Monthly Archives: November 2017

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A Night Amongst the Books

We’ve already introduced you to glamping, and champing, but have you ever dreamed of snoozing between the pages of your favorite novel?

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have at your fingertips every fairytale, gothic mystery, poetry, or children’s book, just in case you had a little case of insomnia?

Or how about when you finish that serial thriller (Book 1) and just have to start Book 2? Even if it’s zero hour 3 a.m.?

Well, it turns out, you can. Book a reservation over at Gladstone’s Library in the U.K. and you can bed down (figuratively speaking, of course) with the likes of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Hemmingway, Agatha Christie, G.K. Chesterton, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Thoreau. Those are just some off the top of my head. Who would you snuggle up with?

While the bed and breakfast accommodations at Gladstone’s are certainly unique, they do gently remind you to keep the books on the premises. And they don’t offer room service, although they do have a “Food for Thought” afternoon tea.

Intrigued? Head here for a reservation.

Gladstone’s Library, photo by Michael D. Beckwith via Wikimedia Commons.

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Scripturient

You may know one of these people. You can usually recognize them by their gnawed pencils, their ink-stained fingers, their constantly open and tap-tap-tapping laptop, and their habit of leaving parties early when inspiration strikes.

What is a scripturient exactly? Someone well-versed in religious texts? Or a playwright? Your friendly neighborhood pharmacist? A handwriting expert? Well, they too could be a scripturient, yes, but here’s the actual definition:

(adj.) having a desire or passion for writing; having a liking or itch for authorship. A nearly violent craving and/or urge to put words on paper.

(n.) one who has a passion for writing.

This isn’t just someone who dabbles in the occasional short story or poem, however. Did you see the word ‘violent’ in there? This is a serious burning and lust for storytelling, novel writing, and an addiction to one’s own scribbles.

Do you know one? Are you one? We’re willing to bet Edgar Allan Poe was a scripturient in his (tell-tale) heart.

Photo of a daguerreotype by Edwin H. Manchester via Wikimedia Commons.

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Hear Ye!

Welcome New Sisters! (click for current roster)

Merit Badge Awardees (click for latest awards)

My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is Jacey Titus!

Jacey Titus (OnceUponaFarm, #7468) has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching & Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Aprons Merit Badge!

“I made a half apron for a homesick friend. It is on its way to her. I have also made one for myself and wear it every time I am cooking or baking. The first attempt turned out great. I need to fix the tension on my sewing machine, but that is all. I may adjust the pattern and make some for my little kitchen helpers.”

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Today’s Recipe: Hot Chocolate My Way

This homemade hot-chocolate recipe is concocted by melting a bar of organic dark chocolate over the stove with rich and creamy cow’s milk, vanilla, and sugar, and then topping with a cinnamon stick and a dollop of whipped cream (no store-bought powders here!). I love the flavor and health benefits of dark chocolate, but semi-sweet or milk chocolate would be divine.

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