Monday, September 16, 2019

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Episode 51 - The Blessing of Trees

Noodle rodeo, hot weather, swimming in the pond, annual chicken liver pie birthday celebration, delightful visitors.

Buffalo Mountain Zipline, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway

A Little Sweet...

Mary Locke's lovely bags at Poppy's

Lenny Mud Yarn Bowls at Poppy's
Phoenix by Hooked on Sunshine
A Little Tart...

Trees that are close to our heart. The Handy Tree, Patrick County, Virginia

Friends in High Places by Katie Letcher Lyle

The devastation of the chestnut blight

Blue Ridge Tree Climbing

A Little Unexpected...

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

Music Attributions:

by _ghost
featuring Pitx
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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day

Blessings and safe travels on your Happy 4th of July! (Photo coaster by Lantern Press)

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Episode 50 - Special Songs, Special Meanings

Things are busy in Meadows of Dan. Leslie is busy at her shop, Poppy's and Beth has been working at the Reynolds Homestead featuring the Bushels and Barrels Festival and the annual book sale. Leslie also demonstrated spinning at Solitude at Virginia Tech for the Crooked Road Homecoming celebration. Beth talks about her Wild Women gathering today.and a special funeral where a Red Hat group honored a friend.

A Little Sweet....

Butterfly - Papillion Shawl
Leslie is still making socks.

Hopscotch Socks from Think Outside the Sox, pattern by Lisa Swanson
Mix and Match Knitting Tools from katrinkles on etsy.

Amy's Ball of Ladders Shawl with Wolles Creation Yarn
A Little Tart...

Songs that have meaning to us:

Perfect Time by Maire Brennan
Autumn to May by Peter, Paul and Mary
Angel from Montgomery by Bonnie Raitt
Time Passages album by Al Stewart
Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
Danger by JJ. Cale and Eric Clapton
Some Walls by Sammy Shelor
Hymn of Promise by Natalie Sleethe
Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens
Follow Me by John Denver
Here There Everywhere by the Beatles
Anything by Haydn
Questions by Reba Rambo

A Little Unexpected....

Lovely recent meals including lavender wonders using lavender from High Country Lavender.

Music Attributions:

by _ghost
featuring Pitx

Friday, May 24, 2019

Episode 49 - Women and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Poppy's in Meadows of Dan
Catching up on all the news. Leslie's new shop, Poppy's, at 10 Concord Road in Meadows of Dan. Beth has been busy including a trip to West Virginia for a sister's birthday celebration. Hat making at the Reynold's Homestead for Mother's Day.

"Merry Widow" Hats
Rhododendron and other beautiful spring flowers on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

A Little Sweet....

Lenny Mud yarn bowls at Poppy's.

Dreamin' of Tulips Sock in Lion Brand Sock-Ease Yarn
A Little Tart...

Special guest Aida tells about her special name, how she found Meadows of Dan and about her interesting adventures on a motorcycle. Willville Motorcycle Camp in Meadows of Dan. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

A Little Unexpected...

Quotes from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig.

“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.” 

“The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.”

“You look at where you're going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you've been and a pattern seems to emerge.”

“Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive” 

“We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it’s all gone. ”

“In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. 
On a cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.” 

Music Attributions:

by _ghost
featuring Pitx

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Episode 48 - A Good Day for Ducks

Catching up on Reynolds Homestead and other adventures.

A Little Sweet...

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Jemima Duck Soft Toy Knitting Pattern

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Duck Yarn Bowl by KidAnMePotteryAndArt

George Magazine

A Little Tart...

Duck postcards
Spirit animals, especially ducks, and animals as signs, robins and killdeer as signs of spring.

Red Dog, movie
Beautiful Joe by Margaret Marshall Saunders
Lad, A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune

A Little Unexpected...

Great article by local author in Blue Ridge Outdoors, Jack's Trail Review by Rebecca Adcock.

Music Attributions:

by _ghost
featuring Pitx

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Episode 47 - Life a Story

Welcome to Quince!

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

A Little Sweet...

Mary Maxim Head Hugger Vintage Pattern
Faux Fur Pom Poms

Lost in Time Shawl

A Little Tart...

"The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no? And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no? Doesn't that make life a story?" Yann Martel, Life of Pi.

Eunice Yeatts McAlexander

A Little Unexpected...

Reviews of food boxes




Our beautiful area, Lover's Leap near Meadows of Dan, Virginia

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Episode 46 - Catching Up

After being AWOL for three months, the girls catch up with all that has been happening.

Reynolds Homestead Victorian Christmas

Lots of cancellations in the area because of snowstorms and ice storms. Kindle On Deck to the rescue after a long power outage.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Making memories for Thanksgiving and Christmas, an intervention for Beth to set up her lovely new TV from her son.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Beth is being dragged into the 21st Century with a new phone, Echo and other Smart stuff gifted by her son. Do all these things threaten our privacy?

Dopesick by Beth Macy
Hillbilly Drug Baby by Andrea Brunais

Time for a lifestyle change for Leslie with the help of Noom

A Little Sweet...

The new KnitPicks catalog

Spectra Bleeding Art Tissue for dyeing

Super Fine Sampler by Marken of the Hat & I

Susie's Reading Mitts by Janelle Masters

Yax Trax and snowshoes

Farm to Feet

A Little Tart

The Monday Night Book Club

Code Girls by Liza Mundy

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd

A Little Unexpected

Antique Postcard and Collectibles Club Dinner Recipe

From Beth's Collection, a postcard with a corn pudding recipe

Music Attributions:

Reverie (small theme)
by _ghost
featuring Pitx

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