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December 28 is Card Playing Day

Updated on August 23, 2017

I have had people say that I'm a real card. Well its time to prove them right.

What I will be sharing with you are some of my favorite games and some of my favorite decks of cards. Yes I have a tendency to collect cards. The interesting thing is that I don't remember paying for them. They have all been given to me.

So on this page you will find my favorite games and my favorite cards. Mentally I might not be playing with a full deck, but every deck I play with has the correct amount. This includes the jokers. Yes Cesar Romero in my opinion you are still the best Joker.

When it comes to playing cards - Which do you prefer?

Do you play with a deck of cards or use the computer?

Kings in the Corners

A game for my grandfather and I

Have you ever had to sit somewhere for several hours and not move from that spot. Well this is what my grandfather had to do for several years of his life. You see he was on dialysis. Basically his kidneys had shut down and the doctors said that he was too old for a transplant.

That is why this other lens was created If you were a Perfect match, Would You Donate a Kidney?

Any ways back to the card game. He and I would sit and play cards. There was one game that we tended to play the most. The title was Kings in the Corner. There is a description of how the game goes below. There was also one deck that we used. And that is where the images came from for this and the next section.

This was a four hour process that was gone through three times a week. So during the summer I would walk down the road to their cottage and spend as much time as I could with him. Even if it was just sitting there. If he was up to it I would shuffle the cards and deal them out. Other times when he was just to tired to do anything but sit there I would mow the lawn or help grandma clean. It just meant that I was there with them.

Its amazing how just spending time with someone creates memories. Even if it is just sitting and playing a game of cards. I am not sure who came up with the game of Kings in the Corner but if I did I would be running up to them and giving them a hug and a thank you that most likely would involve tears and a feeling of not wanting to let go.

How to Play Kings in the Corners

If you would like to know how to play Kings in the Corners then please use this link. It will open up a new web page for you to use.


- Rules for Kings in the Corners

Card Holders and Cola Cards

Set of 4 Deluxe Round Colored Playing Card Holders
Set of 4 Deluxe Round Colored Playing Card Holders

With my grandfather not able to use both hands easily when on dialysis we used these card holders to make things easier.

 

And as they say you shouldn't drink and play cards at the same time. So as an alternative use these cards instead of drinking.

Coca Cola Playing Card Gift Tin
Coca Cola Playing Card Gift Tin

The image for this is using the actual cards that we played with. But I could not find that deck so I am offering this one.

 
Vintage Pepsi Playing Cards
Vintage Pepsi Playing Cards

Not knowing which soda folks like best I added this one in just because.

 
Clock Solitaire
Clock Solitaire

Clock Solitaire

A game from my dad

My dad took a 2' x 4' board and made two circles. He than made 12 sections between those two circles just like a clock. As you can tell by this image it sort of looks like a clock with a section in the middle sort of like the small area where the hands of a clock would be. Each section had the type of card that would end up in that space. Ace , two, three all the way around to the Queen. The King would be the one in the center.

You would then deal out the cards starting with the Ace - one and going around the board / clock four times to fill in all the spaces. This would mean Ace, two, three ... ten, Jack, Queen and then King in the center. With a deck of 52 cards you would go around four times.

At this point you would draw a card from the center of the board, the King spot. That card would go into the location of that number. So if it were a 10 it would go next to the ten stack. You would then take a card from the pile in the 10 section. That card would then go to the pile next to what it was, say an ace. You would then take a card from that pile and place it where it needed to go.

The object of this game was to get all the card from the outside spaces completely filled in before all four kings were revealed. If you could do this you would win the game. If not then sorry to say you loose.

Having the board at the younger age helped a lot to get the cards lined up. At this point in my life I can deal them out without that board and keep going. But as a learning aid this was a good one from my dad.

TriPeaks for Windows
TriPeaks for Windows

TriPeaks

An addictive game on the computer.

Yes it is addictive. The idea is to clear out all the cards in the tripeaks before the cards in the lower deck run out. And if you are playing on the computer then there is scoring also involved.

The scoring part is what got me. The game comes with places for the top 10 already filled in. At least the one I have is filled in. My goal was to work my way up the ladder until I beat the high score. I have done this twice. You think I would learn. Shortly after reaching the high score my hard drive crashed. And this was on two different computers.

Now I can also play this with a normal deck of cards but in my opinion it is not as much fun. After all I like to get the high score.

solitaire for Windows
solitaire for Windows

Solitaire

The clasic version

There are many different kinds of solitaire in the world. This is the most common one. It is also the first type of solitaire that I remember learning and playing for hours on end. And that was before there was a version on the computer.

