Generations across the board

Our View from the Porch columnist describes how grandparents can connect with grandchildren; and the library has Fall Fair themed puzzles.

I read an article on grandparenting. A suggestion was to play board games with the grandchildren.

One winter I had the grandson and granddaughter along with their mom at my place to play monopoly. I had threatened my grandson that I was “taking him down” so I expected a tough game. Rather than playing with bills in denominations of five up to a hundred, we each had a bank card and we were playing for millions. I could not wrap my head around paying thousands in rent at one stop and buying properties for millions. I was terrified to spend, to buy anything, to land on anything. Of course he won, hands down. Perhaps I should challenge him to a game of Crib or Spite and Malice (a much loved card game of my husband’s).

Black plants for your garden: function as a neutral and foundational colour, working well with every other colour, appears to create a sense of more space, blending into the background. Viewed from a distance it seems to disappear while colourful flowers stand out. Ipomoea (sweet potato vines), ornamental grasses and coleus are three major classes of plants that have black foliage. Not sure how hardy these are for our zone.

Bought my first e-reader. It was on sale, cheap enough that I was willing to give it a try. I intend to download books from the library as they have e-books. First I will need help from the computer tutor to learn how to do this, he is also at the library providing free tutoring on computer usage.

Coming up Aug. 1 you will be able to pick up puzzle forms at the library that are based on the Fall Fair theme “There is Something in the Air at the Bulkley Valley Fair”. There is one word search for children up to 10 years, a word search for children and teens up to 18 years and a puzzle for adults. One prize of a gift certificate to Speedee will be handed out for each category. If multiple correct puzzles, a draw will be done for the final winner. Puzzle forms will also be available at the Fall Fair. A challenge, if any of the children and teens want to try the puzzle and are successful there will be a separate prize for that winning puzzle.

I have become hooked on council meetings. They are something like a TV series, you have to come to the next meeting to see how some of the quandaries end. Remember that you can hear the discussions around some of the issues at www.soundcloud.com/smithersradio, the most recent council meeting is there by Friday following the meeting. It is important to be involved in your community. This is easy as you do not have to leave the comfort of your own home.

Closing with:

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”

Samuel Johnson