New Fall Project: Local(ish) Economics

Hubby (right) talking with Mr. Earl Harrison, a local craftsman

Hubby (right) talking with Mr. Earl Harrison, a local craftsman

Hello Readers, 

Long time, no see.  Yes I'm still here, sorry for that stretch of moving-related silence. 

I've recently decided to do some blog renovations, so if you notice changes and disruptions in web access, that's why...please excuse our dust as we remodel!

Alas, we recently closed our social media platforms (Twitter, Pinterest) so if you'd like updates, the best way to get them is through our email signup, at the bottom of each page on this site.  Our social media accounts were unfortunately generating a lot of weird spam, so they had to go.

Fall is my time to cook up new projects...I almost always start a new novel for National Novel Writing Month, with excellent intentions and lots of ideas...only to have the next Great American Novel sputter out on page six.  Oh, well.  It's fun anyway, try it sometime!

So for this fall, I've decided to bring a new focus to the blog--supporting the local economy.  I'm calling it "Local(ish) Economics" and we'll see where it leads.  It has its own page although there's not any content there yet. One of the reasons we requested a military duty station in Virginia (along with having family here) is that we wanted to have access to the wonderful food, wine, arts, and crafts the Commonwealth has to offer.  It's exciting!

We'll launch this new venture today by introducing you to Mr. Earl Harrison, who owns Handcrafting with Wood in Suffolk, VA.  Mr. Harrison is incredibly talented in the art of woodworking, as you can see from the gallery of his recent offerings, below.  He uses traditional hand tools, which is really becoming a lost art.  Mr. Harrison can be reached by phone at (757) 986-2629, and is a regular vendor at the Smithfield Farmer's Market.  He often uses reclaimed wood from lumber mills, as well as downed trees from hurricanes to craft gorgeous pieces.  His prices range from $15-$90 USD.  Have a look!

Good luck & thanks for reading,

Sarah

 

On The Appropriate Eats & Drinks for a Nasty Shock

Maybe...but I'd take smoother seas at the moment, thank you very much

Maybe...but I'd take smoother seas at the moment, thank you very much

 

Hello Readers,

I’m a huge lover of classic British authors such as the great and prolific Agatha Christie and the more contemporary and prolific Rhys Bowen.  Their wonderful novels usually involve nasty shocks—not like my recent car crash, but murder—and things like brandy and tea being appropriately administered to the ladies present.

So having had a nasty shock myself, I spent the next 24 hours after the crash sort of feeling my way through what sounded good to eat & drink (and what didn’t.)  In keeping with good British tradition I gave tea a chance, opting for Yogi Peppermint as it wasn’t caffeinated.  This went down well (as this article also points out.) Hot chocolate was also a hit.  In addition I’d just happened to buy some delicious Cadbury Digestives in the international aisle at Wegman’s.  Also went down well (I mean, how can you go wrong with chocolate and carbs, right?)  Lamb pasta?  Not so much. I think more along the lines of comfort food: mac n’ cheese, please. 

I didn’t have any brandy on hand, nor did the EMTs offer me any at the scene of the crash (they didn’t have tea, either.) Possibly this was a good thing, as this National Institute of Health paper points out that "medicinal brandy," or any kind of alcohol, is the exact wrong thing to give someone suffering from shock (doctors eventually figured this out in the early 20th century.)  Plus it doesn’t exactly speed up your recovery, either.  When it comes to treating trauma-type shock from a car crash or other incident, Mayo Clinic has a decent quick guide.  For coping with what’s called emotional trauma, this is a wonderful guide

I think even a minor car crash leaves one with a bit of both kinds of shock.  Obviously, consult your primary care physician after a crash and make sure not to self-diagnose (and doesn't the wonderful world of Google make it tempting to do just that??) 

Keep Calm & Carry On,

Sarah