Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Standoff!


It's been tense on the home front 
this past ten days or so.
A lot is being left undone.





The Ever-Patient and I have been battling each other.
Long silences and intense looks
have filled our days and nights.





      We aren't making 
      much eye contact.












                         And when we do,
                         the looks can be
                         downright unfriendly!









It's outright WAR!

Neither of us is going to surrender.





No Surrender!
Source:  wikimedia




Our home is a battlefield 
where we marshall our troops.




It's the Great Canasta War of 2014!

Do you love to play cards?
I mean REAL cards ~
where you shuffle and deal and hold them in your REAL hands.









Terry and I LOVE to play cards.
Hours can pass as we battle,

because 
WE BOTH WANT TO WIN!!!






Our desire to win makes for long games.

I actually unloaded the dishwasher
and peeled the spuds for a large potato salad
while Terry contemplated one discard.


It's about time, Honey!!!!!







"There is so much to think about in this game, 
because you are very crafty," says the E-P. 
           
"You must be worried, 
because you are getting cranky!" says I. 

"I am," says he.

I don't know why! 
The E-P has won the last three games!

But then he wants to win EVERY game!





We're at a STANDOFF!!!

I'm going to make sure 
these cards are well-shuffled!



Because I'm going to win the next game!







"We'll see," says the Ever-Patient.

28 comments:

  1. That made me chuckle! Yes, we play real cards at our house. Usually just Rummy, but we have several boxed card games we also play.

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  2. Hey, Alex! I'm glad the post gave you a chuckle. I love rummy too! You've been keeping me up late at night ~ I read CassaFire for the first time, immediately went back and reread CassaStar, and am now rereading CassaFire. Athee is a great addition to your series. I have to say I enjoyed CassaStar the second time around even more than the first. It's fun to watch your growth as a writer! Were you ever a pilot or in the services? There is an immediacy to your flying scenes that makes things vivid and real. And, of course, I love the teleportation and mental aspects of the books! I guess I'm going to have to order #3! Have a good one!

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  3. Great post, and thanks so much for the smiles! Lovely photos. I really enjoy playing cards, especially Rummy!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! Now that I'm back, I can't wait to catch up on your inspiring blog!

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  4. Most enjoyable post --even though I'm only a boy of 64 and too young to play cards.

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    1. Hi Geo! It's good to hear from you! My dad started by teaching an enthusiastic and young me Fifty-Two Pickup. I can still hear him laughing as I picked up the cards he threw with delight all over the floor. I was seven, and he told me that if I was going to play cards, I'd better know what I was doing and never welch on a bet. Then he told me that he always played to win, so I was forewarned. What fun that introduction led to! Have a good one!

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  5. You had me worried for a minute!

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    1. Ha Ha! That was my intent! I had a lot of fun writing this post, and it feels great to hear from everyone after my hiatus! I hope all is well with you!

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  6. haha always wanting to win, i can relate to that. Play rummy and 45's at my sea, when i go visit the other place

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    1. Hey Pat! A good card game is such fun, although it can precipitate spectacular fireworks when I play with my siblings! My brother especially loves to rub my nose in it when I'm losing. Have a good one!

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  7. My Rare One and I love to play canasta too (hand and foot) and often have canasta wars ourselves. However, right now we're in the middle of a cribbage war. I had one absolutely fabulous game, but my fortunes have slipped since then (including getting horribly skunked on one occasion). Our card game wars are marked by non-stop Trash Talking which for me can be half the fun of the contest. For example, the E-P took HOW LONG to make a single discard? Good gawd, he wouldn't get away with that nonsense with me. I'd be tapping my watch and saying TICK TOCK TICK TOCK until it drove him mental.

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    1. Very funny, Debra! I may try your strategy next time! The E-P and I have cribbage wars too, and we trash talk during those ~ especially when one of us skunks the other. But canasta ~ It kills both of us when the other one picks up a fat discard pile and lays out canastas! We're always trying to outfox each other. My proper Baptist grandmother was ruthless at canasta, and she would scoop up that discard pile with unadulterated glee! Man, I grew up swimming in a tank of card sharks! It's the best fun! Good luck with your cribbage war ~ The best revenge for a horrible skunk is to double-skunk your opponent!

