Happy National Solitaire Day! What a great card game, it has been around for about 200 years and is also known as Klondike in some parts of the world. The classic version of the game uses a standard deck of 52 playing cards. The object of the game is to clear the board by creating a stack of cards from the low to the high in each suit. If a player completes the four suits, the game of Solitaire is won. It wasn’t until 1990 when Microsoft included Solitaire in Windows 3.0 that the game went truly viral. Microsoft Solitaire successfully helped teach computer users how to use a mouse and, in the process, ended up becoming one of the most played video games in history.

In 2012, Microsoft evolved Solitaire into the Microsoft Solitaire Collection, which features five of the top Solitaire games in one app. Since then, the game has been played by more than 242 million people and has become so popular that each year, 33 billion games are played.

I think playing Solitaire on electronic devices is not nearly as fun as using a real deck of cards. It seems lazy. Having to actually shuffle and deal out the cards is almost a lost art. I prefer ‘old school’ or ‘retro’ as it is called now. I like the feel of the deck of cards in my hand and being in control, and not having some device in control that stores up memory of my wins and losses and whatever else it can derive from game playing. Oh sure, the devices are compact and easy to handle, but there is nothing like handling a deck of cards.

Make time today, go a little retro, grab a deck of cards and deal a game or two of Solitaire. It will sharpen your mind. Better yet, show a young person how to use the cards instead of an electronic device. They’ll get hooked in no time.

My apologies to Joe Grubba – I forgot to put Joe Grubba Day, May 21, on last week’s Dates to Remember. We can’t forget the man who kept the town of Herald running smoothly and turned off the lights almost every night in our township for over 40 years. I hope you enjoyed your day, yesterday.

Sacramento County Fair starts tomorrow. With the weather being so crazy, let’s hope the good weather shows up and holds, or it could be a slushy mess. But hey, adversity builds character and I believe our young people of the most southern part of the county will prevail.

They will come home with blue ribbons, stories to tell and memories to hold close. Don’t forget the auction is on Sunday, May 26, starting with Sale of Champions at 10 a.m. You have the opportunity to help these young hardworking agriculturists by bidding on their market animal or industrial arts project at the auction or adding on to their account. Keep in mind many of them will continue in the future to produce the food that feeds us. Let us encourage them in their endeavors.

I cannot forget this! Happy Birthday to my husband’s mother, my kid’s grandma, my super terrific mother-in-law who is dear to my heart. Her birthday is on Tuesday, May 28. Yes, she is the best and I love her. And no, I will not tell her age; you wouldn’t believe me anyway. I hope I am half as active as she is at the same age.

For those of you counting, there are 10 school days left and 217 shopping days until Christmas.

Dates to remember:

May 23-27 – Sacramento County Fair

May 27 – Memorial Day, no school

June 5 – Herald Community Club meeting at Hendrickson Training Center at 7 p.m.

June 6 – High school graduations: Liberty Ranch at 3 p.m. and Galt High at 7 p.m., both held at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento. Admittance by ticket only.

June 14 – Flag Day

June 20 – Summer Solstice