The Naked Cowboy and Clint Eastwood

You know her as Bethsheba Celebration Goddess, I’ve known her for many years as Beth, Saturday evening she was Calamity Beth. No matter what name she’s using, she’s the best theme party-planner-chef on the planet (and an amazing gardener, botanical whiz-kid, to boot!).

Calamity Beth and Doc Buchanan

Saturday evening was Calamity Beth’s annual hoedown. This year the theme was Cowboys — Shoot Out at the BJ Corral. One year in advance she announces what the next theme is going to be so there’s no excuse for not wearing the proper attire. However, in this case, the temperature was 92 degrees before the heat index was figured in, hence …

The Naked Cowboy

The Naked Cowboy

Saucy Cindy cops a feel!

Saucy Cindy Copped a Feel

Then before things could get Good, Bad, or UglyClint Eastwood arrived, packin’ heat!

Clint Eastwood from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Calamity Beth had Wanted Posters of each and every outlaw guest.

Calamity Beth had Wanted Posters of Each and Every Guest

No details were spared …

Down to the Last Detail

We ate delicious chili out of tin cans …

We ate Chili out of Tin Cans

A great time was had by all!

A Great Time Was Had By All

Len and I had to leave early because of a rise-and-shine bike ride, but rumor has it that next year’s theme is Elvis!

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               – Laurie Buchanan

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Double Nickels — Happy 55th Birthday Len!

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We celebrated Len’s 55th birthday on Sunday. After an early morning bicycle ride, we headed over to “Our Garden” for a beautiful bouquet of colorful flowers and some delicious vegetables to add to the celebration meal.

Because it was hot and humid, we kept the meal simple and cool: fresh fruit, nuts, and cheese for appetizers, and a build-your-own salad, with fresh-off-the-stalk corn on the cob. I made one of the salad dressings with Chemlali Olive Oil and Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar—both from “The Olive Oil Shops” in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin—our favorite oilery.

Our friend, Karen, brought an assortment of homemade bars—chocolate, lemon, and peanut butter—for dessert.

The first birthday that Len and I celebrated together after we got married in 1980 was Len’s 25th birthday. Because he didn’t play a musical instrument, I thought it would be a good idea to broaden his horizons just a wee bit. With that in mind, I bought him a harmonica. After two months of ear-scraping, brain-denting “noise” I confiscated it, explaining that this was just one more good reason for him to never, ever go to prison. With a harmonica they’d kill him—definitely kill him!

Happy Birthday Len!

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               – Laurie Buchanan

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Copyright © 2010 Laurie Buchanan — All Rights Reserved.