what a charming little cottage
i never stop smiling
in moments spent wandering through a toy store
such a lucky find –
a good humor man golden book
and what better hosts to greet us?
“i have a lot of growing up to do. i realized that the other day inside my fort.”
– zach galifianakis
the dollhouse and toy cottage, plymouth, michigan, usa
this is my favorite hide and seek spot of the season.
today we took the dinos
out of their safety zone and into the snow
in the playhouse
down the slide
in the hollow log
in the sandbox
made footprints and snow angels
roamed on dinosaur island
went to a party
loved the snow
they all had a such a good time and were worn out.
“my son’s always showing me pictures of dinosaurs and asking me what their names are.
i don’t know, so i make stuff up:
that, son is a thesaurus.”
a quick exit.
why so sudden?
had goldilocks been there and heard the bears coming home?
“the first bowl of chocolate pudding was too hot, but goldilocks ate it all anyway because, hey, it’s chocolate pudding, right?”
-Mo Willems (author)
mental floss has reached into their incredible research bag of treasures
to share some board games that may have had their time
but alas, have not remained classics.
below are a few gems and i’m not saying i wouldn’t want to play them,
i am a huge fan of board games of all kinds –
Aside from Parker Brothers, few board game manufacturers have come close to Milton Bradley’s track record: Millions of players across multiple generations have put in serious time playing Twister, Yahtzee, The Game of Life, and Battleship.
But while games like Simon and Connect Four have kept up brand appearances over the decades, it’s possible that founder Milton Bradley might have flinched at some of the other titles that bear his name.
BIG FOOT (1977)
The mythical woodland creature experienced a considerable amount of attention in the 1970s, including an encounter with Steve Austin on The Six Million-Dollar Man. (Andre the Giant was cast in the fur suit.) A famous and non-copyrightable beast made a perfect premise for a game in which players assumed the roles of Alaskan gold prospectors who roll dice while trying to avoid the “footprints” made by the monster. Although Bigfoot looks affable enough on the game box, his plastic game piece appears to be anything but.
TOWN DUMP (1977)
It’s never too early to get a child used to playing with garbage. In this game, two players take turns winding up a miniature bulldozer that propels itself through pieces of trash and pushes them out of the way. The object appears to be to clear waste out of your dump and into your rival’s property, which imparts a valuable lesson: Let your discarded trash become someone else’s problem.
LOBBY: A CAPITAL GAME (1949)
“Here’s your chance to be a congressman! You can pass all your favorite bills and lobby against those you oppose.” Milton Bradley felt confident a game of governmental regulations and lobbying would be a hit with anyone “old enough to read a newspaper.”
“Life is more fun if you play games.”
Credits: Jake Rossen-Mental Floss, Milton Bradley Company, Ebay photos
what could be better
on dirt and dried grass
while dreaming of snow?
“my first playpen was a cardboard box.”
the kinder came
“this is the short and long of it.”
– william shakespeare
first day of school – september 2020
grandie j heads out
mohawk helmet on
with pokemon cards, water, hope
off on his bike to meet friends
at their ‘secret fort’
in the neighborhood.
after he makes his grand exit
grandie b, left behind, shares –
“we all have the same secret fort, but no one knows it.”
“well i know the secret places. and the nests in hedge and tree;
at what doors are friendly faces, in what hearts are thoughts of me.”
-henry wadsworth longfellow
“how does my chocolate cake taste?”
“it’s more better than a brick.”
“i can live for two months on a good compliment.”
to say hi
to the grandies and friends
I was lucky enough to enjoy
their indoor flying and blow-up forts created with fans.
life is good at the end of summer.
“the end-of-summer winds make people restless.”