Ms Fickelsticks has been busy teaching Ficklesticks making, planning a move, securing booth space in various quilt festivals, picking out a house and GETTING MARRIED. Mr. Cakes was so incredibly eager to get married! He picked me up at the airport in the pouring down rain from Hurrican Ike (which pounded Arkansas for a couple more days!) and marched me straight to city hall for the marriage license. Being chief of vital records for Arkansas, he naturally had a couple of questions for the person supplying the document!OMG we had only 60 days to complete the task. Forget December. How about next week?
So wearing paisley, on September 11, before Gustav headed our way, we married on the sunny back deck of Vino's-- our favorite watering hole and Arkansas's first micro brewery. Fifty friends and family watched Mr Cakes without hesitation or blunder and me choked up and sniveling make our twenty-years-in-the- coming vows. Retired justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court and member of the LIttle Rock Wind Symphony, David Newbern, married us and although we had requested "here comes the bride" on the tuba, he thought we were joking. So, instead the crowd hummed da da da da as I marched out to the deck with my former neighbor, Wayne Simpson. He performed the dual role of father of the bride and maid of honor. Though often silly, he is the finest voicer of organ pipes there is, and a true and loyal friend. (visit nicholsandsimpson.com). Best man was Mary Cameron, another fine attorney, and friend of both the bride and groom, pitch-hitting for Ms Ficklesticks for symphony dates and such while I was in CA. She is also the person who warned Mr Cakes 18 years ago that I might just leave him if he didn't straighten up. Which, of course I did when I moved to California 5 years ago. Flower girl was Dotty Oliver, the publisher of Arkansas Free Press, my former boss, and a flower child if ever there was one. Paul Shell and others took special pride in knowing that the nudging they did was finally paying off. Pizza and Vino's' famous India Pale Ale and other brews were enjoyed by all. A very charming wedding it was indeed. I did wear one Ficklesticks necklace.
I left for California on Saturday. I resigned from my job at Stonemountain and Daughter within the week. Funny, I don't feel married yet.