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06:30 pm: Unpacking: The tip of the iceberg
For the past few days, I've been digging through the boxes in my storage room to locate items I can use for serving food when I have guests for New Year. I uncovered enough of my Japanese decorative pieces to fill the shelves in the display case I keep in the living room. I've been collecting these things for ten years, so it's nice to be able to set them out the way I always planned.

I've managed to empty a couple of boxes in the process, but there are so many. I have a lot of stuff.

Now, if I can just find my hot water machine...

In other news, I've been reading a novel (in English) in which the characters all learn how to play sheepshead. Here's a quote: "Some players still use cheat sheets. Sheepshead is pretty much only known by elderly farmers." Tee hee! It makes me want to play again. It's hard to think about celebrating Christmas without playing sheepshead.

We're having a holiday potluck at work tomorrow. I'm going to bring a loaf of chayote bread. The plant is dying down for the season, so I'm trying to save as much as I can. I've cleared out some room in the freezer and stuck four pints of shredded chayote in there. If I can store at least two more pints, that will be enough to have at least one loaf of chayote bread per month for a year.


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Date:December 22nd, 2011 11:16 am (UTC)
Wow, that's an awesome case! Looks fantastic.

...What is sheepshead? I've never heard of it ^^;
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Date:December 22nd, 2011 12:01 pm (UTC)
...What is sheepshead?

It's a card game similar to euchre that comes from Germany. As far as I know, in this country it is played pretty much only in Wisconsin. (Once someone from Germany emailed me because of seeing my German name on my website, and he was amazed that I knew how to play.)
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Date:December 22nd, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, how pretty! It looks even nicer with your things in it.

I've never heard of sheepshead, either. How do you play it? (Heck, how do you PRONOUNCE it?)
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Date:December 22nd, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
How do you play it?

The rules are complicated, but essentially you play with a deck that has only cards with values 7 and higher. Diamonds, jacks, and queens are always trump. The most interesting thing about it that distinguishes it from euchre is that your partner changes every round, so you could be playing with the person next to you, or the person across from you, or no one at all.

Heck, how do you PRONOUNCE it?

It's two words scrunched together--"sheep's head"--translated directly from the German.
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Date:December 22nd, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Love the display case!

(My favorite thing about your sheepshead explanations is how you keep comparing it to euchre. You know euchre is just as localized, right?)
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Date:December 22nd, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
You know euchre is just as localized, right?

Maybe...but it's the only game even remotely similar. (The novel says that knowing bridge helps...but it's not really anything like bridge.)

I'm actually impressed by the way the novel gets most of the details right. The only real mistake is that one character says, "We can't play with three people." That's not true, but I suppose it could be chalked up to that particular character not knowing the rules for three-person sheepshead.

(Hmmm...it says the author grew up in Minnesota. That's close to Wisconsin, so it's possible the game is popular there too.)
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