Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sue's Corner

Dear Red and Pink Hatters,
Feel a little (or, more likely, a LOT) stressed lately?  Any responsible person who pays too much attention to the cumulative world news of the day is bound to be tied up in knots most of the time.  Sometimes I ask myself whether it has always been like this: has virtually everyone in the world been seriously stressed since the beginning of time, or is everything really getting worse?
Of course, there are all kinds of stress, but I am talking, specifically, about the kind that results from paying too much attention to the daily news barrage from TV, radio and social media.  It occurs to me that we are victims, as well as beneficiaries, of a myriad of scientific advances.  We have gained the ability to know what’s going on almost everywhere in the world, almost as soon as it occurs.  But – if the “news” runs true to form, most of it is bad, making it possible for us to hear about hundreds of worrisome developments – instantaneously - on any given day.  Since there is often very little that you or I can do about these things, the more empathetic of us (which probably includes all women) often carry burdens over world events, about which we can do little or nothing.
Sorry – are you depressed yet?  Well, I wouldn’t want to pose a problem without offering a solution, and that solution is a vacation - not the expensive kind, but a mental one – one that can help unclench your stomach muscles and cause you to take deep, cleansing breaths. I’m inviting you to spend some time immersing yourself in the attached photos of storybook locations that actually exist in this world.  Each photo seems to grow more enchanting than the last one, and you may (as I did) find yourself scrolling back to the top and starting your little “trip” over again– maybe several times.  I’ve had these photos on my computer for months and I don’t know that I’ll ever delete them.  They are a wonderful antidote to the opposite kind of overload, just like “a spoonful of sugar.”
Think about which location calls to you most strongly and ask yourself why.  Imagine what life would be like in one of these places.  Go ahead and have a good fantasy!  I highly recommend it.  (In case you’re interested, I am torn between the Faroe Islands and Austria today.  Tomorrow I may go to Norway or Italy.)
And I am finding quite a bit of pleasure these days in a dark TV screen and a radio turned to “off.”  It’s been good for me.  Another thing I need to do more of is spend time with my friends (especially Red Hatters).  Their friendship and camaraderie is one of the best antidotes to stress I know!

In friendship,
 Sue Ellen, Exalted Queen Mother














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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

WE MEET AGAIN


From Ambassador Queen Sally McDaniel of the Rouge Chapeau Mamah’s of Minerva, OH USA wrote to us about the value of the friendships to be found as a Member of the Red Hat Society.
Here is what she wishes to share:

I want to tell you how absolutely wonderful RHS is and share how it has connected me around the world. Few years ago, I learned of a EuroDisney Funvention arranged by a RHS Chapter at Euro Disney. Another Hatter and myself decided to attend. We were seated at a table with lots of Aussie girls. We had a great time meeting them and exchanging email addresses. Four years later, one of these gals co-hosted a 2012 Funvention in Darwin, Australia. Well, this opportunity struck my fancy, so I decided to go; booked flights, got a visa and off I went! I had such a fabulous time. Two of the ladies that I met at the EuroDisney event were there from Western Australia. I was one of the only Americans there. I know this part is so Red Hat, but I fell in love with Judy, the co-host’s shoes. She had a collection of the most unique shoes!   So, one night, unbeknownst to me, one of the new gals I met, made arrangements with Judy to present me with a pair of RED Gum Boots. I dragged those boots all over AU and then to New Zealand before returning home.   I am still over the top with excitement at the gesture and wear them to this day.

As time moves along, emails and cards fly between us and along comes the San Antonio Convention, and guess what? My friend, Ambassador Queen Gail Snell of the Top End Feral Flames from Darwin, North Territory, Australia, registered to come along with four other Chapter Members. We met in San Antonio and spent the time of our lives. (So far!)

This world is very small and here once again, friends made through the RHS prove to be those to cherish. The RHS enables us to keep our friendship going. We have good times together; laughing, sharing, in person, online, and simply being friends. Only through RHS could this happen. I just wanted to share how wonderful this friendship is.

Thanks, from Sally, a loyal believer! Supporting Member. GO RHS GO, long live the Red, Purple, Pink and Lavender!


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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

RHS Virtual Fairy Fantasy Ball Agenda Announced! PLEASE SHARE!!!



Thursday, November 10, 2016
9AM PDT to 5PM PDT

9AM PDT: Welcome to the Party! Thank you for coming! As you make your way through our front door, you’ll find our fairy greeters ready to sprinkle you with pixie dust. Once you’ve partaken of the fairy dust, you’ll notice that you’ll be shrinking down to the size of one of our fairies. Today, you are an honorary fairy! And…for the purposes of our time together today, the fairies have graciously donated wings to each one of you. That way you’ll be able to flit about with one another introducing yourselves. Oh! Heavens me! Where are my manners? I am Ruby RedHat, your hostess for today. What kind of party would we be hosting if we didn’t let everyone get to know one another? Please share who are you, why have you joined us today and if you are an RHS Member (yet)? If you are new to RHS, we want to be the first to welcome you to the party! We’ll use the COMMENT section of this particular post to share our answers. If you are hosting a LIVE party, please share that with us here. We want to see all the live fun happening throughout the day.

