Friday, June 23, 2017

Episode 34 - Author, Author!

A Little Sweet...

Crochet Stitch Markers

Teamoy Organizer Case for Circular Needles

Crochet Hook Set

Knitters Pride Interchangeable Cord Variety Pack



Summerleaf Shawl by Nim Teasdale

A Little Tart...


Mark Twain and his bed
Authors found on antique postcards.

"For Auld lang syne" - Robert Burns

"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will. - Charlotte Bronte

"Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs." - Charlotte Bronte

"When the Frost is on the Punkin" by James Whitcomb Riley

Louisa May Alcott
"I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Wine is bottled poetry." Robert Louis Stevenson

"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Postcards given to Beth by authors
"Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Easy reading is damn hard writing." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Bodice Ripper novels

A Little Unexpected...

La's Orchestra Saves the World

As Meat Loves Salt



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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Episode 33 - Words We Love to Hate

Greater Roanoke Postcard Show

Olde Liberty Fibre Faire

Courthouse Tragedy Play

Easter weekend in Meadows of Dan

High school students get a visit to Virginia Tech

A Little Sweet...

Leslie's OLFF Loot
Steampunk spinning wheels by Terry Clark

Beautiful bags by Twisted Yarn and Fiber

Uluru Queensland yarn

Beautiful yarn by Knitting Notions

Greenberry House opening soon!

Welcoming Samuel Ellis Shelor, son of Sammy Shelor and his lovely wife, Jordyn.

A Little Tart...

Words that annoy us (and others)

Suggestions by our Facebook friends

A Little Unexpected...

Netflix series to knit spin, and work on postcards by

Murdoch Mysteries


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Thoughts - March 24, 2017

“Of all the things I am not very good at, living in the real world is perhaps the most outstanding.” 
― Anne Tyler, "The Accidental Tourist."

Raised in a most realistic household (and the Almond kin-line are some of the most realistic folks I know), I really had to work hard to fit in. Of course we don't realize that at the time, even if we know we're different. I was a daydreamer, though I seldom got 'caught'. I could weed a row of green beans, yet be miles away/continents away/centuries away in imagination. In my careers over the years, it's not surprising that as a nurse I worked best with folks suffering from Alzheimer's or doing 'medical detective work' for insurance companies. As a bookseller, I could fill any one's arms with a pile of books, exciting them to buy the whole series ("or you'll be back tomorrow or the day after to get them!"). But...the very real world...not so much. I touch tax forms and break out in a sweat. I pull into a mechanics or make a business phone call and my stomach is in knots. I listen to "Market Place" on NPR not for the financial savvy (the good Lord knows that's where I'm totally befuddled), but for the people who call in and share their stories. Anne Tyler understands. She, too, is an Accidental Tourist. - Beth Almond Ford

Friday, March 17, 2017

Episode 32 - Perceptions of Worth

Virginia Association of Museums Conference
Chasing the Powhatan Arrow by Michael Abraham
Martinsville, Virginia

A Little Sweet...

Leslie made a baby blanket, modifying the pattern Cluster and Shell Baby Blanket by Sharon Frazier

A Little Tart...

Russia (The Old Regime) 1903 - 1919 "Personal Recollections" by Madame Olga de Smolianinoff
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery, 1908 - L. C. Page & Company

Photo of Beth's mother in a very special frame

Beth's special and personal valuables

How to easily clean silver plate and sterling silver

A Little Unexpected...

Jalna series of books by Mazo de La Roche

Music Attribution

Drops of H2O ( The Filtered Water Treatment ) by J.Lang (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/djlang59/37792 Ft: Airtone
Don't Be Scared ft. Christine Autumn by Calling Sister Midnight (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/romancito/50155 Ft: Klaus Neumaier, Christine Autumn.


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Thoughts - March 17, 2017

“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”
― Thomas Moore
It does, you know. Involve courage and risk. That first time we are betrayed after sharing something with childhood friends or adults we admired, sets us up for choosing our words later in life. Yet, we yearn for folks to be open with us and vice versa. How many times have we thought...."if they only really knew me?" How treasured are those friends and family who excuse the quirkiness, who get right to the heart of the matter, straight to the soul. Give and receive. Perhaps the most honest and true thing one can do in this life. Thomas Moore, thank you for your Irish wisdom on this day! - Beth Almond Ford

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Thoughts - March 15, 2017

“I always knew looking back on my tears would bring me laughter, but I never knew looking back on my laughter would make me cry.” 
― Cat Stevens.

There is little doubt there are some of us who spend our lives 'looking back' - I write stories based on my memories, I help folks collect stories from their pasts, I work in a plantation home and tell the tales of long gone people. Laughter defines, laughter helps one cope, laughing moments make a day precious. My mother loved to laugh, enjoyed puns and knock-knock jokes. Our's was a house of laughing. But as I realized this was her birthday (they do creep up on us, don't they....those days that take us back...), I see her laughing and merry - and that image brings tears. - Beth Almond Ford

Friday, March 3, 2017

Episode 31 - Lending Hands and Hearts

Strange February weather
Subject is Volunteers
Great Volunteers in Meadows of Dan
Reynolds Homestead's incredible Volunteers

A Little Sweet...

Volunteer knitting and crocheting

A Little Tart...

Lots of quotes on volunteering

A Little Unexpected...

Granny D: Walking Across America in My Ninetieth Year

In Pursuit of the Common Good

The Voluntourist: A Six-Country Tale of Love, Loss, Fatherhood, Fate and Singing Bon Jovi in Bethlehem

Music Attribution

Drops of H2O ( The Filtered Water Treatment ) by J.Lang (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/djlang59/37792 Ft: Airtone
Don't Be Scared ft. Christine Autumn by Calling Sister Midnight (c) copyright 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/romancito/50155 Ft: Klaus Neumaier, Christine Autumn.


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