What a night!  Three games and five Yahtzees for me!  It turned out to be Yahtzee night because all five players won Yahtzees, but I was the only FIVE winner!  That Hotzee there in the blue is ME = the Winner.

In the top picture are Karen, my sister, and a long time family friend, Bobby; in the bottom picture are Paul and Shariol, friends from college days but meeting again after fifty-three years.  Paul is my brother-in-law. widower of my sister, Verna.

The four are widows and widowers who decided to meet at Karen’s house.  To keep everything above board, I was invited as a fifth wheel in case there were gossipers who needed a brand new subject to gossip about.  😀

Okay,  that wasn’t the only reason I was invited; I was invited because they wanted me!  And they know my husband is a dilly who doesn’t mind doing his own cooking for five days.  They thought they were getting a referee; instead they got someone to beat them at Yahtzee!  I sure hope we get to have another five days or so before too much longer.  Old friends, new food, and daily fun!  Christians all who have common values.  Four people who are having to cope with being left behind while their “forever loves” went on to Heaven without them.  But all finding hope in the Lord.

Right now my Sammy is spending the day at the Center; it is quiet in here.  My mind is on blogging, content to know he will soon be home.  We are the “old folks” in the bunch by eight or ten years.  And I am turning to a new year.  Beginning tomorrow I will be doing something I’ve never done before, finding out how great it is to be eighty-six!





About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Tammy says:

    I love this!!!

  2. Wooooowhooooo!!!
    86 and trucking on, winning Yahtzee, hearts, and souls 🙂
    So happy birthday eve my friend for tomorrow is a brand new day to a brand new year…
    all sorts of brand new years 🙂

  3. Yinglan says:

    Wow, 5 yahtzee, I’d be happy with just one. That makes you one lucky lady, Oneta. 😀

    • oneta hayes says:

      They keep coming! One was a single roll; the other two were four alike on the first roll, then matched on the third roll. Fun sure enough! I’ll not take my luck to the casino, however.

      • Yinglan says:

        I don’t blame you, it’s risky that way. Believe me, I learned that the hard way last year after winning big at a casino. I believe one only had so much luck before it runs out and mine apparently ran out because I haven’t been able to win at anything since.

  4. Faye says:

    Thank you. You are the woman of Godly dimensions a constant encourager in my life. Keep on Keepin’ on Sister.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you, Faye. This life is an adventure; I’m glad I’m riding with the Lord through good and ill. Wish I could convince others it is wise to choose Him in one’s youth, as Solomon says. That’s Solomon says and Simon says. 😀

  5. shoreacres says:

    I’d forgotten Yahtzee. I hardly can remember how it was played — but good for you! Five wins, five players, five days — what an interesting coincidence. And happy birthday to one of my favorite bloggers! Who knows what great “wins” will come in the next year?

    • oneta hayes says:

      I’m seeing it through the eyes of an adventurer, believing the Lord is with me on this ride. Hey that will be a good theme for me. I’ve just learned since Christmas. Karen and Bobby have played a lot, but it was new to Paul and Shariol. But no matter how much experience or lack thereof, everybody recognizes a Yahtzee and knows what to do – stand and shout, spin around, raise your hands and sit down and write a 50. When you make a second one, you have to be very creative in your antics! Then sit down and make an X. 😀

  6. pranabaxom says:

    Happy birthday Oneta and many happy returns of the day.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks much, Pranab. Sort of an up and down day but outlook is good. Having to draw on my faith, but that is strengthening.

      • pranabaxom says:

        It’s a funny coincidence that in a few more days I shall be at the reverse of your age.😀

        • oneta hayes says:

          68? I thought you were a forty-fifty year old. Aging has been good, but you know who has helped me with that issue. I’m going over to see if you are writing. I have been so far behind on my notifications, I have given up on them. Mostly read from my contacts on blogs now. Have a good rest. My husband just said he is on his way to bed so I guess it is bed time. I’ll be a couple more hours.

          • pranabaxom says:

            I feel sixteen😀. Forty Five? Sorry to disappoint you.
            Walked 12 miles today.
            Haven’t been writing for sometime now. Whole of last year I had been quite delinquent in looking after my health and finally my doctor said that if I do not shape up soon, I should be ready to meet my maker soon. I told him that I don’t think my maker, who I have not ever met, would be in any hurry to meet me any time soon( not that I mind if it’s in one shot😀).But doctors do not have sense of humor I think.

            • oneta hayes says:

              12 miles? WOW. No wonder you are not blogging much. How much time does that take? At least half the day, huh. Death is not humorous. But sometimes I think it is pleasant; at least calm and peaceful. You are so callous, Pranab. Hope you can outwalk Death. Remember Your Maker loves you. And I care. Does your wife walk with you? Enjoy the journey.

              • pranabaxom says:

                About four hours.
                Outwalk death? No way, just assuming that if I walk it will take more time to get there, wherever there is.
                She does sometimes. Today she did about eight but returned early as we had guests coming.
                As long as death is instantaneous, I shall humor it.
                Why I am callous? I feel sad.

  7. oneta hayes says:

    I guess sadness at times is a fact of life. But retain you sensitivity for others. Give your wife my greetings. Eight miles – bless her. I admire her spunk. How do I know she has spunk? Well….she is Mrs. Pranab, must call for spunk. 😀

  8. ghostmmnc says:

    Very cool and lots of fun with that Yatzee game! I haven’t played that in years, but remember it was fun. Happy Birthday! 🙂

  9. Congratulations on your birthday and on your blog. Yup, we will soon be gong home, Praise the Lord.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Amen. I looked up some of your books today. Might order one when my daughter in law gets time. She helps me with that kind of thing. She’ll be here in a few days. Which should I order? I don’t want series unless each story is complete. I might die and never know! Just like with OJ. I’m the only person living who is not convinced he did it! 😆😆

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