Monday, September 15, 2008

Minding My Zs and Qs

OK, wrong game, but the closest I had in the image files.
Monopoly. Thanksgiving 2005.


Flannery was way ahead in this game. (Scrabble). Bennie and Oakley threw in their tiles. "You win," they said in sad capitulation. I was ready to follow suit, but Flannery simply adores playing to the bitter end, especially when she's a clear winner. Being a dutiful mom, I decided to see us through to the end of play. Mistake.

It was my turn to empty the last two letters from the little felt pouch. And wouldn't you know what tumbled out? I got Z. I got Q. Ordinarily I treasure these premium letters. They're worth 10 points apiece. But when you have next to no vowels, and there are no remaining tiles to draw, the words keep diminishing in length thanks to the dwindling number of tiles. There's just no place to play anything, let alone Z and Q. And at the end of the game, the points of the tiles lingering on your rack are subtracted from your score and added to your opponent's. A double whammy of defeat. Curtains.



I began to resort to pathetic two-letter words like "ef," the phonetic spelling of the letter "F." (Yes, that's allowed.) There's something so cold and detached and Cartesian about spelling out one letter with two letters. It feels twice-removed from reality. Wasteful. And you get only two miserable points. I wandered into the kitchen and devoured a sorrowful spoonful of Cherry Garcia right out of the carton. Out on the arroyo a coyote howled and pounced on its prey. Every carnivore between here and Highway 285 howled. "YOUR TURN MOM!" Flan's voice was annoyingly sweet. I imagined her eyes gleaming in anticipation. She was into the kill.

I wandered half-heartedly back to the Scrabble table. Now my opponent had gotten really fortunate. She 'd gotten rid of two letters. Her last two letters. I and L. Clearly, my verbal prowess was plummeting in my dotage. I was outshone by a whippersnapper. Oh my God, I had just actually thought the term whippersnapper in reference to my firstborn. I was thinking like a geezer. I felt ill.

ILL. Flan had attached her I and L to the L of my GLADE, spelling ILL. What?? I took off my glasses, cleaned them, and put them back on. There it was--floating before my eyes--Flan's I was completely unattached!

In a frenzy, I pounced. I played my Q, my U--hoping against hope, I had refrained from making TUB a couple of moves earlier, knowing I'd need U to accompany Q if any miracle opportunity presented itself--and my Z. I made QUIZ! The Q was a double letter and the whole thing was a double word. I racked up 64 points in my last turn, seizing victory from Flannery's ILL. Talk about ILL-gotten gains!!!!!

I wasn't ready for geezerdom just yet. I was HOT.



I was so dazed by it all, when I went upstairs for bed, I felt compelled to run back down to Flannery's room and say, "You knew I had that Q and Z. You deliberately put down that I so your old mother could win, didn't you?? You felt sorry for me."

She took my hand and said, "Mom, I wish I were that nice."


Flannery with her new Scrabble coach, Dr. Nola Fay Merideth-Jones.
I'm a grandmother (kind of).

124 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

What a lovely post, San. I have a lot of happy memories of Scrabble time. This is like them. What a great game--and what a great daughter!

smith kaich jones said...

You are a born story-teller. I loved this. And Flan's new Scrabble coach looks just like my Miss Magnolia, way back when she was just a babe. (Also a Jones.)

: Debi

San said...

Sandy, somehow I figured you'd be a Scrabbler. And a family Scrabbler at that.

San said...

Thank you, Debi. I haven't met the coach in person. Yet. Tonight probably. Can't wait!

Raven said...

Congratulations on your awesome win and your new grandkitty. A good reminder that it ain't over til it's over. I love scrabble. Assisted by Played Monopoly with my young next door neighbor this week. Assisted by Angel kitty, she massacred me. I beat her at Clue, though. I almost always win Clue. Scrabble is such a good game. Just this morning I was thinking that it might be good to replace the one I lost when I moved.

Kim said...

While I am not a game player at all, but you sure weave a great story about the joys of it all! Okay, I suppose I know I will never win at scrabble since I can't spell (I adore spell check)! You have wonderful children...and a cute grandchild, too!

Thanks San!

sukipoet said...

Great story. I'm a scrabble nut too when someone is around to play. Just love the new scrabble coach too. the photo shows how much you and your son resemble each other.

Bennie said...

I very rarely win at Scrabble, though I enjoy playing it. I almost never win at Monopoly because the dice are loaded against me. You, dear San, will not play Chess because I've regaled you with my European victories of years gone by and you are afraid that I will checkmate you good! And yes, you are hot and will be hot when you join me in the Hot Tub!

