Hello fellow Canasta enthusiasts! Like most of you, I LOVE Canasta. I think about it all the time. I’ve wanted a Canasta Centric Lifestyle for years. I’ve been reading a lot about CCL and finally worked up the courage to tell my husband (John) about it. John seemed reluctant, but agreed to try it. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to have really clicked for him. I definitely want a Level 4 CCL. I want Canasta to be part of every aspect of our life because I know it will help me lose weight and focus on my husband’s needs. I know males secretly yearn for Canasta, and I truly believe my proper place is to play Canasta with my husband. He says he doesn’t really like card games but he plays video games all the time so I feel like he just hasn’t given it a chance yet. I explained that we could play Canasta whenever he wanted. I told him I’d let him win every time. I really want him to wear his tuxedo while playing Canasta. I want him to demand we play Canasta in the middle of a crowded restaurant in front of everybody. I told him I’d only play Canasta with him but he’d could play Canasta with whoever he wanted. Since starting a Full Time Level 4 CCL he only tells me to play Canasta with him every week or so which just isn’t enough for me. I’ve tried leaving the cards out so he’ll see them and be reminded, but he just put them away while tidying up. I asked him if he talks to his friends about playing Canasta with me but he kinda brushed it off. I'd be SO embarrassed if he did even though he knows he can tell them about it if he wants to. I wonder if he’ll ever make me play Canasta with his friends. Together we wrote down some rules for me, and if I break the rules, we drop everything we’re doing and play Canasta. One of the rules is “do not tape dirty dishes to the ceiling”. But I’m forgetful so I accidentally taped dirty dishes to the ceiling. When I heard John get home I knew I was going to be in huge trouble and he’d force me to play Canasta. But he just told me he was really tired from work and didn’t want to play Canasta. I really thought we were finally getting somewhere on my birthday a few weeks ago. He planned a whole Canasta themed day, and even wore his tuxedo. We played Canasta for hours and hours and it was amazing. I thought he finally saw how great a CCL could be. But the next day it was just back to normal life. All he did was call me his “Canasta babe” once and that was it. I felt really let down, because now we’re back to only playing Canasta once or twice a week. So, Canasta Mansion, my question to you is, how do I slowly add more and more Canasta to our lives? When will it really click for him that this is who we’re meant to be? How long did it take for your husbands to “get it” and embrace CCL? P.S. John isn’t his real name. This isn’t a privacy thing, we just haven’t had a real conversation since 1987 and I forgot his name... it actually might be John... I think he lives in Seattle.