I posted a new video -- a picture review of my 2012.
January 8, 2012, we celebrated Seth Ryan Pruett's second birthday with a "pony party." Paula Maloney brought Festus and Pretty Boy, a.k.a PB to our house. We only had three or four kids show up to ride so they each got plenty of horseback time. As soon as the party was over, Deidre packed up all hers and Seth's belongings and moved to Mineral Wells for her new job as manager of Cedarview Apartments.
Dotti Laseur invited me to "tea" at her apartment in the Holt Hotel. There I met Elizabeth Hawley, owner/editor of the Wichita Falls Literature and Art Review, and Nancy Scott, with the Kemp Center for the Arts. It was at that "tea party" that "Cowboy True" was first mentioned to me.
On January 23rd we welcomed Samantha Hope into our family. Sammie is Whitney Sosebee's daughter, my sister's great granddaughter and what a sweetie she is. Seth loves "Whitney Baby". We hope they will be "best buds".
The last weekend in January, I , along with +Tina Haapala and Judie Brunson, went to the Quartz Mountain Resort near Altus Oklahoma, for a "writers' retreat". Being alone with nothing to distract me helped jar things loose. We're going again the last weekend in January 2013. With some great rates to encourage others to join us, 11 of us are going this time. I'm looking forward to that.
In March, as an artist (writer) I participated in "Cowboy True", which was the kickoff event to benefit the restoration of the old "Woman's Forum" building on Speedway, now "Kemp at the Forum". I stepped out of my comfort zone and went alone. I pretended I was outgoing and comfortable talking to people I don't know, and eventually, over the course of the two day event, I did shed my shyness. I met Jack and Karen Milchanowski, photograpers from Bowie, Mejo Okon, western artist from Abilene, and Anne Ayres, bronze sculptor from Iowa Park. I met Gary Kingcaid, a local artist and art teacher. I introduced myself to the well known bronze sculptor, Jack Stephens, who was foreman of the Johnston ranches in his younger years.
Dotti came and sold books for me. She's always a hoot.
In May, I attended the Oklahoma Writers' Federation Inc conference in Oklahoma City . We were at the beautiful comfortable Embassy Suites but in 2013, the conference will move to Norman, Oklahoma. I'm looking forward to it. Last May, I met some awesome people, writers who are willing to discuss all aspects of writing.
In June, Deidre quit Cedarview and moved back home. I was happy to have her and Seth here. Living alone isn't all its cracked up to be.
July 4th, I lost my Pomeranian, Foxie June. Traumatic experience. I still miss her. I'd love to have another Pom, but little bitty dogs and 3 year old boys might not be a good mix, so I'm gonna wait a while.
In August, I went down to have a "girls' weekend" with my friend, Lanore Dixon and her friend, Suzanne Arnold. We were at Lanore's house out in the sticks near Blum, Texas. On the way down there, I sold Ronnie's hotrod, the Blue Bird, to his brother, Bruce. There are so many emotions associated with that decision. I'd always known I couldn't keep it, but I felt more secure with it in my garage.
Letting go of the responsibility of it was easy, though. It brought a great sense of relief. And although I didn't get what I thought it was worth, I did get what Ronnie had suggested I sell it for -- and it's still in the family.
In September, I spoke on "How to Create Believable Characters" at the Write Stuff Workshop at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU. There I met some more awesome writers, Deborah Kegley, Billie Hall and Carolyn Gilbert.
At Tina Haapala's urging, I joined Toastmasters in September and met another new group of wonderful, fun folks.
I hosted the annual Christmas party for the Wichita Falls Creative Writers and had 16 people in my little house. We were wall to wall but we had a great time!
So that's most of the highlights. In between, I have been to craft shows and shopping with, Donna Tate. I go out for snacks with Tina Haapala before most of the meetings of the Wichita Falls Creative Writers and usually after Toastmasters.
I went to Grapevine with Dotti and Donna just to shop and look around. I've attended several events at the Kemp Center. At least once a month, Deidre, Seth and I meet Ronnie, Michael, sometimes Uncle Brandon and Greg Baker in Decatur for dinner and visiting. I go to lunch occasionally with Dotti and Elizabeth. Elizabeth offered her office space at The Forum for the writers' meetings. I meet Anne Ladyman for lunch or dinner when her schedule allows. I met Donna Fonville for a catch-up session at Alfredo's Mexican Restaraunt. I went to lunch with Suzie Solorio and Angie Puente once. I need to do that again.
On tv, I watched nearly every single game the Texas Rangers played.
I went to a Rangers' game at The Ball Park in Arlington with Tina Haapala, thanks to the generosity of Gary Silverman, Tina's boss. We had lunch at Pappadeaux, went to the game, then spent the night and played around in Dallas the next day. We met Ronnie and Michael for lunch before coming home. We had a wonderful time!
I went to a yoga/creativity class, to Backdoor Theater, the Mystery Art Auction at the Kemp Center, and to a one day writers' workshop in Norman, Oklahoma with Monica McCawley.
I've cleared out closets -- and cluttered them back up. The Lady Cave looks like a storage unit since we had to move things around to get the Christmas stuff out. Maybe the garage is a better place for the Christmas stuff.
To simplify my life, I took out the pond with the help of Donna Tate and her daughter-in-law, Trish. Donna adopted all my beautiful fish and did not lose a single one in the transfer!
I started refinishing my bedroom furniture -- and it remains unfinished -- one year later.
All the above plus I worked three days a week and chased Seth through the house just to hear him giggle.
All in all, it's been a good year. Wishing everyone lots of rain, beautiful tie-dyed skies, big bright moons, colorful sunsets, beautiful flowers, sweet pets, funny children and all that feels good to you! Happy New Year, everyone!