Saturday, September 19, 2009

Social Weekend: Autumn picnic!

Hi Everyone! It's Autumn! Where we live the wonderful colors and the fresh winds of Fall are all around us. Let's bundle up and head into the country for a CIC Autumn picnic!

How do you get to the country? Hayride, of course!! You pile into a wagon with lots of straw, sing songs at the top of your voice and bounce along as the horses trot. Then you spend hours picking straw out of your clothing. It's fun!

First stop: Apple picking. Lots of crunchy, tart, sweet apples. Yum! Just remember, the apples are for eating. There are no other uses for an apple. Really. We mean it. Put the apple down now, please.

Next stop: Let's see some animals. This is a cow. You can pet the cow. Cows are nice. They are also delicious but today's not the day to talk about that.

Maybe some of us will go for a horse ride. You can pet the horses. Horses are nice. We don't know if horses are delicious, but today's not the day to find that out either.


Speaking of delicious, after all that bouncing and petting, it's time for our potluck picnic! What did you bring for the potluck? Something wonderful we're sure. Okay everyone, dig in!
After we're full, we can sit around and talk, take naps or sing some more songs. (We don't know these people, they just ran up and posed for a picture for us. Wasn't that nice of them?)
And as the sun goes down, we'll build a bonfire. More songs (Autumn is the time to sing) and maybe some stories too. I wonder what stories we'll hear tonight...hopefully some that have cows and horses in them. Those are our favorites.
Our picnic will go on all weekend. Come and join us at any time. We'd love to have you gather with us for an CIC Autumn picnic!!
(Note: thanks to Christine H. for the idea!)

74 comments:

DESTINY said...

No eating cows this weekend?

Alright. I brought some turkys instead. I hope 40 of them will be enough for everyone.

Guess I'll let them run around until it's time for lunch.

Laura Martone said...

Ooh, I love hayrides! Haven't been on one in years. So, I'm definitely coming... I've brought some blackberry scones for the potluck. And Dan - that's the hubby - is bringing some of his homemade jambalaya, Cajun-style. Hope everyone likes chicken and andouille sausage!

Jesse Littleton said...

Devi and I would love to join you guys, but it's not easy leaving the Hollow these days. She says she remembers hayrides fondly, but I've never experienced one. I have picked apples and ridden horses on the Sullivans' farm above Ruby Hollow, though - and that was a real hoot.

Anyway, hope you have fun without us!

Candy said...

Am I the first to arrive? These apples are sooo good, and juicy. The horses love them too. The black slobbered all down my front. I brought French bread and cheese. Oh, and here's a sweet potato pie I bought at a farmer's market. I can't get enough since I came here. I'll put it all on this log then go back to talk to the cows I saw on the way in.

Laura Martone said...

Hi, Candy! Dan and I finally made it - it was quite a long drive from Michigan. Luckily, we didn't hit any speed traps on the way.

Guess I'll just set our food next to yours - mmm, I love sweet potato pie - that's big down in Louisiana (where I'm from).

Wonder when the hayride'll start...

Olivia Harper said...

Michael and I are here, too! Marc was as good as his word - the jet came for us this morning. I thought it would land at the Brownsville airport, a good car ride away, but no, it landed right on the highway at the north end of South Padre Island... messed up a few sand dunes in the process. Hope the neighbors don't complain.

We ended up bringing the kids (Daryl and Samantha) and our dog, Buddy, too. Too last-minute to find a babysitter. Hope that's okay. If the beagle is an issue, I'll tie him to a tree - can't predict how he'll react to a bunch of cows and horses... he's a bit of a scaredy cat.

Nevin said...

Hi, everyone! The apples look delicious. I brought some avocado wraps and some fruit salad. Am I the only vegetarian here?

Hi, Buddy! Maybe Scruffy will come and you two can play!

Kalila said...

I don't know what I think about this hayride idea. It sounds...odd. It's one of your human ideas, isn't it?

Anyway, I brought some wine and my acoustic guitar, in case anyone would like some music.

Aidan said...

I'm ready for some music. Can't sing worth anything but I like to listen.

It's kinda chilly, huh? I forgot a hoodie.

Marc said...

No, here it is. I remembered for you.

Kaelin said...

You know he's never going to start doing things for himself if you keep coddling him.