...That's the truth.

xo Bennie

WILSONART said...

OH! The scrabble wars through the ages at our house!
Started when we were timing labor pains, waiting till it was time to go to the hospital,,,,and we're still waging those battles to this day, with that same baby playing!
We had to invest in a timer, as some,,,, (read father-in-law) were so intent on winning that they would hold up the game, planning their strategy.
It's a great family story San,complete with gorgeous kids,,thanks for the memories!
And congrats on being a new Grandmother,,,nothing quite like it!
Also congrats on your husband,,,super comment!

lime said...

ya know, i was rooting for you to find an empty "i" just so you could make the word "qi." i love scrabble. and i smiled at you showing the whipper snapper you still have spunk. ;)

Carol said...

No geezerdom for you!

Let us know when Flannery's Scrabble coach has Flannery entering the Scrabbolympics. Until then, you RULE!

Sparkling Red said...

I'm just stopping by to let you know there's an award waiting for you on my blog.

I'll come back when I have more time to properly appreciate your post. :-)

b2 said...

A. almost always wins the (usually all geezer) Scrabble wars at our house (I've only won once and I can't believe I'm sharing that). Having grown up playing it with his mom in English AND in French, he's a master of Scrabble strategy. Like wilsonart, we have to pull out the timer for my mom, who will ponder her strategy as long as we'll let her. We've learned not to be nice to her in Scrabble: she's just faking us out. BTW, have you noticed that Flan's Scrabble coach's ears seem to be bigger than hers? xoxoxo

CrazyCath said...

That is a lovely post of family togetherness. How we treasure those moments. I don't think Flannery would sort of insult your intelligence so to speak as to make it easy for you. It was a genuine competitive game with the love right in the middle. That's how I like it. It's how it is with us.

Great post San. Love the mother in you. Your love shines through.

I have a new blog. Would you pop over and see it sometime? There's a story on it... and other stuff. Thanks.

Lee said...

That's a beautiful post, San, full of fun and games and lovely family support and interaction. Thank you for blessing us by sharing it.

Congratulations on winning! And on the new grandkitten. LOL That baby is so cute. Does she travel well and get energetic exploring Grandma's house?

I'm still playing scrabble online with Sandi but now we are using Pogo.com. She beats me regularly. I've never seen anyone make as many bingo's as she does. :)

Hugs!
Lee

CoyoteFe said...

Excellent family! Gracious in both victory and defeat!

P.S. Dr. Nola looks just like our gal Friday. The only difference is that Friday thinks biting is a sign of affection, and will not be cuddled without pain!

RiverPoet said...

San - My son and I love playing Scrabble. We actually bought the Deluxe edition to make it easier for all players. I was thinking about getting the onyx version, too. I need to look at my Scrabble dictionary, though, because I don't know all those little useful words that are "legal" for the game. That usually leaves me with a few useless letters.

Peace - D

Todd said...

Some of my fondest memories with my two kiddos are of playing board games and the "friendly" competition. It might be time to have a rousing game sometime very soon . . . we'll maybe when it snows. Right now the weather is to beautiful to be inside!
Peace,
Todd in Santa Fe

Ms. Creek said...

I am so addicted to Scrabble, Jo Jo and I used to play a lot, and with mom and sometimes with Vel...I understand her anticipatory call to you! haha

lovely post...you are great sport to hang in there and come back to SLAM your daughter with QUIZ! It doesn't get much better than that! Good job, mom!

and congrats, gramma! darling kitty!

Virtual Voyage said...

Brilliant. First time I took spouse to be to meet parents he placed all his letters on a triple word score in one go....!?

Sandi McBride said...

I LOVE SCRABBLE. In fact you could say I have an addiction to it. And I see Flan's little coach is a near double of my Hound! Hound makes a poor coach tho, she'd rather play with the letters than whisper words in my ear!
hugs
Sandi

The Moody Minstrel said...

Scrabble is another game I really wish I had here but have so far been unable to find. The Toys R Us in Narita used to stock it, but stupid me...I missed my chance before the popularity of things foreign plunged.

Oh, Zuiq!!!!!!

Sparkling Red said...

Nice work! Those last-minute plays always make me want to set off some fireworks. Once I got "Quill" on a triple word score for my last turn. That was Tha Best!

San said...

Raven, given the knack you have for putting together those Wordzzles, I'm not at all surprised you always win at Clue. I'm decent at it, but Flan is a wizard at that too. I'm in the same Monopoly boat as you, the sinking one.

