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Finding the Fun, Country-style! (Contest)
Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

UPDATE: The winner is…Pansy Petal!

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While I was down for the count with COVID, I watched a bunch of movies. Some romcoms, a short British series called Slow Horses (loved it BTW!), and some Hallmark Mysteries. Those Hallmarks have long been my guilty pleasure. I love the Crossword Mysteries and the Aurora Teagarden series, in particular. Not high art, but they aren’t meant to be. Some light sexual tension between the leads, and a mystery to solve. I hate it when I figure it out too quickly!

On Sunday night, with everyone feeling better and a little housebound, we decided to have some fun outside! Nothing too strenuous, because we’re still feeling the effects of the disease.

We set up a projector attached to a laptop and shined the image at the side of a shed in our yard. It was the perfect outside theater! Of course, we scouted the location ahead of time for fire ants! We burned a large citronella candle and lit tiki torches around our perimeter to discourage mosquitoes. We brought out drinks and snacks and laid on blankets with pillows (or they did—I lazed in an Adirondack chair). We tried streaming My Girl, at first, but the buffering got annoying, so we decided to pull out a DVD and ended up watching episodes of Jimmy Neutron! It was so much fun and reminded me of my childhood when my parents would load up the station wagon with all four kids and head to the drive-in theater, sleeping bags laid out for the kids in back, and a pillowcase of popcorn.

Everyone loved it, even the 8-year-old who is scared to death of bugs. We’ll be doing it again this summer.


For a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card, share some fun childhood memory of your family or an idea for some unique activity families can enjoy!

11 comments to “Finding the Fun, Country-style! (Contest)”

  1. Pansy Petal
    · May 31st, 2022 at 9:50 am · Link

    How fun! Summer fun with the family? I am a fan of the campfire. Sitting around it swapping stories and/or singing songs. Some of my fondest memories with my in-laws were spent this way. Even the road trip to get to the camp ground was fun. I am talking three to five vehicles filled to the max with extended family – parents, siblings, kids – I believe one year we counted 19 of us. We all had CB radios and went back and forth quoting favorite lines from various movies. We were all sci-fi fans so there was a lot of Star Wars and Star Trek. “I have a bad feeling about this.” “But Jim, I am only a doctor!” Ah, the memories.

  2. Colleen C.
    · May 31st, 2022 at 1:13 pm · Link

    Loved playing around in our pool… we would go around as fast as we could to form a current that would carry us around the pool. We spent many hours in there.

  3. ButtonsMom2003
    · May 31st, 2022 at 1:20 pm · Link

    One of my favorite memories was my 16th birthday party. We had a small back yard but mom and dad still allowed me to invite the whole HS marching band (I played clarinet and not everyone came). Mom and Dad made several flavors of homemade, hand-cranked ice cream and everyone had a blast.

    A friend gave me Carole King’s Tapestry album. I wasn’t familiar with her at the time but became an instant fan after listening to it. I wore it out and many years later I bought the CD.

  4. Katherine Anderson
    · May 31st, 2022 at 5:12 pm · Link

    My biggest memory from childhood is playing schools😂😂. Makes sense I became a teacher. I use to create worksheets and get my father to photocopy them so all my students could do it. These students consisted of everyone in my street who would come play with me….. I had fun 😂😂 not sure about them

  5. Elaine Howell
    · May 31st, 2022 at 6:46 pm · Link

    My family always had a reunion the third weekend in July at my grandparents in West Texas. We had several members of the family that took pictures and had video cameras and we would watch from the previous reunion and vacations. It would start at dark and run until everyone fell asleep.

  6. Mary Preston
    · May 31st, 2022 at 8:50 pm · Link

    I can remember my family entering a sandcastle building competition. We were thrilled with our castle until we saw the competitions. Ours was truly a labour of love and they had built palaces. A lot of fun though.

  7. bn100
    · May 31st, 2022 at 11:31 pm · Link

    liked hiking together

  8. Debra Guyette
    · June 1st, 2022 at 4:46 am · Link

    That sounds like fun. We used to go to drive in movies. I loved it so much. Picnics are al so fun.

  9. Deb
    · June 3rd, 2022 at 4:41 am · Link

    Glad to hear you and the family are feeling better, Delilah.
    Cannot go wrong with Hallmark mysteries.

  10. flchen1
    · June 7th, 2022 at 1:32 am · Link

    We were probably slightly older when our parents taught us to play mahjong. We got to take turns playing as a team with an adult until we felt like we had a grasp of the rules, then we got to give it a go on our own. Nothing like the chance to beat Mom and Dad (which rarely happened, LOL!)

  11. Delilah
    · June 11th, 2022 at 8:25 am · Link

    Thanks for sharing your summertime family fun memories!

    The winner of the Amazon gift card is…Pansy Petal!

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