Amanda Bennett, granddaughter of Pete and LaVerne Bennett, returned to Sheppherd Air Force base after a six-month deployment to Qatar. One of the first things she did after arriving in the states was to order a bacon cheeseburger. Pork is not allowed in Qatar and she wasn’t always sure what the meat was that they were served. Amanda was surprised with an engagement ring when she arrived in Texas. She and Jon Wilson, who is also in the Air Force, plan an October wedding in Texas.

Last Friday Heidi Russell and Amy Gilson’s home-schoolers finished the quilts they’d been working on before Christmas. I wish I could show you the one-patch lap quilts Allana and Alex Russell, and Cameyna and Cambria Gilson made, as they were beautiful. Cambria, 8, finished hers first so she could give it to her brother Charlie for Christmas.

Last week I was in Belfast, Maine, for an American Agri-Women meeting. My flight was at 8:40 a.m., so I left home at 5 for the two-hour drive — dark, pouring down rain, heavy traffic, spray everywhere. I just knew I wouldn’t make it. But I did. Then when I got to the airport, I didn’t have my driver’s license so used credit cards and was practically strip searched, but I got on!

We were at AAW’s past-president Sue McCrum’s gorgeous home — a big farm house in Belfast. Sue and Jay are major growers and processors of potatoes, with Jay developing products like JoJos and other well-known potato products in their kitchen. They also grow for Lay’s Potato Chips.

In the Bangor airport on the way home I told them I’d lost my driver’s license, but had my government issue Medicare card and Costco card with my photo and they said that was fine and even let me continue on with my TSA preferred boarding pass.

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