Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tuesday Morning Round-Up

Hello! Sorry for my lack of posts, but things have been quite busy here at my little home.

The weather has been swinging back and forth like crazy! We had half a week of sweltering heat (32' C) then half a week where the high is only 19'C.
That duvet is so nice in the cool mornings - we keep the windows open all day, it helps air-circulation in our sub level apartment and keeps it nice and cool on the hot days.

Jeremie and I bought a great game this week: "The Farming Game"

It's a square board with different months posted around the board, a full year is once around the board. The game starts with you having inherited 20 acres of land from Grandpa and you want to farm it full-time, but unfortunately you can't afford it and so, also have a part-time job in town.
The point of the game is to have enough money to quit your town job and farm full time.
But you start off with only five-thousand dollars and another five-thousand in debt that you owe to the bank. You can choose to buy and harvest, grain, hay, fruits and beef. There also comes along options to buy a tractor or a harvester.
The game is looooog though! It can take you up to 7 years (7 times around the board) to make enough to quit your town-job (250, 000$) and if you call an audit too soon and don't have that much, you automatically lose.
Jeremie and I are addicted to this game - it's been living on my kitchen table set up like this for the past 3 days.
And I know my mom and especially my dad would love this game. And no you can't buy it. ;) I almost didn't mention it in this blog because I know you two will be tempted to buy it and try it.
I can probably bring it down in October when I visit...maybe ;) .
So! That's been a lot of fun - even though Jeremie /always/ wins. I seem to accumulate too much debt trying to boost my harvest income while he gets out of debt as soon as possible and wins in the long run.
Even in games he's good with his money - - what a wonderful husband!!

I've also started my Christmas gifts. As a family we try to make gifts, especially when money is tight. I have received some lovely home-made gifts over the years, and I love making them for other people too.
I started this one only a few days ago:
I am almost done the frame for it - and I while I'm not sure who it's for yet, I couldn't say anyway. It's very difficult being secretive in a blog when your whole family reads it, isn't it?? ^.^
I love the design and I know the person I'm thinking of giving it to, will love it as well.

I've started reading a very interesting book: "Under The Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets Of America" ~ Mike Yankoski
It's a non-fiction book Mike wrote about his choice to live, willingly, as a homeless man. "He needed to know if his faith in God was real -if he could actually be the Christian he said he was apart from the comforts he'd always known." ~ Excerpt from back of book.
I've only just started it, but it seems very good so far - encouraging and challenging, but we'll see how it goes!

God Bless!


Niki RuralWritings said...

Oh I miss you!!! I'm calling you as soon as Jon gets off the phone!

That game looks so interesting...ok, we won't buy it, but you'd better bring it in October.

Lovely cross stitch Jen, but then you are one of the best cross stitchers I know.


cntrydad said...

Great post. I think Grandpa used to have this game. I remember playing it once or twice.


One Christian Mom said...

Cross-stich is something I have no talent for, but I appreciate the work that goes in to it. A lucky loved person will be the recipient of that gift. Also, that game looks fun, is there an age suggestion on it? I think it would be fun to have "teams" and try to play with the kiddies. :-)

Gill - That British Woman said...

Just popped in to say hello........I'm a big fan of your mom's blog and yours is great as well.


Vanessa said...

Jennifer - that game looks like fun! I hope the cross stitch is for meeee ;) just kidding, sort of :)

I love you!


Jennifer said...

Hi Mom, I miss you too!!
Love you THIS BIG!

LOL Hi dad, I love your user name, it looks like it should be on your license plate.

One Christian Mom,
Thank you very much, I love cross-stitching - and I hope the recipient will too ;)
As for the game, it's a little challenging, what with all the numbers and figuring percentages but if a parent or older person is there on the "team" I think the kiddies would do just fine :D The game is for 2-6 players.

Gill - Thank you very much for popping over! It's always wonderful to hear from new people.

Ness- LOL you'll have to wait and see ~ but wait till you hear about mom's gift ;)

JillyRae said...

Glad to see your new post!
I used to do alot of cross-stitching when i was first married. I want to start again and get something to work on soon. I think homemade gifts are the best and i have often done this for family and friends.
Your game looks fun, my husband is the best with money and I am sure would whoop my butt everytime..lol.
Have a super day : )

Christy Lee said...

I sent you your card! But it came back to me without enough postage so I'm sending it again today!

My honey man and I are all about playing games lately...I'm too lazy to do too much these days until the baby is born...that one looks like fun.

I'm working on my Christmas gifts too, I want everything done before the baby gets here (November 27th!) Keep looking for your card, then look for your Christmas card! It could be coming anytime, knowing me.

Angie said...

Just wanted to stop by for a quick visit. That game looks like a lot of fun, I'll have to look it up. I like to cross stitch but I must say, over the years since I first learned how to do it, I've started several projects but I don't think I ever completed one! It may be time to pick one back up again and finish! My problem is that I want to do everything!
Have a great day!!!

Lady of the Manor said...

Hey that game looks great Jenny, I think we might just have to check it out! Lady of the Manor.