As you all know, Nashville has been ravaged by flooding, which has created the worst disaster in that area since the Civil War. This is one of the most beautiful, historic cities in our nation. There have been no headlines of looting, rioting or violence, just people helping people. Now is our chance to help.
A lovely group of writers, editors, authors, editors and publishers have banded together to for the Do The Write Thing For Nashville fundraiser. Some of the prizes being offered are astounding. Please take a moment to go through the list.If you’re a reader, a writer or just want to help, there are some fabulous offers.
Here are two of my favorites. Kari Lynn Dell, a very talented writer, cowgirl and rancher has offered up a wonderful vacation package on the ranch. Yeah, I would so band together with three friends and head to Kari’s ranch to just soak up Montana goodness.Janet Reid, one of my very favorite agents has agreed to read a manuscript and have a 30 minute phone chat with the author about it. This is a chance of a lifetime for an aspiring writer.
Since I’m not really able to do much else, I decided to donate two of my rope bowls. These are genuine catch ropes that have been well used and loved by cowboys and cowgirls. I wash them and sanitize them before I make the bowls. Then I cut off the tail and wrap the new end around a round and tack it to the board. From there, it’s a matter of melting the rope together at strategic points to form it. The ropes are nylon/poly so the rope melts to itself when I use a high power soldering iron. There is no glue used on these. The ropes are stiff, so glue won’t hold up over time.
Since ropes now come in an assortment of colors, I can usually get just about any color made. The standard ones are orange, pink, blue, green, gold and natural. The outside of the rope will be a sandy color as the color bleaches out over time, but when I solder the joints, the inner color comes through.
As an added bonus, I will add some Texas treats to the bowls.
Sweet treats will include Texas Trash, a yummy mixture of nuts, cereals and pretzels coated with white chocolate and dusted with powdered sugar, Pecans Scandia, Orange Pecans and Chocolate Mint Pecans. It’s Texas, we love our pecans. (peh-cons not pee-cans).
The barbecue basket will include Shiner Bock salt and pepper shakers. Here’s a picture of my Coors Light salt and pepper shakers. (Mixer, coffeepot and coffee not included.)
My darling son has agreed to take one for the cause and empty the bottles so they can be converted to salt and pepper shakers.
Claude’s Brisket Sauce, which is a delicious marinade for the best brisket ever. There is also a selection of Fiesta seasonings, which are great to season any meat or beans. Last, but not least, Carroll Shelby’s Chili Seasoning. That review is spot on. I’ve used this mix for years and it makes the best chili. I always make mine with no beans, but you can add a can or two of beans if you like.
Winning bidders get to choose color of rope bowls and if they want sweet basket or bbq basket. I’m also going to toss in a lovely copy of one of my short stories, A Woman Scorned. This is a perfect life lesson from an old west, Texas woman. PLUS you get an original western drawing thank you note for supporting this great event..
The drawing will actually be in pencil on note card similar to this, but probably not this one.
Now admit it, you can’t beat that deal with a stick.