I’ve had a couple of readers wonder what happened to my daily posts. Well for one thing we’ve had two late nights but the real challenge has been to find the words to describe the wonderful time and experiences we’ve had these past two days.
It took two phone calls and finally a rescue mission by Joy before we got the the Isley home. We ( and everyone who comes) received a warm welcome from “Annie” as shown in this photo. She’s a bit of a ham….as I swear she posed for this photo. Now Annie is a wonderful dog but perhaps a bit forgetful. After greeting us as we arrived…every time we came out of the house, she greeted us again as if she’d never met us. She also reminds me of our dog Molly. She loves attention. When you pet her, she leans into you and I swear she’s trying to wrap herself around you. She loves to play and steals your heart as soon as you meet her.
In addition to Annie, Joy and Ronnie made us feel so welcome in their home and quickly introduced us to the rest of their 4 legged friends. To see those, go to www.isleyquarterhorses.com. We spent our first day tagging along with Joy, meeting her coworkers at the bank, getting the car washed, and an oil change and then grocery shopping for the party on Saturday. I rather think Joy knows everyone in and around the area as we couldn’t go anywhere without meeting more friends and acquaintances. Everyone we met was so warm and welcoming. That evening we took the Isley family out for dinner and again everyone knew them….and the watiress knew what Ronnie wanted before he asked! We had a lovely dinner. I had Charleston Shrimp and Grits. It was wonderful and I wish I had room to eat it all. This was my first time eating grits and so far…I like them.
We arrived about 10 a.m. saturday morning to help getting things ready for the party…although it was a fight to be allowed to assist. Ronnie was way ahead of us as he had the BBQ going for hours. The amount of food being prepared was enormous and we knew we were going to be in for a treat. In additional to all this BBQ pork, there was BBQ chicken, low country boil, potatoe salad, cole slaw, baked salmon, baked beans as well a wide array of desserts. For those of you who don’t know, low country boil consists of potatoes with their skin, 1/2 cobs of corn and a spice bag put into a large cauldron. As the veggies approach being cooked, in went the kolbasa sausage chunks and later followed by a large amount of shrimp. When cooked, it’s strained and placed in a large pan, butter poured over and served. Unfortunately the chicken never made it to the dinner…we are it at lunch! It was so good.
Ronnie’s good friend Jerrith kept asking when the Jalapeno Poppers were coming. Their neighbour Christie was to bring them, but she was over with her horse grooming and then riding. Jerrith definately was having issues with that. Jerrith is a fine young lad but he sure knew how to make me feel old. When I’d talk to him and ask him anything…he’d always respond with “yes maam!’ Jerrith has some pretty colorful expressions and when describing someone with different character traits, referred to that person as “writing on a different peice of paper”. I wish my memory was better because I heard of variety of expressions, most of which left me howling with laugther. The more alcohol consumed…the better they got.
The friends started to arrive around 4 pm.and dinner was served shortly. With the sun setting quickly, Ronnie lit up the fire and at first I thought he was going to burn the place down. As the evening cooled, our chairs got closer and closer to the fire. We came back to the hotel stinking of smoke and covered in ash.
The Isleys have many friends and we were pleased to meet so many of them and had just a wonderful evening of food and fun. Things really heat up when the proverbial jug or should I say “jar” came out. I couldn’t beleive it when they told me they had peach “moonshine.” I was afraid “the law” might show up. Ronnie kept insisting I try some and those who know me, know I drink only foo foo drinks. Well I didn’t want to be a poor sport so I took a little sip. I love the taste of peaches and this tasted like a smooth peach syrup. I thought I would just keep that jar for awhile longer but Ronnie wan’t going to have any part of that! I think this was happening about the same time Susan decided to paint Ronnie with lipstick. Maybe it’s just as well I didn’t have any more!
I have to say I don’t know when I had more fun and more laughs…and the food was excellent. Some things just end too soon.