Newsletter – June 2016


It’s June… How Did That Happen?

Thanks for subscribing to the Cook’s Library with Patsy newsletter.This year will soon be half over and it seems like it just got started!

The new column is online at I hope you’ll go check it out when you get a chance.

This month is about how DOING things is the only way they happen, whether it’s making dinner or creating a community event like my friend Debbie did. I am definitely a doer, but can’t find time to get all the things I’d like to create done. I’m guessing it may well be the same for you.




Some of the Most Fun Volunteer Work

My friend, Julie Black, is painting a mural on the side of the TECH building downtown. It was Midwest Feed for many years and is a local icon. This delightful joy came from the brain of Julie! 

I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to paint with her a few days. It’s nice to do a little tiny part to help her vision come to life. It’s not done yet, but proceeding at a great pace.

A great side benefit of helping a little bit with the mural is that it inspired me to work in my own studio. In addition to painting, I finally got around to doing some jewelry I’ve been thinking about for a long time.

This is driftwood I collected at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers near Cairo, Illinois. I grew up right across the river in Kentucky and whenever I visit I always go to the river.

It seems we always feel connected to those things that are part of our early formative years.




A Time for Tea

I had the chance to go to tea at St. James Episcopal Church in Wichita in early May. You know I love the experience of tea, and this is one of my favorites.

They’ve been doing this tea for about 85 years. Unfortunately, I only discovered it in the last few years, but I haven’t missed one since. I wasn’t sure it was going to work out to go this year, but it did.

They have a lovely buffet set up and you just help yourself to goodies. They really do a nice job of making everything pretty.

It’s always the first Saturday in May, so mark your calendars and I’ll see you there next year!





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