Mah Jongg is not just a game. It has become a part of my life that allows me to entertain my Mah Jongg-playing friends, cook great meals to serve to them and test my mental skills during our game play (which, hopefully, is often).
Wow – I was so surprised – and delighted – when I opened the Williams-Sonoma Holiday catalogue and saw the new line of dishes and table linens decorated with the symbols we know and love – the Dragon and the Phoenix – which represent prosperity and good fortune.
Williams-Sonoma is calling their new tableware line the “New Moon Collection” – oh, if only they had called it the “Mah Jongg Collection!” Oh well, it doesn’t matter – I still would love to set my table with these Asian-inspired dishes for the next time I host the OMs for lunch!
Guess what I found waiting for me today in my mailbox…
I haven’t spent a lot of time with it yet but, at first glance, it looks like so much fun! I do think some of the hands are harder than on the 2014 card because in a number of the hands where last year’s card asked for a Pung of Flowers, this new card is asking for a Pung of Dragons instead. Much easier to get those Flowers, as we all know. So, this is going to be a fun challenge – can’t wait to start playing with this card!
Did you receive your card yet? If so, what are your thoughts on the new 2015 card?
Whenever I pull out one of my Mah Jongg sets, I always ooh and aah and declare that particular set to be my favorite. I feel fortunate that I love all of my sets so much. But, i do think this pyralinPung Chow set is really and truly my favorite. I love everything about it. Those silver Dragons! Those 1-Bams! The beautiful black backs! Those amazing Dots! The bold Craks! Are you getting the feeling that I am over the moon about this set?
The Circles suit – or, as we call them, the Dots suit – is the original suit of the Mah Jongg tiles; the Bamboo (Bams) and Wan (Craks) suits were added later. The similarity of the circles to coins leads to the belief that the majority of the Circles suit tiles are connected to money or business. Tiles in this suit are numbered from 1- 9 and are described below.
If you are anything like me, I can barely make out what is on those marvelous vintage tiles. I love to collect these sets but honestly, even my strongest EyeBobs can’t help me! I just can’t see as well as I used to – and that’s putting it kindly. Until now…
The thoughtful minds at Where the Winds Blow have told me that very soon they will be carrying tiles with LARGER NUMBERS for players with vision impairment (that’s just about everyone I know!). There will also be Dragons with text for players with color blindness! They wrote me that they know many senior players who had to stop playing Mah Jongg simply because they cannot see the numbers or, when they buy the jumbo tiles, they find they are simply to heavy to use. No excuses any longer with these new tiles! BTW, the numbers also are color coded to match the suits. The good news is that the tiles are Standard American sized tiles featuring larger numbers and smaller symbols.
These tile sets will soon be available in solid white, blue denim and their popular rainbow tiles. If you are interested, don’t hesitate because these tiles will sell out fast. This is a great gift for your mom or your grandmother…or yourself – if you are over 40 then you know what I mean! Reserve your sets by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa stopped by early today and I am afraid that I have no willpower. I opened all the gifts – and there were so many! – and each one brought a greater delight to me than the one before. Not surprising, Santa knows that I like things having to do with Mah Jongg and so several of the gifts followed that theme. The first was a beautiful decoupaged dish from cccreations – decoupage under glass by Carol Cohen.
Isn’t this fabulous?! I can’t decide where to put it – either on the coffee table in the living room or else on my dresser in the bedroom and put jewelry, coins, etc. in it. Such decisions to make! Continue reading →