Leaners and Ringers

johnmack161, Horseshoes game, CC BY 2.5

I stumbled across an old photograph online where people were playing horseshoes. This reminded me so much of my father who was quite the horseshoes fanatic. We often had horseshoe pits he carefully paced off with his non-scientific method of determining the appropriate stride to measure one yard.

We often spent our summers camping at a local campground – Hickory Hills. There  was a small lake for paddle boats and a snack bar with an outdoor jukebox where all the kids would gather in the evening to hang out together. I have fond memories of Creedence Clearwater songs floating through the warm night air. It was magical and also happened to be the place where I met my most enduring summer love — Chuck — but that is another story for another day.

Even at the campground, we had horseshoes. I remember playing often. My dad was a master at it. He made ringers (the horseshoes go around the stake) and leaners (the horseshoe leans on the stake) frequently. Not bad for a 40’ toss. All four of us (me and my siblings) ended up fairly proficient at the game, too.

I can still remember the weight of the oversized ‘horseshoes’, the stance and the way to toss for an accurate landing. Funny how those things come back easily when we think about them. I remember the sound of the horseshoe landing on the stake and the sound of the horseshoe falling on top of other horseshoes that did not quite make the mark.

Do people even play horseshoes anymore? They must because I see they are still for sale on Amazon, but no photos popped up on Pixabay other than horses, anvils, and falls. Maybe during this time of social isolation, families will fall back to games like this.

We spent a lot of family time playing horseshoes, badminton, softball and croquet. But then we had large yards with ample room for such games. So chime in, did you and your family play lawn games? Do you still?


WDIIA -Wednesday, Apr 22, 2020


I am certainly happy my phone, computer and iPad display the date and time, because I am truly never cognizant of what day it is otherwise. I have not had much to write about or perhaps I was just taking a much needed break. I have been on a crazy roller coaster ride!

I have been reading though, but even my comments have dwindled. I am spending more time connecting with family and friends and having longer phone conversations, too. We are spending much more time cooking as every meal is at home. Hubby went out to the grocery stores yesterday – the first physical trip since quarantine started. The freezer was bare, but he managed to get stocked up on meats and veggies. It will soon be time to make vegetable stock and soup again.

Dan over at No Facilities was talking about Star Trek the other day (at least it seems like it was the other) and I ran into this bit of trivia I thought I would share. The first episodes of Star Trek were filmed on the old Andy Griffith Show backlot. There was an episode featuring Joan Collins walking alongside Captain Kirk. Notice the building?

Another episode, Miri, uses the old Mayberry town backlot as a devastated earth like town.

One of my friends from high school is a quilter and she started making masks for any of her family and friends who needed them. She made hundreds and mailed them to anyone who requested them. No charge. She even paid for all the postage. I was able to send masks to all my children and soon to my grandchildren. What a wonderful and kind soul she is. She would not take any payment, so I am going to send her a piece of my jewelry in appreciation. ❤️

Today is Earth Day. Mother Earth is breathing a sigh of relief since we have all been staying home. It makes my heart hurt how much we have abused our planet. I fear we will not learn from it, either. So many people in the U.S. going out in protest now, unmasked and not caring at all who they put at risk. My state has passed its peak for deaths, but only if we stay at home until the end of May. Bordering states Tennessee and South Carolina seemed to have decided to start opening up. I fear a resurgence and more people sick and dying.

I do understand the hardships. So many states unable to handle the unemployment demands. Systems crashing — just like our healthcare system. I just do not believe going back to “normal” too early is going to have the desired effect. We know nothing about when it will be ‘safe’ as can be proven by watching Japan and China go through new waves.

My Pandemic writing class ended, but I signed up for a Part 2 which starts the first Saturday in May. I met some very talented and soulful people in the class and I look forward to sharing more with those who continue.

I do have a few post about things from my childhood in progress, so they will be popping up here soon.

Happy Earth Day!