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This month's news from Alison...

actually from
Alison's hubby
Mr. Bob

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11/7/2021
 
Well, what a weekend that was! We decided to celebrate our anniversary in beautiful downtown Fullerton, California. (What were you thinking??, said Sock Monkey.) No, really! There's this great restaurant there, called The Cellar. John Wayne used to have a booth there, and the booth next to his is where Richard Burton proposed to Elizabeth Taylor. (The second time!) And the food was fabulous!
 
As I'm sure you've figured out by now, Alison made it home from France after a successful whirlwind tour with 7 performances in various towns around the country. And boy, was she tired! She and Patrick Loubatiere travel around from city to city, and set up the show in whatever venue has been made available by the producers in each city. Now, I don't have any video of the shows, but we do have a moment when Alison explores some models of Walnut Grove made by Danielle Breton as they are setting up for the show. Check this out: Alison & Danielle  Oops, forgot to warn you, it's in French (Ok, well, they were in France after all!). And you can hear them doing sound check in the background! Speaking of Patrick, Emotions Magazine did a very nice article on him in their November/December issue.  Check this out:  Patrick/Emotions Magazine  En Francais, encore!
 
While she was in France, she did not forget about us. She only did one Facebook reading, but she did two cooking shows. She made:
 
Leek & Potato Soup:                               Link to Potato Soup
Pineapple, Salmon & Carrot Salad:           Link To Carrot Salad

And these are in English! She's home now, so let's get to that rundown:
 
1.   Daily Book Readings - Every day, usually at 1:30 pm Pacific time, Alison goes on Facebook Live and reads. She is currently reading from "Little Town On the Prairie". Here's the link to her page: Alison FaceBook
 
2.   Bonnets, Etc. - Bonnets, tin cups, books, photos, Alison sells them all at her online store, 'Not Your Mothers Mercantile'. Everything autographed. Here's the link to the store: Mercantile   And that shipment of "Confessions" Audio Books on CD has arrived. She's back from France, and can sign things, so order away!
 
3.   Cameo - Alison and many others from the show are now on Cameo. You can now have your favorite cast member record a personal video greeting - Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Get Well Soon, you name it!   Check it out: Cameo Website   Or... cut to the chase: Alison/Cameo
 
4.   Coach the World - Alison is also on Coach The World, where you can book a 15 minute interactive chat with your favorite celebrity. Here's their website: Coach The World
 
5.    Radio Show / Podcast - The Alison Arngrim Show is on every Tuesday at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. The best way to catch the show live is to go to the UBN Radio page on FaceBook: UBN FaceBook. Upcoming guests include Petri Hawkins Byrd (bailiff from Judge Judy) and Bob Bergen (voice over artist - Porky Pig, etc.).
 
6.   Who's Going To Do The Cooking? -  Alison will be appearing on her FaceBook page, cooking something with instructions. And the show has moved to Friday mornings at 11:30 am. The idea is to go simple and basic, for people who don't cook, or haven't cooked, or think they can't cook. So far she has made many incredible dishes. You can find all of these on her YouTube Channel: Who's Going To Do The Cooking?

So, let's get on with the schedule!!
 
First thing up is the thirteenth production in the Basement Comedy Club at our house, "KNOCK THE STUFFING OUT OF NASTY NELLIE!", on Saturday, November 20th, at 2:00 pm Pacific Time. The usual crew will be in place. It will be live, pay per view, and you will not be able to find it on You Tube when it's over, they will not be available after the broadcast. Tickets are only $10 per show. Tickets are available at: Nellie Stuffing Tickets    Check out the Spin Cycle website: Spin Cycle NYC  for more information. So, knock the stuffing out of our girl, eh? Well, they were doing that all the while she was in France. During each show, a little girl comes up out of the audience, chases Alison around the stage, and then knocks her down and beats her up! Kind of like what Laura used to do!! So, how can we top that? (I'm picturing Sock Monkey in boxing gloves!!)

And for those of you who plan ahead, there is "NASTY NELLIE'S NAUGHTY NOEL", Saturday, December 18th at 5:00 pm pacific time. Tickets at:  Naughty Noel Tickets  And of course, Spin Cycle: Spin Cycle Noel

And for those of you who REALLY plan ahead, try to be somewhere in the vicinity of The Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City on Mother's Day. Alison will meet you there. (This is way too early to be up on anyone's website. Just sayin' . . . ) 

So, that's it for the current schedule. Alison is home recuperating from her French tour. There is still work to be done on the house. And we are fast approaching the Day of the Turkey!!

