Monday, December 1, 2008

Game Night - Free Entertainment!

What happened to the days of getting together with family and friends to play games or cards? I think in the hustle and bustle of life, we have lost a valuable activity. I remember when I was growing up, we would have card games on Friday or Saturday night at our house or we would go to our neighbor’s house. Our social outings for the week were going to church on Sundays, Wednesday night prayer meeting, and going to someone’s house to play games.

On Thanksgiving Day after we scarfed down (is scarfed a word?) a huge meal, we decided to play cards instead of lying around on the couch, dozing off to sleep, and holding our bellies all afternoon.

We played Texas Rummy. Each round you have different requirements for laying down your cards. It’s very easy to play. It’s a twist on regular rummy using 2 decks of cards. I’m not sure where or how it got the name of Texas Rummy. Maybe somebody from Texas came to Kentucky and taught a friend how to play this game. I don’t know. Maybe if Diane came and taught me how to knit, I could call it Arkansas Knitting! Just a thought…..

We enjoyed talking, laughing, and just being together. The best part – it was free! For several years in the past, we have gone to the movie after we eat Thanksgiving dinner. With the economy like it is, we all need more free things to do as a family. What better way to save money than to pull up a couple of chairs, get out some cards or games, and enjoy what you have!

My son, who is 27, lives with us and we never take time to stop and just talk. We eat in passing, leave notes for each other, and get ready for work each morning in three different shifts at my house. My sister and brother-in-law are the same way. We all have meetings during the week and barely have time to call each other before we fall into bed exhausted at night.

My sister and I have made a promise that we will commit to at least two or three nights a month to play games and just enjoy being together as a family. She already has Friday night planned for us. I’m bringing the Rook cards, Dominoes, Dr. Pepper and a cheese ball. My brother-in-law wanted know if this called for a fresh batch of Chex Mix?….. What more do you need for a fun night? Not much!

I’m already looking forward to our free entertainment on Friday night and it’s only Monday! I’m so easily entertained…….



Anonymous said...

What a good time we did have! Mary Helen's cheeseball-I can't wait! Isn't it funny how we think of people when we eat or cook certain things. Like we said the other night we will never eat chex mix or play cards without thinking of our beloved "Granny". Not our real Granny but our adopted one-really the only Granny I ever knew. Lesa you will have to tell about Granny on here sometime! What a life she had!
Have a great Tuesday!

Lesa said...

Yes Susan - I do need tell about her. Oh what a life story! Granny Jones was one of kind! If we could all live to be more like her!

I need to tell the story of her wanting to get her Tom out of the freezer!

Hope you feel better soon!
Love Ya!

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Hey, Lesa, only one problem with that theory - I can't knit for beans! LOL! I've always wanted to learn how and my sister Ducky has tried to teach me a couple of times, but I've never caught on.

I crochet, and can either look at a piece and make it by looking at it, or by reading a pattern.

So, I can teach you to crochet, but you'll have to get somebody else to teach you how to knit.

I love card games and dominoes! Canasta is my favorite card game, but I'll play almost anything, including Texas Rummy, but we call it Shanghai Rummy around here.

Hope y'all have a great game night!

And I like your new Winter header. :o)

Love and hugs,


Anonymous said...

Lesa, Don't be surprised if some Friday night, a strange lady knocks at the door with some punch and a cheeseball and is begging to be let in on the fun. Merry Merry

Lesa said...

Come on Merry Merry - the more the merrier!

Anonymous said...

Lesa, Do tell the stories on Granny Jones. Especially the one about the Tom in the freezer. My, oh, my....My thinker is working overtime on what this story could be. Merry, Merry.

Little Miss Mediator said...

Hi I am hoping you can help me. I used to play Texas Rummy all the time with my family when I was younger and we would go on camping trips. I have been scouring the internet looking for the rules as I have long since forgotten them and I stumbled across your blog. Would you mind sending me the rules as I am dying to play the game again.

Thanks so much

Lisa :)