Tuesday, November 24, 2015

QUEEN AND MEMBER BOARD (QMB)











Red Hatters tend to be talented, resourceful and creative women.  If you have any doubts about this, spend some time browsing through the RHS website, specifically the topics on the QMB (Queen and Member Board), the place to put your finger on the pulse of the RHS itself.  And I can prove my point beautifully by quoting a fabulous recent post (very slightly edited for brevity's sake) comparing the Queen and Member Board itself to a big house:

"I see it like a huge, rambling Victorian. A 'painted lady' of the finest kind with wide halls, warm fireplaces, cool, pleasant porches, window seats in towers and big expansive rooms with pocket doors that can make space to hold lots of QMBers at one time. There are still plenty of those cozy little rooms and hidden nooks that you can easily miss if you aren't careful.  There are rooms for almost every reason you can imagine.

Every morning while still in my jammies, I grab a cuppa and zip across a lawn that's still dewy and cool (please wipe your feet) to slip into that big house thru the side door.
That's the door marked Active Topics. That way I don't miss anything that was said about me while I was asleep.  And I don't waste time opening doors to empty rooms.

The first place I usually head is The Chapel because we all know that scary things happen at night.  It says Spiritual, Inspirational, Prayer Requests on the door. It's a quiet room but I've never gone in there with a prayer request and found it empty.  There always seems to be a Sister handy to pray with or for you, your loved ones or someone else in need.

Then I usually head back to the front of the house and start 'prowling the halls' to see who is around and what's happening.
I always stop by the Events Calendar in the main hall. Only way I can keep track of who, what, when, where and where?
I usually stop by all the big Event rooms to see what's being planned but I don't say much unless I'm going too. Then I like to make sure I join in the short meetings and planning sessions. Talking about the anticipated event just makes it all the more fun when I get there.  Of course, I am always popping in and out of the QMB Reunion room, teasing everyone about this event.

Right thru that side door is a cute little room that Sue Ellen turned into a gallery of sorts and there are always lots of photos of Sisters and their events on display.  I love to just wander the room enjoying the pictures. (Sometimes I even see myself!)  Over in the corner is a large basket for items lost or found at Red Hat Society events.

I slip into the front reception room for new members and usually find Jet there making everyone feel welcome. The questions just fly around the room. I love to watch the new Hatters enjoying the QMB.
Take a left and there is a large room down another wide hallway called The Comedy Club. Lots of hi-jinks going on in there 24/7. No cover charge, no minimum and no dress code. BYOB.

Directly across the hall is another very large room. High ceilings with wide windows letting in lots of sunlight make it an inviting spot for a good natter. Big comfy couches and chairs, rockers and lounges, and a huge wraparound porch leading down to the gardens and then ultimately to the beach. The sign over that door reads Hatters Chatter and Wow! Do we ever.
You'll find discussions going on about everything from the weather to windows, from squirrels to shoe sizes. Always something being said to give you pause to think or just have a good time.

Making my way through all the rooms I find Sisters in the Library having a discussion about a current best seller and the newest Hollywood release. The hum and glow coming from the computer lab tells me someone is posting a new photo. The room with Quiet Please! on the door is the Writers Workshop. There's even a room labeled "It's All About Me!" (Milestones and Accomplishments)

Lately several Sisters can be found in the kitchen. The good smells coming from that room will make your mouth water. Seems like someone is always trying out a new healthy twist on an old over-loaded recipe or else passing out samples of some gooey concoction. Either way it's always a treat.

I love the Arts and Crafts Room. Big tables to spread out your work, shelves full of all the materials needed for scrapbooking, card making, hat making and decorating, gifts and give-aways, decorations and centerpieces and so much more.  And always a Sister or two to help.
Watch out!! That glue gun is hot!

Oh yes! There is a First Aid and Safety room too.

Right by the back door is a large electronic world map mounted on the wall at just the perfect height for us shorties. Push the lighted button for the state or country you are interested in and you'll be able to find out what's happening at home with our Sisters when they aren't here at The House.

There are more rooms than I can list and I enjoy every one of them. Now that I'm retired I zip next door much more often.

