Curling Terms Heard at the Prairie Spruce Blender


As Joanne relayed last week, we had a great time at the Tartan Curling Blender last weekend. Here are some of the common curling terms we learned about while playing out the end of the season. Looking forward to doing this again next year!

  1. Hard – a term often yelled by the skip or third calling the sweepers to put their best efforts into sweeping the rock to keep it on course; or an expression from the skip or third who just likes to see their teammates sweat; or a measure of the surface tension of the ice as it rapidly encounters the posterior of a hapless curler who has lost their balance.
  2. Hurry – a synonym for “hard” yelled by the skip or third calling the sweepers to put their best efforts into sweeping the rock to keep it on course; or a measure of the pace with which some curlers make their way up to the bar after the game to top up their liquid courage in preparation for their next game.
  3. Blender – another name for a social mixer of the type hosted by the Tartan curling club on April 11; or an expression used by
    curlers to describe how they feel the day after they have exercised muscles that have been dormant for the last number of years , as in “I feel like I have been put through a blender”.Knud-leads-the-dancing-400x284
  4. Straw – a key component of early curling brooms that were made of straw and that was often responsible for littering the ice and causing curling rocks to go off course; or a device for sipping beverages in the bar after the game; or a term used perhaps in reference to the Prairie Spruce Commons curler who picked the short straw and gets to write the blog about the curling blender on April 11. 🙂

Thanks to my teammates and my valiant adversaries in what was a great afternoon of fun and socializing.



Inaugural Prairie Spruce Curling Blender

Grab your brooms and sweep … join us at our inaugural Prairie Spruce Commons curling season bl-Ender!

The end of the curling season is fast approaching and we wanted to take the opportunity to get together for a social in the form of a curling “Blender”. Our curling social event will occur on Saturday April 11, 2015 is being sponsored by the Tartan Curling Club located at 1464 Broadway Avenue in Regina. Come with friends or just come and make new friends. Members of the Prairie Spruce Commons community will be there to have fun and support our future neighbourhood curling rink. We would love to meet you and tell you all about our community.

You can register as individuals or as groups and get blended into teams. Games are four ends, the score doesn’t matter, rules are optional – fun is mandatory! Ten dollars per person includes ice time, live music and a free beer. You can register via our Facebook event or by sending us an email.

The place starts hopping around 6:00 p.m. and curling starts as soon as teams are assembled. Then for the brave or perverse they’re turning half the rink into a skating rink at about 9:00 p.m. Don’t bring your hockey sticks though, it’s not that kind of rink. The alternative country band “Wolf Willow” (no relation to Wolf Willow cohousing in Saskatoon) is coming to play and they will be starting about 11:00 p.m. This is definitely something you should attend. If you miss it you will question the whole meaning of your existence and you will probably start wearing shabby clothes and hanging around in bad places in the company of disreputable persons. Don’t let that happen to you. $10.00 is all it will take to save you from a life of shame.

Note: portions of this post were shamelessly plagiarized from the Tartan Curling Club website.

Dave & Lill

Great Community Gaming Night!

I have an admission to make… I am married to a hardcore gamer.

Am I a Halo widow? Is he living in his own World of Warcraft? Has Assassin’s Creed killed our relationship? Nope. My husband plays Power Grid, Kingsburg, and Through the Ages. He loves to play board games. Not just any game though. Think Monopoly on steroids, drinking Red Bull. Some of his games last 6 to 8 hours – strategy at the highest level.

I, on the other hand, prefer games that last less than one hour and include lots of randomness and socialization. Games like Apples to Apples… games that Henning isn’t such a fan of. So when Henning offered to organize a games night for Prairie Spruce family and friends, I was a bit concerned. I know not everyone enjoys hours and hours of the high strategy game.

Much to my amazement, I had a blast at the games night. Doodle-Dice-400x284Henning invited some of his friends from They brought along some of their favourite games – kinder, gentler, shorter games. Kristy introduced a group of us to Doodle Dice: a simple game where you roll special dice and try to create pictures on cards. It was fast and easy to learn.

Trent, also from, introduced me to Can’t Stop. According to a review on Amazon:

“Can’t Stop has a fun and addictive quality about it, and despite the fact that you’re pushing luck, it’s not pure luck because there’s enough decision making to make it interesting. It’s also quick enough to prevent the luck from being too frustrating. It’s easy to teach and learn, and has attractive components, so it all comes together in a package that makes it the kind of game that is suitable for just about everyone. As far as press-your-luck dice games go, this is a tried and true classic from a master designer, that still has the same appeal today as it did when it was first released 30 years ago, and that matches the best of the press-your-luck dice rolling fillers of the modern era.”

It was so fun that I want to get a copy to use in my classroom when I teach probability!

I never got a chance to play any games with Wendy, the third teacher, but I saw her playing “Hey, That’s My Fish” with Lois, a very interesting game which seemed to feature very cool penguin figurines. Maybe next time.

Why does Henning dislike Apples to Apples? It is the antithesis of his much beloved strategy games. Apples to Apples is random, no it’s better than random. The judge, which changes every turn, picks from a set of cards, supplied by the other players, the one card that matches the descriptive card he played. So the judge might draw a card that reads virtuous. The other players might give him cards that read waterfall, psychics, Mother Theresa, chickens, family reunions or Jackie Chan. The judge might pick the obvious choice Mother Theresa. He might pick psychics because it is the exact opposite of virtuous. Or if I was the judge, I would pick Jackie Chan because I’m a big Jackie Chan fan. While the judge is always right, she is not always logical.

I’m very much looking forward to the next community games night, and games night in general at Prairie Spruce Commons. It is a great way to spend an evening getting to know one another.

You might be asking, “If it was such a great night, where are all the pictures?” OOPS, my fault. I took my camera, but I was too busy playing games and laughing to take any pictures!


Prairie Spruce Commons is Sustainably Built

Several participants at our ‘Journey to the Heart of CommunitySustainabilityOpen House last month told us they were drawn to the event because of the words ‘Sustainably Built’ in our advertising in the Leader Post. This got me thinking more about the sustainable features of Prairie Spruce Commons. Sustainability is an economic, social, and environmental concept that involves meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The following are examples of some of the sustainability features of Prairie Spruce Commons.

Social Sustainability:

  • lots of shared common spaces;
  • respecting needs for private space and time;
  • exceeding sound proofing requirements between floor and between units;
  • perfecting our consensus decision-making skills;
  • widening the circle with Friends of Prairie Spruce and others who are interested in growing community;
  • meeting Universal Design standards to make it safer, easier, and more convenient for everyone; and
  • having fun together in community!

Environmental Sustainability

Economic Sustainability

  • reduction in energy costs because of exceptional energy efficient design of building;
  • reduction in upkeep in maintenance costs due to use of quality materials with longer lifespans;
  • lower required equipment and resource ownership through sharing (e.g. snowblowers);
  • car sharing option reducing maintenance and insurance costs;  and
  • lower food costs through community gardening and meal sharing.

You can clearly see our enthusiasm for sustainability in our Badham Boulevard Video on Vimeo.