Monday, September 23, 2013

Blog Fest 2013

This is where I slept all weekend.  My first time camping in several years.

This weekend a group of women I've met through this blog descended on little old Mathews to spend some time consuming wine and riding around the neighborhood on the Gator screaming and laughing laughing, relaxing and catching up.

Grandma J came all the way from Texas. 

Sheryl is from Arlington.  
True story:  She was on Jeopardy in 1992.
(Click here.)
She said something about a disagreement with Alex Trebek, but I forget the details.

Nora and my mother

Laurie is from California. 

Meg is from Maryland.
She lost her iPhone on one of the out-of-control Gator rides.
Thank goodness for the "I have no idea where my iPhone is" app that traced it
near a ditch in our neighborhood.  (As far as I'm concerned, there is only one speed on that Gator:  wide open.)

My father and Laurie.  He brought over a batch of his fabulous fried oysters.
In the background is the pink beach umbrella that caught on fire Saturday night.
Another true story involving one of my tiki torches.  I put it out with my bare hands.
Note to self:  Next time use something else.  

Angie and Meg

Although Meg found her phone, she also lost her glasses.
We still haven't found those yet. There is no app for that.

Deltaville Jamie brought this float and the hat.
Her son Ethan wore them in the hot tub.
I wore them on the Gator rides.
(Dear neighbors, I am so sorry.  We won't do this again for at least another year. Love, CBW.)

Jamie's son Ethan.

Angie and Dana.

Kay, in the green shirt, came all the way from Canada!

There was hugging until it hurt.

Nora's sister-in-law made us all bracelets.

Ethan and Jamie

There were several from our original group who couldn't make it, and they were definitely missed.

My throat is sore from laughing, my finger is burned from the minor fire, my neck muscles are strained from wild Gator rides through the neighborhood, but by golly that was the most fun I've had in a while.

This group of bloggers is like family to me, and I am grateful for the opportunity to spend so much wine time with them this weekend.


Deltaville Jamie said...

I woke up this morning and could hardly move. Told Big E that I was really sore and he was like what did you do this weekend to make you sore?? There's only one possibility: Wild Gator Rides

Anonymous said...

Looks like you guys had a fabulous time. Love the floatie with a hat (stylish and good to know even floaties want to avoid skin cancer!)


growing wild on waverly lane said...

Beautiful, wonderful weekend with great people to talk to...what else can we ask...maybe Meg's glasses. There were no bones broken just a few laws. I loved the whole experience!

Meg McCormick said...

Thank YOU and your husband, WWL, for your kind hospitality as well! We always enjoy seeing the WHOLE family. I am still thinking about those fabulous fried oysters! Yummy! As for the glasses, I'm not too worried about them - I have my 3 previous pairs, plus my Rx sunglasses. Don't spend a lot of time looking, but if they do happen to show up, drop 'em in the mail, COD!!

Daryl said...

bummed i couldnt be there .. but it does look like it was a spectacular success ... xox

Anonymous said...

Word recognition ID can be a Spooky Thing at times...cyst is not such a nice word, (as in a large cyst I have to have surgery for) but in the case of the ID it reads " cystta " which I would pronounce "sistah"...I love that you posted your blogfest recap right away and can easily imagine the wild gator rides, copious wine & laughter...I was going to comment "Sisters are doing it for themselves".. (look up Annie Lennox songs), but the computer already knew that the "cysttas" were doin' it for themselves..(plus Ethan, a very brave soul he was to attend the madness of blogfest.) While I envy those who attended, I do not envy the let-down all must be feeling after an all-too-brief weekend. You are a consummate hostess, CBW!

deborah said...

wow what a great time everyone had!
I enjoyed the photos and the stories, can imagine what it was really like:) said...

Too much fun! Again!

sher said...

oh. muh. GAWD. had so much fun! my husband still is trying to figure out the whole gator thing. i think we have too many hills to do that around here, but can you IMAGINE? thank you for your hospitality and hilarity. thanks to mom and dad for their generosity, kindness, and good humor (as my gram would say, "apple trees don't have pears.") soooo coming back. whether you likes it or not. xx

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