Oh sure, sometimes I might hear raised voices over one issue or another. Sometimes it can make my visit a little uncomfortable. So I just quietly shut that door behind me and move down the hall to another room and another discussion.

I like coming in The House and finding friends scattered throughout the rooms.  I like seeing new acquaintances, listening to a different point of view or meeting someone for the first time. 
I remember the first couple of times I visited The House as a new Red Hatter.  I felt like I was invisible.  Then I got lucky and found a few friends willing to listen to a new voice and the rest is herstory.

Now I move through this huge house with the ease and familiarity of a treasured cleaning lady.

ROTFLMBO.....

Can just anyone wander in here? No!
You have to be an official Member.
Is it free? No!
It costs a whole whopping $.06 a day for 24/7 access.

What's it really worth?
It's priceless!"

"Sin City Pat", AKA Queen Pat Hickok (Sin City Sweethearts, Las Vegas, Nevada)

Pretty creative, right?  Queen Pat has done a beautiful job of describing the experience that awaits any Red or Pink Hatter who visits the QMB and stays around long enough to get acquainted.

Excerpt from 05/30/14 Friday Broadcast Introduction by Sue Ellen Cooper

 Not a Member of the Red Hat Society?  There's only one, join the fun!

Ready to attend the greatest, most joyful event for women in the world?  Let this serve as your official invitation to Eat Dessert First at the Red Hat Society's 2016 Remember the a la Mode International Convention in San Antonio, Texas. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mini Apple Tarts

The joy of having company and entertaining is one of the many things the Red Hat ladies like to do. The holidays are the perfect time for baking and cooking some of our favorite foods and sharing a laugh with our closest friends and family.  Here is a very quick, simple, and delicious recipe that your guest will be happy to enjoy!

 Ingredients:
Crescent Rolls dough
Granny smith apple sliced or chopped
1/4 cup Butter
1 tsp Cinnamon
4 tbsp Brown sugar 
1/2 tsp Pumpkin spice (optional)









1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.Unroll the croissant roll dough.

3.  Brush or drizzle melted butter on both sides of the dough.

4. In a small bowl mix the cinnamon and brown sugar, then spread over the dough.

5.Roll an apple slice or a spoonful of chopped apples inside the croissant, be sure to start at the smallest end.







6. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture on top before placing into the oven. 

7.Bake for 15 - 20 minutes.

8.Serve warm with whip cream or ice cream

Enjoy!


 Not a Member of the Red Hat Society?  There's only one, join the fun!

Ready to attend the greatest, most joyful event for women in the world?  Let this serve as your official invitation to Eat Dessert First at the Red Hat Society's 2016 Remember the a la Mode International Convention in San Antonio, Texas. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

INDULGE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR




Ruby RedHat, Red Hat Society Mascot



Ruby RedHat's Top Ten Rules for Living number four is: "Indulge your Sense of Humor!"
Humor is almost as essential to Hatting as air is to breathing. When we were little girls, we'd burst into giggles at the drop of a hat. But, as we grew older, we sobered up - so much that we may have overshot the mark. The RHS highly recommends more giggling, and Membership in our Society will help provide them.

So how does one premeditate laughter? I have heard it said, more than once, that our brains can't tell the difference between forced laughter and real laughter. If we put on a huge smile and start chortling, our mood will actually improve because the brain assumes that something good is going on. It sounds counterintuitive, but I suggest you try it. It works!

In the early days of Red Hatting, we coined a saying, "Lighten up, ladies!" (LUL) Lightening up, ladies, can lead to LOL (lots of laughter).

Ruby RedHat is of the opinion that laughter is the only medicine that needs no prescription, has no unpleasant taste and costs no money. She likes to call it "vitamins for the soul." Maybe we should refer to it as Vitamin "L"! And there's no such thing as an overdose!


Excerpt from 10/19/2012 Friday Broadcast Introduction by Sue Ellen Cooper

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

How To Look Cute in Pictures

It starts with your smile…

Behind that smile is your tongue
Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth just behind your teeth when smiling for a picture. The resulting expression looks more relaxed..

Push that chin
When posing for a photo, push your chin and head slightly forward. It feels kind of unnatural, but on film it does wonders in making your face look thinner and getting rid of any hint of a double chin.

