A French African Game “Changez Vous”

A French African Game “Changez Vous”
The rules:
Sing in French passionately, guttural, gritty or drunken and dramatic, preferably a lamentation:

Changez
Changez
Changez vous

Sing first the chorus or beginning and “ad lib” the rest of the song spontaneously in French. You may write or practice ahead of time with dictionaries or translations etc. You may hold a paper to read from as you sing in French.

Best done on holidays or gatherings or in French classes or by fireside or when drinking wine or when channeling the French or feeling like a little parlez vous Francais or if you are Francophone a passionate lamentation about your love, or past loves or life.

Good examples are topics like from the monster of last year or change into her mother and my lover, or yesterday Serwah today Pomme Frites or the winter for the spring etc.

Make it a love song, make it the next Jacques Brel, become a French Torch or night club singer. You can be tragic or melancholy or forlorn or in love or write wedding vows.

It’s a nice “pocket game” that is fun for all occasions, ages and just in time for the holidays. A good excuse to buy a bottle of French wine or any good drink will do it! If you’re a child, try grape juice to simulate a drunken French disgruntled lover-and don’t get any grape juice on the carpet!

Enjoy!

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Stay tuned for forthcoming book “Pocket Games” by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #32

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #32

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Planning Good Times Around the Calendar

Continued from the work of happiness

January

End of month China, Chinese New Year 5 days (4000)

Skin resurfaced

Frenchie Faire, reading in French

Reading

Wine

Warming alcohols, hot toddy’s

New Years

Goals

February

Chinese Take Out Party, Sake, mai tai, Sapporo, sodas,

Cocoa Party and Cakes (250)

Luncheon

Valentines (100)

Drawing and painting, collage, illustration

Quilted art

Make prints

Movie Night

March

Mexico  4 day weekend  (3,000)

Mexican Fiesta, Margarita’s, Posole, meat pies, bunelos

Sewing Bee

Movie Night, Danzon

Drawing session

Reading days in Spanish

Arizona or Texas out west, mountains, resort, restaurants

Study Spanish

Meet Spanish teacher in Mexico

Get work books

Flash cards out

Spanish TV

Spanish subtitle movie

MUSIC, Susana Baca

Agua de rosas

Cantina

Corona with lime

Chilaquiles

Tequila

April

Gardening (100)

Cleaning (300)

Easter (300)

Tea

Church

Brunch

Eggs and Babka

Pastries

Ham and Cheese

See a Play

Spring Recital

Rites of Spring

Spritzers

Biblical

Facial and spa

Choir, classical, nature, relaxation, hippie faire, folk, Joni, carpenter, 70’s

Movie night

Reading

Spring cleanse

Get spiritual

Falun gong readings and exercises

Plant a garden

Prune bushes

Quiches

Buy some plants for the inside

Salads

Hams

Potato

Breakfasts

Panera take out pastries

Cocktails

Blood of Christ

Pray

Guitar

Bunny cake

Cupcakes

Bake Bread

Little salads

May

Cocktails

Ice cream cones

Look through recipes

Pad Thai

All favorite dishes

Invite chefs to cook

Culinary travels

Garage sales

Fire pit

Music

Thrifting

Music store

Fairlane shopping trip

Order clothes

Massage

Open up pool

Sewing

Plan presents for yourself

Rehearse music

Musical theater

Drawing and painting hire models

Bake birthday cakes all month

Game Night (250)

Frankenmuth (150)

SPA facial, mani, pedi, hair conditioned, cut

Buy new beauty products

Work on beauty

Get lots of exercise

Penmanship

Quiet writing time

Reading

Goals

Movie night

Birthday

BBQ (150)

Poolside with cocktails (250)

Shopping Trip Fairlane Detroit (600)

Cocktail Party

Vintage Photo

Breakfast with Panera and eggs sausages, casserole, frittata

reading

June

Road Trip

Holland Michigan

Pentwater rent  beach cottage  (500)

Dinner party (400)

Tapas

Kayaking

Friend visit 4 days, pub, dinner, cook, Vietnamese, bucket a chicken for lunch, Michigan Theater, ARK, case wine, Copernicus, desserts, movies, Midnight movies, matinee, Café, The Earle, BBQ, drawing, photo, pick up pastries, bake, parfaits

