Rockin’ Red Ranchers celebrate the holidays

Left to right: Phyllis Ayers, Judy Smith, Linda Terry, Judy Loomis and Nanci Zipes visit the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch.

Left to right: Phyllis Ayers, Judy Smith, Linda Terry, Judy Loomis and Nanci Zipes visit the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch.

Rosemary Weinstein

To celebrate the holiday season Judy Smith, one of the Rockin’ Red Ranchers, invited everyone to join her at the Flower Mound Double Oak Ranch Pumpkin Patch. There were hundreds of pumpkins, corn stalks, hay bales, baked goods and refreshments. Pumpkins are actually a type of winter squash, some good for roasting and eating, others for decorating. The ladies went on a hay ride and had their pictures taken with the cartoon character cutouts.

On November 15 the ladies met at the home of Judy Loomis to hear Liz Lipperman, a Robson resident, speak. She entertained us with her wickedly hilarious writing style. Her first three books, Liver Let Die, Beef Stolen-Off and Murder for the Halibut, features her main character, Jordan McAllister, as a hopeful sports columnist. Jordan is offered a chance to fill in for a local food critic even though she knows nothing about cooking.

Dead bodies start popping up, so she decides to get to the bottom of these mysteries before she herself gets into trouble. Her next series was Heard It through the Grapevine, Jail House Glock, Mission To Kill and Rock Around The Corpse, a Garcia girl mystery. This series is about four sisters living in Vineyard, TX solving mysteries with their dead sister’s ghost.

Liz graduated from nursing school and worked as a registered nurse for many years. When she could no longer ignore the characters talking in her head she went back to school and got a professional arts degree. She started her first novel. Raising a family and working a full-time job is a challenge when you’re trying to write. She started off thinking she was a romance writer, but those evil villains kept pushing their way into her stories. She discovered she loved killing off people, then tricking everyone into believing it was the wrong guy. So she gave in and let the mystery in her take over although she still loves romance and sneaks it into every story.

The hostesses for this event were Judy Loomis, Glenda Brown and Carol Cieslik. They served holiday desserts and warm “cozy” beverages, Spiced Cider Punch, Pecan Tassies, Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bars and Ray’s Pumpkin Pie Crunch.