Friday, February 21, 2020

Beta Sigma Phi Sweetheart Dinner Dance at Holloman AFB, New Mexico

February 7, 2020

My friend and sister Red Hatter, Jean Courtier, is also a member of Preceptor Alpha Pi's Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Social Sorority and they held their Sweetheart Dinner Dance at Holloman Air Force Base NCO Club on Friday, February 7, 2020.

The food was delicious; prime rib (choice of well, medium or rare), baked potatoes w/the works and salad or one could have chicken.

A DJ provided music for dancing and entertainment. At one point, they crowned two chapter's members as "Sweethearts" and gave them flowers and gifts. It was all quite lovely and we had a grand time. They had a photo booth set up which we gleefully took advantage of.

Carla and Doug Kerr in their hot rod
Left is Rosalie and our hostess, Jean Courtier
Rosalie, a volunteer at the Cancer Resource Center in Alamogordo, NM
Gail Swineford toasting us, I think
Kimberly Gugliotta with her prince, Tim
Table centerpieces were created by one of the Sorority sisters
Rosalie found someone to dance with
Chubby Checker's Twist
Other couples dancing
Mistress of Ceremonies introducing the Sweethearts being crowned
Right is Jean introducing her chapter Sweetheart standing to her right
Royalty is lauded and celebrated on this special evening
We had a grand time listening to the music, dining and watching those who could still dance, get out on the dance floor and entertain us.

Thanks to Jean for inviting us and thanks to Doug for taking and processing the photos.

I am going to tag onto this a couple of photos from the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society's monthly get together on February 15, 2020 at Carmen Veenpere's home. The event was hosted by Jean Courtier and Carmen. They provided pizza, salad and plenty of dessert for lunch. We played Farkle (a dice game with 6 dice) and there was a lot of laughing going on because we had all forgotten how to play the game. We finally got it together and Jean was the score keeper and Jean won. Carmen gave her a good run for her money as did Karen Townsend.

I forgot my camera and used my cell phone and my hands are too shaky and only a couple of the pictures were decent enough to print. I do apologize to everyone.

L to R: Carmen and Jean (Jean is looking through a Sherlock Holmes magnifying glass to read the game instructions)
L to R: Jean Courtier, Flo Dean, Kimberly Gugliotta and our Royal Scribble Gail Swineford
These were the only photos salvaged from my camera in my phone. We actually had 13 people in attendance so it would have been the perfect time for good pictures.

Thanks to Doug for processing the pictures and thanks to Jean and Carmen for being the hostesses with the mostest. It was lovely.

This is all I have to say for now.

Snow in Alamogordo, New Mexico

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

We awakened to a fairyland this morning with about two inches of snow in a usually sunny little town. I just had to go out and take some pictures because this is such a rare event here. We usually view the snow on the mountains surrounding us.

This tree is across the alley from us and the birds love it
This is our little weeping willow in the backyard
This is our antique reversible riding plow in the backyard
It is still snowing in the Sacramento Mountains
This is our pomegranate tree in the sideyard
This chiminea gives you a visual of about a two inch snowfall
Mother Nature's ice sculpture
Our palm trees taking in water the hard way
A piece of wood resembling "Nessie" and our hose looks like a python
The roadrunners have taken on their winter coat
A view of the mountains from the front yard
This is the fabulous peach tree that produces the best peaches around
The oleanders are so heavy with snow that they are hanging their heads
We actually had one more snow day about three days later, but it melted so fast we almost missed it.

Thanks to Doug for processing the photos.

This is all I have to say for now.