Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, March 2, 2012

Sepia Saturday # 115 - Saturday - 3 March 2012

WELCOME TO 3 MARCH 2012
                   SEPIA SATURDAY

                                 ...and the games we play.....


Photograph by Marjory Collins 1912-1985 her game of photography, she was known as "A rebel looking for a cause" and this photo was part of her "Day-in-the-life" of visual stories about the ideal American way of life, that showed the commitment of ordinary citizens supporting the war effort, and just living day to day.



Brought to by, "Southwest Arkie- at "Of Colouring Outside the Lines" (a favorite game of mine....it's outside the box where all the fun begins!)


     
              Alan's selection of photo for this Sepia theme wakes up my gamely state of mind!



Once upon a Saturday afternoon in 1925 on a quiet street with well-manicured lawns residents were preparing for their favorite Saturday evening, "Game-Night....."



Oh what would be on the program for this evening? A game of, "Look-a-bout, Change Seats, Charades, Forfeits, The Name Game, You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" (although the person who never smiles is declared the winner in this game).....




It was the fancy stick-styled magnificently built cottage on the lake everyone dreamed of being invited to for game night.  The stately house rose like it was guarding the best kept secret in town and everyone wanted to be a part of the excitement that flowed through the lively rooms.





Some of the invited guests arrived by train for the evening's festivities.





Yes, James J. Hill's famous railroad...............


Even strangers treated each other with such politeness as they left the station behind them.  They shared idle conversations of the power they all would soon share, while weaving their magic spells of wit and wisdom for everything that would soon come their way.




For those that approached the cottage by the side, they immediately caught the aroma of fresh pasties and bread blended with a mingling of wood smoke which stirred their memories of past visits there.  So knowing they were early, off to the lake they strolled for a quick look before knocking on the front door.


Speaking of the lake...........

Sometimes there were outdoor games.



Like "Blind Man's Bluff" or "Prince Who?"  Which works really well while the princess standing high up in the Gazebo is blindfolded, and she must try to identify the person standing down before her....and if she does, then they take her place and on and on...

                Don't you just know they all had a bunch of fun hosting such gala events?  But what about other simple family games we all love to play together....like from my own family album right below..... 




Enjoying a moment of building with my sister, my father, and myself while next to my furry slippers (underneath the table) is my beloved Mickey, our family dog!

Yes, the windmill was mostly my daddy's creation!

...and how about you?
Do you have a game or another kind of sepia moment you care to share?
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26 comments:

barbara and nancy said...

A very fun post.
Wonder how tickle bear left his mark in your fourth photo.
Nancy

Titania said...

Karen, I really like the last picture of you with your family. It shows a happy childhood, enjoying the time to play with your dad. You also show how important games were, when people came together to have a good time. A beautiful and interesting post.

Karen S. said...

Titania, thanks for your very special comment! My family always played all kinds of games together, even still today....and our building blocks (Legos of today) are really very fun to build with! Especially on New Year's Eve it keeps everyone off the roads and safe!

Karen S. said...

Barbara and Nancy, I posted that "Bear" photo for those in the know....just to confirm...if anyone could figure out what city they thought those games were played in! You are great detectives!

Joy said...

Love the glittery tree in your family home, looks a very successful windmill. Dad's can never resist a construction.

Wendy said...

"A flurry of slippers" -- I love it. Now I want to write SOMETHING in which I can use that.
You've reminded me of many games we played outdoors like Hide 'n' Seek, Flashlight Tag, Capture the Flag.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

i always like to wander through the past in your sepia posts and pictures...i especially like the peek into your home...by the christmas tree!

Karen S. said...

laura, thanks so much! Growing up was a fun time....my mother believed in us being children, and learning and loving everyday....she always said work will come later and it did! I don't get to post many pictures of my sister, she passed away when I was almost 12.....

Kristin said...

That is a wonderful house. I can't figure out where it is...something with "...e bear..."?

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Very creative with the e bear shot. I have no idea where it is. I do like the assortment of photos you used. We played cards on Sunday and the women did needle work. Love that photo.
QMM

imagespast said...

What a great post - it brought back so many memories. I especially like the pictures of the house (so very different to her in the UK) and the gazebo in the garden. Jo

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Oh, Karen, this is a wonderful post! I wish that I could have been one of those invited.

Thanks so much for sharing; I love the Christmas photo too.

Kathy M.

Bob Scotney said...

I wasn't sure where you were going to end up with this post but thhe end could not be bettered. Dog next to furry slippers - they always pick the best spot.

Postcardy said...

That first photo looks like propaganda.

Jinksy said...

A suggestion of some grown up games in this post! :)

Karen S. said...

Bob, thanks, and dogs sure do know where the warm spots to lay are! I'm glad you like my ending....I opened with a family and ended with a family playing games in the best manner...together as a family, and having the grandma in the first one and the doggie in the last for a final touch!

Karen S. said...

Postcardy, Well the first photo is posted in sharing a mere family game with grandma busy in her own little world. I hope you weren't offened by any means. All of my posts are meant purely for entertainment and sharing of our pasts, and all that there was there in.

Christine H. said...

Those simple games were the best, weren't they. It's really just about spending time together.

By the way, you are so sweet to notice that I wasn't signed up for Sepia Saturday this week. I actually decided to take a break and spend more time doing family stuff this weekend. Wishing you a warm and happy weekend.

JJ said...

Reminds me of some good times. My father had a gigantic jar of pennies, and we played cards using pennies to entice the winners. I used to win quite often and used the pennies for the movies on Saturday afternoons. I don't think I played better than my father, but I sure did win enough every week to hit the Saturday matinees.

Little Nell said...

Shows the way our blogger minds work; Ticklebear was the first thing I thought of when I saw that snippet of letters- we are conditioned :) A merry romp through the games night Karen and thanks for reminding me of party games like Blind Man's Buff, I reckon this theme could last a couple of weeks.

TICKLEBEAR said...

White Bear Lake, Minnesota,
right?!?
;)~

Still nice that people thought of me first. I guess I imprinted on a few folks around here...

I enjoyed the journey and am looking for more!!
:)~
HUGZ

Karen S. said...

Ticklebear, Yes! You have it right, WhitE BEAR! White Bear Lake, Minnesota.... but I had to chuckle when I saw it too, and wondered hm, will anyone else spot it too! Very cool!

Teresa Wilson Rogers said...

The first photo is like something right out of American life - it reminds me of the 50's or what little I remember of the 50's since I was just a baby!

TICKLEBEAR said...

Well, those letters are pretty hard to miss, framed the way they are by the door, and the light playing in their favor as well.
:)~
HUGZ

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I suppose it would be stretching a point to say the world would be a better place if we continued to play games as families or groups, instead of the modern equivalents which can be so isolating. Lovely post!

Karen S. said...

Sheila, I so agree with you! The games today for children are just a bit too one person only....and our phones (equipped with so many games) have now become a source of a person's attention...!