Well, it would appear that Old Man Winter is knocking at the door. Good weather for cuddling in front of a fireplace and sleeping late. Hot chocolate, hot apple cider, or spiced tea replaces iced tea as an afternoon pick-me-up. The leaves were actually looking quite pretty until Saturday afternoon when a tantrum of storm blew through, dashing colorful leaves from every tree in town and blowing a few other things around as well. It lasted a good five minutes, but it was pretty thorough and the wind hung around for a few more hours.
The Fall Craft Fair at the Rector Community Center was a great success, Saturday. Thank you to everyone who participated either as a vendor, a customer or a worker. Proceeds help with the upkeep of the center. This year the vendors ranged from LulaRoe clothing and hand-made jewelry to yard art and Christmas decorations. There were purses, kitchen items, candles and books and much, much more. Plus breakfast of sausage, biscuits, gravy and coffee and lunch of chili, potato soup, ham and beans, hot dogs and various combinations of all those. It was a good day and we were glad to see a steady stream of customers walking through.
I did not have a column last week because I was out of town. I traveled to Phoenix, AZ for a surprise 70th birthday party for my friend and co-author, Lana Swearingen. Her three adult children and their spouses and families managed to bring a little bit of Italy into her youngest daughter’s home and several people from out of town without giving her a clue. She was truly unsuspecting as she walked out on the patio to find 50+ people singing “Happy Birthday.” It was a marvelous party with Italian food galore, live music and a caricaturist to memorialize us all.
I also got to visit with Darrylyn Rust, formerly of Rector, while I was there. It wasn’t nearly long enough, but I can report she is as charming and lovely as ever.
I hope everyone is anticipating a wonderful Thanksgiving. It is good for us to focus on our blessings. We have many to give thanks for, and many we don’t even think about, I’m sure. So be safe and offer up your thanks on Thursday or whichever day you celebrate and take a moment to remember those that are not around your table, as well.
The Christmas season is officially open now. Black Friday has already oozed back on us. We are soon going to have to rename it Black Undetermined Period of Time For Awesome Bargains and Christmas Shopping. That title may be a little cumbersome, but we can shorten it.
I want to remind you that we have some excellent shopping opportunities right here in Rector and in Piggott. You can pick up gifts here that are unique to this area. Every dollar you spend locally puts a percentage back into the local economy. Take a look around.
I will be selling and signing my new book, “Echoes From The Ashes,” at the Rector Welcome Center on Main Street on Saturday, December 2 from Noon until 2:00 p.m. Please come by and visit and share some light refreshments with us. The book is the story of a young woman who begins to have flashbacks and dreams that lead her to believe she is reincarnated from the Holocaust. It is a fiction about a past truth. There’s a love interest and a surprise ending. I hope you will drop by.
With the weather getting cold, remember to check for small animals warming beneath your car, before you start the engine and be sure your outdoor pets have plenty of warm, dry shelter. Bring them inside when the temperatures get too low.
Be alert. There are several scams going around now and many phishing scams. If you get an email that you suspect is a scam or phishing, you can easily forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
With that I will close. Give me a call or send me an email if there is something you would like me to write about in the column.
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