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You know it's a good time when Mrs. Peacock is there

I love the game Clue. It, as you probably know, is a murder mystery board game -- created by an Englishman, of course.

We used to play it so often when we were little and we would act out the parts of the characters -- especially Mrs. Peacock for some reason. There was something so cozy and comforting about pulling out the game and setting it up in front of a roaring fire in the winter. We also had Monopoly, but we got into so many arguments about real estate that my mother threw the game into the fire. We went through lots of withdrawal watching our "money" go up in flames.

When we went to my grandmother's house for a visit, there were different sets of games to play. Her collection was more cerebral, games such as chess and word teasers. But Clue is my favorite still because it was like being at a fun party with a great cast of zany friends. We haven't played any board games of late, but I'm itching to get the fire going and start the party.

  • My niece Anna is studying architecture in Holland. She came to Bluffton for Christmas. I also have a niece and nephew, Sarah and Taylor, who are working at a hospital in Ethiopia. They flew to London for Christmas, where they were greeted by snowfall of epic proportions. They are now back in Africa. While Anna was here in Bluffton, we too had some very cold, unseasonable weather. She is now back in Holland, safe and sound. I don't know what all of this crazy weather means, but it didn't keep three members of my family from having fun in such different parts of the world.
  • The color of the year for 2011 is called "Honeysuckle." It was chosen by Pantone Color Institute. Last year's color was turquoise, which was supposed to have a calming effect on our senses. If you look inside a honeysuckle flower, you will see a pink hue. It is actually very pretty, and I think anyone will look nice wearing it. At the very least, it is a feminine and cheerful pick. We certainly need to be happy.
  • I am so excited for my friend Susan Sewell. She has just authored a book titled, "Sippin' Southern Sunshine," and it already has become a big hit. This little volume is full of sage advice your mama might have forgotten to tell you. How that could have happened, I'll never know. If you know Susan, you know she is absolutely adorable and filled with charm. This book should be on every girl's reading list. You are invited to come meet Susan and sip some bubbly from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 5 at my place of business, The Store.
  • Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.