Well, July 2012 is over and done with. This has been a hot one and a dry one. I tried to escape the heat and went north to Minnesota, but it was hot there too. We did, at least have a couple of storms while I was there and they cooled us off for a little while. I love watching the rain come across the lake to us. Rector welcomed me home with a pretty good rain Thursday evening. I was really loving it. It is always good to come home.
I'm sorry to have missed writing a column last week. There is no Wi-Fi at the cabin so I had no way to send it in. Besides, I was way too busy having fun to stop long enough to write. You may remember that I get together every year with some ladies I met back in the 70's. Yes you might also have heard that there is a book about us, "We Were Army Wives". This year in addition to eating, shopping, sipping wine and talking incessantly, Lana and I had a book signing at the Valley Booksellers in Stillwater. That was fun of course. But the best part was sitting on the porch looking out over the lake and catching up with each other. I sort of enter a different reality when I get to the porch with Anne and Jane and Lana and we begin to reminisce. It is like looking back at the young women we were and watching us become the mature, self-assured women we are today. Oh, and I saved enough on one shopping trip alone to almost pay for my plane fare there. How cool is that?!
While I was gone to my reunion the bi-annual Crabtree reunion was taking place in Indiana. Georgia Sallee, Lark and Steven Sigsby, Marshall and Natalie Sigsby all spent a few days at the lodge in Clifty Falls State Park just outside of Madison, IN. This gathering of Georgia's extended family was eagerly attended by 39 family members from 12 different states. As usual they picked a beautiful setting on the Ohio River and with the lovely historical town of Madison nearby. In between family chatter and catching up, there were activities for everyone. Elizabeth and Dax Fitsgerald and Erin Baker were also there. Elizabeth has been working on the family genealogy and was able to share that information with the group. She has traced the Crabtrees back to a Thomas Crabtree who lived in the 1300's. That is really cool.
In case you haven't noticed, there are a few more people on Valley Street this week. Doug Stone and his four adorable children are visiting with Carol (Gaultney) Stone. Gwen and Kirra, two lovely young ladies and Billy, the only boy and of course very special are from California. Kahana, the youngest traveled with Doug from Japan. They might be seen walking my dogs. They are all enjoying spending time with each other and meeting some of Dad's old friends.
I am having company this week too. My brother-in-law Ken Hedrick and his son William will be visiting for a few days. Say hello if you have a chance.
Well I suppose I should end this now. Let me know what is going on with you. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me (870) 595-3173. You can even drop me a line at 514 West 3rd St., Rector AR 72461. Stay cool, have fun and be safe.
Bless our military.