Push your shoulders too
Again, a slight push forward. This will emphasize your collarbone and make your arms look thinner. Good posture also makes you look more regal.

Turn your body.
Instead of facing the camera head on, pivot slightly, planting one foot in front of the other. Point your toe to the camera and put your weight on your back foot.

Make those arms look “skinny”
Either place your hands on your hips or hold them slightly away from the sides of your body.


Strike your best pose then practice, practice, practice.


Not a Member of the Red Hat Society?  There's only one, join the fun!


Ready to attend the greatest, most joyful event for women in the world?  Let this serve as your official invitation to Eat Dessert First at the Red Hat Society's 2016 Remember the a la Mode International Convention in San Antonio, Texas. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Boa Constrictor - RHS style!



Boas are fluffy, frivolous and fun to wear.  We drape them over our shoulders, trail them behind us when we walk the red carpet and occasionally get them tangled in our trains.   What would we do without them?! 

But what happens when it begins to tickle our noses or a personal summer set in?  What to do? Where to put it? 

Try this solution.  Make a Boa Constrictor.   It’s easy.   Take a Teddy – yes, that’s right - a pretty piece of lingerie and sew up the bottom.  Carry the Boa Constrictor in your purse and when you need to, stuff that boa inside and use the straps of the Teddy as handles.   Cute!



Not a Member of the Red Hat Society?  There's only one, join the fun!


Ready to attend the greatest, most joyful event for women in the world?  Let this serve as your official invitation to Eat Dessert First at the Red Hat Society's 2016 Remember the a la Mode International Convention in San Antonio, Texas. 


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

BRIDGING THE GAP


 A headline emblazoned on a recently-received magazine promised that this issue would help me organize and display my collections more effectively and attractively. Apparently there are a lot of us who enjoy collecting and displaying selected things that appeal to us personally. Among my acquaintances are those who collect teapots, matchbooks, ceramic buffalo, turtle figurines, and beautifully-illustrated children's books - just to name a few. I, myself, have a couple of dozen old chunky, brightly-colored water pitchers on high shelves all around my kitchen. Monetary value does not figure in any of the collections I know about.


Why do you suppose so many of us start collections (especially offbeat ones) in the first place? Is it just an expression of the "hunting and gathering" instinct, or do these things begin, many times, kind of by accident? Who knows? But it's undeniable that collections fill some sort of inner need for many people.

Once we have narrowed down the types of objects we collect, we can begin to experience the thrill of the "treasure hunt." It is great fun to prowl garage sales; thrift stores, etc., and pounce on the perfect addition to your collection. I once found myself clutching a royal blue (cracked) pitcher to my chest while marveling at my luck in getting to it before "all those other people" who surely wanted it desperately? It was definitely a "cat with a mouse" sensation. (Cracks don't matter; the object can be situated with the crack to the wall and no one will ever know.)

Sometimes, collections get started without the collector even noticing. My friend, Queen Jayne, has quite a number of pieces of art featuring bridges as their subject matter. A few years ago, when she and her husband moved, she finally took note of this and hung all of these pieces together in her new home. Jayne is the kind of person who holds on to her friends, who likes to bring people together. It isn't hard to see why she is drawn to images of bridges. She has spent a good part of her life bridging gaps between people.

Interesting, don't you think? That's kind of what the Red Hat Society does too. Bridging gaps is also our specialty. I hope you realize that - whether or not you have shelves of stuff - all of you Hatters have become collectors too. Since you've been a Red Hatter, you have been adding to your collection of friends, certainly within your chapter, but very likely beyond. You may have added new friends from nearby Chapters, on the QMB or Facebook links on our website, or at local or our international conventions. Of course, friends have no monetary value, do they? But they are priceless.

Excerpt from the 08/24/2012 Friday Broadcast Introduction by Sue Ellen Cooper







Not a Member of the Red Hat Society?  There's only one, join the fun!


Ready to attend the greatest, most joyful event for women in the world?  Let this serve as your official invitation to Eat Dessert First at the Red Hat Society's 2016 Remember the a la Mode International Convention in San Antonio, Texas.