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  8. Whew, I'm so relieved to know that it's cards and not something Much Worse!

    I loved playing canasta when I was younger. Our family games could go on for hours, too. Sometimes our Monopoly games lasted for days, and we'd have to keep track of our money on paper because we ran out of Monopoly money. :)

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    1. Tee hee, Sue! Oh Monopoly! The drama! The trauma! How I loved playing that when I was growing up! Actually, I'd play it today, if I got a chance. We sibs made extra Monopoly money and bigger denominations with paper and crayons, but your solution sounds much simpler. Don't you wish you could go back in time and relive some of those fun, fun time? Take care!

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  9. Such an intriguing post! . I don't know it but that game it looks intense. I haven't played cards for ages , I used to love to play Rummy, and 21.

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    1. Hi Dawna! Thank you! I'm back after a longer hiatus than I anticipated, and it's awesome to hear from everyone! I'm looking forward to playing blackjack this weekend. We're going up to Black Hawk in the Colorado mountains to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary with some hiking, good meals, and blackjack at the Bonanza. Hopefully you're busy life will slow down at some point, and you can get a little card playing in again! Have a good one!

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  10. Hahaha!!
    You got me worried for half a second there!!!!!
    But knowing you, teasing is your forte!! LOL!
    I used to play cards every day after lunch with my old granny, Russian bank or crapette!
    Long gone memories!
    Lovely post, Fundy!

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    1. It's so good to see you, Noushka! Terry was asking about you last night. Your card games sound like fun ~ especially crapette. I'm guessing that your old granny was like mine: win and take no prisoners! I can't wait to see what you've been up to! Take care!

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  11. This made me smile...you had me concerned in the beginning!! Ah the competitive nature coming out in you both :) hopefully there's a truce soon :)

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    1. Hi Keith! I hope that all is well with you and your sweet Beate! We have cease fires between games! We both want to make it to our 30th wedding anniversary on Sunday. LOL! Have a good one! (We're still evenly tied.)

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  12. I haven't played real cards in a long time

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    1. I hate it when too much time goes by since my last real card game. I'm just not of the Digital Generation. Happy Thursday!

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  13. If I had only known Louise that real cards! We could have played a few rounds of something.....anything!! It's been a while for me too.
    \good luck, you made need it.....just look at Terry's eyes and focus!!

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  14. Next summer, Jim! I LOVE to play cards! Terry is so serious about playing and winning ~ He lived in fear of being called out for "playing like a wooden man" when he was playing cards with his father while he was growing up! Of course, my dad was just as bad. Have a great evening!

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  15. Hahaha! You had me going for awhile. Hahahaha.... But then I thought...no way! There must be a catch here. I love playing cards, but it's been awhile. I should challenge my hubby to a game!

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    1. Hi Martha! Yes, there was a catch! Monday Terry and I hit the big 30! It's hard to believe! Thirty years happily married! I hope all is well in your corner of the world! Take care!

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  16. Canasta! I haven't played this game in years and loved it when I did. I'm just trying to remember who/when/where I played.........aaargh old age!

    HAPPY 30TH ANIVERSARY!! You guys are the best!!

    Happy♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✰¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Anniversary ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✰¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ to you! ♪♫•*¨*•♫♪¸¸✰¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Anniversary ☆☆☆ to you!¸¸✰¸¸ a ¸¸✰¸¸ Happy Anniversary ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✰¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ to LOUISE & TERRY!!!¸¸✰¸¸ Happy Anniversary to you!!!!!!!

    Sophie sending 30 gazillion licks!

    Mwwwaaahh!!

    Ron

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  17. Thanks, Ron! And next summer when we get together, we'll have to play canasta or whatever! Do you play hearts? I love, love, love cards! Enjoy the weekend. Please give a belly rub to SD, and tell her we're enjoying the licks!

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