Games People Play….seems to almost be a passing fancy!
I am talking about card games, Dominoes, Board Games etc.
Is too much television to blame…. or is it the more sophisticated games on X Box, Wii, etc?
Have we moved on to a different phase of our lives where those types of games played at a table are no longer played?
Not so in SW Florida!
The Captain and I still love to play card games….and snack on yummy brownies. (recipe below)
It can be something as simple as solitaire for two (that is an oxymoron isn’t it) :)…Or Gin Rummy, Hearts and even Dominoes ….Train version!
As for outdoor activity…when one thinks of Florida, one thinks of shuffleboard and it is still around…. although there is a new game in town that many people play.
It is a very active game and when I first heard about it, I thought it was someone making a joke.
It is called Pickleball.
There are tournaments going on all the time with postings in the local newspaper.
This usually outdoor game is a cross between ping pong, badmitten, tennis and racketball, but can also be played indoors!
According to wikipedia:
Pickleball is a racket sport in which two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a polymer perforated ball over a net. The sport shares features of other racket sports, the dimensions and layout of a Badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis with a few modifications. One of the fastest growing sports in North America, Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children’s backyard pastime but quickly became popular among adults as a game fun for players of all skill levels.
The game started during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, at the home of then State Representative Joel Pritchard who, in 1970, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the State of Washington. He and two of his friends, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum, returned from golf and found their families bored one Saturday afternoon. They attempted to set up badminton, but no one could find theshuttlecock. They improvised with a Wiffle ball, lowered the badminton net, and fabricated paddles of plywood from a nearby shed.
Although some sources claim that the name “Pickleball” was derived from that of the Pritchard family dog, Pickles, other sources state that the claim is false, and that the name came from the term “pickle boat”, referring to the last boat to return with its catch.
Hmmmmm…who really knows?
Soooo, games can be fun and whether it is sitting at a game board or card table or playing a game of Pickleball,,,we should all do more of it!
Exercising our minds and our bodies is a good thing!
Have you ever heard of or played pickleball?
Oh, the brownie recipe … is in printable form below. Yummy! 😉
- 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup baking cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup chopped nuts, optional, but I used walnuts
- In a bowl, combine flour, sugar,cocoa, baking powder, salt and nuts.
- In another bowl, combine oil, eggs and vanilla; add to dry ingredients.
- Do not overmix.
- Spread in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
- Sprinkle the top with nuts if desired either before baking or after baking.
- Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.