Sunday, August 28, 2011

Do we know how to have fun in the rain, or WHAT?

The challenge is finding an activity the whole family can enjoy, preferably one that requires skill, creativity, and a moderate amount of physical activity.
Scrabble? Nope, too sedentary.
Charades? Hard to find categories that are equally meaningful to a 14 yr. old AND a 63 yr. old.
How about farm chores? Too routine you say? Well, how about farm chores with a skunk?
Yep. We might just be on to something here....

Game set-up: Place the animals needing to be fed and watered as far apart as possible on your property. Playing in hurricane style weather preferred.

Each player is only allowed one piece of weather-appropriate gear, because anyone possessing complete, matching and fitting raingear probably can afford to decamp to a theater or friend's house to wait out the storm.

Points are awarded for successful completion of game activities.

Play: Roll the dice to see who gets to stay inside. Lowest roll or busiest person goes first. Start by feeding the flock inside the 12x30 poultry shed on the upper lot. (1 point) Continue to the pig, then the turkey, then the sheep, all on the lower lot. (1 point awarded for each animal fed. Deduct one point for each dish that overturns when the animal steps in it, or if the animal head butts the scoop and spills the food.)

Return to the upper lot to see the flock rapidly departing the food in the (mostly) dry shed.

When you hear the new chickens clucking and carrying on a little too loudly for comfort, enter the poultry shed and discover something screaming and causing a stir behind the gate to the sheep stall.

As soon as you see the skunk locked in a death roll with either the bantam rooster or one of the teenage chickens, throw everything you have in reach at them, and run for the house. (1 point for every object that hits the skunk. Bonus points awarded if the kitchen bowl that held the apple peels for the sheep lands anywhere close. This now becomes a barn bowl.)

Scream at the next player to grab the .22 and meet you in the barn. If the next player is the 63 yr. old with challenged hearing, repeat the instructions several times.

Play resumes in the poultry shed, and the next player has to shoot the skunk dead. (1 point) If Player 2 cannot see the skunk immediately, Player 1 must run back in the shed to point out the skunk and receive the bulk of the Aromatic Bonus Spray (3 points).

Player 3 now joins the game by shouting out the office window, asking what is going on. ( 1 point for every question that receives an answer.)

Other game tasks that earn points: picking up the skunk and placing it in an empty feed bag (1 point), tranferring the dead skunk to the fire pit (1 point), and retrieving the thrown objects and returning them to their proper place (1 point each).

All game points are doubled if the player falls in the mud during execution of a task. Note: chances of falling in the mud are proportional to the degree to which the player desires to stay dry.

Winning the game: Player with the highest point score, gets the first shower.


mainely stitching said...

Hysterially, rolling-on-the-floor funny!!

Michelle said...

Well, I don't know if YOU had any fun doing all this, but I sure had fun READING it!!! Couldn't help but wonder if rolling in mud might help cut the smell - kinda like tomato juice? hee!

melanie said...


Each of us tested the "mud" theory to different degrees, but according to the teenager, we still stunk. So it was showers all around...

Susan said...

Oh, shucks! You three have ALL the fun! A SKUNK??? New wrinkle, I see. Was that the tomato juice shower you took? I'll be up to see about a week.

michellepawkett said...

Melanie, am not sure if that is the actually picture of the skunk you had on your property, but he or she is kinda cute. I am sure the scent is not cute.

melanie said...

Yeah..the actual one is a little "holy" and was not available for photos...

michellepawkett said...

***I meant actual picture, not actually picture. I get obsessed about correcting my mistakes. Glad the skunk is in heaven. p.s. Do you still have eau de skunk on you?

Kayten said...

You have the recipe for combating skunk odor, right? 1 quart peroxide, 1 tbsp Dawn, 1/4 cup baking soda. ix together, apply, leave on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse. I used to buy peroxide by the gallon through the veterinary hospital.

melanie said...


"leave on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse"

You mean sit in a tub of that mixture for 15 minutes??? My skin would never tolerate it.