Summer Solstice Celebration

Crochet, Baci, Badminton, pool sports

Shopping dishes

Brazilian Samba

 

July

Wiards Orchard and Farm visit

Beach  (1000) Traverse/ Petoskey Camping , Mackinaw, thrifting, antiques,

Grinders,  hotel, Ypsilanti, cook, BBQ, Swim, concert, French restaurant, rubber raft, kayaks, pop up van, smores,

Fireworks (100)

Steak house

BBQ Soul food

Burger Bash

Friend visit,  read,  eat, drink,

Jamaican Night

August

Ghana  (3600)

NYC Film  (2500)

Cherry Trees and picking

Seasonal fruits and veg

September

CBC Road Trip  Book Signing

Plymouth Cider Mill

African Night, African Music,

Reading African books

Cider Mill (100)

Tailgating (250)

Fire pit

Reading play or poetry, singles, articles

Shopping Trip Detroit (350)

EMU Football Game

Submarine

Breakfasts

Music Store

 

October

Fire pit

Tailgating UM & Michigan chili dogs, brats, nachos

caramel apples

Halloween Candy

Spider cookies with Peanut butter cups and chocolate legs with eyes

Oktoberfest Frankenmuth

Bar for beers

Friends for beers and brats

Country Drive

Read Edgar Allan Poe, Hawthorne, Mystery, Dumaurier

Visit dead relatives, go to a cemetary

Poetry reading

Cider Mill

Halloween notes and films

Donuts and Coffee

Witches coven, pagan, Macbeth

Movie Night

Zombie thriller

Mystical

Herbs

Herbal first aid kits

Walk

Women

Sewing Bee

Ark

Live Music

Michigan Theater

Wiards

Plymouth Cider Mill

Day of the Dead and Mexican Faire

November

Thanksgiving  (1200)

Earthen

Chicago play  or a concert, shop xmas, restaurant (125)

Furrier

XIXI

Firepit

Christmas shopping fairlane, boutiques,

Breakfasts

Movie Night

December

Tree lighting (50)

Reading

Read Russian

Breakfasts

Christmas Lights

Meat pies

(2)Cocktail Parties (550)

Merry Mary  (400)

Opera (300)

Movie Night

Recital, rehearse Christmas music

Frankenmuth (400)

Loved ones Christmas Eve

Dad 2 days after Christmas exchange gifts meat pies christmas stuff

Homemade Egg rolls

Cookies

Pastries

Portraits

Cakes

EID  Middle Eastern Night

Caramel Corn

Martinis

Quilting

Carolling Christmas piano

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #17

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #17

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Curl or add body to limp hair with a roller set or a permanent wave. Train and program the hair.  Brighten the hair.

Alternatively, one may adjust the setting on their hairdryer to a low setting and a cooler temperature to fluff, thicken, add body or curl to hair.

It can also be nice when growing a long head of hair to prune it back several times to thicken it before it grows long.

I was given good advice to curler bump the folds of my under pinned hair do’s to get a smooth more polished finish.

A really nice way to meet calcium necessities and get enough milk in one’s diet may be drinking chocolate milk.  Chocolate milk may be good for children and elderly to encourage calcium intake.

Spring is here time to plant roses.  I had a vision to beautify the side of the house with red climbing roses planted against the wall in a row.  I am looking for wild pussy willow.

I planted herbs, perennials, roses, wild flowers and spread grass seed-to catch the feeling of the beginning of spring-and scheduled a haircut.

A schedule part exercise, music rehearsal, volunteering, AmeriCorps, work 1, 2, 3, jobs, language on Saturday’s, language on Sundays, beauty Friday’s, and studying every night late night-really beautifies you.  Studying all the time really beautifies you.

Schedule vaccinations for upcoming trips and anything preventative or necessary that may be needed.  Plan things far in advance, like overseas travel or beach time or holiday savings clubs.  Rent a place or on Trip Advisor there are international apartments for short term rental. Coast holiday to holiday.