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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It's Not Easy Being Grandma!


Yesterday I baby-sat two of my grandkids;  well, it's not exactly baby-sitting, since Nickolas is 10 and Allie is 7.  We played Monopoly.  On the living room rug.

News flash:   I am too old and heavy to play Monopoly on the living room rug.  Lowering this carcass to the floor risks the need to call in a crane to lift me back to an upright position.  But, sit on the floor, I did.  (I'm nothing if not a good sport!)

Playing Monopoly with two kids who are just learning the game is a challenge, as well.   I hadn't played in 40 years---I can't remember all the rules,  And I could not rely on my 10-year-old shyster grandson, who also acted as banker, either..  And Allie had to be watched, because every time she took a turn, she would skip streets or double up on them--whichever suited her efforts to avoid paying rent or going to jail.  

I don't know where those two sneaky siblings learned this stuff;  I never cheated at board games!  We played for about 3 hours...my legs were falling asleep from sitting on the floor, while Nick assumed the Lotus position without difficulty, and Allie alternated between sitting and rolling around in some acrobatic move between her turns.  Mercifly by that point, Allie ran out of cash and Nick wasn't grasping the concept of mortgaging property, so we agreed to call it quits.

I crawled over to the couch so I could help myself back up to a standing position, since no one had phoned for the services of a crane.  Then I made grilled cheese sandwiches and French fries for lunch, which they barely ate.  Being grandma, (or the French equivalent "Memere," as they call me), I then made chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

Allie and I watched "Animal Cops" on tv while Nick played a computer game  on my laptop after lunch.  Then we took a 50 minute drive to their home town where Nick had football practice. 

We hugged them goodbye and I came home and collapsed on the couch in front of Bachelor Pad, totally wiped out. 


 Needless to say, I'm behind on my blogging and will try to get caught up today!   Thanks to those of you who read and commented on  my guest post yesterday at Untypically Jia's.    Apparently I offended someone because no warning was given that it involved adult content, for which I am deeply sorry.  So if you haven't visited it ,  stand warned in advance!
EVA

24 comments:

AgingGal said...

Oh, I'm tired after just reading this!

Kristina P. said...

My husband's family is notorious for cheating! I have had to up my cheating game!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Soon as I read "on the living room rug," I thought, my goodness, I'd NEVER be able to get up from there. Good to know I'm not the only one who has to use a heavy piece of furniture for assistance!

Sofia's Ideas said...

LOL! I still have sciatic issues from the first pregnancy so I have learned to not sit on the floor. Ever! :)

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oh,..good job..

Homemaker Man said...

Can I just say, you are a great grandmother. Also, if the kids don't know the rules, that's when you take advantage and fleece'em. Also, read your guest post. Good job. Also, I feel as though there was plenty of warning on your blog that the post contained adult content, and besides, there was nothing offensive or pornographic about it. Also . . . no, that's it.

River said...

Ha Ha, I'm way too clever to sit on the floor. I used to say to the grandkids we play board games on the table or we don't play. They were happy enough to climb up on chairs. We didn't play monopoly though, we preferred scrabble. We had three sets and would spread all the boards along the length of the table and play for hours right across all three boards.

Brian Miller said...

smiles. sounds like you had a fun day...cheating or otherwise...grilled cheese is the bomb too!

Eva Gallant said...

AgingGal: And my left hip is screaming at me that sitting on the floor was not the best idea!

Sofia: See my comment to AgingGal above!

Ayam: I will.

Profile: I visited.

semut: Thanks.

EmptyNester said...

Oh gosh how I know the difficulty of getting up off the floor! And to think I used to be able to get up off the floor using only my legs. Ah, youth.

Now I have to check out that guest post.

David Allen Waters said...

I have always found monopoly a hard game to teach someone...and getting down on the floor, all I can say is you go girl :)

Nicki said...

Not sure how you did it! I couldn't do that at the age of 39!!!

Nicki said...

I loved your steamy story! It was NOT porn either. Some people need to realize that normal human excitement does not equal pornography. In my last blog post, I mentioned how I was told to bring someone up on sexual harassment charges because he talked about my breastfeeding my son in front of others. Really? Come on!

tsonodablog said...

Gosh I can totally relate on getting down on the floor...or rather the difficulty thereof. I find myself envying those folks who do it with ease. I do, however, make myself get down there a few times a week, just to stretch body parts and prove to myself I can still crawl over to the couch to get myself back up. LOL

Eddie Bluelights said...

Yes I am afraid Newton's Law of Gravity gets harsher as the years progress LOL . . . . glad you managed to get up! LOL
As for Monopoly there have been times when the kids (when they were young) deviated slightly from the rules. The game goes on and on so I invented two new cards to shorten it last time we were playing with Maggie's Grandchildren. One card was for the Community Chest deck and it simply said, "You have just won £10,000,000 on the lottery". The other card was for The Chance deck and this one said, "You are completely bancrupt and need to sell off all your assets before the bailifs visit you". A much shorter game indeed. Cheers ~ Eddie

Al Penwasser said...

I sorta "reverse cheat" at Monopoly. It's a slow game which would make a baseball game look like a 100 yard dash (or maritals with me and Mrs. Penwasser). I seek to put myself out of my misery as soon as I can. I buy EVERYTHING in sight and then I proceed to go bankrupt. Game over, I'm on the couch watching TV, and everyone else is fighting over Reading Railroad and the Electric Company.
Go to Jail, indeed. Go to the fridge and grab a beer!

rosaria said...

Oh I forgot how tough babysitting can be!

Pat said...

I'm impressed that you sat on the floor for THREE hours! I could NEVER sit there that long! My back would be killing me withing 20 minutes! My granddaughter ALWAYS wants me to sit on the floor and play with her!

Bodacious Boomer said...

What a good sport you are for getting down on the floor. With my torn up knee there's no way I could do that. Our daughter was quite the cheater in her day too. She tried to stack the deck in a game of Uncle Wiggly.

Damon said...

great post
i like your blog (:
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Eva Gallant said...

Terri: I used to do that at your age, too; now, not so much!

Damon: Thanks Damon! Welcome!