It was the 10th of July, late afternoon, when I arrived home with a smile plastered all over my face!! Sixteen of us had been out for an afternoon playing cribbage in our monthly Heritage Club tournament. I stowed my car in the garage, hit my remote to close the overhead door. At the moment the door finally squealed shut, (I always stand and watch it!) this tune popped into my head ...
“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
You'll wish that summer could always be here” ... (thank you, Nat King Cole, 1963).
It was exactly “that” kind of summer day! Hot & humid. Climate change has hit Saskatchewan, get used to it. Cloud cover had rolled in, giving a yellow-gray cast to the late afternoon. Thank goodness for the hedge seperating my summertime glee from any passersby. They may have wondered “is she okay?” A fun afternoon, playing a card game you love has that effect sometimes! Our crib tournament always seems to bring out like minded individuals. My crib partner, Joyce Kattler, and I faired pretty well in our first 6 games. Team ROBB (Kathy & Anne) stole no points from us! Joyce & I should have skipped coffee & muffins. The bottom fell out of the bucket after that! Once again, Claire and Lies VanMarion ended the day in 1st place! I wonder which of this pair carries the lucky horseshoe, and in which pocket! The VanMarion's won a total of $22. Eldeen Boehmer and Eleanor Wilson matched up and pegged up when they needed to and latched onto a second place win, for $7 each. My crib partner, Joyce K., and I pocketed $4 each, and 3rd place honours. Such fun! A mere 6 sleeps later, on July 16, I got to spend an afternoon playing our club version of Hand & Foot Canasta. No tune in my head this day, as I made a beeline from from my garage to this laptop computer and a submission deadline to meet! Oh wait, there is a tune in my head afterall ... “We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.”, thank you, Jerry Reed (1977) !! Although we don't pay out any prize money for our monthly Canasta event, at $2 for members and $4 for non-members, we never seem to lack for players. Ellen Varley and Marge Burgess found “the hump” in middle ground today, rode the wave and coasted into first place. Once Anne Robb and Judy Woidyla got by their first game, the gals found the right hook and bait, snagging 2nd place. Liz Mayer & Joyce Kattler found seven red 3's in one game, giving them all the bonus needed into third place (500 points). So, now I want to tell you about the strangest game, ever!! Proof that no one controls the cards, ever! Coffee/lunch break is over, meld for this game is 150 points. My partner, Joy Inouye and I are starring at Pinkie Friesen and Eleanor Wilson. For the entire game, no one got to pick up the discard pile, and not a one of us even got to see our “foot”, and we played through the entire deck! Joy and I scored a total 3405 points that game, while Pinkie and Eleanor scored 4155. Card games are like that sometimes, but with a total of close to 300 age years between the 4 of us, we all declared that the strangest game ever!! We play again August 20.