Anne and I judged cakes, scones and breads. Let me tell you, we had an awesome category! There were quite a few entries and every single one of them was delicious. The scones above won first place in our category and then went on to win first place overall. Congratulations to Linda Ellsworth!
More deliciousness at our table. The first place winners in each category moved up to the final judging for overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. Rich and two others with "clean" palates, untainted by previous tasting or preconceived notions, had the honor of choosing the top winners.
After all the winners were announced and prizes given out, the audience was invited to partake of all the goodies. There was quite a line! A good time was had by all and we left with full tummies.
It's been busy, busy, busy around here. I am not sure how anyone can complain about small island life or say that there is nothing to do. They are simply not looking!
Thursday night, we went to a potluck at a friend's and watched the 3 hour musical movie, "Camelot." You might ask why. Several months ago, a group of us read The Mists of Avalon, which is the story of the King Arthur legend from the female point of view. From that, discussion ensued about the old movie and we thought it would be fun to watch. Seriously, folks, I am not sure what we were thinking. That movie was terrible!! I remember seeing it when it came out and I guess I liked it okay at the time but I certainly did not recall how annoying and ridiculous the characters and the songs came across. I know it won some awards and all I can say is. "REALLY?!" I am surprised we all toughed it out--thank goodness for great food and funny friends.
September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. We attended a spaghetti dinner and panel discussion on Friday night, put on by USAFV, our local organization that works with people affected by domestic violence or sexual assault, and APIA, my former employer. There was a nice turnout and a lot of positive information was disseminated. Suicide continues to be a big issue in Alaska and we want to make sure that everyone is aware of the resources available in town and elsewhere. Here's a national hotline number if you or anyone you know might need help or someone to listen: 1-800-273-TALK. For more info, see the website here.
Saturday, we worked and worked and worked around the house. Artwork and photos are up on the walls and most of the tools and containers of nails and screws are put away instead of scattered on the floor. Hurray! We still have some minor things to do but I am very happy that things are shaping up so nicely.
After the day of housework, we went to our friend Anne's birthday party, which was lots of fun. Sunday was Blueberry Bash and I was supposed to go to Book Club on Sunday night but didn't make it. :)