Friday, February 25, 2011


The Drummonds are two gracious people...  Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) started signing books at 6:00 P.M. at Davis-Kidd Bookstore in Memphis, and was still signing when we left after 9:00.  As we - Amy, Ruby and I - waited for Section A to begin waiting... we saw that Ree's husband whose real name is Ladd, was standing not far behind us in the bookstore. We, along with every other person who was waiting, sort of converged upon him and asked for his autograph in Ree's cookbook.  He obliged in the nicest, down-to-earth, blue shirt, jeans, cowboy hat and soft-spoken way.  Cameras were flashing everywhere and I looked around at all the young ladies going ga-ga and thought, well, you did the same thing with the Beatles...  Someone asked him where they stayed and he said the Marriott; the Peabody was booked.  I said, "Then you didn't get to see the ducks!" He smiled and said they did not get to see the ducks. I think all their children (4) were with them, but were with his mother elsewhere. 

When we realized it was going to be quite a wait, we decided we had time to go eat. Rafferty's was just as full as the bookstore was, but we didn't have to wait long and by the time we got back, the Line Section was M. We started queing up and suddenly we were there! Talking to Ree! Shaking her hand! She asked how far we'd driven and we told her about 60 miles.  She said they had driven in today. She was just as pleasant, sweet and took as much time as we wanted, as she had if we'd been the very first in line.  And just that quick, it was over.  She signed her new book Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, her cookbook, and Where Women Cook  for me, and Ruby's Black Heels.  And we had a great time.

It was a good girls' night out and Ruby and Amy hit it off great.  I worked with Ruby for many years, she, with the exception of one year at the Forrest City office, worked at the Moro branch, and we've been on other girls' nights out to eat with more of the WECC crew.  But this was just us three.  She has a daughter three years older than Amy; they - we all - just found lots to talk about.

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