Aidan said...

Thanks Marc.

Go jump in a lake, Kae.

Man, I love all that food. Marc brought fish to grill up.

Olivia Harper said...

Oh, hi, Nevin! It's good to see you. While I'm not a vegetarian, I do love avocado wraps and fruit salad. In fact, I brought a salad, too, using my own homegrown tomatoes. Oh, and I'm glad Buddy might have a friend, though knowing my little coward, he'll probably be nervous around Scruffy at first.

Hi, Kalila. Glad you joined the party... hayrides are a very "human" activity, but they can be a lot of fun if you're willing. And thanks for the wine - Michael and I are big wine drinkers. In fact, that's what he chose to bring! Can't have too much wine at a party. I sure wish my mom could be here, though - she plays the acoustic guitar beautifully. You two could've played a duet, if you're into that sort of thing...

P.S. Thanks again, Marc, for the use of your jet. I'm so glad we were able to come!

Gabby said...

Unicorn brought me but he'll stay out of sight, as always. Hayride sounds cool and.Kalila, I'm really looking forward to hearing you play.
Wow, all that food! We do get better than bread and water, but not much.
So good to be free and see you all again! I want to run and yell at the top of my voice. Where's that other, quiet kid?

(Hey, who's that weird looking old bag lady standing over there? Not one of us is she?)

Candy said...

Shh, Gabby. That's Lady Abbigale Templeton. I heard about her when I was in England. Barmy, they say. Mad as a hatter. Lives with ghosts in Swale Hall and believes her Tristrum is still alive. Even cooks meals for him, they say. Used to be a beauty. Notice, all those clothes that look like rags - they're really fab gowns piled on every whichway.
I've never heard of her leaving her home before. Probably scared to come closer. Someone welcome her. She scares me though. Real weirdo, she is.

Olivia Harper said...

Normally, I'd welcome anybody, but I feel a little leery welcoming her, with my kids here. Is she really safe?

Kaelin said...

I'll go talk to her and make sure it's all right. I'm sure it is. We can handle anything that comes up and we won't let anything happen to the kids.

Scruffy said...

woof! woof!

wag, wag, wag, wag, wag

Gabby said...

Look, Scruffy ran right up to her! She's petting him like he's an old friend. Look, he kissed her and has brought a stick for her to throw. What's that sound like music? Hey, it's her laughing!

Olivia Harper said...

Scruffy gave Buddy a little confidence... now, he's headed over to her! I don't believe it. What happened to my cowardly dog?

Abbie (Lady Abbigale) said...

"Dear, dear dogs. Oh, you do love being scratched behind the ears don't you. I had a precious dog once, long ago, when I were a little'un. He were my best friend after the others left and I was sent to the kitchen. I had a pet black lamb too, named Magic. Tris gave him to me for my fifth birthday. Those were grand times. Why do these people not welcome me? Yesterday they told me to come back. Ah well, perhaps your greeting is enough."

Olivia Harper said...

Hi, Abbie. If my goofy dog trusts you, then I do, too. Forgive my earlier reluctance - sometimes, I'm a bit too overprotective of my kids.

Are you hungry? We have some wonderful treats to offer... avocado wraps, spicy jambalaya, salad, bread, cheese, wine, blackberry scones, sweet potato pie... what would you like to taste first?

Abbie (Lady Abbigale) said...

You are very kind Olivia, and your children are beautiful. So free and happy! I would love some of this delicious looking food. Cookie,my mum, was head cook at Swale Hall,y'know, and she taught me, oh so long ago.

Hello, everyone, it is very nice to meet you. Forgive me for the way I look, I used to be fashionable but it's a long, long time since I've left the house or even spoken to an outsider.I was frightened of coming here today but Tristrum told me it would be good for me.
I will help you clean up afterward

Nevin said...

Hello, Abbie! Nice to meet you. Have you eaten yet? There's plenty of food.

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Robert Crane said...

Awesome! My buddy Cal and I drove up just for the Bon Fire. I got a cool, spooky story to tell after we break out the marshmallows. And Cal brought some hotdogs to cook on a stick (we left Amy behind on this trip or she would have cooked up a storm for us).

Ok, let me know when you're ready for a good laugh. I got the story for you. But wait a little, let me have a beer or two to loosen me up.

