Tomorrow is December 1. Where in the heck have the last three months gone? I can’t remember when time has flown by as fast as it has here lately. I barely realize half the month is gone when I look up and it is all gone! I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I work about 60 hours a week and have no life because I’m always working. In fact, I’m sitting at my office right now at 1 a.m. Thursday morning trying to get this paper done for Friday.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I took the entire week off and went down to Stuttgart last week, still managed to work 46 hours on the week though. Not only was I working on my papers but I did a couple articles on events I covered to help the Stuttgart paper out. And still found a little time to volunteer at their Chamber (which my daughter is the CEO/Executive Director of) during the Wings Over the Prairie Festival. But no, I’m not a workaholic…

I have to say that one of the things that made the week so special was staying with a couple friends of mine who made me feel so at home and welcome in their home. I ended up cooking Thanksgiving dinner there and we had my daughter Sarah, her wife, Beth and daughter Katee, as well as Shelly’s (my friend I stayed with) Dad, Ronnie. It was an absolutely awesome day. I was visiting with Ronnie after we ate and discovered that he used to work with my mother and had met my Dad. Small world we live in. It was a drama free, conflict free holiday and those are always great!

On Saturday it was the World’s Championship Duck Gumbo Cook-off where 55 teams compete to cook gumbo. The gumbo has to have 50 percent duck in the meat. Ours had duck, deer smoked sausage, chicken and shrimp, in addition to the regular gumbo items, tomatoes, okra, onions, peppers and rice. This year several of us worked on the gumbo so it was truly a team effort. It paid off. We were named top 10, then had to submit more gumbo to be judged. At the end of the day we were in 7th place. We were all so pumped about it! I screamed so much I could hardly talk on Sunday.

The entertainment for the cook-off was Mother Hubbard and the Regulators. Three of the members of this band had played at Rock the Dock, in Heber Springs last summer as Just One More. They rocked the house on Saturday, or maybe I should say the tent, since this all took place in a big tent on a gravel parking lot.

As usual, the entire festival was a success. Several people expressed compliments about what a great job my daughter does with the chamber. She often says the big thanks go to her great volunteers and she would be right. Many of the committee chairman volunteers have been doing what they do for between 15-25 years. That’s a big reason why it is such a success.

Christmas is 25 days away. Are you ready?

Until next time…