Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer Picnic . . .

We were invited to a summer picnic a few nights ago.
The very hot and humid weather that has been 
hanging around the past few days.
certainly didn't faze our having a grand time.
It was a wonderful evening.   
This  greeting was visible by the door.
We had been with this group of people at various holiday gatherings
but this was the first time we had been in the Walters home.
Five minutes after I was there I felt honored to be invited to
spend some time with this gracious, welcoming family.    
 It didn't take me long before I noticed some of the art work. 
This piece above was done by a family member.
The hostess told me that their grandchildren
had named each person in the painting. 
 and the food, oh my goodness.
Steak and Walleye and Perch  
 potatoes, cole slaw, baked beans, green beans,
 fresh fruit, veggies
and every kind of pie imaginable
vintage table cloths on each of the tables, so pretty
there were appetizers and refreshments too
and a decision was made to eat indoors because of the
warm, still, no breeze weather

and after eats and visits we were treated to a hay ride around the farm
not everyone went on the ride but those of us that did
enjoyed every minute
even the narrow turns, branches, bugs too
and the sunset was beautiful
and almost hidden from view was this old wire fence and post
I wondered if we would cross this bridge
I just knew there were trolls under there
and I could hear them say
"whose that crossing over my bridge"
(we rode beside not over)
 Jerry the host had put up hay the day of our picnic
We had fresh hay bales to sit on while on the wagon  
the evening ended with us visiting together outdoors
we enjoyed watching and listening to the host
as he called up the
bull, steers, calves
 to the house
 for an evening treat
"C'mon Boss, C'mon Boss, C'mon Boss"
a truly wonderful evening
In all of life, have much fun and laughter.
Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.
Gordon B Hinckley
Home wasn't a set house, or a single town on a map.
It was wherever the people who loved you were,
whenever you were together.
Not a place, but a moment, then another,
building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter
that you take with you for your entire life,
wherever you may go.. 
Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye 
time to say goodnight
good night


Margaret Adamson said...

What a fun packed picnic that looked delicious and a hay ride. what could be better.

Barbara Lilian said...

Days or anytime spent like your picnic & hay ride are times to treasure. It sounds like a fantastic time with friends new and old. I loved reading the opening quote. We've just said our goodbyes to our son and his family who have just left to return to Denmark after spending two wonderful weeks here at our home in France. We all hate good byes.

eileeninmd said...

Good Morning, Lynne

Looks like a fun day with good food and good friends. The hay ride looks neat! I love the poems, photos and post. Have a happy day!

Kim said...

What a charming that old bridge. I would've liked to go over it! Looks like a fabulous time was had by all!!

TexWisGirl said...

the dairy farmer on the farm where i grew up in wis used to call his cows in with 'come boss! come boss!' :) what a wonderful gathering of family and a hay ride to boot! very cool!

TexWisGirl said...

p.s. love that painting!!

carolann said...

That painting is beautiful I must say.

Looks like food and fun was special for all.

Thanks for sharing.

Missy George said...

What a special evening..Wonderful food..and a hayride as well..Trolls ??? Too funny..Love your added sayings..meaningful..Keep cool..It's getting old..

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Looks like a wonderful hostess with a great summertime menu. Happy Thursday Lynne!

Ida said...

How lucky you were able to spend time with this lovely group of people. They sure know how to put on a spread with all that great food and going for a hayride, how fun is that! I enjoy your fence find from the hayride and the lovely sunset too.

Deanna said...

What a lovely time and the food sounds delicious. I used to go on hayrides when I was young and always loved them. Happy Summer!!

Beth @ PlantPostings said...

How sweet! What a wonderful painting, and a great idea to name the "characters." Looks like you had a great time!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Oh I love the painting! It sounds like you had a wonderful visit.
Have a blessed day.

Gail said...

What a wonderful way to spend an evening.

Buttons Thoughts said...

Well now you know I would have been right there with you on the wagon and then calling the cows:) The family art work with the farm scene is amazing, someone is very talented. Oh I love this post it is a feel good post. Hug B.

Linda said...

Linda :o)

Retired Knitter said...

How very lovely it all looked.

Sarah Huizenga said...

Good food, good friends, great times. So fun!

bj said...

This sounds like a wonderful time. So glad you could go.

A Joyful Cottage said...

What a lovely post, Lynne. I loved the photos and your impressions of the evening. Your friends seem like fabulous hosts. Such a fun gathering in beautiful surroundings. xo ~ Nancy