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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

TX 0907 2

Monday, September 17th, again found us in Texas and half of the household in which we are visiting went back to their normal activities – FSIL to work and GM2 to school. OD and the Spice had some projects going on of a cleaning and/or redecorating nature. GM5 had his own projects going and whether they were of the eating or playing type, some cleaning up was usually required when he was through.

The temp out here is about the same as in South Carolina except maybe a little more humid – if that is possible. Despite the heat, OD and I did go for a walk about 11am. The reason for that is if you go at night, you will likely not have any blood by the time you return to the house – mosquitos are the main wildlife in this area and they go in swarms. We just did a time walk, a little over 30 minutes since I have no way to mark off the distance and came back sweaty but invigorated.

In the early afternoon GM5 was put down for a nap and OD and the Spice went on a short shopping trip while I stayed with the little one. FSIL and I had started a project on Sunday afternoon of making some game equipment and got most it completed except for the legs required to make the board stand at an angle. The game has several names, one of them is baggo and it involves tossing a sewn bag of corn into, or near, a six inch hole in one of two plywood board frames that are placed 27 feet apart.

This is a game that is growing in popularity and is played a lot by those tailgating at football games. It can be played on pavement, a lawn or even inside a building if it is large enough. FSIL got the rough plans off the web but the legs were not shown clearly. An hour or so of my day was spent in figuring how to make the angle of the legs and how to make them fold down under the game board. My understanding is that this game was started in the mid-west and the most popular name for it is Corn Hole – this because of the corn bags and the hole in the plywood – I felt it necessary to explain that.

Using scrap wood, I figured out a way to place the legs and then waited on FSIL to return home to get his approval on the matter. He did approve and we had the legs cut and ready before supper. After eating we went back out and attached them and everything fit almost perfectly – only a couple of slight adjustments. They are now ready except for a bit of sanding and painting. OD is in the process of sewing the corn bags and we may be able to play a couple of rounds by the weekend.

It did occur to me that I had enough scrap plywood and two by fours to make a couple of these boards for us back in South Carolina – as if I needed another project. We finished up and got inside just before the main herd of bloodsuckers came swarming in. It was a good day of relaxing, communication, exercise, a building project and just a good day all the way around. God is good, even in Texas. ec

5 Comments:

Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

That’s a game I’ve yet to encounter. Perhaps you could post a photo of the finished product or a link to a site where it is pictured.

9/18/2007 05:53:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

SSN - It is fairly new - I think it was started in Ohio and is played similar to horseshoes except with different equipment. There are many sites - one is: http://www.cornholeportal.com/ - I found many by typing in 'corn hole game'. I am intending to build one for us when we get back home. ec

9/18/2007 09:48:00 AM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Mr. Eddie ~~ What an eventful trip you had, but all is well and you arrived safely. Have a wonderful visit with your OD and family. The game sounds like fun.
Thanks for your comments. I read somewhere that an early sign of Alziemers is if your writing gets very small, so I watch out for that!! But I did have trouble reading it. Take care, kind regards, Merle.

9/19/2007 08:17:00 AM  
Blogger ancient one said...

Love your posts!! Texas got the rain and the mosquitos. At least in my neck of the woods the mosquitos are not so bad as usual. Something to be said for drought, I reckon! Enjoy your self. You'll be a champ at that game before the rest of us even find out what it is. LOL

9/19/2007 10:53:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

merle - It has been a great trip with the Texas crew with a few more days left to go - we will be coming back home on Monday.

ancient one - We just try not to get out after dark so as not to be drained. I did notice this year that the bugs in general were not as bad back home and it almost has to be because of the drought. ec

9/20/2007 12:26:00 AM  

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