Okay, mark your calendar right now for this Friday, December 16. That’s when I’m having my fourth virtual party at our house. We had the first in June, 2015, the second in December 2015, the third in June, 2016, and now this one.
One of the many advantages of my party is that you’ll see a lot of old friends and meet new ones as you mingle through the crowd. No one has to bring anything but those who do stick strictly to non-caloric dishes. Sandy loves it because we never run out of anything and there is no cleanup afterward. I love it because so many good folks drop by and keep returning throughout the day as their schedules permit. Guests like it because they often get a chance to ask a question of get some advice or mention an upcoming book or event. And did I mention that these parties tend to last more than one day?
So please come or I’ll be disappointed and so will many others. Also, I hope you’ll invite others to come with you or attend on their own. There’s no such thing as too many guests at my virtual parties. And what better way could there possibly be to celebrate the holiday season?
P.S. You don’t have to dress up. This just happens to be a picture of my M.O.W. that I adore.
REMINDER: Party on, dudes. There’s too much cake left to quit now. I thought that Ruth took her gin with her but just now found in on the table beside Ken’s Couch Potato Salad. Matt, if you get my shirt wet one more time . . .
Today’s the day. I welcome one and all to join the fun by making your presence known so that others can greet you. Besides, if you brought brownies or other favorites, you’re sort of duty bound to speak up.
If you haven’t been to my back yard before, take your time to look around. The lake at the foot of the yard has no official name that I know of, but I call it Goose Lake. You can take the steps down to the water for a closer look. If you walk quietly, you’ll probably scare a dozen or more turtles off the rocks along the base of the wall. If you’re quicker than I am, maybe you can get a picture before they splash into the water en masse.
The grill has gas in it if anyone wants to flip burgers or some other delicacy. The lounges are getting old and we’re going to replace them this summer but they still make a perfect place for naps.
Our pool isn’t large but it offers a great way to relax. It’s only four feet deep so I just walk around in it and sip on whatever I find in my hand.
You’ll find benches here and there plus five tables with chairs. We have three hackberry trees, two maples, and a cherry so you’ll find shade when you need it.
We have plenty of coolers, the fridge is available in the kitchen. Come and go as you like. If you forgot your swimsuit, you can just zip home and get it.
I’m glad you came. Welcome!
BULLETIN: WE’RE HAVING A VIRTUAL HOLIDAY PARTY AT MY HOUSE TODAY. SPREAD THE WORD. THE MORE THE MERRIER. READ ON!
DAY TWO AND GOING STRONG. TOO MANY REFRESHMENTS LEFT OVER. TOO MANY GUESTS WHO HAD VIRTUAL FLIGHT DELAYS. TOO MANY REASONS TO KEEP THIS PARTY GOING TODAY. SO HERE WE GO!
Back in June, thanks to encouragement from Joy Acey and Matt Forrest, I threw a virtual party in our back yard here at Goose Lake. Here’s a link to remind you of the event. https://davidlharrison.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/see-you-at-the-grill . We partied on for three days.
Now another friend, Sara Johnson, Content Director at Shell Education, suggests that it might be time for a holiday party, this time indoors. I don’t know if we can last three days again, considering how busy folks get this time of year, but we’ll start today, hope for a great turnout, and see how it goes. I think we have enough chairs and conversation groupings. You can also sit on the floor or the hearth. The carpet’s new and the candles won’t burn you so move them aside.
You don’t need to bring anything but if you have a favorite recipe to share, that would be lovely. Well okay, I suppose some holiday tidbits or perhaps a drop or two of something festive would be appreciated by all, so let your conscience be your guide. By the way, there’s nothing wrong with bragging on your kids/grandkids or sharing a poem if you’re brave enough to stand up and present it. This IS a party after all!
And not to go all syrupy on you but I feel blessed to be surrounded by friends and family today and want to say so. Thank you. Thank you for taking time to be here and share in the pleasure of one another’s company. Most of us talk back and forth all year but we’re almost never all together at one time. Is this nice or what!
That’s it. I don’t know who will show up today but if you have a specific question for anyone in particular, I’ll do my best to get it to him or her.
So come early, drink deep from the cup of friendship, and stay as long as you like. Spread the word far and wide. Tell your friends and tell them to tell their friends. Let’s party!