Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Did I mention I play bridge?

I learned bridge as a young mother from my friend Sheila and her husband. They loved to play the game and were willing to make bridge players out of my husband and me so that they would be able to continue playing the game. Our bridge playing came to an end when we moved away and our busy life no longer included time to play cards!

When we retired to Huntsville four years ago, my sister invited me to play in her monthly bridge group. I was terrified! My bridge skills were pretty rusty, but this group of women was very welcoming and patient and I was surprised how much I remembered. Sheila taught me well!

I now play about once a week, in four different bridge groups. My husband plays in one of the groups, also. We have met some lovely people who are excited to meet new bridge players. It seems to be a lost art! And that's a shame, because it is a great card game!

When groups gather to play bridge, besides cards and a score pad, every couple needs a tally. This is a little card that opens and has space for the players' name and the score earned in each round. At the end of the evening, the scores per round are added and the highest total wins!

My sister and I are hosting two tables of bridge tomorrow evening and I made four tallies, one for each couple. I have made tallies for this group before and everyone enjoys them, usually tearing off the front cover to keep and only turning in the part with their scores!!


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I used a stamp set called "Autumn Beauty", designed by Theresa Momber and purchased from Gina K. Designs. The set includes images of sunflowers, wheelbarrow, and rural mailbox, along with Thanksgiving sentiments. I chuckled as I stamped "Happy Fall, Y'All" on the tallies. Couldn't be a better sentiment for my friends in Alabama!!

18 comments:

GrammySue's Creations said...

Judy these cards are wonderful.

Linda aka Oz said...

I used to play bridge too. Loved the game. Actually I like all games.

Virginia L. said...

Beautiful Fall card to go with this special occasion! So glad you have a blog to show these off now!!

donna mikasa said...

Wonderful autumny tallies! Hope y'all have fun using them!

Kath said...

beautiful card Judy and loving the new blog...just have fun with it...hugs kath xxxxx

Vanessa said...

Beautiful cards! Welcome to blogland!! Enjoy!

Hugs,
Vanessa

Alice Wertz said...

welcome to the blogland Judy!!! So happy to find your blog!! Hope you have fun!!

Deirdre said...

Judy - love your new blog. I am new to it too... it's fun though. Loved reading your daily thoughts and looking at your beautiful cards. LOVE the dishes and the story behind them. Thanks for sharing.

dominodebi said...

I wish I were in your Bridge club! I'm ever so rusty and will remain so until I find a nice group of people to play with. Your cards are lovely, and your blog looks quite posh. (Told you ya had it ya!)

Deborah

Karen from MI said...

Hi Judy! I LOVED reading about how you began playing bridge! I know that my Grandparent's played, too. Wish that I knew how to play just "Old Maid"!! Never was a "card girl"............too much thought and CONCENTRATION. Can you just see me at the table??! I LOVE your tallies. They are DARLING! Hey, maybe this could be your new venture......making tallies for bridge groups. I can see it now, "Tallies by Judy"! Hope you have fun playing today!! Good LUCK, I'll be thinking about YOU!j Love, Karen xo

Jill said...

Love your blog!!! Will be adding it to my favs!!

Nancy said...

Love your wonderful writing style, Judy. I'm so glad you have been reacquainted with the game of bridge. How wonderful that you made those adorable tallies, love that great scarecrow stamp. I'll be following your exploits....Blessings, Nancy

Lin said...

I tried to learn bridge probably about the same time you accomplished that skill; I was reduced to tears; just could NOT get it, and haven't gone near it since! I admire you - it would be a fun thing to do on a regular basis. LOVE your fall tallies, and the adorable sentiment, y'all!! What a nice thing you do for your group!

fika said...

Wish i could be part of your bridge team member. Love all of your fall cards and i peeking some glittery goodness on the plants.. so yummy!!

Diana said...

ADORE these scarecrows. Welcome to blogland! Thankful we met!

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