September 19, 2009 8:27 PM

Vic said...

So this is where the party is. I had to wait until the sun went down, for obvious reasons. Anyone Type O? I could use a snack. These marshmallow things look disgusting.

No offense, of course.

Marc said...

Hullo Robert and Cal.

Oak-aged whiskey, anyone?

Aidan said...

I'm just gonna crash here by the fire.

Michael Harper said...

Hey, Marc. I'll have a little whiskey, if you don't mind. I'm tired of the wine... and Olivia and the kids are already knocked out for the night. Not sure where Buddy ran off, too - I hope Vic doesn't like canine blood. Hehe.

Oh, and hey, thanks again for sending the jet for us. That was mighty generous of you. Course, I'm wondering now how we'll get back to Texas tomorrow.

Marc said...

No problem. We'll drop you.

Ricky said...

The whiskey last night was good, Marc, but I sure have a headache this morning!

Nevin said...

Want me to fix that for you?

Ricky said...

Thanks, Nevin. I appreciate it.

Calvin Mertz said...

Man, that whiskey was was great. Really knocked Robert out though; I can't wake him. He's not a morning person, but its getting late even for him.

Are there any scones left? Who's ready for a hike?

Laura Martone said...

Hey, Calvin. There should be a few scones left - I made plenty. Let me just make some tea, and I'll be up for that hike!

Michael Harper said...

Thanks, Marc! Olivia'll be happy to hear that... she's off walking Buddy right now, but when she gets back, I'll tell her to call off the cab.

Oh, and Ricky, I'm with you... glad to hear I'm not the only one with a headache. Guess I'm getting a little too old to party all night... even with the interesting company.

Candy said...

Abbie asked me to say goodbye, Said she had to go back to Swale Hall and make dinner for Tristrum but she was thrilled that you were so nice to her, especially Nevin and Olivia.
I'd love to join you for a walk. It sure is beautiful here!

Olivia Harper said...

Hi, Candy. I just got back from walking Buddy - he had to potty, you know - but I'm up for a good hike with the rest of you.

I'm glad that Abbie had a nice time. I'm only sorry that I misjudged her at first. Normally, I'm very open to new people... no matter what they look like or how they're dressed, but when my kids are near, the trusting, social part of me sometimes shuts down and the over-protective mommy takes over. Hope she understood... it was lovely to meet her.

Nevin said...

Yay! A nature hike! Let's go!

Bo said...

If anyone would like to join me for some different nature activities, or for a literal roll in the hay, let me know.

Ricky said...

Bo, Kalila and I beat you to it for once on the hay wagon and...well, word to the wise, folks. It's itchy.

Kalila said...

I'd appreciate you not advertising our business, Ricky. Very inappropriate.

Everyone, I'm not in love with Ricky. I want to be very clear on that point.

Olivia Harper said...

Good morning, Bo!

My kids would love to roll in the hay with you... but something tells me that's not the kind of "rolling" you're looking for!

Bo said...

Sure, little djinn. Like they really believe you.

I'm sure the hay wagon is lots of fun, folks. Or the apple grove. Or the woods. Just let me know what you're into. I'm here to please.

Bo said...

And Olivia, no worries. I'm not interested in anyone pre-puberty. I feed off sexual pleasure and that makes kids about as appealing as mud.

Laura Martone said...

So, Kalila, what IS the nature of your relationship with Ricky? Just friends with privileges?

I've been so curious lately - perhaps abnormally so.

Olivia Harper said...

Thanks, Bo. That puts my mind at ease.

Ricky said...

Olivia, I've also made Bo promise to abide by local laws regarding age of consent. That should help ease your mind further.

Bo said...

That's not hard to do, Ricky. Most women don't start really enjoying it until they're older, anyway. If I were really starving, I might consider a virgin, but generally speaking, a human isn't much fun until her twenties or even her thirties.

So, Olivia, the hay wagon is nearby and I don't see your husband anywhere...

Kalila said...

Olivia, please ignore Bo's behavior. He's hungry, is all.

As for me and Ricky, I'm a demon. I take what I want. It's really quite simple.

Bo said...

Actually, Olivia, Kalila is slumming. Until recently she thought herself too good for mortals.

Nevin said...

