AKA Knucklebones

Jacks.

That’s how I know the game’s name. Saw this display at the Artist and Craftsman store.

IScatter the metal pieces. Throw the little rubber ball up. Quick! Pick up the right number of jacks. Onesies Twosies. Threesies……..hand eye coordination a must. I didn’t purchase the box and try to play. I remember my dad playing jacks with us. For the rules and list of tips and fouls and how to play correctly click here on The Genius of Play site Yes, there are rules.

Did you ever play Jacks? What name did you call them? Stepping on a stray game piece, when your feet are bare,would be as painful as a piece of Lego.

Knucklebones, also known as scatter jacks, snobs, astragalus, tali, dibs, fivestones, jacks, or jackstones, among many other names, is a game of dexterity played with a number of small objects that are thrown up, caught, and manipulated in various manners.” Wikipedia

Scootering to School

This morning before I headed back to Pittsburgh, I got to walk with Charlie to school. He rides his scooter.

I tried to keep up but at least got the chance to document his early morning trek to school.

Wondering what they’ll do in the winter.

No Batteries No Screens Pure Fun! at Dragonfly Castle Toys

Dragonfly Castle Toys‘  motto is No batteries, no screens, pure fun.  

I went shopping at the toy store on Friday before I went to Clarissa Boutique.  

The proprietor Nan told me her store is in one of the oldest buildings in the city of Pittsburgh.  Built in the 1840’s.  She and her husband, along with an architect, have done a ton of work to make it a beautiful place.

It’s located at 4747  Butler Street in Lawrenceville hours listed below. And you can shop online.  

I was happy to find Rhodia notebooks and stationery from Florence in addition to potholder loops, a moon puzzle and some surprise stocking stuffers for future gift giving for the grandchildren. There’s something for every age, including adults.

Supporting small local business is a good thing.

 

Wed- Fri : 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sat :  . . . . .10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun :  . . . . . 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Mon – Tue:   Closed

Now You Are Six

Now We Are Six.

When I was one,
I had just begun.
When I was two,
I was nearly new.
When I was three,
I was hardly me.
When I was four,
I was not much more.
When I was five,
I was just alive.
But now I am six,
I’m as clever as clever.
So I think I’ll be six now
for ever and ever.

Author: A.A. Milne

Happy Birthday Charlie

Born June 25, 2015

Sign Greeters by Sara

Outgrown Sleeper Transformed

Here’s a January 2019 photo. Grandson Charlie visiting at my house. He’s wearing a fleece footed sleeper that was a cozy favorite. Doesn’t take long for kids to outgrow their clothes, though. 

In December 2020 my daughter sent the kitty footed sleeper to me with a request- could I make something special from it?

So I made doll pajamas, with the sleeve cuffs being the pants ankle cuffs now.

After I sewed the pjs, there was a lot of the sleeper leftover  but I couldn’t see anything in my mind to make from it. The scraps hung around for 3 weeks. Then I got an idea. 
Yesterday I created Zippy the snake with the remainder. Stuffed a couple of knee socks with fiberfill and put them into the column I created to look like a snake. Now the snake can lose his skin with zero mess.

On to the post office tomorrow to get these mailed to Charlie. I’m hoping he likes the transformation. 


You can see the foot of the sleeper is the face of the snake.

Birthday Wishes on 10-10-2020

Happy 17th Birthday dear Anna.  

I remember the day you were born here in Pittsburgh, just before dawn.

The first grandchild.   I went to school that morning and was so excited.  Everyone at school was happy for our family.

Love, FF Ruthie

(Left photo with Murphy taken at Sears photographer unknown.

Right photo 9/26/2020 Pittsburgh weekend )

 

 

Doll Hair Gone Wild

I heard from a friend a couple of weeks ago that her daughter’s doll was having some wild hair and could I possibly knit a doll hat?  Of course. They came to the front porch, masked,  the other morning and brought the dolls so I got to take a before and after photo.  We even had an impromptu knitting lesson with some worsted and those kid needles, where one needle is red and one blue.  I am sure a followup lesson in is our future.

Our favorite hairstylist Lauren suggested a good Dawn Liquid shampoo and a drop of conditioner MIGHT help revive the doll hair.