Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Welcome to The Ball!

We have been invited to the GRAND ball at Willow Manor. Willow is throwing quite the fete and has encouraged her readers to do the same. I could never entertain with her panache what with wild cats sticking to the top of my head and rabies shots and crazy happenings. Perhaps I’m better suited to a hoedown. And frankly, I think that’s how the evening will end up. But here I stand chatting! Come in! Come in! You will be guided to your overnight accommodations and, once refreshed and dressed, do have a lovely glass of wine, and mix and mingle. I was so pleased to have the Nat King Cole Trio providing a sultry backdrop to our festivities. Here they are now with their rendition of “Moonlight in Vermont.” Don’t be intimidated by all the glitz and glamour. This is MY place. You know we’ll have our shoes off and be singing along before the evening’s done. Off you go. I’ll be along shortly.

I had no idea what to wear. I did manage to lose several thousand pounds in preparation since Willow announced this last week. And my gown with the ermine collar seemed to work so well I dared to trail it out again. I hope no one recognizes it but, at great risk to my reputation, here I am in it having only just made my appearance. (Do you think the crown is too much?) You’ll notice me dancing with Grizzly, my prince charming. I refer to him as “Your Highness.” It elevates him so. Besides, what a little thing it is and I condescend to amuse him along with pretending we've never met. I'm thrilled he finds me continually new and surprising.

You all look so perplexed there in the dining hall and I have no idea why my wine stewardess finds it necessary to adjust her pants in such an unseemly fashion. My sincere apologies that things don’t seem entirely prepared yet, but do hurry along to your rooms and change out of your traveling clothes. You’ll find everything laid out for you with evening clothes to accentuate only your very best attributes. We’ve been expecting you….for years. Just like at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining.

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I hope you won’t be detained too long. There is a delightful performance scheduled in just a moment. Oh! Here come the first of you to arrive and aren’t you enchanting?! Camilla! Really, had I known you were wearing that I would never have worried over MY gown. No, TRULY darling, it’s simply flowing isn’t it? Panty lines? What panty lines?

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Oh, I hope you’ll all love this next presentation as much as I did. I had SO hoped k d lang, Tony Bennett, and Chris Bodie could have been here but alas, they had prior engagements. However, they sent over this special song recorded just for us. I will beg your pardon while I am swept away for a moment and daintily dab at my tears whilst swooning. We have catchers nearby for all the ladies if you care to join me.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I really don’t know what to say after that except….this should be followed by the finest wine. May I pour? I have absolutely no faith in the stewards anymore.

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And now to dine! It would seem the tables are prepared and await only you.

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For your dining pleasure we will be serving Boeuf Bourguignon so recently popularized in the movie Julie & Julia. I have even written the name into the gravy. If you find yourself suddenly stricken with a senior moment and cannot recall what you are eating or why, it is there to gently and subtly remind you.

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And of course, only a gold-plated sundae could round out our evening, and our evening wear.

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I’ve saved one of my very favorite guests for last. She wants to sing for you the theme song to my blog. She worked this up especially for me and it is my love song to all of you. It explains why I’m so attached to you and why we simply must stick together even when you find yourself wanting to run away screaming. Allison, this was so dear of you. I can’t thank you enough. You sing from my heart.

I’m sure Allison would join us if we wanted to kick off our shoes, grab the nearest musical instrument, and join her for a little jam session. I know my evening won’t be complete without it. And while we play and sing, let’s dip our toes into my modest pool.

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I thank you all for coming. None of this would have been possible without you. I trust you’ll enjoy the rest of your stay and I will do my level best to continue to accommodate you. If you are still in the mood for a party, I encourage you to join the party circuit in full swing at Willow Manor with her Enchanted Evening. Willow will be happy to facilitate your continued merry-making by teleporting you to any of the other parties. Just click Here.

Ahhhhhh. It feels SO good to get out of those Spanx. Oh! Did I say that out loud?

Copyright 2009

24 comments:

  1. 1959...that was a very good year....I'll take a glass of that! Thank you! You look lovely in your gown...don't you love those cyber diets...I didn't feel deprived one bit! 1000 pounds? You did great...and it shows...you look fabulous!

    If you go bobbing for apples, make sure you take off that ermine collar first! LOL!

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  2. If you had told me Allison Krauss would be here I would have been on time.

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  3. How did you know Ten Minutes Ago I Saw You sung by Stuart Damon is my favorite love song? Lesley Ann Warren and Stuart Damon .. ahh.. that version of Cinderella was THE best evah

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  4. After all that I definitely need a place on your dance card.

    Before you swoon into the arms of those hansom catchers, Willow so kindly provided.

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  5. I'm having a swim in your pool while I'm here. I am exhausted and need refreshed from all that dancing at my blog, (Linda#53). I am happy the Royals have come by here. Keeping them entertained at my blog was becoming difficult. Thank you for your hospitality, Robynn! You are a lady who is beautiful inside and out!