It's all that time she's been spending in a human body lately. When a djinn is in mortal form, she's vulnerable to everything a mortal is vulnerable to, and that includes lo--

Ow! Kalila, I thought we were friends!

Come on, everyone, I think it's time for that nature hike.

Stop looking at me like that, Kalila!

Olivia Harper said...

Yep, I agree, Nevin. Time for a hike. Maybe we can work some of those, uh, tensions out.

Well, Kalila, I'm sorry to hear that you're "slumming" - I, for one, think Ricky seems like a good catch. Kind, patient, willing to roll in the itchy hay... what more can you ask for? For a human, of course.

Incidentally, Bo, just because my hubby's not around doesn't make me forget him. I'll admit you're a handsome devil, but I'm afraid you don't hold a candle to Michael.

Michael Harper said...

Thanks, sweetie. I love you, too!

*glares at Bo*

Bo said...

Michael, you can come along. I'm not picky.

Okay, who's throwing the apples? Fine, I'm leaving. I passed a farm on the way over, where a very sexy lady was on her way to milk the cows. I bet she won't be such a prude.

See you all later. Have fun on your silly nature hike.

Kalila said...

Olivia, the problem isn't Ricky. He's quite all right as far as mortals go. It's just that djinns don't love. We aren't capable. Love is one of those things you humans are vulnerable to. It's a very dangerous emotion. I would be wary of it if I were you.

Now where did Nevin go? I don't care for this conversation, so let's go look at the autumn leaves or whatever it is we're supposed to do on this hike. Is anyone else coming?

Laura Martone said...

Yes, enough talk. Let's go!

Laura Martone said...

Wow, it really is lovely here... I'm enjoying our hike immensely. You can even see the fall colors, beginning to emerge.

What a wonderful idea Christine had to have an autumn picnic. Just wish she could've been here with us. Has anyone seen her or Ginger?

Aidan said...

Wow, I step away for a minute and everyone takes off. But I'm not all that into nature hikes, so I'll hang here by the wagon and shoot some apples off that tree with my bow.

Candy said...

I love Autumn. I bet the leaves get deep in here after a while. Where are the dogs? And the kids? Let's run! Is that a cabin over there? Let's go see.

Nevin said...

What a pretty day and such pleasant company! I wish we could do this all the time.

Kalila said...

I have to admit this has been more fun than I would've expected.

I wonder if there's still some of that whiskey left? I could change some of the apples into cider and make some hot beverages.

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Calvin Mertz said...

Ah, Kalila! Good to know you and Ricky aren't attached. Feel like another hay ride, you let me know.

Aidan, see if you can wake Robert while we're gone. I'm a bit worried. You don't think Vic might have snacked a little on him?

Laura Martone said...

Mmm... hot apple cider with a kick! Just my kind of cold-weather drink.

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Nevin said...

Well, this was a very lovely outing but I'm afraid we need to get back. Thank you all for the pleasant company!

Candy said...

You really are all such fun. Thank you! Goodbyeeeee

Olivia Harper said...

Bye, all! Thanks for the laughs... Michael and I have to catch a ride with Marc. Has anyone seen my dog?

Robert Crane said...

Yo, bro? Did you know there are demons here? And a guy claiming to be a vampire?

No, Cal, seriously.

No way you're gonna tell me I dreamed this up in an alcoholic haze. I don't remember much, but . .

Jesus, I really need to get to church. This has got to be the wierdest trip you ever talked me into taking. I know you keep some strange company, but this is just,
just

Anonymous said...

There's what here? hahaha

No, dude; that was some bad ass whiskey. Here, get in truck and cover your head. I'll pop a beer for you for the road.

Never mind my bro, friends. He'll forget all about this by the time Amy tucks him in tonight.

Great party. See ya'll next time round.

Calvin Mertz said...

Oh, pardon me! That was Cal saying good by, not anonymous. Sheesh, I'm drunk.

Laura Martone said...

Dan and I are often two of the first to arrive at a party... and the last to leave. So, it's no surprise that we're still here - even though Olivia, Michael, and the kids left ages ago (glad they found the dog - hiding in the hay, poor thing). Almost all the food is gone, the fire's almost out, and the booze stash has long been depleted. It's sad, but I guess it's time to head home. We both had a good time - thanks for inviting us... maybe next time, we can party down in New Orleans. We'll be there in a few weeks!