You will also notice from this image and the previous one what my favorite deck of cards is. Also if you let it sit long enough the little bats will move a little bit.

Kings Corners Layout
Kings Corners Layout

Kings Corners Solitaire

This is one game that I tend to play with a deck of cards

Here is another game that I am unsure where I learned how to play it. I just know that I tend to play it in sets of three. Shuffle, deal, play repeat two more times. Another unsure moment here as two why it is only three games worth. There are others that I play but this is the most common. I have a deck of cards on the night stand that I will play different kinds of solitaire with. This would be my FinnAir deck shown below.

I have listed out the directions on how I play the game. Their might be others out there but you will have to find those on your own.

The goal of this game is to get all of the face cards around the outside of the board in their designated locations. Its not as easy as it may seam as you read on.

Step one: shuffle the cards. I know that this is obvious but I am throwing it in just because.

Step two: Deal out 16 cards face up. Start by placing out four cards in the center like the picture shows. If you get a face card place it in the correct location. Now the idea is to fill in all of the 16 locations with a card. This means that the K - King, Q - Queen and J - Jack may have another card in their locations.

Step Three: Remove the non-face cards in groups of 10.

- 10's

- 9 and Ace

- 8 and 2

- 7 and 3

- 6 and 4

- 5 and 5

Step Four: Fill in the empty spots with new cards. Here is the point that could actually happen during the first deal. I know I have had it happen. As I said you have to fill in all the open spaces with new cards. So say you have all of the K - King spots filled in with cards and your next card is a King. There is no place for that K - King to go. The game is over. This is the most common way for the game to end. Another way is to have all 16 spots filled in with cards and have no matching pairs to remove. Not as common but it can happen. Again this is experience talking.

Lastly the image has two piles.

Stock - These are the cards that waiting to be added to the board.

Waste - These are the cards that have been removed that add up to 10. See Part 3 above.

Variation to this game: Try and get all the suits in the same corner. Example Spades in the upper right, Hearts in the upper left and so on. I have tried this and actually pulled it off. Once.

Poker

In an Ice storm?

Yes when I was in college many years ago there was an ice / snowstorm that hit our area. The power went out and there was no heat. Needless to say several of our friends on campus came over to our apartment thinking it was a small space with lots of people. We all piled into one room and started playing games.

Finally the deck of cards came out. We started with basic games like go fish and rummy. Eventually someone suggested poker. First of all I never dealt for this game. We only played two hands and then they all did not want to play anymore. Why you ask? My first had was four aces and a king hing. My second hand was a full house kings over queens. Considering the situation this was some how appropriate. Disclaimer: There was no gambling involved in these two hands. After all we were college students and money for us was a foreign object.

Here are just some of my decks of cards. - The one up top is part of that collection but not shown in this section.

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This is an older two pack that was passed down from my grandparents. Set one.This is an older two pack that was passed down from my grandparents. Set two.This is an older two pack that was passed down from my grandparents. Set three.This is an older two pack that was passed down from my grandparents. Set four.I don't remember where my dad got this deck of cards. But I do use this as a deck of cards at work. On my lunch and breaks to play solitaire with.The first desk I have no idea where it came from. The second one I got on a flight to Russia.When I was in Russia I picked up a deck of cards. I thought this would be a great to share with everyone.
This is an older two pack that was passed down from my grandparents. Set one.
This is an older two pack that was passed down from my grandparents. Set one.
This is an older two pack that was passed down from my grandparents. Set two.
This is an older two pack that was passed down from my grandparents. Set two.
This is an older two pack that was passed down from my grandparents. Set three.
This is an older two pack that was passed down from my grandparents. Set three.
This is an older two pack that was passed down from my grandparents. Set four.
This is an older two pack that was passed down from my grandparents. Set four.
I don't remember where my dad got this deck of cards. But I do use this as a deck of cards at work. On my lunch and breaks to play solitaire with.
I don't remember where my dad got this deck of cards. But I do use this as a deck of cards at work. On my lunch and breaks to play solitaire with.
The first desk I have no idea where it came from. The second one I got on a flight to Russia.
The first desk I have no idea where it came from. The second one I got on a flight to Russia.
When I was in Russia I picked up a deck of cards. I thought this would be a great to share with everyone.
When I was in Russia I picked up a deck of cards. I thought this would be a great to share with everyone.

It took me a while to be able to cut the deck with one hand. A bit longer to do a double cut. So for those of you who would like to lean the single cut with one

Deal me a question

So can you cut the deck with one hand?

