Monday, August 15, 2011

Missing in Action

Monday, August 15, 2011

I can't believe I haven't posted anything since July 3. Life absolutely got in the way as well as my writing. I'm trying to finish the second book of a trilogy and my goal is to publish this month. I'm close, but have to stop to attend the International Red Hat Convention in New Orleans. We leave on Wednesday, August 17 to drive to New Orleans. It's about a 10 hour drive, but it's always better to drive to a Red Hat convention if at all possible. One must take so many hats, changes of clothes, shoes, bling, etc. that it is almost impossible to get it all in the allotted baggage the airlines have stipulated we can have without paying almost another person's fare in luggage fees.

Life has not been totally quiet around the Kerr household. We've enjoyed birthday parties for grandsons and visiting with the great grandsons as well. I gave a dinner party for my daughter's 55 birthday for 15 people plus the three babies. Cooking went on for three days for this one and the menu included King Ranch Chicken Casserole with a doubled recipe; Confetti Salad, Corn on the Cob; Green Salad; Wacky Cake and ice cream for dessert. I was certainly glad I doubled up on the chicken recipe because there was only about a third leftover in the second pan.

My daughter reciprocated with a birthday party for me to celebrate my 73 years and we all had baby back ribs, salad, corn on the cob and, of course, cake and ice cream. She has a lovely home in Azle, Texas and we played darts on her back patio.

L to R: Andreas, Ingrid, Horst, Doug and Carla

Also, back in July our friends came to visit from Germany. Ingrid, Horst and their son, Andreas came to America on holiday and first flew to Montana, then to California and then to Texas on the final leg of their trip. We visited the Ft. Worth Stock Yards and watched the cattle drive with the long horn cattle being herded. Then we went through the Cowboy Museum and lunched at Dos Vaqueros. The next day we visited Ft. Worth's new Science Museum and attended the IMAX theater watching a movie about tornado's. That was a scary one. Andreas really enjoyed it. He is 9 and interested in everything. He speaks German mostly, but we manage to communicate. We played a couple of card games which probably should be renamed "Andreas Wins". It was a lovely visit, but much too short.

A sad note: Our dog, Daisy, 12-1/2 years old, became very ill and we had to take her to the vet and have her put down. She just quit eating and lost her zest for life. It was so difficult but we know we made the right decision. We have decided we'll just have pet fish from now on. I know fish die too, but these fish are four years old and getting bigger every day. We may have to build a pond for them!
August 12, 2011

This was the end of the fiscal year luncheon for the PCWNC and it was really a fun time. Sue Coleman put together a slide show depicting the events of this past year and it was great seeing everyone on the screen. We also had a speaker on Decorating Do's and Dont's;Kathye Buckallew of Bele Chere Design in Granbury who was quite interesting.

Dottie Young, outgoing president was presented with gifts; this hat among them.
Doesn't she look like she is ready for an island getaway?

L to R: Rhoda Wollaston, Linda Waters, Patsy Vawter,
Jo Cheatham, Joy Williams and Gail Simko

Linda Waters, Gayla Fletcher and Gail Simko

Several past presidents brought their scrapbooks for all of us to peruse and each was asked to say a few words about their experience at the helm of the organization. Scrapbook creators were also recognized. These scrapbooks are absolute works of art.

Speaker Kathye Buckallew with gift winner Marcy Brooks

Incoming President Jackie Dixon with outgoing President Dottie Young

The rest of my days have been spent volunteering at the Weatherford Public Library at the Children's Summer Reading Program. This is so much fun to do and the children seem to enjoy themselves. I've also become even more involved with the Freedom House program and I truly look forward to interacting with these women. They may be down but they are not out and it's pure joy to watch them grow more positive about themselves each week.

Guess I'd better get off this soapbox and finish packing for the New Orleans trip. I'm sure I'll have great stories to tell after this convention.

This is all I have to say for now.

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