Sunday, April 01, 2018

100% chance of bliss

We had Easter Lunch today. Some of those we invited bowed out. Their loss. Jilda outdid herself. The kids don't come to eat. They come to visit and play in our backyard. 

When I'm watching the young'uns, I tend to make up games on the fly. One of the inventions was the Pointing Game. I start off easy by telling them to point to a dog. Then I say, point to a chicken. Then I say point to a yellow flower. The instant they start thinking it's too easy, I say point to a 4-leaf clover. Hmmm. All of a sudden they are scrambling for a patch of clover and furiously fumbling through leafy things trying to find a 4-leaf clover. Jordan is better at this game than his younger cousin Anthony. It took him less than five minutes to find the prize. 

Then it's a few more easy things before I say point to an aircraft to the south. It's a little test I do to make sure they know their directions. Again, it takes a moment to orient, but Jordan is all over it. I'd asked my phone for any aircraft that was overhead and it told me there was one to the south about 20 miles away. I knew it would be in sight within a few minutes. 

Jordan helped Anthony figure out directions by thinking about the direction of sunrise and sunset. Soon, he's jumping up and down point to a cottony contrail about 30 degrees above the southern horizon. 

Soon came the call from inside telling us the food was ready and we headed inside.

Before he left going back home, Jordan said, "The pointing game was better than an Easter Egg hunt."  That's good because we'd used all the eggs for the potato salad.

After everyone left, Jilda and I took a long Easter nap. 

This evening at sunset, I poured a glass of Easter Merlot and stepped out onto the deck to get an analog weather report. 

It was partly cloudy with a 100% chance of bliss.



  1. That is a totally blissful sky.
    Your afternoon nap was totally deserved.

  2. I'd fail the direction test.

  3. You're a good kid sitter. I hope that the four-leaf clover was placed inside a book to preserve it. There's a clover patch by the barn and every year my son finds some four-leaf clovers. It looks like it was really a blissful day.
    Hugs, Julia

  4. You got it right when you said the children don't come for the food, they come to play. That is a great idea for a game. I'll be remembering that one next time my grands come to visit. We often play I Spy. That keeps them entertained for quite a while. Sounds like you had a bliss filled day and that picture is the perfect example of bliss for me.

  5. Easter eggs and games are definitely for kids.

  6. Sounds like you had a wonderful little Easter.
    Im sure the Easter Merlot set the tone for the bliss.

  7. Imma liking that forecast!! One of my favorites. Spur of the moment games are the best!

  8. You certainly kept them all engaged. Much much better than egg hunt!

  9. That's a great idea for keeping the young ones entertained. YAY for Jordan's helping Anthony. He sounds like quite a caring young man.

  10. I have no sense of direction just saying

  11. The picture is so beautiful and peaceful looking. What a great game you made up and it reminded me of a camping game my mom in law loved to play on people, like. Me, who had no idea how everyone knew what the answer was.


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