Saturday, January 18, 2020

Red Hatters at Friendship Tea House for Tea Luncheon

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Twelve members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter in Alamogordo, New Mexico gathered at the Friendship Tea House for a lovely tea luncheon. We were actually Barb's first customers when she opened the tea house in January 2018. Barb Frick and her husband Bob make a great team in their kitchen and everything is freshly made and served that day.

As you will discover looking at the pictures below, this is truly a beautiful setting for a tea. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment, celebrating two birthdays for Vice Queen Alice Evans and Margie Purcella by kazooing Happy Birthday and presenting gifts. There was plenty of time for visiting and enjoying each other's company.

Just a shot to show how lovely everything looks
Proprietress Barb Frick relating the menu for the day
L to R: Kimberly Gugliotta, Rosanna Heath, Nancy Long and Jean Courtier
L to R: Dorothy Edwards, Margie Purcella, Florence Dean and VQ Alice Evans
L to R: Kimberly, Rosanna, Bob pouring tea and Nancy looking on
Our newest member Pink Hatter Shelly Carns
Shelly with our other Pink Hatter Alice Cuevas
Carmen Veenpere
L to R: Kimberly, Rosanna, Nancy, Shelly, Alice C., Carmen, Carla Kerr, Dorothy, Margie, Florence, Alice E. and Jean. (Thanks to Barb Frick for taking this picture.)
L to R: Dorothy, Margie, Florence and Alice E. in deep conversations
Vice Queen Alice E. modeling her new hat
This is the room to reserve for children's birthday tea parties
Corner decor
Samples of hats to wear for tea and more decor
Another lovely setting
Tea cup and saucer collection display
Entrance to the Friendship Tea House
On bench L to R: VQ Alice E., Dorothy, Florence and Carla. Back L to R: Carmen, Jean, Nancy, Kimberly, Rosanna, Margie, Shelly and Alice C.
Thanks to Barb for taking the last picture of all of us on her front porch. I heard many nice comments about their experience at this event and the tasty food as well. Thanks to Kimberly for pictures taken around the interior of the tea house. Thanks to Doug Kerr for processing the pictures for my blog. Next month we are going to Carmen's house to play games and eat pizza co-hosted by Jean Courtier.

This is all I have to say for now.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Linda Barker and Carla Kerr of Alamogordo Explore Bosque del Apache

Monday, December 30, 2019

Linda Barker and I drove to San Antonio, New Mexico and eight miles beyond to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. This beautiful refuge teems with sandhill cranes, snow geese, Canadian geese, bald eagles, around fifteen species of ducks during Winter months and numerous other birds and animals including bobcats, mountain lions,  coyotes, mule deer, wild turkey and great blue heron along with northern harriers. At least 25 species of shore birds visit this refuge every spring, including various sandpipers, ibis, stilts, plovers, phalaropes, godwits, dunlins, and curlews.

There are more than 150 species of cacti and other Chihuahuan Desert plants in the Desert Arboretum. They grow and bloom during the spring months and these prickly plants and their fruit provide shelter for nesting birds and tasty treats for javelina and quail. You will hear the calling of quail and the cooing of roadrunners. Avocets and stilts establish their nesting sites as well.

In the summer you will enjoy seeing hummingbirds and orioles at the feeders. Black-chinned hummingbirds arrive in the spring and number in the dozens during the summer. Calliope, broad-tailed and rufous hummingbirds arrive later in the summer.

The Festival of the Cranes, held during the week before Thanksgiving, offers up to 150 workshops, tours, lectures, and hikes over several days. Topics range from cultural history to natural history, photography to astronomy, and expressive arts to birdwatching. The weekend activities are geared toward kids featuring learning activities, exhibits, games and several workshops.

I noticed many photographers there with lenses on their cameras, some maybe three feet extended. One man was leaning against his truck to help him hold up this heavy lens. I'm sure he shoots some amazing pictures with his apparatus, but I managed, with my small camera, to get some decent shots.

Linda is retired from the U.S. Forest Service and she is very knowledgeable about plants and animals in the wild. I very much enjoyed her informative comments as we drove along viewing the critters in their comfortable habitat. We weren't lucky enough to see any of the land critters this trip, but I do plan to return in the future. We only had time to complete one of the loops so I'll do the other one next time.

This is a highly recognized wildlife refuge in the United States and it is well kept and easy to navigate. I highly recommend you visit this place if you are ever in the area. The visitor's center is quite lovely and they have a wonderful gift shop as well.

These are pintail ducks and they are all feeding except one
A family of cranes in the middle of the photo
Great blue heron, a loner
Ducks in a row
Another family of cranes
Crane family next door
We are beginning to see larger numbers of cranes
There are thousands of sandhill cranes who winter here before returning to Canada in the spring
Finally, a family of deer
The sun is going down and the cranes are flying in for the night
Beautiful New Mexico sunset
Isn't is amazing how well they blend in with their surroundings!
Canadian geese (one on right looks like she is wearing a hat, but it's a leaf)
Snow geese
Notice how pink the water looks from the sunset
This was taken on Tuesday morning on our way home and the crane family is having breakfast at a nearby farm. The farmers are paid to plant certain grains that the cranes and geese will eat and they fly from the habitat at sunrise to the surrounding farms and dine all day, returning to the habitat at sunset. They only feel safe resting in water.
We stopped in Carizozo, NM to stretch our legs and this is Linda Barker in front of the Lincoln County Courthouse
Carla Kerr keeping warm
It was a fabulous trip and I learned a lot about the flora and fauna of New Mexico from my friend, Linda Barker. Thanks for driving, Linda.

This is all I have to say for now.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Wanda Crittenden Celebrates Thirty Years of Service to the Cherokee Nation

December 27, 2019

Wanda Crittenden, wife of Danny Crittenden and my sister-in-law, was cited for her 30 years of service to the Cherokee Nation. She started out as a teacher's aide and has worked her way up to several supervisory positions. She was feted at a congratulatory ceremony where she received a gift and a plaque.

L to R: Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner, Wanda Crittenden and Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr.
Congratulations to you. Wanda, on your great career with the Cherokee Nation. We are so proud of you. I know you will continue to provide your talents and expertise to our people.

This is all I have to say for now.

Red Hatters Celebrate Christmas in Tularosa, NM at Casa de Suenos

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society held their annual Christmas luncheon at Casa de Suenos Restaurant in Tularosa, New Mexico. They played "Pirate" after lunch which is a game where gifts may be taken, but everyone winds up with a gift anyway. They also played a Christmas Trivia Game. Each member received individual miniature paintings of hats created by Queen Ladybird aka Carla Kerr.

Jean Courtier and Carmen Veenpere

Trudy Reese and Nancy Brooks

L to R: Nadia Sikes, Alice Evans and Margie Purcella

L to R: Karen Townsend, Florence Dean, Gail Swineford
Nadia Sikes and Alice Evans
Queen Ladybird aka Carla Kerr
Karen and Rosanna Heath
Karen, showing off her harem pants while Rosanna looks on
L to R: Karen, Nadia, Nancy and Margie all admiring Nadia's gift
Trudy, Gail and Rosanna, who appears to be pointing something out
As always, everyone had a FUN time interacting with each other and adding to our stories. We made some tentative plans for 2020 and will start the New Year off with a visit to one of "Barb's Tea Parties" for a tea party luncheon in mid January.

Thanks to whomever took my picture and to Doug for processing the pictures. Happy New Year everyone!

This is all I have to say for now.