Monday, March 16, 2009

Frog - Rainy Day Memories

So far we have had about an inch and a half of much needed rain. It has been the good kind of rain for the most part... the kind that has time to soak in. My chives look like they have grown six inches. The potato leaves have popped up in the garden pretty good. The carrot leaves are looking a lot like my hair :-D

The rain made me think of tree frogs. I think this one is a squirrel tree frog. It was sitting on one of the elephant ear plant leaves last year. I blew the focus on this one, so I tried to turn it into art :-D For a larger view right click on the picture and open in a new window or tab.

Rainy days bring back childhood memories. On rainy days we played card games. We played Smut, Gin Rummy, Spades, Spoons and War. There was a game we played with two decks of cards, but the name is not to be found in my brain today :-D We sometimes played Match-Game with the cards too.

We played a lot of Monopoly. I don't think we ever played by the rules. We played checkers and on the flip side was Backgammon, but I never got the hang of that game. Do you remember Chinese Checkers? That one was fun too. There were more board games... Clue and Casino Royale and a few I can't remember the name of.

When my sister and I were younger in age we would sometimes play bowling on the front porch... plastic milk bottle pins and plastic bowling balls. As we bowled and heard thunder in the distance we would recall the story of Rip Van Winkle and say that it was Rip Van Winkle up there bowling.

We did sometimes play in our rooms with our dolls and tea set. My sister and I also played jacks. My three brothers played with their soldiers and cowboy and indians in their room... yep five children divided amongst two very small bedrooms. My brothers were in really close quarters. The only times we were allowed to play in our rooms were when it was raining. Everything was put away before time to get ready for bed.

We also did jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles together. Sometimes we looked up crossword clues in our Funk & Wagnall encyclopedia set that we collected from the A&P grocery store. We also had a huge Webster dictionary... real thick and probably weighed in at 5 lbs. I think the pages of it were collected from one of the grocery stores too.

Now didn't me and my siblings have a great time on rainy days...

If you hold a four-leaf shamrock in your left hand at dawn on St. Patrick's Day you get what you want very much but haven't wished for. -- Patricia Lynch



  1. Thanks, Zaroga, my assistant said that was a Mockingbird.
    I love your frog photo! Jeremy collects frogs like I collect VWs, mostly Kermit though.
    I spent much of my time with paper dolls, my Grandmother gave me all her Sears and Penny's catalogs and I had a box of them. I was the oldest of 4 and spent a lot of time at her house to help with my Great-grandmother. I also drew in a journal she gave me.
    We used to play a card game with two decks called Spit, that was fun!
    Thanks for the memories!

  2. Oh, I'd forgotten about the Funk and Wagnall encyclopedias from the A&P grocery store! We had those too:) Finally got the full set:)

    Good times with family- thanks for the memories, Zaroga!

    Linda C

  3. Fun rainy day memories Zaroga. Funny about Rip Van Winkle too!

  4. I love overcast, and rainy days. Great memories! Have a great week:)

  5. Hi, Was wondering how do you get your pictures in with your text. I know there is a way to do it, but I haven't figured it out yet. Maountain Mama


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