San said...

Kim, I grew up playing those board games and I do associate them with fun family times. When it comes to spelling, I'm pretty good. But do not ask me for directions--I'm lost in space. I always pity the tourists who wander into the gallery and ask my advice on how to get to places. Lord knows where they wind up.

San said...

Suki, I'm really pleased you notice the resemblance between Oaks and me. In person he and his dad look A LOT alike, but he often reminds me of some of my male relatives too. I would have figured you to be a Scrabble nut.

San said...

Bennie, I do not believe I have ever won at Monopoly when I've played our family. You guys have a monopoly on the success! And no, I will not be slaughtered at chess.

It's the night after the harvest moon tonight. Should be beautiful. Hot tub under the stars?

xoxo

San said...

Babs, I'm glad you noticed Bennie's comment. Yes, it did make me grin. He of course was the giver of that hilarious Al Gore birthday card. It's one of those musical ones. When you open it, it plays Donna Summers singing "Hot Stuff." Remember that disco hit?

I've never heard of anyone playing Scrabble during labor. It makes a lot of sense, however. When I was pregnant, I attended Lamaze classes for natural childbirth. You could patent the Scrabble technique. As the words grow shorter, the pains grow closer together. When you hit the triple word score, you know it's time.

San said...

Michelle, "qi"--that's a great Scrabble word, probably the only one using q not followed by u. I would be afraid to play you. Shudder.

San said...

Carol, that's a memory from a while back. Flan has probably beat me since. I know she has at Monopoly. Last time we played she bought the Trump Tower and had it moved to Baltic Avenue. The neighborhood gentrified overnight and the rents skyrocketed.

San said...

Spark--an award? For me???

WOO HOO!!!

San said...

b2--long time, no hear! WOW. I'm glad you warned me about A. If I'm ever in a position to play him, I'll be prepared. And your mother--she is just the type of gentle, wily Southern lady who is happy to politely massacre all who stand in her way.

Dr. Nola's ears are largish as that. I met her last night. She is adorable!

xoxoxo

San said...

Cath, I'm glad you see the love in the middle of our Scrabble board. You would understand that.

And thank you for the heads-up on the happenings at your place. Can't wait to read!

San said...

Lee, I met Dr. Nola Faye Merideth-Jones for the first time last night. She lives up to her name too! The lovely picture of Flan and her "coach" was taken by Flan's boyfriend and emailed to me. The Scrabble incident occurred a while back.

I would imagine Sandi would be a fierce opponent, but you're not exactly a word wimp yourself.

HUG.

San said...

Fe, thank you for your (always) gracious comments.

Bites are hard to take, but Friday must be irresistible nonetheless. She must be kin to Nola Faye.

San said...

Doris, I know what you mean about those odd little legal words. I'm memorizing them, slowly. I nonetheless keep being tempted to throw out equally odd, illegal words.

San said...

Todd, hasn't this weather been just glorious? We missed the harvest moon last night, since we were attending an Oaks event at UNM, but even the nights have been ever so perfect of late.

San said...

Ellie, I can really see you girls playing Scrabble with your mom. And I'll bet you all had the winning instinct too!

Last night I met Dr. Nola Faye and she is even more precious in person. PUUUURRRR.

San said...

Julie, that's one way to make a BIG impression on the in-laws.

San said...

Sandi, Lee advises me you are a fierce opponent. I'm not surprised.

Hound is oddly named (in a GOOD way).

Hugs to you...

San said...

Moody, why don't you ask for a Scrabble game for Christmas from your relatives back home? You don't want to lose your edge.

So the Japanese have lost their fascination for things foreign? I'll never forget selling one of my husband's clocks to a couple of young Japanese women quite a few years ago. They were wearing Micky Mouse watches and said the clock was so "American." But you know, come to think of it, we do see less of that now.

San said...

Spark--"Quill" on a triple word on the last turn! That's how you spell EXHILARATION!!!

Daryl said...

Wonderful post .. you should see Holly's birthday post and the scabble, boggle, and Yahtze games ...

LOVE your grandkit ... as adorable as her 'mom' ...

:-Daryl

Kim said...

You know what they say. "The family that plays together stays together". Love new Kitty Doc, she's sweet. Card from hubby is very cool...

I heading off to dust off our Scrabble board. Thanks for the sweet post, San. Left me with a smile on my face.

My kids are heading over today to help put the new roof on. The family who roofs together...suffers aches and pains together, lol. D' is making a fabulous dinner for us tonight. Our celebration dinner!

