Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cribbage Hands and Posts of the Week

Frank and I play a lot of Cribbage. It's a great game, and no matter how far behind one might be early on in the game, anything can happen to turn things around.

Frank has been playing since he was a child and has never attained the much-desired perfect hand of 29 points. He thinks that he may have had the second best hand of 28 points only once, when he was fifteen. Forty five years and countless games of Cribbage have passed, and he has not repeated that feat. He has, however, had the humiliating (for me) pleasure of having double skunked me once - just a few weeks ago, in fact. If you play Cribbage, you know how embarrassing that might be. It didn't help that Frank drew circles around the score, and added stars, fireworks and smiley faces to it each time he found it in the score pad.

Fortunately for me, I was able to redeem myself somewhat when a couple of weeks later, I managed to get my very first 28 point hand.

28 pts close
This is what my hand looked like the night that I managed to acquire the elusive 28 point score.

28 points
And this is what Frank's hand looked like.

The truth is that Frank is a great sport. The camera missed the high-five he gave me seconds later. (It still hurts to sit down.) ;)

And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week.

The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a Post of the Week - either as top post or as a runner up.

This week's Post of the Week goes to one which was recommended by Shammickite. It had me laughing out loud and though I usually include recommendations at the end, I thought this one needed to be read, particularly if you need a good laugh. This dog makes crazy little Benny appear totally sane. Enjoy...

What Did Your Dog Have for Breakfast?
by Ken
at Grumpy Old Ken

Other wonderful posts are categorized below (they may well fit into more than one category but I'm only selecting one for each):

While I've Been Gone
by Pauline
at Writing Down the Words

Sight Seeing
by Louciau
at Décolleté Glimpses

Unsung Heroes
by Jo
at A Majority of Two

Cosmic Flow
by Nancy
at Life in the Second Half

Reighton Sands
by Technogran
at My Photos

A Balcony...
by Robin
at Rambling With a Cantakerous Old Mule

Mamma Squirrel Moves Her Family
by Tammie Lee
at Spirithelpers

by Reena
at Missing Moments

A Fairy Tale
by CherylK
at Lake Mary Musings

Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you.


Kristina P. said...

My grandparents always played cribbage. I have no idea what it is!

Maggie May said...

I'm no good at all with cards...... but don't they make wonderful photos?!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Sarah Knight said...

Looks like fun : )

Sueann said...

Loving Frank's salute!! Ha! That looks about like when we play games around here!!
Off to read the posts now
Have a great rest of your week!

Brian Miller said...

ha. way to go frank...smiles. and great job to all the potw

Daryl said...

Any game that involves math is not being played by me .. but those are fun pix and great pix of Posts!

She Who Carries Camera said...

I learned cribbage in high school when a friend taught me and I remember enjoying it but haven't played since. Maybe I should take it up and play with hubby?

Robin said...

I've never even heard of Cribbage, which hasn't made it big in South Africa. Thanks for the POTW link!

TexWisGirl said...

my big sis and i played cribbage when we were kids, but i'd have no idea how to do it now...

loved the POTW picks. the fruit bat was my all-time favorite...

Out on the prairie said...

My grandmother got a pat hand and framed it.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

thanks for introducing new blogs!

DJan said...

Long ago I played cribbage and never got a perfect hand. Now I am married to a non-card-playing guy and haven't even thought of the game for along time.

Congratulations on that hand! Both of them. :-)

Unknown said...

Hillary, thanks for the shoutout! I loved this post today ... any game involving 'counting' is too much for this ADD brain!

Lynne with an e said...

When I first glanced at the title of today's posting here I thought it said Cabbage Hands. I imagined they'd match the owner's cauliflower ears and green thumb!

Thanks for the good humoured POTW you bestowed upon my humble offering.

Anyes said...

It seems you had quite a bit of fun together ;-)

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Thanks for the award. Much appreciated. I marvel at some of the brilliant blogs around. Nice to know this old man can occasionally compete despite technical incompetence of the highest order!

Teri and her Stylish Cats ~ Coco the Couture Cat, FurryDance Brighton, and Disco NoFurNo said...

Nice post! I, too, played cribbage with my grandparents as a child but not much into games as a adult...funny.

Of course, I had to go read the 'breakfast' story...In a way, Pica (eating non-food items) is a kind of doggie OCD and might be helped by medication, too...harder to train humans than dogs, though, hahameow!

Nancy said...

I've always wanted to learn cribbage. And thank you for POTW!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

I played cribbage with my dad. Don't remember anymore how it goes.

Frank - reminds me of my husband.

messymimi said...

Love your and Frank's senses of humor!

Bob Bushell said...


larkswing said...

Fun, Fun! I like his "hawaiian peace symbol" lol! I sorta learned how to play cribbage ONCE. Then did not play and completely forgot how to play.

Anonymous said...

My husband's family are cribbage fanatics. He taught me to play once and I beat him and I think that was the last time I played. I like going out while I'm ahead. :) But you've inspired me to try again - congrats on the 28! And thanks for the POTW (when do you have time???)

Karen said...

I don't know how to play that, although I love card games.

Mental P Mama said...

Frank is so funny! Congrats on your 28 points...wish I knew what it all meant...all I know is Bridge and Go Fish!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Hilary, thanks so much for linking me up with the blog that posted about the pianos. That really was a special event for me and I'm so happy to see that it has blessed others as well. Take care my blog friend. :)

Tammie Lee said...

It sounds like you and Frank have so much fun! Yea.

thank you for sharing your wonderful finds and I am tickled happy that you included my squirrel mamma moving out!

Dave said...

Well done for getting your first 28 points Hilary. I have never played the game but it sounds like fun - Dave

Pauline said...

thanks for the mention, Hilary - you've not only sent me to some wonderful new blogs but sent a few wonderful people my way :)

Dawning Inspiration said...

I'd like to learn how to play that game some day - along with chess!

Congrats to POTW winners!!

Birdie said...

Bwahahahahahahaha at the photo of the hand. Perfect!

Shammickite said...

Someone tried to teach me cribbage once, I think I actually played a couple of games with some success but the rules have completely vanshed from my brain now.

SandyCarlson said...

We'll have to try that game! Great shots.

Pierre BOYER said...

I didn't know this game...
But i understand Franck !
Have a great day,
Regards from France,


Anvilcloud said...

Cuppa's father and grandfather used to play Crib a lot. Their dialog and commentary was always amusing.

Mage said...

Oh, you made me laugh out loud. His hand was very inventive and gestural. When I asked the Geezer, he replied that he may have had a 29 point hand once or twice. May have? I inquired. Gee. Sometimes I win, but I too have been double skunked once. I'm so sorry.

Great choices.

Unknown said...

I have missed you blog so much..

so strange to have such little computer time of late but that's just the way it is.
it's certainly good to return to spaces such as yours.

thank you as always.