I am all set for my chess-playing grandchildren when they visit in February, thanks to


The Grands on their home field. (Photo by Ryan  Ford)

the creative and energetic woman who drew my name in the Haines Secret Santa pool this season.

What you are looking at below is a totally hand-made chess set fashioned from an assortment of nuts, bolts and other small items.

And that includes the board, which came home from the hardware store as a blank piece of square tile.

Who is this marvelous person, you ask? It’s Kristen Haines, wife of nephew Ben and daughter-in-law of brother Roger.

And, she says, she did it all with only ONE trip to Lowe’s! Now that’s organization and planning, that’s what that is.

I can hardly replace a light bulb without at least two trips.

Thanks, Kristen.




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4 Responses to Checkmate!

  1. paul bannister says:




  2. DJ says:

    Love what you’re up to, Ron. Keep the games going!
    Love you, too.


  3. Roger says:

    Yes, Kristen outdid herself, easily outdistancing the competition for the 2018 Haines Gift-Giving Grand Guru honors! Wow.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. WalkingE says:

    One of the coolest (and great-looking!) things I have seen this year…or last! Great job, Kristen!


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