10AM PDT: Show us your fairy wand. Every fairy has her very own wand. “Borrow” your favorite fairy wand from images on the internet and showcase just how fabulous your wand is. If you could be so kind as to share WHY your wand is so fabulous, too! If you are new to a virtual party, all you need to do is find an image online that you like and share it in the COMMENT section of the post. You are also welcome to take a photo of you with your own.

11AM PDT: Fairy Wing Contest: (PRIZE TO BE AWARDED FOR Most Creative! Entries will be taken within this hour’s post until 4PM PDT) All guests are invited to use their fairy powers to decorate their fairy wings for consideration in this hour’s post. Decorate a pair of fairy wings, snap a picture of yourself wearing your wings and post it within the COMMENT section of this post ONLY. Anyone who posts their wings OUTSIDE OF THIS POST will not be considered for the prize. In this hour we’re looking for actual decorated wings, not “virtual” decorated wings from the internet. That placement automatically enters you in the contest to win a prize at the end of our party!

12PM PDT: Sweet Fairy Fare- Fairies love foods that are sweet and are prepared with saffron. Among fairies' favorite foods are milk with honey, plain milk, sweet butter and honey cakes. How appropriate for we Hatters! We like to eat our dessert first, too. So, instead of eating protein with veggies, this luncheon will be completely made up of sweet treats! In the COMMENTS section below, show us what sweet treats you have brought to share.

1PM PDT: Fairy Flower Headpiece Contest- No fairy’s outfit is complete without a fairy flower headpiece and no Hatter’s wardrobe is complete without something atop her head. In honor of both fairies AND Red (and Pink) Hatters everywhere, we’re hosting a contest for the most creative headpiece design. This is a REAL contest and as such, we are looking for actual pictures of you wearing your design. Post a photo of you wearing your design in the COMMENT section of this post ONLY for an opportunity to win a prize! Those who post outside of this COMMENT section will not be considered for the prize. That placement automatically enters you in the contest to win a prize at the end of our party!

2PM PDT: Fairy Facts: Today, the tables are turned, and instead of Ruby RedHat asking trivia questions, we’ll be looking for each one of you to provide us with a creative, fun fact about fairies. Be creative with your posts. There will be a prize for the best fairy fact. Entries can be made UNDER THIS POST ONLY until 4PM PDT. Anyone who offers a fairy fun fact OUTSIDE OF THIS POST will not be considered for the prize. At 5PM PDT, Ruby RedHat will announce the winner of the fairy fun fact prize. Ready, set, go!

3PM PDT: Have a turn at the Wishing Well: All good fairies take their turn at the wishing well. At these magical wells, humans share the wishes closest to their heart. Only a human who believes in fairies will have her wish granted. Lend your ear to the well. Who do you hear? What does she wish for and will you appear? To grant her wish, that’s your task. Hurry now, hurry now our fairy dust won’t last! In the COMMENT section below, share with us who your human is, what she desires and how you are making her dreams come true today.

4PM PDT: Fairy Door Ceremony: Shhh…the Queen of the Fairies is coming this way! I know you are new to this but courtesy—don’t sway! Follow our fairy friends’ lead and take your place in line as the Queen Fairy gives each one of us a special fairy and door that we’ll watch over. Don’t push and don’t shove, there are plenty for all. She’ll look into your heart and pick a special fairy for you to watch. This fairy will live alongside you in your home. She’ll flit and she’ll flutter through the fairy door she’ll go. You’ll feed her, protect her and won’t let her roam. But there are so many of us, one can’t always hear…what did the Queen Fairy say to you? Who will you rear? Tell us about your fairy. Share with us your door. We can’t wait to know all the excitement that will be happening in your home! In the COMMENT section below, give us your fairy’s name and share with us what she looks like. How? “Borrow” a photo from the internet and post it in the COMMENT section of this post. Oh! How exciting!

5PM: Our fairy dust is wearing off and we’re beginning to grow big again. We have just a few more moments before our party ends. A thank you to the fairies and to each one of you. Let’s announce our winners and fondly bid adieu.
1. Most Creative Fairy Wings
2. Best Flower Headpiece
3. Most creative fun fact about fairies

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You are invited to join your Red (and Pink) Hat Sisters for an experience of a lifetime, where joy, laughter and the electricity of fun and friendship reign supreme in the city that never sleeps!  Let this serve as your official invitation to the Red Hat Society's 2017 Hats in the City 
International Convention in New York, New York.