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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Leaving Home...

Firstly, Happy New Year!
I'm so sorry for my absence over the past couple of weeks. I've been quite ill and not up to much.
Secondly, Husby is taking me away for a few weeks to see if we can find my health again.
We're turning our house over to one of our daughters and her family and flying out tonight.
It'll be fun!
But I'm not sure about connections.
I'll try to stay in touch, health and internet providing.
I'll miss you!

And now, something to tide you over until I see if I'll be connected from our hotel in the Caribbean . . .
New Year’s Eve.
A time of food.
Fun.
Family.
And beating the pants off someone at this year’s game of choice.
The game for the last hours of 2013 and the wee, small hours of 2014?
Clue.
What could be better than starting the New Year out with a little bit of murder/mayhem and trying to decide if the victim had been bludgeoned, shot or strangled?
For some time, the players had been trying to figure out the whom, what and where of Mr. Boddy’s demise. Manipulating rooms (Ballroom, study, kitchen, library, conservatory, hall, dining room, lounge, billiard room), characters (Professor Plum, Mr. Green, Mrs. White, Miss Scarlett, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard) and weapons (Knife, gun, lead pipe, candlestick, rope, wrench); and toying with such statements as: Miss Scarlett in the ballroom with the lead pipe, and Mr. Green in the study with the rope.
The hour was growing late/early.
And our bunch of non-drinkers was growing slightly giddy with the unaccustomed lateness of the hour.
Someone posed the statement, “Look at all of the different ways to murder someone . . . the newer versions have poison. We need poison!”
A whole new dimension in the world of homicide.
To which my son, Erik, replied, “We have it!”
Everyone looked at him.
“Yeah,” he went on. “The Colonel in the kitchen, eating beans. Murder by Mustard gas!”
For fifteen minutes, all anyone could do was laugh.
Perfect way to bring in the New Year.


I hope 2018 is your best year ever!!! Stay healthy!

11 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear of your health issues, and will hope that you can "find your health again. In the meantime - I have never, ever thought of playing board games for NYE. But Clue was one of my hubbie's childhood faves. Maybe next NYE...

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  2. Feel better soon Diane........we'll all be here waiting for you.

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  3. That is a great game and what a funny addition to the "tools"! I hope your vacation helps restore your health, Diane. All the best in 2018 to you, Husby, and your extended family.

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  4. I'm sorry to hear you aren't well and hope the Caribbean helps. You haven't been breathing mustard gas have you?

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  5. Sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well and I hope your recovery is speedy.

    We play lots of board games over any Bank Holiday when we are together with our daughter and grand-daughter. Over here we call that game Cluedo, which is one of our favourites along with Scrabble, Rummikub and 221b Baker Street, The Master Detective Game.

    Take care and Get Well Soon.

    Joan (Devon)

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  6. Hope you are back to full fitness asap. Happy New Year! x

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  8. I hope the fact that we haven't heard from you in quite some time means that you are enjoying your vacation to the max and that you will be in tip top shape when you return home. Soak up some sun for me 'woudja'.

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