Rumour Control
 
1.    An Osmond on Alison’s Radio show? Maybe?? And which one . . .  ??
 
2.    Someone's writing another book? Could it be? And could it be one of the guys???
 
3.    So, you want Alison to do voice over work, eh? Do ya'??

Miscellaneous
 
Stamps - Does anyone collect stamps anymore? Stamp collectors used to be called philatelists. (I guess they still are!) I tried it when I was a kid, couldn't stick with it. Anyway, Alison gets fan mail from all over the world. And there are some lovely stamps on the envelopes. It seems a shame to just throw them away. I was thinking, if I could find one or 2 people who are into collecting stamps, I could send them what we get in the mail. E-mail if interested, and we'll see.
 
Australian Interview - This is a recent interview, March 2021. Craig Bennett, at Studio 10 in Australia, does a Zoom interview with Alison. Check this out: Australian Interview
 
Pioneer Girl: The Revised Texts - From the website: "Pioneer Girl: The Revised Texts presents three typescripts of Wilder’s original Pioneer Girl manuscript in an examination of the process through which she and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, transformed her autobiography into the much-loved Little House series. As the women polished the narrative from draft to draft, a picture emerges of the working relationship between the women, of the lives they lived, and of the literary works they created." Check it out: Pioneer Girl Project  We just now ordered our copy. Alison can't wait to get her hands on this one!
 
Style Elegance of France - You know all the great clothes that Alison brings back from France? Well, most of them come from our friend Jimmy at Styl' Elégance of France. He is Alison's Personal Stylist and he is about to introduce his Winter Collection. (Alison is one of his favorite models for his new collections!) Here is his Instagram page: Style Elegance  And his FaceBook page: Style FaceBook     (Rumour has it there will soon be a website!) Or you can e-mail him at: stylelegance.france@laposte.net  Good work, Jimmy!! (Love the shirt!!)
 
Christmas Shopping - OK, back by popular demand! (I've always wanted to say that!) No, seriously, Alison's Christmas Cup Package is back in the store! From the website: "Two Walnut Grove tin cups, with yes, peppermint candy and a shiny new penny!!! Just like Laura and Mary got from Santa! Tied together with red yarn and of course, autographed "Merry Christmas" from Alison!" Here's the link again: Mercantile  (Better hurry before we run out of pennies! There's a change shortage, you know!)

Thankfulness - In keeping with the spirit of the season, today's message of gratitude comes from Pamela Roylance:

"Recently I was talking to a friend who was feeling depressed. She was trying to follow Oprah Winfrey's idea of writing down 5 things she was grateful for each day, but it wasn't helping her feel better because she was having trouble finding 5 things to write about.  I was taken aback.  "You can't think of 5 things to be grateful for?" I asked. "Can YOU think of 5 different things you're grateful for each day?" she asked.  I said, "Stop me when you've heard enough:  I woke up this morning. It was easy for me to inhale and exhale.  The birds were singing.  Someone said hello back to me.  I had food to eat."  

She soon stopped me and admitted perhaps she needed to be more specific.  I wondered if she hadn't been holding out her gratitude for romance, lottery winnings and world peace.  American short story writer Cynthia Ozick said, "We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude."  At this writing, she is 93 years old, and I'm guessing didn't grow to this age without having a passion for living, fostered by gratitude and appreciation.  So here's to the month of November, when we pause for a moment to consider what we are grateful for.  And here's to a lifetime of celebrating November in our life EVERY day. I am grateful for the chance I had to be a part of Little House, and I am forever grateful for all of you who keep it alive."
 
And I am grateful that Pamela is my friend . . . .  Thank you.
 
Maintaining our lives in the age of COVID-19 - And the beat goes on, as they say. Cases are down in the US, and up in Europe. (Seems like Alison got out in the nick of time, cases in France are on the rise!) Europe is the new epicenter of the pandemic. Our country has just re-opened the borders to many countries previously banned due to high infection rates. (This may change as the cases rise.) Vaccines are now available for children ages 5 and up, and boosters are available for most adults. Flu vaccines are back, and are being recommended along with the COVID vaccines. Both Merck and Pfizer have anti-viral drugs ready for approval that show a lot of promise in studies. So, we're getting there.

