What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.
Everything was normal this morning as we became vertical about 7:00 AM after a good long soak in the spa last night! Mary and I hit the garden and replanted seven barrels surrounding the pool! Thanks to Colleen; she had been a lifesaver! We all had our to-do lists and checked them off.
Scout, The Wonder Dog, was also up early and helping for the party! He had his hat on so he would not get sunburnt! He is going to the beauty parlor tomorrow to look fabulous at the party, and he has a tuxedo to wear!
Mary and I started in the garden making sure all was OK and doing some replanting. Look carefully; we found another Praying Mantis. His camouflage was terrific. His head is triangular (just a hint).
The yard is ready, and Colleen is on duty as I have a doctor’s appointment in Los Alamitos. Mt Cardiologist wants to see me every six months (whether I need it or not).
While in the doctors’ office, we got a panic call from Colleen; the sprinklers came on. They do not turn on until 6:00 AM, but I realized that we shut the power down to the house when the electrician was here, and that event reset the sprinklers.
Via the phone, Colleen found the sprinkler controller behind the garage freezer, turning it off. Colleen is quite resourceful!
The truck arrived, and Colleen guided the guys to the backyard and gave them setup and unloading instructions.
They rolled the chairs and tables to the backyard, including the bar and buffet tables. They also brought six 20′ floodlights to light up the backyard when the tables are set up!
Meanwhile, after I arrived home, I prepared a GFI outlet that I will put under the eves tomorrow morning. That way, I can split the load and keep all cables off the ground; we want no one tripping!
We were not kidding about the party’s theme, Dancing Under The Stars with Mary and Paul. The guys kept busy as each panel probably weighs in at 75 pounds! The floor is 400 square feet, the size of an oversized two-car garage.
Mary and Colleen were inside doing things to get ready. Mary came out and said, “I Quit!”.
Robin came over after work and also helped out getting things ready! We worked until dark and then decided we were too tired to cook, so off to Rockwell’s for dinner. We are all getting to be regulars there.
The girls teased our waiter unmercifully, but he got a good tip! We had a bottle of wine, and we ordered another one. Well, when he came back, he brought a glass only. We explained the issue, and ever so quick, Robin said, “That glass is on the house, right?” The manager was behind us and said, “Yes, and please do not come back!”
I reminded everyone, “When you wait for a server in a restaurant, doesn’t that make you the waiter?”
We discussed plans for the party, and I reminded them. “Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won’t be invited to cocktail parties.”
I did remind the girls, “A cannibal is a person who walks into a restaurant and orders a waiter.”
What is this? We get our picture taken together! Tell me it isn’t so! Dang, history is being made! Remember, “You and me make a wonderful WE.”
I pulled out my favorite app and scanned the sky. I could not see them but they are right above us probably awaiting an invitation!
To make things colorful during the party, I bought a box of Cosmic Flame packets, which are chemicals one adds to a fire, and the flames get rather colorful! Toss an unopened pouch into the fire to enjoy a brilliant display of colorful flames!
We turned on the lights and aimed them correctly. This will be perfect for the dining and drinking area! Colleen checks out the brightness.
The pool lights and the lights in the container plants are perfect. I think we are ready!
Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won’t be invited to cocktail parties.
By 10:00 PM, we were all beat! Robin headed home, and we crashed!