This WIP, A Pocket Full of Posies, features twelve diverse women navigating life’s obstacles on their very different journeys.
This segment continues with Rosemary, a single woman struggling to keep a small, independent animal shelter functioning, despite obstacles from county regulations and never having enough funds to meet all the needs. Three orphan kittens have just joined her growing furry community.
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A grin spread across Nora’s face. “A fundraiser. And yes, my sweetem’s, you are definitely involved.”
Steve hung his head, as if in dismay. But the matching grin on his face proved that he wasn’t as heartbroken as he tried to appear. “What is this wonderful fundraiser idea that wormed itself into your head?”
“A big Texas style BBQ. We’ll get Lisa to make her famous smoked brisket. Out here at the shelter, of course, so everyone can see the animals and see why they’re helping to raise funds.”
Rosemary wiped her brow. “That’s a great idea. It could work, with a little planning.”
“I’m ready,” Nora said. “Do you have a calendar?”
“Let’s run up to the house for this,” Rosemary answered. “We can sit down and look at some dates. See what we have to do.” She handed kittens out, took the third one herself and switched off the heat lamp.”
The trio, each with a kitten snuggled into their neck, walked towards the house that sat back behind the office building.
“This is just what I need after that long drive from Galveston,” Nora said. “A nice visit on your inviting porch. I love how you’ve used the blue and white trim to set off the yellow plank siding. It’s fresh and homey.”
“My crew couldn’t have done any better,” Steve agreed.
“I get the wicker chair,” Nora piped up. She rushed for recently painted white chair next to the door and plopped down on the fluffy cushion Rosemary had stitched up the weekend before.
Rosemary took the kittens inside and returned a few minutes later with a tray bearing a calendar, pen and tablet, three glasses and a pitcher of cold sweet tea.
“Now, I get to see where I come in,” Steve quipped.