All posts in category Weekend Distraction
Posted by sharechair on February 7, 2015
Snow + ice = slippery roads. No thank you.
It’s been a while since I looked through the App store for a new game.
But with the snowstorm looming, it seemed like a good time to find some kind of something to play with in between the many movies and oodles of comfort food that come together to make up a cozy stay-at-home snow day.
I didn’t have to browse the store for long. I downloaded Crosswords, and I’m not disappointed.
Basically, I am a Crossword-doer-Wannabe. I’m just not very good at them. But I’m always willing to try.
This Crosswords app is made by a company that has been producing crossword books for years (Dell Magazine and Penny Press). Now these are not New York Times quality puzzles, but for a Wannabe like me, this is all I can handle. :)
You get to download this app for free, and you get a nice bunch of puzzles for free, too. If, after completing them all, you want more, those are available through an in-app purchase system.
The board is large enough to easily see the squares and the clues. There is no learning curve. Just tap anywhere to type in your word. Or delete. It’s very intuitive …. you’ll be playing within minutes of downloading it.
This screen (from my iPad) shows you all the free puzzles you get with your download.
And here is the game screen (also on the iPad). Easy-peasy to use.
Posted by sharechair on January 23, 2015
Posted by sharechair on January 9, 2015
Google has kindly set up a Santa tracker so that all those with an interest in the whereabouts of the Jolly Old Elf … well…. they have it covered.
Even if you are not counting down, children and adults alike will enjoy spending a little time in the Village.
Each day they “unlock” a new something. It might be a little game, or something to watch. All cute. Aimed at children, BUT, it’s still worth a look-around. Today, for example, they unlocked a little match game, and as you solve each screen, they give you more to match. So even adults can find a bit of distraction, here. With 30 seconds to solve each screen, I “lost” a few screens in. I hope you do better!
Enjoy Google’s Santa Tracker!
Posted by sharechair on December 5, 2014
Thank you to the Laughing Housewife for sending this to me. Linda is my humor “muse”. She shares laughter on her blog, and I’m so glad that she also shares it directly with me (to share with you). :)
Posted by sharechair on November 21, 2014
Peggle is a wonderful mix of “fun” plus “addictive-enjoyment” plus “challenging-but-not-too-challenging” plus (again) “fun”.
Not much of a learning curve. The basic premise: you release a ball and it bounces around on the screen, bumping into dots of various colors. Your job is to aim that ball as it is released in a way that will maximize its collision with orange dots. Your main goal is to clear the screen of orange dots before you run out of balls.
There will be a few obstacles tossed your way (of course). But you’ll learn as you go.
When you start, you have a choice of several different “modes” of play. I recommend “Adventure” as this will move you along gradually, screen to screen, learning as you go.
It really is addictive fun. There is something rather hypnotic watching that ball bounce around on the screen.
Here are two random screen shots. The arrangement of dots will change with each screen, and sometimes some of them are moving targets.
Posted by sharechair on November 7, 2014
Thanks, Linda, for this great cartoon!! :)
Posted by sharechair on November 1, 2014
It is FREE and full of creepy scary noises.
There are lots of haunting favorites, including cackling witches, deep ghostly laughs, spooky forests, roaring monsters and creepy organ music.
You get three pages of … eeeek! (and advertisements at the top to ignore)
And you can play with these sounds, a bit, too. You can press a single button for a brief scary-something, or you can choose to LOOP the noise and keep it going. By doing this you can customize the creepiness. :shock:
For instance, I played a little of the “horror organ” and added a “female scream”. A recipe for: GASP!
Hooked up to a speaker, these noises could be a lot of fun for a party or just plain fun. You never know when you might need a ghostly wail. :) This brings back memories of setting up a spooky house for tricker-treaters oh-so-long-ago and getting scolded for being “too scary” (remember that, Trudi?)
Posted by sharechair on October 24, 2014
Posted by sharechair on October 17, 2014
Those of us of a certain age will understand this completely.
Others will recognize the symptoms in their elderly loved ones.
(my daughter-in-law sent this to me. Is she trying to tell me something?)
I use my iPhone as a tool to cope with this. The reminders, lists and calendar alerts are helpful to those of us who suffer with this problem. :)
Posted by sharechair on September 20, 2014