Archive for April 13th, 2009

River ice holding as of noon today

Monday, April 13th, 2009

As of noon today the ice hadn’t broken.

North Saskatchewan River at Prince Albert, 2009-04-13

I had intended to take pictures daily until the ice breaks, but it slipped my mind on Friday April 10.

However here’s a pic I took on Saturday April 11 while cycling the Rotary Trail.

North Saskatchewan River at Prince Albert, 2009-04-11.

And here’s one that Jennifer took during the Easter Sunrise Service, Sunday April 12.

North Saskatchewan River at Prince Albert, 2009-04-12, Easter Sunrise Service

The last couple of days have been warm, and now we have a light rain, but I’m sticking with my prediction that the ice will break on Wednesday the 15th.

On the Auntie-I-Over injured list

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Auntie-I-Over* can be a physically punishing game.  Most of the injuries that I’ve seen in my long Auntie-I-Over career were purple bruises from being beaned with a sponge ball.  Perhaps the most memorable was the time my big brother Marv was literally knocked to the ground by a hornet sting to the forehead while rounding the back of our old house at Shell Lake.  None of us had noticed the big nest under the eaves.  Of course being Marv he didn’t cry, but we could all tell that he was in pain.  (I was secretly glad because of the purple welt he had recently given me).

My most recent Auntie-I-Over injury happened yesterday, when my middle-aged body rounded the corner of the garage under a full head of steam, chased by a nimble kid with a ball in her hand, and my feet contacted a patch of wet muddy grass and my backside was suddenly lower than my feet.  I probably should have just let my soft bottom take the impact, but I tried to break my fall with my right hand, almost dislocating my shoulder as a result.

Luckily I have Ibuprofen.

I won’t be playing Auntie-I-Over again till this athletic injury heals.


For the uninitiated, Auntie-I-Over is a game dating back to before the invention of the T.V.  It is played with two teams who stand on opposite sides of a low building and toss a ball over the roof.  A throw is signalled by calling “Auntie-I-Over”.  A failed throw (roll-back) is signalled by calling “Pig’s Tail”.  If the ball is caught before hitting the ground, the members of the receiving team run around the building and try to tag members of the other team with the ball.  If everyone keeps their hands behind their backs, the victims need to make a snap decision on which way to run – who has the ball?  Throwing the ball is permitted, but head shots aren’t.  Tagged members switch teams, and play continues until a team has been completely decimated.

A quick Google search reveals that the game has other names, including Annie-I-Over, Annie-Annie, and Auntie-Auntie, and that some variants signal unsuccessful throws with “Auntie Come Back” or other phrases that probably make more sense than “Pig’s Tail”.