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Not playing with a full duck. - I know that the saying is not playing with a full deck but I couldn't resist adding this in.

Feeling Daffy
Feeling Daffy

Duck and cover - Fun stuff on amazon for those not playing with a full duck

At this point some of you would like to deck me! - But please leave a comment instead

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @mariacarbonara: Time spent with friends and family should always be fun.

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      We played card games over xmas. Its great fun!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @spids lm: Thanks on both counts...

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      spids lm 4 years ago

      Very cool! Congrats on LOTD!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Playing cards is a lot of fun.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @dawnsnewbeginning: You have me by two on the siblings. But spending time with them was a big part of growing up.

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      dawnsnewbeginning 4 years ago

      There was lots of fun times with my 5 other siblings and cards growing up!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @DebMartin: That does sound like fun. I wish you and your friends a great time.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Fun. Next year I'll be ready for this day and invite some of my poker buddies over. d

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @Earnlat: Thanks and I am glad I was able to bring something that you enjoyed.

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      Earnlat 4 years ago

      Lovely display, and I enjoy card games as well!!

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      AgingIntoDisabi 4 years ago

      Playing cards is such a simple but enjoyable way to pass time. Thanks for teaching me a few new card tricks.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @MartieG: Always glad to share memories especially when they bring out good memories in others. thanks for the blessing.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      I remember many of these games - thanks for bringing them back! :>) ~~~Blessed~~~

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @miller83: Glad you had time to check it out and enjoyed it all at the same time.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @bsalas lm: Thanks I am glad you had fun.

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      miller83 4 years ago

      Fantastic. Love this lens.

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      bsalas lm 4 years ago

      Fun lens. Great job

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @nicenet: Glad I was able to bring back some memories and hopefully a bit of fun. Its amazing how some of the oldies are still the best. I will do my best to keep up the good work...

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @BestRatedStuff: Thanks. Sometimes its just for the pictures or images that I like to look at. The deck I got in Russia was one of those.

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      nicey 4 years ago

      I have totallly forgotten how to play this cards.I like the cards that were passed on to you by your grands..Keep up the good work.

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      BestRatedStuff 4 years ago

      congrats on the LOTD, nice all time favorites. Like the pictures of the different card packs.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @flinnie lm: Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the congrats and the blessing. Being added in is always a plus.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      This is a fun lens, congrats on LoTD. Blessed and added to my lens Squid Angel flinnie.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @SpannerMontanna: Thank you and yes I do have a couple in the works.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Congrats on lotd ;) *Blessed*

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      Neil Spencer 4 years ago from uk

      Great lens and very well laid out. Keep em coming :-)

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @choosehappy: Thanks for the congrats and he blessing.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @fugeecat lm: If you had fun reading it I hope you also have fun playing these games.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @ZenSquid: Glad I was able to share and pique your interest.

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      fugeecat lm 4 years ago

      This was so much fun to read.

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      ZenSquid 4 years ago

      Very interesting. Really enjoyed your lens!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @SheGetsCreative: Had fun making. Thanks for the blessing.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Fun read!*blessed

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @mecheshier: You are welcome. I hope that you enjoy the new games.

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Yeah, some solitaire games I have never heard of. I will definitely give them a try. Thanks for sharing.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @BestMassageChairs: Thanks. Also glad that I was able to share my memories and bring back some for you.

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      BestMassageChairs 4 years ago

      Well done on lens of day - great info and brought back some nice memories :-)

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @karen-stephens: As do I. But through these lenses I am able to share those memories.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @nalim007: And it only took how long? Glad to be here.

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      karen-stephens 4 years ago

      I miss my grandma :(

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      nalim007 4 years ago

      Finally found someone who is playing Kings in the corners too :D

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @seosmm: Thank you and Happy New Year right back at you!

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      seosmm 4 years ago

      Very interesting and nice lens! Happy New Year!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @ghostJago: You are welcome. Something new can always be fun.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @tonybonura: Thanks my friend.

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      ghostJago 4 years ago

      Didn't know the kings corner solitaire. Thanks!

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Hi Paig,

      Congratulations on getting the Lens Of The Day for this lens. It does indeed deserve it, and so do you. Just keep dealing!

      TonyB

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @anonymous: Thanks for stopping by. Glad you are having fun.

      I did check out your site and may just have to give the game a try.

      Great comments about the family spending time together.

      Finally He has.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @aka-rms: Thanks for the wonderful surprise.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @poldepc lm: Thanks

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @myspace9: Thank you and may you have a wonderful new year.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @Faye Rutledge: Thank you.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @JoshK47: Thanks all round. And yes playing cards or just spending time with the family is always a great time.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @delia-delia: Thanks for the congratulations.

