I'm Excited That I Took The Plunge, and so glad I did !

For some time now my Sister has been after me to join the 
"Red Hat Society"
I'm sure some of you can relate, but in my heart I did not want to admit I felt queezy joining the group.
Call it age, or not wanting to age but I gave in thanks to my Sis.  She simply filled out the forms for us both and announced, "We are now members of the Red Hat Society" and are going to the "Christmas Gala"
We spent this past week decorating the "Red Hats" that came in the USPS,  that so boldly announced,
"We are Newbies"
And we were put to work from the moment we entered the banquet hall!
Here is Sis passing out the table brochures.  

When the two of us first entered the banquet hall that hosted the "Gala" we were so warmly welcomed by every member that first saw us open the door.  Laughter and threats of "what the newbies must do".  I gulped, and asked if it was going to be like a hazing and everyone laughed and our new "Queen" only replied, "You Wish". 
  The entire day was set in motion!
The next thing I knew I was sent out to the parking lot to bring in the Gift baskets that were to be raffled.  Nice gift baskets they were.  My eye hit the "Baileys Irish Cream"

Once my duties were complete we set out to find our table and sat with 8 other women at the  beautifully decorated 10 top tables, for our luncheon.

Red hats and Purple clothing streamed into the room.  I would say over 150 women joined us.
Every women that came in were laughing and just being silly and that set the stage in motion for us.  Happiness was every where and the conversations began.  We talked and talked, meeting so many wonderful women from all walks of life.

Our "Queen Linda" stood at the podium with her microphone in hand and led us in the "Red Hat Pledge"  and lucky for me and my sis it was written on our brochure. During the pledge I thought we might have to hold our hand over our heart but no,  we held it over our hat, as we recited it!.

Then the food line started.  Good food also.  The desert table is what caught my eye.  I love a good cheese cake and there were three different flavors on the table.  No food for me that day, just desert!

Once the meal portion of the banquet was over the raffles began and one by one the women went forward to claim there prize!  Laughter abound in this room and the feeling was wonderful.  Then each woman went to visit with Santa, who gave all a gift.  Nice gifts I might add.  Each a bit different than the next. I received a very nice bracelet. I do believe that old guy was hitting on me!

Thank you Santa!

From the mundane lives we women live once our children venture out of the nest ,we seem to forget we too need a bit of  laughter and fun. Like we did as teens and 20 yr old's. Remember the days with your girlfriends and how silly you were! 
(or at least, I was)  
I learned something during this wonderful day.  We too are alive and can still be as silly as we once were years ago.  Somewhere during the years we forgot that, and lost it.  I do believe the idea of the "Red Hat Ladies" is to recapture our youth, the part of our minds that did not grow up!  
I'm in to stay!

Sis and I have a lunch date with a few of the women for next Saturday here in town, and are both looking forward to going.

The hat that was sent to us was nice but much to large and floppy.  It was always in my way and we need to buy a proper hat.  
We spent most of today going from store to store, Macy's, Dillard's, JC Penny's,  TJ Max, Bealls, and  every store along the way.  No red hat to be found!  Where do we find one?  The internet will take days to get to us. 
We did buy hats yesterday of another color and me and my big ideas bought some "Silk Floral Paint" and my brown felt hat just drank the red color and now I have a $30.00 burgundy hat.

At first the color red took, but after drying the color changed and the spray did not take in several spots and the soft felt is now rough and horrible!
Boy did I kill this hat!
(do not try this at home)
Bad idea!

Once again tomorrow, we will be on a mission to find a hat!

I want to tell every woman who has been thinking of joining the "Red Hat Society" to go ahead and join.  I am truly "Excited" to be part of this fun organization! 

I'm linking up to
Wow Us Wednesday

And to Jenny Matlock @
Alphabet Thursday


Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Good for you! Congrats, I love the red hats!

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the cape on the corner said...

good for you! i think that is fabulous-i've tried getting involved in local meetups, but i've never gone to them. too shy! i think it's super helpful to have your sister there, too. have fun with this!

Diane said...

Good for you! I just love the Red Hat Ladies! I've been saying for years that I'm going to join just as soon as I'm old enough. I just turned 40 this year so I've got awhile yet but it is definitely one of the things I'm looking forward to! :)

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

Sounds like you had fun. Maybe you could find a straw hat and spray paint it? Good luck.

Karen S. said...

wow, I'm happy for you...looks like you'll have loads of fun!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

My mom is a red hat and loves it! It looks like you had a great time too.

anitamombanita said...

How fun. I have some friends who do the whole red hat thing and LOVE it! I say yay for them and for you. We should all do what we love!!

anitamombanita said...

I have some friends who do the whole red hat thing and LOVE it. I say yay for them and for you!! :) We should all do what we love!!

Pondside said...

I've heard that it's a lot of fun - and I've sat in the same restaurant as a Red Hat group - made me thing I should join for the fun!

Lola said...

Superb post – congrats too! Great hat!

Have a great weekend too & look forward to *seeing* you soon.

Here’s mine

Robin Lynn said...

I am so excited for you too! One of my dearest friends will be 90 (or is it 91) this year and she is so active in her Red Hats group - they not only have so much fun, they do for others all the time. She is a great example to me. Thanks for your visit last week - come again! You can see in the new post where we live... @

Andy said...

Looks like a fun time was had by all. Nice photos too!
Thanks for sharing.

For ref:
Eleven Roses And You

Jenny said...

Thank you Sandy! I've been debating on joining myself but I've felt a bit unsure!

This sounds like a wonderful organization of fun and fellowship!

I really enjoyed this link today. It made me smile to look at all your pictures!


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