A Little Sweet….A Little Tart…A Little Unexpected

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

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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 Socks

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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

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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 

Meadows of Dan and Reynolds Homestead happenings. Shearing a rabbit, yard sales, gynecologists, hurricanes, flood memories and guardian angels.



The true story

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Crocheted Blanket Pattern by TheHatandI


Leather Wrist Ruler by Ilovehandles

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Inspired by the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the topic is "Laying Down Your Life."


1 John 3:16-20 New International Version (NIV)

"16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything."


The ways to serve friends and communities. Sacrifice the friendship when you have to let go because of destructive behaviors. Cut people slack. Be present for people. Motherhood. Reaching out to friends and others in trouble.

"let there be spaces in your togetherness,

And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together, yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow." - Kahlil Gibran


A Little Unexpected...


How to Can Water from Loaves and Dishes

Music attributions


Reverie (small theme)

by _ghost

featuring Pitx



Catching up on the news. Beth's memoir classes. College for Older Adults at the Reynolds Homestead. Meadows of Dan Folk Fair and Story Space. Way too hot in Meadows of Dan this week. Guests Ruthie and Amy. Rainbows and skunks. Vintage Tony the Tiger doll that Beth bought for herself when she was very young.


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Amy's beautiful yarn and Tony the Tiger

Long color changes in yarns.


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Life on the farm with rabbits, chickens, goats, Knightley and Emma and their kitty Darcy. Beth and her kitty Clue have a skunk friend.



Leslie's little bandits

Life with wild animals on the mountain.


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Contest! Contest! Contest!


Tell us a fun or unusual birthday meal request and win a prize! More info in the previous post.


Sure cures for bad muscle cramps in the legs.


"I Can Sing a Rainbow" song.


Empower Yourself to Live Well with Alpha-Gal


Dealing with ticks in the environment with tick tubes that attack the ticks in the nest.


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles


The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy


Music attributions


Reverie (small theme)

by _ghost

featuring Pitx







Adventures for Beth at Chataqua Institution, whimsy and wisdom. Leslie's adventures in swimming.


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Black tri Australian Shepherd stitch markers


"I Like Big Balls"


AC/DC song



Inca Trail by Svenlana Gordon


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A discussion of salesman samples inspired by Reynolds Homestead Tidbits of History. Many types, including book samples and caskets, that were available into the 1970s. 


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Grandma Flanagan's Taylor Cakes / Molasses Cookies


1 cup boiling water

2 tsp. baking soda

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup Crisco

1 cup molasses

5 cups sifted flour

2 Tablespoons cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

1 pinch of cloves

2 beaten eggs


Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Add brown sugar, Crisco, molasses, flour, cinnamon, salt and cloves to baking soda-water, and mix thoroughly. Add beaten eggs last and gently blend. Drop by spoonfuls (they do not spread) onto a greased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes. Yield: several dozen little cakes, depending on spoon size.


Frosting: Mix browned butter, a little cream and vanilla to flavor with enough confectioners sugar to spread well. Frost cooled cakes. Do not stack cakes, frosted or unfrosted.


This is a recipe from the 1800s, and makes soft, delicious molasses cookies. Mary Lois Barnes Flanagan was a 1910 graduate of the Lucy Webb Hayes Deaconess School in Washington, D. C.




A Contest! A Contest! A Contest!


What's the most unusual meal anyone ever asked you to make for their birthday dinner? Send us an email, make a comment on our Facebook page or on this web site, or mail us a postcard (we love them) to the address in the right column of the web site, with a description of the most unusual meal or dessert that anyone ever asked your for as a birthday request. We'll put together an impartial panel and the best entry will win a prize of handmade, antique and scrumptious things from Meadows of Dan. It has to be a REAL request and we hope to have a lot of fun with this on the podcast. We WILL mention your names. Deadline August 31, 2018. 

Memorial Day and Amazon Echo's Alexa singing the National Anthem.


Meadows of Dan happenings: yard sales, new stores, nice customers.


Reynolds Homestead Book Sale and History Around Us talk on the Melungeons (June 6 at noon)


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Addi Flexi Flips at VanKlikStudios on etsy



Professor Meow Sweater by Claire Slade


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The reason for relationships. 

Types of relationships.




"Men are afraid that women will laugh at them; women are afraid that men will kill them." - Margaret Atwood

“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him." - Albert Camus

“Stuart needs "space" and "time," as if this were physics and not a human relationship.”  - Kathryn Stockett
"You can be in love and you can be in a relationship but they're not always the same thing." From http://www.iwrotethisforyou.me/2009/06/rose-is-not-always-rose.html

“Relationships are like Rome -- difficult to start out, incredible during the prosperity of the 'golden age', and unbearable during the fall. Then, a new kingdom will come along and the whole process will repeat itself until you come across a kingdom like Egypt... that thrives, and continues to flourish. This kingdom will become your best friend, your soul mate, and your love.” - Helen Keller

“A man fishes for two reasons: he’s either sport fishing or fishing to eat, which means he’s either going to try to catch the biggest fish he can, take a picture of it, admire it with his buddies and toss it back to sea, or he’s going to take that fish on home, scale it, fillet it, toss it in some cornmeal, fry it up, and put it on his plate. This, I think, is a great analogy for how men seek out women.” - Steve Harvey

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More Quotes:

“You have a very open relationship with your fans."
"Yes. We have an open relationship. Obviously they can see other authors if they want, and I can see other readers.”― Neil Gaiman

“When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.” - Martin Buber

“But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.” - Bell Hooks

Music attributions


Reverie (small theme)

by _ghost

featuring Pitx

Spring scenes (Cows by Beth and apple tree by Leslie)



Baton twirling, elder care, problems with the Veteran's Administration, a long hard winter


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Betty's Beauty by Kathleen McGrew


Baby bracelets


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Signed copy of Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon

Taking a friend to a bluegrass show in Northern Virginia during the 1980s. Missing friends at Cowles Ford in Woodbridge, Virginia.


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New in Meadows of Dan, Concord Corner Store in the former Toy Museum building.


Lovely lunches and new ciders at Chateau Morrisette.


Greenberry House will be opening in mid-May.


Music attributions


Reverie (small theme)

by _ghost

featuring Pitx

Blue Ridge Story Space




Beth's beautiful photos from her "Emerging Artist" show at the Reynolds Homestead


A picture of mountain serenity by Beth
Dr. Kirk Treible


Kirk holding Beth with the pony


Family photo
The photo that provided the missing clue



Special Guest Felix, Leslie and Beth

Our special guest, Felix, talks about life as an expatriate college student and explains bitcoins, so frequently in recent news. He and Beth also talk about new trends in dating!



Special guests Chris and Cliff talk about growing up in New England, their adventures as roving pet-sitter and musician and share some wisdom about life.

Great show featuring Beth's Aussie sisters and their wonderful revelations about growing up in Western Australia and the differences they see in health care and wages between America and Australia.

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