Last Saturday my husband and I had the pleasure of attending a cookout -bonfire.  With the weather being somewhat iffy, we ladies decided to sit around the dining room table to visit, while some of the fellows sat outside.  Eventually our husbands retreated to the family room to watch a football game.  There were six couples, most of whom I had met previously.  But there was one guest that caught my eye.  Her name was Teresa.  She was a petite redhead adorned with a jeweled headband, a glittering necklace, plus several beautiful rings.  To tell you the truth, I probably would never have gotten away with a head band, but on her it looked spectacular.

So during our conversation she inquired about my heritage.  We had quite a laugh about my sisters and my given names.  There is my older sister named Edeltraut, my younger sister named Margitta and then there is me, Gisela.  Eventually we acquired our nicknames – Edie, Gittie and Gigi.  So much easier to pronouce.

We exchanged parental and medical advice, what to read and what TV shows to watch.  Speaking of TV, I will  be watching “The Young Doctor” and “This is us”.  I cannot believe that I was able to have so much fun away from the “bridge” table.

Our host served delicious barbecue pork which went well with everyone’s favorite side dishes.  What a great party.

Respect A Good Bridge Partner

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of playing with an excellent player and partner.  It was the last round when she and I were in a part-score contract.  At trick 13 one of the opposite team members led a suit which caused us to take an extra trick.  His partner, in a condescending manner, pointed out his error.  So why am I telling you this?  This player is one of the best players in our club.  Could it have been that he simply was tired and had a problem concentrating that evening?  Good bridge partners are difficult to come by.  Treat them with respect, or you may be looking for a new partner.

Tidbits Comes To The Rescue Once More

While sitting  in the reception area of an assisted living facility, Tidbits, an informative little news paper, caught my eye.  I quote from Kathy Wolfe’s article on MISUSED WORDS & PHRASES.

“If you’re going on vacation, and your friend asks you to bring him back a “momento,” what he really means is a “memento,” which is a keepsake or souvenir. there is no such word as momento.”

Step up to the coffee bar and order an “expresso,” and you won’t be ordering coffee!  The correct term, “espresso,” has its origins in the Italian language, from their word for “pressed out”, referring to the process of making coffee under steam pressure.  One of the first  espresso machines was patented in 1901, and could make a cup of coffee in 45 seconds.  To think that I ordered “expressos” while in Paris.  How embarrassing!!!

Has something exciting grabbed your interest lately?  Perhaps you think that it “peaked your interest.”  The appropriate phrase is “piqued your interest.”  The word “pique” means to cause a feeling of interest or curiosity.

When you give someone complete freedom to do as he or she pleases, you are giving “free rein,” not “free reign”, as it used by some.  “Free rein” is  a reference to horseback riding, when the rider holds the reins loosely allowing the horse freedom of movement, the opposite of keeping a tight rein.  “Reign” can mean to rule as a monarch, such as Queen Elizabeth, who reigns over the United Kingdom.  It can also mean to dominate or control, such as a certain team “reigning supreme” in the NFL.

Do you know the difference between “regardless” and irregardless?  The difference is, one is a word and one isn’t.  The word “regardless” means “without regard.”  Some people argue that “irregardless” is indeed a word, with the same meaning as “regardless.”  Some dictionaries have given “irregardless” an entry, which technically makes it a word, even though it’s considered “nonstandard.”

So there you have it.  Ms Wolfe refers to several more misused words and phrases in Tidbits.  Why not pick up this Neat Little Paper!  Who knows —- you may end up on Jeopardy some day when this information will come in handy.




All About The Month Of March

While thumbing thru “News And Views” our condo association paper I came across the following information sent in by one of our members.  I found it interesting and I thought I would pass it on to you (in case you did not already know this).  I quote:

Our world would sure be a very different place if these folks hadn’t been born in March. Glen Miller, Dr. Seuss, Knute Rockne, Yuri Gargan, Alexander Graham Bell, Osama Bin Laden, Al Gore, Albert Einstein, Harry Houdini, Eugene McCarthy, Tennessee Williams, and Michelangelo.

Imagine no telephones, no internet (so says Al Gore who claimed to invent it), no Notre Dame fight song, no man showing the way to space travel, no 9-11, great music, magic, and drama.

History has also been made in past March days:

JFK set up the Peace Corps, the Alamo fell, in 1862 the USA started using paper money (soon to be replaced by plastic in this century – or by smart phones), and our Congress met in 1789 for the lst time after our Constitution  was in effect and we can’t forget the Ides of March!”

Just for the record, my birthday is also in March, tsk tsk…..



What Is Love?

What did you guys do on Valentine’s Day? We really did nothing out of the ordinary.  When we were younger, we were into flowers and candy, chocolate covered cherries being our favorite and they still are.  One would think it would be Godiva something….

But as time passed, we realized that just being kind and thoughtful all year-long was more important, like my husband bringing me my cup of coffee in the morning as I am checking my e-mails and “bridge clues”.  Then there are times when he will do our laundry while I am – yes, playing cards or having lunch with my daughter.

Love is house and pet sitting for our kids while they are vacationing in Arizona.  What is wrong with this picture?  We should be in Arizona, that’s what!  Love is dropping everything to go and fix our daughter’s car and taking Max to the groomers.  I love that dog.

But one of my favorite things is when I return home from an exhausting afternoon of bridge with Tom or Gary (just kidding), and as I walk into the kitchen, I smell the aroma of a beautiful meat loaf and there is a cocktail waiting for me in the fridge.

I hope all of you had a wonderful day.



Restaurant Find

So last Friday my husband and I went to Ace Hardware to order a new glass top for our coffee table.  A small piece had broken off during our move, but had never been repaired.  After placing our order at Ace we decided to have lunch.  We had driven past a place called “Blind Pig” on Center Point Road, but never had been motivated to search out this restaurant bar.  Well, as we drove by that Friday, the place looked packed, so we decided to give it a try.  Although it was only 11:30 AM, we just barely found a seat.  I ordered a BLT and ice tea and Chuck had the Diablo with curly fries which we shared.  Service and our food was great.  I ate only half of my sandwich, and took the rest of it home.  So if you want good service, a yummy meal, and don’t mind loud music and TVs all around, go there and have some good food.

Watching My Entries – Right!!!

It is the Christmas party at the Monday bridge club.  There is lots of food and drink, and many are decked out in their holiday sweaters.  I did not see even one ugly one.  Ho, Ho, Ho !!!

Once again I am playing with one of my favorite partners, Mona.  We had a few good boards, a few mediocre ones and then along came this hand.  X, AKQXXX, AQXXX, K (as I remember).  I open 1H, 1S on my left, pass by Mona, 2S on my right.  I love my hand, so I jump shift to 4D.  Pass on my left and Mona bids 4H which ends the auction.  I get a spade lead which I take with dummy’s ace.  There are four diamonds to the 10 on the board.  I will never be there again, so I take a diamond finesse which is trumped on my right.  I know I said a not so nice word and proceeded to go down one.  In retrospect, all I have to give up are the king and jack of diamonds plus one club.  So what else is new!!!  One more hand was not a pretty picture.  The opponents are in 6NT.  Board comes down with 8 hearts.  Declarer finesses the jack and picks up the whole suit.  Most pairs naturally were in hearts.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!