The Deck Is Stacked Against Me

July 22nd, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

After seeing how she kept winning someone needed to figure out why. Somebody picked me. So, I took to counting how many wild cards we were handed during a card game called Skip-Bo. We, being my 94 year-old mother-in-law and myself. She doesn’t get around much physically now but she’s very alert. She’s a force to reckoned with at the card table. Once this COVID-19 thing is over and with her luck I should give here $1,000 and a trip to Vegas.

She has to be the Skip-Bo queen of the family and is very hard to beat. She seems to win because she gets most of the wild cards or Skip-Bo’s. I decided to test my theory by writing down all our games results. After each game, I wrote down how many Skip-Bo we both used during the game. I also noted the winner of that game. Having access to a MySql database would allow me to “analyze” the data later. Also, it gave me a chance to write some mysql queries.

SELECT SUM(grammy) FROM `skipbo` WHERE grammy >  0


As of July 21, 2020
We’ve played 100 games

Grammy had a total of 1,762 SKIP-BO’s

I had a total of  1,423 SKIP-BO’s

Grammy had  54 wins

I had   46 wins

Grammy record number of SKIP-BO’s for any one game  34

I record number of SKIP-BO’s for any one game   24

Bottom Line Grammy has had 24% more SKIP-BO’s than me but only 17% more wins. When we first started playing I understood this game was as many games, card games especially, winning is determined by skill and luck. With two evenly matched competitors luck will determine the winner. She has won with fewer Skip-Bo’s during a game and so have I. But when I look back through 100 game, it’s usually the person with the most Skip-Bo’s who keeps coming out on top.

Tribute To John Lewis

July 19th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Flag lowering for U.S. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.

USA President Don J. Trump and Delaware governor ordered US and state flags flown at half-staff. Our flags here in Heritage Shores were also lowered and will return to regular height tomorrow.

When Life Gives You Lemons

July 16th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Being a member of farm share operation, each week we get fresh vegetable from a local farm. This means each week we get a “share” of what the farmer is growing. For the past 6 weeks we’ve received yellow squash and zucchini along with other produce. Most of the folks in my house are tired of it, the squash. We have friends who are also done with zucchini. At the same time, I’ll eat it because our share is paid up front until November. Another reason is I don’t like wasting food.

There’s a old saying which says “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This is good advice to remember when you have limited choices. So after weeks of squash cooked various ways I decided to find a new way. I was eating too much zucchini bread, which demanded something different. So, today I did a Summer squashsoup and it was quite good.

I’m looking forward to next week’s share. Maybe I can find some sort of pie recipe which uses zucchini. If not, there could be a zucchini bread pudding. Either way I’ll post a picture.

My wife is hoping we don’t get anymore for the rest of the summer.

It’s My Blog, My Rules

July 8th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

The Coastal Camera Club out of Lewes DE has monthly opportunities for members to showcase their photography. The competitions have different categories for members to submit their images. Categories include color, black and white, fine arts, nature and other types of photography.

The club has many very talented photographers, some being highly acclaimed. I’m not one of the “acclaimed.”

Back to the competitions.

One category is Nature Photography, and one of the rules is “no hand of man” can be seen in the submitted image. This means you can’t submit an animal picture if it’s seen to have been taken in a zoo( huMANs made the zoo). An award winning photograph of a flower taken, say at the Philadelphia Flower Show, would be disqualified if the flower pot(made by a woman?) was seen in photo. Nature means not human influence allowed.

Well, my cherry tomato plants are coming up now and I wanted to show how small they were. The picture seen in this post could not be used in the nature category according to Coastal Camera Club rules.

Well, I like the picture and I’m posting it in my “nature category.”

It’s my blog, my rules.

Quite A Storm

July 6th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

June 30th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Rooted In Solid Ground

June 10th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

Might Be A Bird Dog

June 2nd, 2020
Photography by B.L. Vaughan

That’s Bella playing with what looks like a Big Bird stuffed animal.

Bella is thought to be a boxer breed of dog. Maybe she wants to be a “bird” dog.

A Little Logging Going On

June 1st, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

There seems to be some sort of logging operation on farmland near us.

I’ve Been Saved!

May 27th, 2020
Photography by E.W. Faircloth

The top picture was taken during a cruising event months ago. The bottom picture same image after having been enhanced by Adobe Photoshop. The driver was in shade of her car with the sun coming through the window. The grass was dull with the image being overall a little hazy.

After seeing the comparisons you can see, I’ve been saved again by Photoshop 🙂