Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Garden Party

Luncheon of the Boating Party
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
1881

A few weeks ago, for reasons unbeknownst to me, Blogger picked up my boring little blog as a Blog of Note. After the shock wore off, I realized I was getting thousands of visitors a day, and a few of them actually came back. Quel surprise! And I'm glad they did. As a result, I have over 500 folks that I am looking forward to visiting, but it takes a bit of time ... sigh. I would love to be able to log on from my computer at work, and just blog the day away, but they actually make me work when I'm there. Can you just imagine that?

So, instead, I am going to throw an imaginary party. Just imagine, if you will, a beautiful big house with acres and acres of lawn, dotted with trees and there is even a splashing fountain, ringed with flowers. It's a warm summer evening and in the trees I have hung colored lanterns. Around the yard are tiki torches to give a shimmering light when the sun goes down. There is a full moon, and there will even be fireflies. Music will be playing, and there will be wonderful food and drink. You are all invited.

You can mix and mingle with each other, and exchange ideas and laugh and have fun, and tell jokes, and flirt and dance, and eat and drink and enjoy the party. Wouldn't that be fun?

Well, that's sort of what this post is about. You're all invited to meet each other here. I hope you click on my blog links and my followers, and make some wonderful friends. Tell them Jo sent you.

Here's some summer evening music by one of my favorite jazz musicians, Ahmad Jamal. Enjoy!

28 comments:

Lover of Life said...

Thanks! I'd love to come!

lovelyprism said...

Aww Jo, that's perfectly lovely! I come to your little garden party everyday, it's one of my favorite places to be. Coincidentally, I was just telling my daughter today how hard it must be to jump from a moderate number of followers to over 500. And yet, you've answered all my emails and been so wonderful to me. Thank you.

Linda S. Socha said...

Love your blog and your style of self expression. I found you at The Pink Cowboy which is a recommendation in itself. My first visit here but I look forward to returning
Please stop by at Psyche Connections and be welcome to a Mint Julep....of whatever is your fancy.
Linda

introspection said...

Hi Jo, Thanks for inviting. Great way to meet 500+ followers. I know I am gonna enjoy the party the way it has been set up. Lovely open spaces and great music..! Let's all dance...!

Cheers!

Nicole said...

How wonderful! A lovely party. I enjoy reading your blog everyday and have found some other blogs through yours that I like to read as well. Thank You!

Shawn Bryan said...

Thanks for the warm welcome. You have a terrific writing style and I'm looking forward to settling in and checking out A Majority of Two in leisure.

Lorna said...

Jo, I have a dentist appointment on that day and surely will return and sleep the day away while you all are having fun with Ahmad Jamal and the fireflies.I will be there in spirit, and hopefully a spirit that will knock me out for the night. Be a good girl.
~Lorna

Budh.aaah said...

Thanks a ton Jo! Thats amazingly thoughtful and touching - because its so imaginary - just like us on the blog.
We are here..and yet not...
I would love to come to your party and did I say the setting was tres perfect.

Arley said...

Jo-
You know, this is one of my favorite places to come everyday. I look forward to hearing your insite on life, love, and laughter. I am honored to be invited to your lovely party. I look forward to meeting more wonderful people around the world, on your wonderful blog!

Everyone here is invited to visit my blog! www.theodonnell7.blogspot.com

Mona said...

wow jo, that was fabulous! you got me drolling for this party...ah i can smell the fragrance and feel the connected humanity...thank you for this wonderful party (:

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Would love to come as well.

But I would come as a cautious camel. Last time I was at one of these parties, some drunken Samoan wanted to hit me with a tiki stick. :)

nomore said...

Thanks for inviting! It will be the special party...Hi, every, don forget the 'nomore' here i'm...

greenpanda said...

Aw nice. Thanks for the invite. Sounds great. It's nice to have the day off school AND go to an imaginary party!
Everyone please come to my blog. Link is my name (obviously!). Please leave comments or..... even follow???? Thanx.

Veronica said...

How delicious! It's going to be a wonderful party and thank you for the invitation. You have an equally wonderful blog, Jo - congratulations and... see you at the party! Warm wishes from Suffolk, England

the walking man said...

Seeing as I am always classified as "that crazy uncle" which has to be invited to family affairs to avoid unseemly feelings, all I can say is; "Where's the bar again?"

Jan said...

Thanks for the invite - as the eccentric aunt I dug out my peacock feather fascinator and silk coat 'of many colours' . I might even dye my hair in your honour but aaahhh what colour to choose ? Femme fatale black , ditsy blonde or sexy redhead or even go all out and try green pink or blue , hmmmm choices , choices !!!!

Burcu said...

Hey this party looks amazing and full with energic people!!! You're very creative Jo!
And my gift from Istanbul is a bouquet of daisy... I hope you like them!

Hugs

Burcu

Firefly said...

Q: So what are you doing this weekend?

A: Oh, we're meeting over at Jo's place. Big party happening.

Whoo Hoo!

Russell said...

Is this going to be, uh, one of those parties that starts on Thursday afternoon and ends Sunday night or Monday morning - or Tuesday....?! Heh!

Reminds me of The Great Gatsby -- his parties seemed to be grand affairs with lots of people and music and dancing and ....

As the saying goes, I am sure you won't have to ask twice when you invite people to this one!

Mary Ellen said...

Is it ok if I don't dress all fancy for your party? All I have is this nun's habit. But I'll be happy to bring the wine. ;-)

flowrgirl1 said...

I will be there! i love garden parties!

Starlene said...

Sounds just lovely, Jo. Especially the warm weather part.

TheChicGeek said...

Such a nice post :) I had the joy of seeing "Luncheon of the Boating Party" in person....what an amazing painting. The colors and texture in the paint....so beautiful! It's a joy to visit your page every day. You never fail to fascinate me with your musing!
Have a Great Day, Jo :)

jackc50 said...

i just started reading you today, deedee, a friend of mine says you are wonderful and she is right. looking forward to more. a garden party, i''ll be there.....jc

Mona said...

what happened to the music?

SweetPeaSurry said...

He he he ... I do blog from work, in between doing actual work stuff of course. :)

Congrats on the blog of note!!!

kenju said...

That sounds like a party I'd like to join, and Ahmad Jamal has been one of my favorites since college (back in the dark ages)!

workhard said...

I love your posts, and since i am a part time artist, the painting by renoir caught my attention...

BPO work from home