Thursday, October 29, 2009

PW Comes To The Big City

The Big Day was finally here last Tuesday. The book release of Ree Drummond's cookbook and it was being held at my home-away-from-home: The Tulsa Historical Society! I have had Ree's link to her webpage over here on the side since I started this blog ---------------------->
I can't remember where I got the link to her blog way back but once I stumbled upon it, I was hooked. Actually, it was reading her mini-Harlequin-romance-novel "Black Heels to Tractor Wheels" that hooked me. She's a very gifted, witty writer. I love her humor and her stories from The Ranch (which is just outside of Pawhuska, OK).
And I'm not the only one who loves her! Her website/blog gets over a million hits a week! This woman is popular, I tell ya! And so............they began arriving early for this big event Tuesday night. The doors were to open at 6:00 pm and at 5:00 pm it looked like this:

Jeff Martin of BookSmart Tulsa was handling the details (with a little help from some friends) which included 700 wondermous (yes it's a word...now) cupcakes from Merritt's Bakery. PW (that's what we call her) ordered 3 different kinds: carrot cake, red devil cake and chocolate cake delivered for her friends and fans. I'll show you a picture of 2 of the 3 kinds. The carrot cake just didn't make it around long enough to get a picture: Aren't they yummy looking? And I love the PW on the chocolate one- cute AND good! Ree Drummond is just the most generous, kind-hearted person ever. Not only did she order these babies for all of us to munch on, her hubby Ladd, aka Marlboro Man (because he's that good lookin' in Levi's) also brought tons of pop (including Coke in glass bottles- I loved it) and water. The big give-away, though, was the t-shirts. Now those of you who don't read her blog don't know this but Ree gives away lots of fantastic prizes every week. Ranging from KitchenAid Mixers to cameras to cute little earrings. You just never know with her! So, in typical Ree fashion, she had these darling t-shirts made:

And on the lower right-hand back of the shirts:
Cute or what?

As I said before, MM brought lots of stuff to drink. He backed his rugged pickup truck up to the museum's dock:

and proceeded to unload cases and cases of drinks, ice and the large buckets to put it all in. My friend Michelle (a staff member of THS) and I looked at those forearms and those Levi's, turned to each other and said, "Oh my. Now I get it." (meaning we now know why Ree ran away to the country with this man).

And nice? You want to talk about a nice, sweet man? He posed for so many pictures and signed probably at least half as many books as Ree did later on. Now where was I.... Oh yes, well as you can see people were already in the museum waiting in line to buy a book (or 5)
...or going through another line to get a free, cute t-shirt:
And the seats began to fill up...


(weren't these 3 girls cute??)

as we anxiously awaited for Ree who was, at that moment, Tweeting how scared she was. I cannot blame her, I would've been too. But arrive she did!

She was whisked upstairs while we volunteers worked at getting things settled down and people seated. And then: it was time! Jeff Martin came out to welcome the crowd. And introduce Ms Ree who looked cool as a cucumber to me. Such a pretty lady.

Ree took questions from the audience and introduced her family. This is what's wierd about following and "knowing" someone you've never met: I knew that her sister and nephew were sitting in front of me.
I knew her sweet brother Mike was there.

I've "met" these good people on PW's blog and the surreality of actually seeing them in the flesh is just WIERD (in a good way).
So when Ree introduced her brother Mike, he came up to hug her and she asked him to stay up there with her. He had a calming effect on her, she said. I say: whatever works!
The questions and especially the answers from Ree were great. My favorite exchange:

Guest: Ree, can I ask you a personal question? Is that OK?

Ree: Sure, go ahead.

Guest: OK. Well, how was it you met your husband in a crowded, smokey bar? I mean, what were YOU doing there?

Ree explains. (ed: read Black Heels to Tractor Wheels for the answer)

Next Guest: Ree, how much butter do you go through in a week?

Ree: Now THAT'S personal!

The lady cracks me up.

Then it was time to sign books and boy, did she have alot of books to sign.

Friends, fans and family were all content to eat cupcakes, drink Cokes, visit and flip through the new cookbook while waiting (some for 3 hours) to get their books signed.

What a gracious, lovely lady. Thanks Ree.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

So, there was this duck...goose.....er...?

I enjoyed a gorgeous, beautiful fall day last weekend. I was taking in all of the sites surrounding my drive through the cemetery by my house. This is where my parents (and other relatives and friends) were laid to rest. A "10" of a day for sure. Mother Nature at her finest, especially the trees....


The geese...



And the- huh? What is this?


I don't mean to be rude, but you look so....different....

What are you? A cross between a goose and a duck? ***gasp**** A Guck????

OK, OK, calm down!!

Don't get your feathers all ruffled! heh heh heh Man, some birds are SO sensitive! OK little guck, as you were. Sorry to get you so riled.


You're a cutie, by the way.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fall Is Here

Shame on me. I did it again. Let way too much time pass without blogging here- sorry to the 2 of you that read this :o)

I have valid excuses though, really. For one thing, I've had stones. Kidney stones to be precise. And those are not any fun, let me tell you. Actually this isn't my first time in dealing with them and this time wasn't nearly as painful as in the past. I had these stones blasted and let me say it was one very painless event this time, for which I'm thankful. Could have been alot worse had this one 6mm stone tried to pass.

I've also had visitors and last week all of the available family here in town came over for dinner. It was great! I got to cook for everyone which always makes me happy.



We learned this last week that EVERYONE in my immediate family will be here on Thanksgiving! As my niece said: 20 adults, 2 babies and 1 fetus. Will definately be taking lots of photos then!

Fall is here and the colors are fabulous. I hope you can see this and enjoy it.



Friday, October 9, 2009

This 'n That

Wow, I am behind in blogging here! Thing is, I really don't have that much to blog about. I've mostly been sewing and making aprons. I sell them (and a few other novelties) at a booth in the next town over and the holidays are coming, whether we like it or not! So I have to start now in order to be able to keep my booth stocked AND enjoy the holidays with my family.

So, let's see what's on my digital camera, shall we? That's usually a good place to start. I take random photos all of the time, then shut the camera off and put it away, usually forgetting about what I took until I upload photos.


What have we here.... A PRAYING mantis on an angel.........that's weird, isn't it? Must be why I took this picture.





Which reminds me that it's time to drain and cover this fountain now that COLD weather is setting in.

Oh this was funny. I DO remember taking this picture. Every now and then my 22 lb cat unknowingly does something funny and this was one of those times. I was eating dinner and looked over towards the utility room, where I had laundry going, and saw....

That is a clothes basket that he turned over and decided to sit in. Clarke is a few bricks shy of a load. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer. The lights on and he might be home....or not. You get the picture. He's sweet enough though. Let's the 3 dogs run roughshod over him.

Speaking of dogs, this must be a first in that I don't have 1,000 pictures of them on here! Talk about L-A-Z-Y....

Well, time to get back to sewing....