Akelamalu said...

What a great post, I love scrabble! Your grandcat is cute.

Mima said...

I totally understand your frustration with scrabble, I have recently started playing on Facebook with my cousin, but she completely annihilates me every time. Its lucky I enjoy it for what it is! Just popping in to say hello, not really back, just missing my frinds! I know that you put up a playlist & tomorrow it is going to be my mission to go find it and read the post, but a very belated happy birthday.

San said...

Daryl, I'm not familiar with Holly's blog. I need to investigate...

The grandckit does make a grand addition to the family. And thank you for recognizing her "mom's" adorability quotient.

San said...

Kim, I always love it when I have my entire family sleeping under the same roof. But putting the same roof on--now that takes togetherness to new levels.

I hope the aches and pains are minimal. Enjoy the togetherness. And maybe a Scrabble game.

San said...

Thanks, Pearl. I'm sure you're a Scrabble wizard!

San said...

Oh, Mima, welcome back!!! I've missed you.

If you do feel like hunting down the playlist, just click on that word in my labels list. Or search for it in the little window at the top of the blog.

Bruno LoGreco said...

Yikes, its the scrabble game... Run.. Run :) I'm still learning to piece three letter words together. LOL And I'm not buying your story about your daughter throwing the game, I read your writing... :)

Velvet Ginger said...

Wow...what fun! I too love the way you tell stories...lots of good memories for me there as Ellie told you. I love that new kitty!!!

Lee said...

Hey San,

Rereading the comments I noticed your Qi speculation. Actually Qat is a word and I got that from JSD. Don't ask me what it means but it is legal by the international scrabble dictionary. :)

Hugs!
Lee

San said...

Bruno, one word you spell very well is KIND. Thank you.

San said...

Rubye Jean, I knew you'd love the kitty!

San said...

Thank you, Lee, for the quirky addition of qat to my Scrabble arsenal. You are too qool to let me know. As cool as Nola Qat.

Hugs back...

San said...

P.S. to Lee: Curiosity killed your qat. I looked the meaning up.

qat:
the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant

Let's chew on that.

:-q

jsd said...

congrats on "quill"...the wife only plays scrable with me out of love.

Jeff B said...

You're not just hot...you're Scrabble hot!

I generally start off enjoying the game, but get so frustrated by the end I just want to fling those darned little brown tiles as far as I can.

Shrinky said...

Awwww, you and your daughter both have grace!

Yes, the urge to win is a potent mistress - I soooooo understand this! We took our scrabble board along to Greece, sat in the shade and, in between Gin and tonics, dueled it out. The children occasionally joined in, but it was mainly left to us geriatrics.

Perhaps it was the alcoholic lubrication that loosened the rules? When either one of us couldn't play we invented a word, but only at the cost of paying a penalty, as well as coming up with a plausible, nay convincing, definition of what it meant.


I haven't laughed so much in years! (And no, I'm NOT mentioning the penalties..but suffice it to say, I won every single game.)

Grin.

San said...

Well, JS, I can't imagine a better reason to play.

San said...

Jeff, that's exactly how I feel when I play Monopoly. I want to knock everyone's hotels off the board and say it was an act of God. Everyone ELSE's hotels I mean.

San said...

Shrinky, those are GOOD rules. We will have to try that. Please, please, please write a post about the penalties. ;-) Or not.

Suldog said...

San - Great post. I love family stuff.

Thanks for stopping by over at my place. Your new rank of Admiral confirms that I have accepted your proposals concerning chocolate. Onward!

Meg Wolff said...

Hi San,
I started to laugh deeply when I read this: "Oh my God, I had just actually thought the term whippersnapper in reference to my firstborn. I was thinking like a geezer. I felt ill."

I chuckled deeply, then I gasped --

"ILL. Flan had attached her I and L to the L of my GLADE, spelling ILL".

Then you checkmated her with QUIZ. What a clincher!! An amazing game of Scrabble.

You and Flannery are a lot alike. :-)

Meg Wolff said...

p.s. I'm remembering those words ... ILL, QUIZ & QUILL.

murat11 said...

Fun post, Your Caliente-tude.

What struck me as interesting the first time I read this was your focus on the Q and Z, problematic to be sure, but the U is not mentioned until later, even though it was going to be your salvation with your Q, at the very least. There's the lovely parable of it ain't over till it's over, but there's also the parable of the gift being in hand, even as we fret over something else that our minds have wandered to.

Q it Up. You iZ HOT.