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  6. Glad you're all enjoying yourselves. I will be by to visit at your blogs later in the day after some obligations that force me to leave my own party! My staff, like my wine stewards, leave much to be desired. They haven't shown up for work in years and I am forced to drive myself, ferry others, and do my own shopping. And all this during a party! Life is odd but EVENTFUL!

    Carry on! Eat all you want! Eat EVERYTHING! It's all organic and GMO free!

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  7. Ah - such fun! I had a real ball although I got tipsy on that excellent wine (1959 being a supremely good year!) as I don't eat meat, so had to skip straight to the champagne and dessert!

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  8. Good heavens, will this partying ever stop?! Everywhere one looks there is food, drink, celebrities and music. I have to save a space for that dessert! And I thoroughly enjoyed KD and Tony singing for us. As for your outfit; I think that little crown topped it off a treat! And with members of the Royal Family around, crowns are de rigeur! Thank you so much. Now, I have to find Miss Piggy again; she'll be at the buffet!

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  9. Thank you so much for allowing Hugh and I to stay in your lovely home! It really was too much of a drive to make it home tonight. I do have to admit to a little 3:00 a.m. swim in your lovely poor, however.....

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  10. Just enchanting everything I love on one page, The Nat King Trio - superb and then my Dear Mr Bennett and wonderful KD Laing and the most perfect of all songs.
    I must apologize once again for Camilla, she does let the side down, in another 'room' Prince Charles was wearing his kilt and Oh!those knees - I do wish they would cover up a bit. Thank you for your hospitality, it is so nice here.
    www.susiehemingway.com - UK

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  11. Oh, those velvety strains of Nat King Cole always put me in the romantic mood.

    I adored that Rogers and Hammerstein version of Cinderella when I was a girl. I have the best memories watching it on our little B&W TV. Sigh.

    So glad you're taking part in all the fabulous festivities, Robynn, daaaaling!! :)

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  12. I like the part best where we all kick off our shoes, crank up the tunes, dance and sing very off key. And since i can neither dance nor sing, it will be laughable. Maybe you can plaster the cat to my head.

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  13. Wonderful soiree...you outdid yourself madame!

    Cheers

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  14. Robynn, you are outstanding! I was heading to Willow's and got waylaid by Nancy and now, you! Soon. I've got nothing to wear, but I can always fake it with an old evening gown from the blogosphere...

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  15. Don't mind if I do! Join you, that is :) Now what shoes shall I wear? As my friend CinderElla always says "One shoe can change your life." I mean just look what it did for her!!

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  16. Boy you sure know how to throw a shindig!

    I just now read your cat attack story ... and shot hot coffee out my nose! You'd think I'd learn by now to not have beverages when I'm at your place!

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  17. Oh my you're looking absolutely fabulous! But tell the truth now. That isn't really ermine on your collar, is it? You never DID tell us what happened to the cat that attached itself to your head, but I can only hope and pray he's now living in Bakersfield or something.
    I did feel a tad bit under-dressed, but now that I know Allison is here, I can hoik up the hem of my robes (showing my bare feet and furry legs, I'm afraid) and whip out the fiddle that I ever so luckily brought with me! (thank goodness I wore my voluminous robes, and not my stretchy pants, wot? Otherwise, I would have a fiddle neck in my pants, and that is soooo passe this year!)
    Anyway, I play a mean bluegrass fiddle, so Allison and I will ever so happily entertain you all until the wee hours...

    I'm having such a lovely time, but please... I ask you ever so nicely,
    Get that CORN outta my face!

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  18. Hello Robynn I am at Willow's party to I am sorry I missed you there so I popped over to meet you. Your music is super. I love that Cinderella rendition too. Come by my place and meet my escort. I must admit I had stars in my eyes and could see no one but my man. Going back to Willow's to see some more folks.
    QMM

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  19. OMG... you run in the circles that embrace me....not...

    Now I'm going to have to work on throwing my own shindig for all of
    "My friends in low places..." Does sound like fun doesn't it. Especially since you dined on all that stuff you weren't supposed to dine on last month. I'm not sure that it is good to eat gold leaf, but I imagine it would be fun to see gold floating in the porcelain throne.

    Too fun, Sass!

    w.v. remoge... is that middle class limoges dinnerware?

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  20. I've always wondered what one of those sundaes tastes like!

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  21. Well, I don't know...I mean it all seems so...rustic..

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  22. LOVED the music...errr..umm..... but any stuffy Brits, you can keep. Nothing against Brits, just the stuffy ones... yes, my name is Bz and I'm a Texan.

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  23. Robyyn,
    we just had a swell time, eveb showed up without the shoes, don't know why ever one stared at us in our finery, hell, was my very best jumpsuit thet i could muster up, and bess had on her best parade hat.
    we had a great time after we went home and danced around the livin room, whut with all thet free wine you served an all.
    thanks
    Big Hugs
    Bess says hi

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