Friday, July 29, 2011
ROSEMARY HARRIS: Next week I'm having a few old friends over for a BBQ. Nothing fancy - Bruce will grill chicken, burgers, dogs, corn, we'll make a few salads and if the strawberries look good I'll make a strawberry/blueberry cream cake. No, the food is not an issue. And give my pals a cooler full of diet soda, beer, wine, vodka, sangria, prosecco, frozen margaritas, martinis and g&ts and they'll be fine.
With the exception of two all the guests are friends from high school who I've reconnected with in the last three years or so. Is that why I'm doing everything but having the house repainted? I started slowly - moving things around the pool and the deck. I told myself it was just to make more space. But what was the rational behind replacing the falling apart lattice and painting the new one? Scrambling to buy new pool floats (not eaasy to find at the end of July) because the ones we had were slightly dirty. Weeding the woods that border our property. Artfully rearranging - oh, just about everything I own?
Husband says we should have parties twice a year if only for the major shake-up that it involves. Does anyone else do this? My friends are not going to grade me on my container garden, or whether or not the throw pillows work with the throw on the wicker loveseat that's soon to be moved to the pool. Particularly after the first drink.
Does everyone do this?