Lori Skoog said...

San...thanks for your comments.

I must say, that we love board games too. We play this simple game called Sequence quite often with some friends....everytime we have dinner together it's the men against the women. Of course we have Scrabble too.

Lori

John-Michael said...

I read it twice!!Why? Because I enjoyed ALL that was in that moment. All of the energy. All of the juice of family that was ebbing and flowing. All of the fun of being in the bosom of familial love. I simply immersed my Self in enjoyment of this lovely manifestation of what springs from your beautiful Spirit. Thank you, Dear San!

david mcmahon said...

Can I come round and play the next board game?

Celebration of Life said...

San,
I will take you and David on..any time, any where... no one around here will play me anymore! LOL
Love the post!
Jo
P.S. Flying home from Seattle Thursday afternoon.

whimsical brainpan said...

LOL! I like your daughter. :-)

Congrats on winning!

Anna said...

Great story San. You know never played scrable or monopoly, lol. What a precious children you have.
I used to play poker with my sister, and I usually would loose anyway, I just wasn't good, but she still would cheat, lol.

Thanks for sharing, and love your entertaining writing style. Anna :)

womaninawindow said...

This was such a well told story. Surely it's not real. Surely you can't remember it that well. And if you do, well then San, you're not such an old geezer after all. If you were you'd have forgotten all the particulars.

Love the cats reaching to infinity name!

And thanks for coming by my place again. It's always wonderful to come here.

Lee said...

Thank you for looking that word up for us, San! And congratulations on making David's list this morning! Really well deserved!

Hugs!
Lee

San said...

Suldog, thank you for visiting. And for making the world safe for democracy. Yippee, I always wanted to be an admiral!

San said...

Meg, thank you for following the game so closely. It WAS a game of wonder.

And you're right. Flan and I do have many things in common.

San said...

And Meg, Lee has provided another Q word courtesy of JS, and it doesn't even need a U after it--QAT. One to put away for a rainy Scrabble day.

San said...

Paschal, that's a good point. I was of course holding onto the U, knowing I'd most likely need it provided I draw a Q, hoping, hoping, hoping for a Q. Then when the desired gift, the Q, arrived, I scorned its timing. Lessons learned. Blessings counted.

Amen.

San said...

Lori, now I'm curious about Sequence. I must say I love its name...

San said...

John-Michael, I'm honored that you read the post twice. All that happened in that little game felt significant to me in many ways. How wonderful that you felt that...love to you.

San said...

David, we would love to have you. Any time!

San said...

Jo, now I'm really in trouble! Just remember: I like to win. Don't be too brutal.

Thursday afternoon you're back. That means coffee on Friday!!!

San said...

Whim, my daughter is pretty special. As is my son. Could I be biased? Of course not. ;-D

San said...

Anna, I'm not that good at cards either. The first time I played gin it was on an airplane flying across the country, bumping through quite a big of turbulence. I had this amazing beginner's luck and then it's been downhill ever since. If it's turbulence that brings me card luck, I'll just stay unlucky.

Hi to Matthew.

San said...

Window Woman, it is a real story. My memory isn't that exceptional, but I actually saved the little score sheet as a souvenir and I took notes the next morning!

Isn't that a spectacular name for that kitty? Doesn't it suit? Flan says she's an ace at anatomy.

San said...

Lee, thank you for letting me know. That news is as exciting as qat.

HUG.

CHEWY said...

You won with a Q & Z! (happy dance)

I have the new Merriam-Webster Dictionary. It has lots of new words!

travelling, but not in love said...

That's too cool! I;d have been thrilled with that move.

I love scrabble - now I'm hooked on scrabulous which I play on line with my UK-based colleagues. But just don't tell the boss!

Cuckoo said...

Wonderful story. You are a born writer.

I can not win in scrabble. :(

Thanks for visiting my blogs. Keep coming & encouraging.

San said...

Dar, I love new words. New possibilities!

San said...

Hey, Travelling, thanks for visiting again. I don't play the online Scrabulous, although I have friends who love it. Here's hoping you win today!

San said...

Thank you, Cuckoo, for your own encouragement.

Please visit again. Soon.

leslie said...

Hi San, I came here via David's blog where he mentions this post. I really enjoyed reading it and can identify! My younger daughter is a whiz at all things wordy and we play Word Twist and Scramble and Scrabulous on Facebook all the time. I can now beat her once in a while! *sigh*

Maggie May said...

I love a game of Scrabble but have no one to play with! Boo hoo.
Loved your post & the pictures.

