Yes, it’s true! We invited ourselves to Puggy’s house for a pool party to celebrate her birthday (which was Sunday) AND her new pool. It took a bit of imagination, but this reporter was able to chronicle the beginning of the story. Unfortunately, after a while, I fell asleep on one of those comfy pool chairs and missed some of the party. I’m sure I missed some of the guests, too. So you’ll need to fill us in on both the guests and the happenings.
Our gracious hostess, with puppy entourage, greeted us and provided camping space so that those of us who were appearing from out-of-town wouldn’t have to worry about where to stay. swampy was the first to arrive, of course, with the requisite cheese straws (carefully packaged), the makings for beer butt chicken, and a fabulous casserole as well. (Your humble correspondent was unable to sample this marvel as some people got ahead of her in line.)
LiLi arrived with multiple husbands in tow, carrying an impressive array of baked goods, including the scrumptious chocolate peanut butter squares she’s been virtually torturing us with in the past week. Mork was almost lost among the husbands, but was recognizable as he still had various computer parts protruding from pockets. LOUNE came pouncing along behind them, trying not to lose his halo.
It didn’t surprise anyone to see Bobbio arrive ready for any emergency. (Really, Bobbio, you could have taken the hat off; we weren’t expecting a fire. Well, except in the grill.) Sean arrived with him, ready for any electronic emergency.
SCL and doggio arrived with their ice skates, even though we tried to tell them that the water in the pool wouldn’t be frozen.
taxi and KeithT breezed in from Minneapolis, bearing bratwurst, as promised, and dragging McUne along with them.
Appropriately, Taters and Mr. Taters, brought NOT salad. And their children. Right behind them was the rest of the West Coast-ish contingent: Jahdra, roo, mmmms, gotti, and scout. kai managed to tear herself away from Kodiak for a little while as well.
From New York and New Jersey, we had, of course, rosie (in sparkles), Drae, Meeks, dancing onto the scene.
The Maryland contingent (the FairyChatand Tiger families as well as tarra) arrived in a convoy, with all kinds of artistic presents for all. Not to mention chocolate.
From the midwest, we had a group that flew in together via Cincinnati. MBG, Haze, ifx2, and rigsy started the trek in Chicago and met up with GT, Rue, and Ellen Cherry.
meli and Ali both made it down for a few minutes, as did a number of other seldom-seen Mumpers.
The ones who had the farthest to travel were, of course, Dotty and SO, who met up with Nava, zelie and BooFae in London. We thought it was very adventursome of them to swoop in for little more than a day.
And schussing in from Idaho (they had an early freeze, right?) was snowbunny, still squinting from all the smoke she’d left behind.
There was, of course, lots of conversation. (Hope we didn’t bother the neighbors.) And lots of good food. (We want all the recipes, of course.) If someone took a picture, I missed it. Or maybe I’m the one in the middle, kinda drooling for the camera, sometime after I fell asleep.
Happy Monday, all. Happy Labor Day, to those observing. And a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Puggy!
Now tell me what I missed!