      Even if you don't play a lot of games hopefully this will give some new things to try.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @pretyfunky: Thanks

      Your image defiantly caught my eye.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @Anna2of5: Warning this one has memories that can embarrass me. And she knows it.

      Thanks for the congrats and yes it is very cool getting LotD. Especially when it is your first one.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @tahirmahmood: Thank you..

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @ReviewsfromSandy: Thanks for the congrats.

      Sorry to hear that you are missing these games and memories. But just remember with technology today there are games available online. I realize it may not be the same as playing with others but it can still be fun.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @bamalife: Thanks on all three counts...

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @anonymous: Thank you on both counts.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @clkbm: Nice to know when folks like my choices shared. Thank you for the congrats.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @anonymous: Thanks. Did you collect your on purpose or just by hap in stance like most of mine?

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @GrammieOlivia: Glad you took some time today. I wish you well spending the time with your grandchildren. Thanks for being here.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @Johanna Eisler: This sounds like a great way to have the family together. Have you thought about doing up a lens on this one. I think it would be a great way to motivate other families to spend time together.

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      GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

      I loved your take on all these card games. I've learnt some new ones too! Thanks, time to go share some card playing with my grandchildren too!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks for the congrats.

      Also glad that I was able to bring some new games your way.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @BWenning: You are always welcome.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @NightMagic: Thanks for the congrats. And knowing that you haven't played these games in a long time my question to you is... Now that they have been brought up again will you play them again? If you do I hope that you have fun doing so.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @jvcronje: Thanks and yes most of the card games I play are with the family.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @Bestbuyguide: Most of what I play online or on the computer are solitaire. When playing in person though its hard to beat a deck of cards.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @RockingChairWisdom: The cards I am not sure of.

      But to hazard a guess - go fish or old maid.

      How about this for the game - Look at this first deck of cards. Oops. Look 52 pick up.

      Yes I am clueless on this one.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @anonymous: Cute and funny are a great combination. And you are more than welcome for the info.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @Mary Stephenson: Thanks for the congratulations. Just remember that there are more than one way to play a game of cards. And since you have access to the internet there are sites out there to do just that. I know I have found a few to play solitaire at.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @OMENA777: The way this has turned out one blessing is enough to make my day. Thanks.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @macdingolinger lm: Glad you had fun doing a little reading. Now get a deck of cards and have some fun playing. Thanks for the congrats.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @KimGiancaterino: With decks of card. Fa la la la... OK I digress.

      Thanks for the congrats.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @RawBill1: Thanks. The games are fun and for me it does not matter the weather as I am willing to play most of the time. Having kids helps with that one.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @glowchick: Thank you on both accounts.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @Dressage Husband: I admit my grammar and spelling are not the best but I do have two spell checkers and a wife to do some proofing.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @DLeighAlexander: Understood on the lively matches. I have not heard of Hand and Foot. But I will look into it...Thanks for the congrats.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @ismeedee: Thanks. Some of my best stories and ideas have come from time with him. And yes he supported my sense of humor.Grandma not so much...

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @Wes2012: Thanks on both counts.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @Judith Nazarewicz: Thank you.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @greentiger11: Believe it or not I am familiar with spades. I just don't play it very often.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @Gypzeerose: Glad you liked it. I have checked out your lens as well. Nicely done.

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      greentiger11 4 years ago

      Can't forget the game of spades!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @SpannerMontanna: Thank on all accounts.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      @tri4one: Its always nice to learn from our parents and in this case grand parents.

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      tri4one 4 years ago

      This reminds me of my dad who taught me how to play pyramid solitaire at age 10. Congratulations.

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      doanhonglinh 4 years ago

      great

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      Neil Spencer 4 years ago from uk

      Great lens and a great read. Very well laid out too.

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      juicefy 4 years ago

      great lens,,,,

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi! and thanks for a really fun lens! My favorite card game is Peanuts! for which I've written a how-to-play lens called "Peanuts! The Card Game". I hope lots of families gather around tables for fun together this season, and you sure have helped with that! God bless

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      soloha 4 years ago

      very good. good luck 4U

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      A charming lens about a wonderful topic: encouraging adult play in a way that can build families and communities. Pinned to my games board, digg-ed, listed as a related lens to my own lens: http://www.squidoo.com/traditional-games-for-child... and blessed.

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on your LOTD!

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      Wes2012 4 years ago

      Good Lens of the and great pun!

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      kayla_harris 4 years ago

      Nice Lens! I like playing poker!