About a 2 years ago, on the recommendation of a friend, I started reading Ree Drummond’s blog, The Pioneer Woman. I. was. hooked. And I have remained so ever since. Ree’s blog is uplifting, hilarious, refreshing, and still very much established in the sometimes gritty reality of life. Her recipes are divine. Cinnamon Rolls, Chocolate Sheet Cake, and heaven help us, THESE, are just a few of the recipes she’s unleashed upon the world. Every time I make one of her recipes, I get thanked profusely and sincerely by my husband for days afterward. So when she got her cookbook published and I read that she was going on a book-signing tour, I was thrilled to find out she was making a stop in West Chester, which is a mere 30 minutes from my house!
The signing was scheduled for 2:30 this afternoon at the Chester County Books & Music Company. My sister Dorothy and I hit the road around 11:15 this morning and drove towards West Chester with great anticipation. When we got there we were assigned a number (71), bought our books, and found our way to an area in the back of the store where they had set up 200 chairs. We were glad we got there as early as we did ’cause we got great seats!
There’s her lovely cookbook! Dorothy was more enthused about reading about all the cows, horses, manure, and cowboys on Ree’s ranch than the recipes! 🙂
We took turns holding our seats and going and wondering around the store which was quite lovely. It’s shelves were laden with books you don’t see in a “big box” store.
And then we sat, and we waited. And waited.
And Dorothy took pictures of the book I was browsing through. One of my favorites of all time, Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame. Inga Moore’s illustrations are out of this world!
While waiting in our seats, while browsing around the store, and even while in line for the restroom, there was one name that kept coming up over and over from the lips of ladies from 18 to 67. Marlboro Man. Ree’s husband who’s been with her for parts of this book tour, but unfortunately for some, not for the last part. So we took a few pictures trying to convey the emotions these women (d d d definitely not us) were feeling.
Here I think I did an OK job of conveying the desperation I heard in the whispered rumors in the restroom line. Somebody heard Marlboro Man had been in NY for the weekend. Hmmmmm. Could that mean he might grace us with his presence here today?
I did my best to capture the sadness we all felt within! No, just kidding. Kinda. It sounds like MM is a good man and we’re all happy that Ree has such a supportive, and yes, handsome man awaiting her at home.
And then the seats started to fill and the crowd grew more and more fidgety and giddy with anticipation. Or was that just me?
And then there she was.
She was so happy to see us she did a little dance.
She was probably trying to defend herself from the 768 camera flashes that were going off in her face, poor lady.
She had a little question and answer session.
And she answered a question of mine that I’ve wondered about for some time.
What did she study in college and is it of any value in her life now?
Her answers were gerontology and no. 🙂
And she blessed us with a rip-roaring line from “There’s no business like show business….” She was good. Really.
And then she taketh up her pen and commenced to do what she came to do, sign her cookbooks!
The line moved pretty quickly and before we knew it, we were almost there.
And then it was our turn. 🙂 Ree is a lovely and beautiful lady, crazily successful and still so down to earth and comfortable to talk to.
Thank you PW!
Thank you Ree for all the miles you’ve traveled the past few weeks to meet your blog readers! Blessings upon your head forevermore!
Pretty much all these pics are the work of DKauffman.