Meg Wolff said...

San,
Qat!! Thanks. Now QUILL, QUIZ, ILL and QAT.

I shared it with my husband by phone, then I thought about how I just gave the game away.

My niece is coming this weekend so I shall pull out the board!

San said...

Leslie, I know what you mean about those few-and-far-between victories. But how great to have offspring who will play with us! Thanks for visiting.

San said...

Maggie May, I guess you could hook up with a Scrabble opponent online. For me, however, I love the feel of the tiles in my fingers and moving an actual board around on a real table. Online play lacks this.

San said...

Meg, have fun with your niece. And don't give QAT away too soon. ;->

I just learned Flan is coming to visit this weekend. YIKES! Perhaps an upset is in the works.

Rhea said...

Nice Scrabble game! I love playing games with my kids.

You're a grandmother!! Aww! That's quite a mouthful of a name for alittle critter...

Anndi said...

Cherished family memories. I have many of those, playing cards with my mother and trying to beat her at every turn.

Thank you for sharing.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving such nice comments, San. You're the best!

San said...

Rhea, it IS a big name. But Dr. Nola Faye lives up to it.

:-D

San said...

Anndi, I grew up playing those games too. Fun, fun, fun.

San said...

Sandy, you're so welcome.

Peg Jones said...

I loved playing scrabble as a teen with my father and grandmother. They always beat me but i learned alot playing with them The game is still enjoyed by everyone in the family.

Virtual Voyage said...

San, art grad son has set up a blog for his current drawing studies if you'd like a look. Link on mine.

Celebration of Life said...

These are memories you will cherish forever! :o)

Hilary said...

Aww sounds wonderful. Family board games. Even when we get to that age when we think our kidlets are letting us win. And they might be.. sigh! :)

Celebration of Life said...

Are we still on for coffee in the morning?

Tammie Lee said...

First Happy Birthday! May this be a year of wonderful wonders!

Sounds like a torturous game with a great ending!

indicaspecies said...

Wow. What a delightful post. I felt I was right in your midst enjoying the game with your lovely family. Thank you for sharing.

As to verbal prowess plummeting in dotage, I will dispute that. You are evergreen and shall remain forever young (and HOT too) and your verbal prowess is something that I've always admired.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Oh that's it.
Yu did it agen.
-Redewst Mummy to a kwiverin rek of "Ahhhhhhhhhhhh" becos ov a kewt cat pic.

Teehee!

By the way, we hav a speshol Simpsons vershun ov Monopoly but it's hard to play cos Dilly want to be banker an she can ownly cownt to 2.

:@D

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

ps

Mummy loves scrabble, but duzzent play for points, only werds. She likes to try to yews up all the tiles in a big crossword. Sheez dun it a cuppol ov times, too. She duzzent like it gettin competativ wen she plays wiv uther peepol, so she duzent like to cownt the points. She likes to play just to get the best werds!

Angel... said...

What a beautiful post San...Its good to have a memories. Well I am not a game player but Raj he love to play scrabble..but I still play with him some time. you have a very cute daughter..I wish I will be a Mother like you.

John-Michael said...

How lovely is the Gift of a Place where my Being can dwell in an aura of loving bliss ... and caring gentleness. Such is my visit today.

Loving all that You bring to Life ...

Sandi McBride said...

Just checking in to see what's new...drats, nothing!
hugs
Sandi

Merlin's Wizard said...

That was a great post. its nice when mum's can win as it stops us children from becomming to big for our boots!!

Take Care

MW
xxx

steviewren said...

Too, too funny! Isn't it great to know that you still have it!

Thanks for visiting my blog. Come anytime.

Meg Wolff said...

Hi San,
Just checking in to see what's up? My niece visited this weekend and my nephew and I play (you guessed it!)Scrabble. I didn't get a chance to use QUILL, ILL, QAT OR QUIZ, but it was a good game and I had them waiting in the wings!

Karen Cole said...

Nice post! I love playing board games with my family.

Thanks for visiting me. Much appreciated.

Patty said...

I can relate, San.
I love Scrabble. It's such a fun game.
We're never too old to show the whippersnappers how the game is played.
You weave so much excitement into your posts, they're a joy to read.
~PattyW

Sandi McBride said...

I'm setting up Trivial Pursuit...the original game...darned it's old! Next to that I have the Monopoly board nicely emptied with the Scrabble board atop it...ready for a good game? Maybe I can round up Lee!
hugs
Sandi

david mcmahon said...

Hope all is well. Very quiet down here on this blog ....