Of course, as this is My Own Meme, whatever I did on IAVOM could never be classed as cheating, and I could change the rules on a whim, not that there are hard and fast rules for the meme anyway.
The upshot of it is, that it’s bloomin’ cold outside and I was given a couple of bunches of white carnations this week, so using them in today’s vase was a win-win scenario. With yet another hectic coming-up-to-Christmas week, the flowers originally sat in an empty milk jug for a couple of days before I got round to doing anything with them, and even then they were trimmed and just ‘shoved’ into a vase that was clearly too small for them., so I am doing them a favour by removing a few stems and placing them in this tall and shapely black vase instead. The vase came from our local charity ‘tip shop’ and cost next to nothing, but I like the profile of it, which reminds me of a pair of long legs in elegant silky wide-leg trousers (not anything my short legs would ever be seen in!).
I had considered adding a touch of greenery, but decided instead that the simplicity of the white blooms and black vase needed no further augmentation. With the ‘cheating’ thought in my head, it brought to mind the simple card game ‘Cheat’, a game introduced by my brother when we were young teenagers, and which he was suspiciously good at. Very simply, the pack of cards is dealt out to 3 or more players, and the first player plays at least one card face down saying what it is eg “two jacks”; the next player has to follow suit with cards of the following denomination, queens in this instance, and so on. The object is to be the first to empty your hand, so you try and ‘cheat’ by putting down whatever cards you think you can get away with when it’s your turn. If you are challenged, you have to pick up the pile of cards if you have cheated, whilst the challenger picks them up if you haven’t. Hence the prop, ‘Cards for Kids’, guaranteed fun for all the family and a great way for children to learn about working with numbers (not sure about the cheating though!).
If you have time to grab some material to shove into a vase or jamjar this week, please join in with IAVOM by adding the usual links to and from this post.