Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas #1

We had Christmas with The Writer's children this weekend.  The family with three 
little boys was missing because they were snowed in in the North Carolina mountains.  You can imagine, they were three very unhappy little boys.

The adults were disappointed, too, because they didn't get to play with any of the new toys under the tree!

This is a group that thrives on competition.  This is the game of Spoons.  You play by passing cards to your neighbor until someone collects four of a kind and grabs a spoon. Then everyone else grabs for a spoon and the person left without one is out.  Everyone brings a wrapped present and when you are out you select and open a gift.  You might be surprised and delighted by your gift but you can't get too attached because the next person out is allowed to steal your gift or select an unopened one.

The Writer is known for his, shall we say unique, gifts.  This year's was ...

... a pink flamingo umbrella!
Even the dog had to get a look at that.

The guys played Corn Hole.  Bags of corn are thrown at a target with a hole for them to fall through.  It was called bean bag when I was a kid but now that it's newly discovered and adults play it, it's called Corn Hole.  
The blocks piled on the left are a game called Jenga.  You stack them all up in a tower and then each person tries to remove an individual block without toppling the whole thing and scattering the players. They hurt if they hit a foot or shin.

The ladies admired the view and kept warm by the fire.  It was rainy and unusually cold for December, about 45 degrees.  The days before it had been in the 70s.   

Hilton Head Island is, of course, surrounded by water and ferries used leave for the mainland from here.m One of the old ferries is sitting at the end of that long dock.

The restaurant used to feed ferry travelers and fishermen, and at night it was a juke joint where black jazz musicians played, liquor flowed, and gambling and other illegal activities took place in the back room.  

Other guests included five dogs.  Five BIG dogs.  
In the picture of Aaron unwrapping the flamingo above there is a nose just above the table. That's Indy, a Texas cattle dog.  

On the right is Bob the Border Collie getting a hug and below a Labradoodle named Dexter.

Briggs, a German Wire-Haired Pointer, is a huge puppy.  He got into lots of mischief and scuffles and picked on all the other dogs.  I expect he will learn some manners soon.

The fifth dog is a lab/Great Dane combo named Kenzie who also loved my lap. 

When the door bell rang for pizza delivery, it was barking bedlam!

Rosie was invited but declined to attend.


  1. Spoons sounds like fun, but then I'm a competitive sod. Love the flamingos.

  2. The dogs seem to have taken over.
    I like dogs - but outside!

    I believe "Rosie" is your cat. I think she was sensible.

  3. What a fun day you all had. Good to see people enjoying themselves.

  4. I have heard about people playing spoons but I had no idea how the game was played.

  5. you have a good time.. that was fulfilled...

  6. You made a fun time with games and company, looks very nice with all the dogs too!

  7. Ohhh that so gorgeous & barking bedlam is just like a Christmas family get-together should be like! Love that game of spoons - what fun, no wonder those snowed in were non too happy at missing out on all the fun!
    Wren x

  8. I'm glad Rosie declined. :) I'm wondering who ended up with the pink flamingo umbrella. The dogs must have gotten along together okay. My daughter Andee mentioned bringing their golden retriever Bruno home for Christmas, but we are a little worried about how Eli will react. Both are grown male dogs and since this is Eli's territory. We sure don't want d dog fight on our hands Christmas day. I like the picture of you and the Labradoodle. All the dogs there are pretty.

  9. Dear Cynthia, it's good to come back to blogging and to visit your "neck of the woods." Out here in the mid-West we don't get to look at islands, nor do we have long views of water. Your early Christmas get-together sounds like so much fun. I love games and I'm quite competitive, but I am a good loser. Thanks for introducing us to the dogs, they all look fit and healthy and ready to enjoy the day with whoever passes by or whatever phone or doorbell rings! Peace.

  10. Looks like a fun get together! We play spoons is great fun. What a great variety of dogs:)

  11. Now that is a creative bunch of games. And a fine group of dogs even some special one now called "designer dogs"...:)

  12. That looked a fun Christmas get together. I am very competitive and would have loved the games.