Tuesday, May 27, 2008


What's Memorial Day without a barbecue? We almost found out, because we couldn't get the two in our back yard to work. The one that came with the place turned out to be a propane grill that lacked both propane and a tank to hold propane.

"So basically it's just a grill that you can put charcoal in," AK explained. "It's like finding a car with no engine and deciding to live in it."

She messed around with upstairs neighbor Alyssa's charcoal grill for a while, but it turned out that the easily-five-years-old bags of charcoal that came with the house were not in such good shape either. Luckily there were stove tops inside.

Alyssa has lived above us for just a couple of months. We love her, partly because she loves our cats. Just look at Ferd strut down those stairs.

All the barbecue commotion was a bit much for some members of Team Gato, and for Jody and Christine too, who were tired from a long day of comforter-shopping. So they tried out our comforter for a while. If they decide to go with a "cat hair chic" motif, we'll know we inspired them.

Joel (not the one from my last post) and Jennifer. Note Jennifer's naturally ketchup-colored pants. This would come in handy shortly.

If we learned one thing, it's that you don't really need a functioning barbecue if you have a functioning hula hoop.


Veronica said...

this looks like so much fun! but i wish you'd have included photos from the clean-up - that's where the real fun started :)

Cheryl said...

It's true, but I wouldn't want people to get jealous seeing how much fun we had washing dishes.

Claire said...

"Note Jennifer's naturally ketchup-colored pants. This would come in handy shortly." That's such a perfect photo to follow that with!

Also, yea for hula hoops. I was just talking about those the other day.

Cheryl said...

You know what they say, "What's bad for the pants is good for the blog."

Well, they should say that.

Laura and the family said...

Normally, we celebrated Memorial Day with a family or friend gathering. But the wind of our plan shifted. We ended up doing our yard work. I'm so envy of you because you and AK were having so much fun.. That's great. You deserve the fun since you soon will have a second publish book.

How long did you do the hula hoop last?

Cheryl said...

I kept the hula hoop going for about 20 seconds. I look so ecstatic in that picture, though. You'd think I'd just broken a world record.

Laura and the family said...

I just was comparing who did better in Hula Hoops: you or me. guess what? You are the winner :) I ain't going to tell you how long did I last