In the meantime, wear your mask. And wear it properly. (It's not a chin strap, after all!) And stop fighting about it! If wearing a piece of cloth over my face can help keep you and my friends from getting sick, you can bet I'm gonna do it! And the vaccine. Many businesses now require proof of vaccination, and that's a good thing. If everyone were vaccinated, this thing would slow down to a crawl.

And once again, repeating myself from Dr. Fauci, "I don't know how to explain to you that you should care for other people." For many of us, that requires no explanation. Be kind, be considerate, and take precautions.

Prairie Tidbits
 
Allison Balson (Nancy Oleson) - Well, we haven't heard from Allison lately, but I figured out what she was doing about a year ago, anyway. She is the host of a program called "Music Scene Live with Allison Balson", at a place called The Thirsty Armadillo somewhere in Texas.  Here's the episode featuring Austin Cunningham: Music Scene Live

Betty Lynn (Bridget) - Betty Lynn played "Bridget" in one episode of LHOTP, "If I Should Wake Before I Die" in 1974. Sad to report, Betty Lynn died last month after a short illness. She was 95 at the time. Betty, sorry we missed you, rest in peace.

Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) - Karen is having a contest! Check this out from her facebook page: "Do you have a burning question that you’ve always wanted to ask me? Well, you might just WIN the chance! I will be hosting a private Zoom Q&A about my memoir with 12 lucky winners on Saturday, November 27th at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Click the link below to enter for a chance to win. Plus: anyone who has pre-ordered a copy of Bright Lights, Prairie Dust, will get five more bonus entries to win! Simply upload a photo of your pre-order receipt when you enter. No purchase necessary to win. Deadline to enter is 11/16/2021. Enter here  Karen Contest And good luck! " Nice one, Karen!!

Tim Wead (Tod Dortmunder) - Well, look who we dug up! Tim Wead played Tod Dortmunder in one episode of LHOTP, "The Angry Heart" in 1979. Don't know what he's up to now, but I do know he is living somewhere in Southern California, and often has breakfast with one of my co-workers. Hi there, Tim!!
 
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) - Well, as I'm sure you know, Melissa is one busy girl!! She has written a new book, "Back to the Prairie: A Home Remade, A Life Rediscovered", to be published in May, 2022. From the Amazon website: "The New York Times bestselling author and star of Little House on the Prairie returns with a new hilarious and heartfelt memoir chronicling her journey from Hollywood to a ramshackle house in the Catskills during the COVID-19 pandemic." Available now for pre-order: Back To The Prairie Pre-Order   And to keep herself occupied, she will be opening in the play, "When Harry Met Rehab", at the Greenhouse Center Theatre in Chicago.  She plays Barb, and the show opens on November 24th. Here's a link to the website: When Harry Met Rehab  Melissa, knocking it out of the park again! You go, girl!!

The Saga of Sock Monkey    (Chapter One Hundred & Two)
Sock Monkey was beside himself with joy! He was again on an airplane, but this time they were headed to Paris! Paris!! He could not wait. Paris, where the wine was plentiful, the French girls were beautiful, and they called him "Singe de Chausette"! He smiled and took another sip. New York had been fun, way better than he had anticipated. And there had been no spinning classes! Turns out Spin Cycle was just the name of the company. Who knew? They had gone out after the show in Manhattan and tore up the town. Well, at least not as badly as that time his cousin had climbed the Empire State Building. But that's another story....  They stirred up so much trouble that he had been sworn to secrecy! (And Sock Monkeys knew how  to keep their mouths shut! Well, sorta . . . ) And they had done several shows in Rochester at the Fringe Festival. He still wasn't sure what 'fringe' meant. He just found the whole thing to be wildly eccentric and slightly off-kilter. He would have to look up 'fringe' and see what it really meant. But now they were off to Paris. He settled into his seat. Let the adventure begin!! 
(To be continued . . . )

Catahoula News 
 
Catahoula is still on hiatus from performing. Check out our eventually to be updated website:  www.catahoulamusic.com  And we may be showing up somewhere deep in the bowels of the internet! As things are starting to open up, we will be booking and posting on our website. And if you really need a shot of Catahoula, you can always get copies of our CDs at Alison's Mercantile, or at I-tunes: Catahoula I-Tunes  Or Spotify: Catahoula Spotify  As always, "Laissez les bon temps rouler!!", with or without Catahoula! We will be back with you just as soon as we possibly can! Stay safe! (Wash your hands, wear your mask!)
 
There you have it. The Eleventh Nellie Newsletter for 2021. Stay safe, mask up, wash up, get your shots, and be good to each other.

As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.

-   Bob


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