!

We don’t do it very often, to be honest it’s only recently that the boys have gotten the hang of it, but when we do it’s always a lot of fun. I’m talking Wii games & in particular Mario karting. We’re all pretty bad at it, which I think is what makes it even more entertaining. I’m sure everyone who plays this game has their own character & a vehicle they prefer. Since the very first circuit hubby & I played, way back when are boys were just still babies, I have been the Yoshi on a Sugarscoot. Hubby has always been Donkey Kong, which if you ask me is a male ego thing, & his vehicle changes depending on whether the day of the week has a Y in it. At present the boys are Koopa Troopa & Toad.

We had promised last weekend we would play as a family, but unfortunately sick people, renovations & life in general got in the way. We finally sat down this evening to fulfill our promise. Believe it or not we have several levels that are still not unlocked – yes we are that bad – but oh how we laugh. I know that, like everything else in life, when you practice you get better, well not us. There was one circuit I passed someone going the opposite way which is definitely not right – turned out to be Donkey Kong & poor hubby had no idea how to turn himself around. All we could hear from the Poang behind us was ‘it’s just making me spin!’

It always seems to be the kids who know what to do, & believe me they don’t play on it that often. We pride ourselves in having brought our kids up not to have become TV or gaming addicts. In fact they watch very little TV compared to most kids, & playing on iPads or the Wii is heavily restricted & policed. I can see how easy it would be to automatically allow them to waste away their days in front of the screen, I have only done it when I’ve needed to get stuff done or if I’ve been unwell or suffering more pain than usual. Luckily I have kids that love things like Lego, books, & playing whatever imaginary game they’ve come up with that day. Of course they will often ask if they can watch TV or play on the Wii, that’s the best part, they know how to work it all & yet they still respect the privilege by not just going ahead & doing it.

This evening it was hubby’s idea to Mario Kart, the boys hadn’t actually asked, which made it even more fun because it was an unexpected treat for them – & I hope it continues to be that way for a long time yet.



Game of Bones…

Since the arrival of our guest, Tess has been very accepting of another dog sharing her patch. The two are quite amusing together. At only 8 months old Java is head & shoulders above Tess, but she seems to understand that Tess is still top dog. I had forgotten how much work a puppy can be, but even at this young she appears to be better trained than Tess has ever been. However, although I give my girl very little credit, I have begun to realize that she has calmed down significantly, is actually quite obedient, & now extremely tolerant. She doesn’t have much choice to be really, Java follows her everywhere. She will not go out unless Tess goes out, she eventually will lay in her bed when she sees Tess lying in hers, if Tess has a toy, Java wants to play, & so it goes on.

Tess has never chewed bones, of any sort. She has 3 of those rolled up hide things on the go (I think there were 4 but heaven knows where she’s buried that one!), she walks around the house with them in her mouth, and then buries them behind my cushions. If she takes them out into the garden she will dig the biggest hole causing dirt to fly everywhere, drop the bone in, then flick a bit of dirt over it with her snout & walk away – bone completely visible. She has never once chewed them until last night when Java stole one hers & proceeded to gnaw on it. After watching for a few minutes, Tess then found another one & set to work only to demolish the whole thing in just over a hour. Java gave up after a while and left about 4 inches. They both forgot about it until this afternoon…

Java strolled into the kitchen with said bone the look on Tessy’s face was priceless. Despite the fact she had no claim to it really she was determined it was hers when it was whole, & it will be hers again – half eaten. However, there wasn’t any aggression, what followed was actually quite amusing. In my wisdom I thought it best to go and retrieve the 3rd bone, a delicious chicken flavor from Santa. Like all the others it was completely in tact, not a tooth mark on it. Of course this wasn’t acceptable, Tess wanted the eaten bone, but Java then wanted the chicken bone. So they swapped & all was well for about 30seconds. Then Tess got into Java’s bed, with the eaten bone, Java dropped the chicken bone, Tess got out of the bed & took the chicken bone to her bed. Java didn’t dare try & take the chicken bone from Tess’s bed, but now didn’t want the eaten bone either, she paced & paced until Tess left her bed. These shenanigans went on for about half an hour. Every time one left a bone unattended, the other one took it, the boys & I lost count of how many times they changed places.

When we were sat having dinner, Java had taken possession of the chicken bone & was determined not to loose it this time. The 3 of us were sat round the kitchen island eating while Java walked around us over & over again with the bone in her mouth. The best of it was that Tess had long since given up on the game; she had put herself to bed, letting her have whichever bone she wanted. Java being too young & stupid no notice this almost wore holes in the floor with her pacing. She finally settled down to enjoy her prize about 3 hours after she’d originally clapped eyes on it in Tessy’s mouth. It is now lying half eaten on kitchen floor by her bed, the other one hasn’t been seen for a couple of hours. So if you ever visit & sit on my sofa, be warned, you might get more than a comfy cushion to support your back!

Dog Vs. Squirrel

What is it about squirrels? All dogs seem to think that they can catch one. They will sit at the bottom of a tree hours after the furry little cutie has disappeared. One day I saw the same one descend the other side of the tree, while my dog sat a matter of a couple of feet away, waiting… I swear the squirrel was laughing at her as it made off with a prize.

Today we were sat in front of the fire playing Canada-Opoly (great Christmas gift from my best partner in crime). There I was, for the first time ever, buying up the board after spending the first two rounds in a snowstorm, when a large black fellow scuttled along our fence just outside the living room window. One minute all was calm, various parts of the room had calm animals snoozing, the next Tess was off the sofa going bananas, leaping & jumping & barking & howling. Of course seconds later when she looked again it was gone.

For the next hour & a half the stupid beast paced around from room to room. Sat at the door, gave pathetic little woofs here & there. She doesn’t have the sense to realize that it’s gone, disappeared, long since moved on from our garden. When it was finally declared that I owned most of Canada & everyone had narrowly escaped landing my Hudson Bay to visit one of my 3 log cabins, we ended the game & I finally let her outside.

You know she’s was still looking for it 4 hours later!!