This month's news from Alison...
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California heat wave. Not too bad, only 97 today, and then backing off the rest of the week. Then there was an earthquake yesterday morning, only 4.2 but close enough for us to feel it. And the fires are starting. Had one near us earlier today, but the Fire Department had it out in about 20 minutes. Best firefighters on earth!!
OK, household update. You know about us, of course, and Secret Agent Sock Monkey, and of course Morticia. But things have changed. There are now two cats! (What!?!, cried Sock Monkey.) Yes we now have Morticia Wigglesworth (Code Name: Panther), and also the latest addition to the family, Roswell Zim (Code Name: Area 51). Sock Monkey is now officially outnumbered! (And none too happy about it, either!)
Let's see, what have we been up to? Well, there was my dentist appointment (masks, temperature check, questionnaire, hand sanitizer, haz-mat suits), my doctor's appointment (masks, temperature check, hand sanitizer), you know, the normal stuff. I had my COVID antibody test (negative), and my COVID stick-up-the-nose test (waiting on results), along with the usually medical stuff. Like I said, normal.
Oh yeah, we adopted a kitten. We saw her on line as she was being fostered by a friend, and thought, "That's the one for us!". After we filled out the 18-page application (Question: Where will the cat sleep? Answer: Anywhere she wants, she's a cat!), went through an interview, and several e-mail exchanges, she was ours. We brought her home, and Morticia was having none of it! Went to the garage and did not come out for a day and a half. But all is forgiven, they're happily playing and tearing up the house. (Not ALL is forgiven, mumbled Sock Monkey.)
So, how did we go about this, you ask? It all started with our friend Quinn Cummings, who volunteers with an organization called The Sante D'Or Foundation, an animal rescue and adoption center that focuses on cats. Here's their website: Sante D'Or Website Quinn was being the foster parent for little Roswell, and we were smitten. Quinn also helps raise money for the organization with her fundraiser called Cocktails For Kittens. You can read an LA times article about it here: LA Times - Cocktails for Kittens
Also, on July 24th, Alison participated in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum's yearly pageant, this year entitled, "Laura's Pioneer Summer Mini Series". You can catch it on YouTube at: Pageant Summer Series I believe this will be available online until August 15th.
So, here we are. We're now doing most everything on line. We went to a cabaret show last night. We sat in our living room with champagne and snacks, as did everyone else, and watched the performance on the computer. Later today we're going to a socially distanced birthday party. Just us and the birthday boy, at separate tables in his backyard, with food that is being delivered. And it will be a blast.
So, what is Alison up to? Here's what she's doing:
1. Daily Little House Book Readings - Every day, usually at 1:30 pm Pacific time, Alison goes on Facebook and reads from the Little House books. Here's the link to her page: Alison FaceBook
2. Bonnets - Alison gets her hand made bonnets from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in the real Walnut Grove. These are the Minnesota Bonnets. We've also started getting bonnets from the LIW Home & Rocky Ridge Bookstore in Mansfield, MO. These are the Missouri Bonnets. Alison sells them at her online store, 'Not Your Mothers Mercantile'. Here's the link to the store: Mothers Mercantile It seems like tin cups are the hot items of the week.
3. Cameo - Alison is now signed up for Cameo. Dean Butler, (Almanzo), Melissa Gilbert, (Laura, duh!), Patrick Labyorteaux, (Andy Garvey), Bonnie Bartlett, (Grace Edwards), Dan McBride (Henry Riley) and Charlotte Stewart, (Miss Beadle) are all now on Cameo. You can now have your favorite Little House 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 has signed up for Coach The World, where you can book a 15 minute interactive chat with your favorite celebrity. "Online Coaching with Experts and Influencers - Video Chat with Stars and Actors - CoachTheWorld is your global marketplace for stars, CEO's, experts, actors, coaches and influencers, this virtual coaching platform brings together people who need support with the expert coaches who are able to provide it, connecting them instantly." Here's their website: Coach The World
5. Radio Show / Podcast - Alison now interviews the guests on her show in a virtual studio. The show is on every Tuesday night at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. The best way to catch the show live is to go to Alison's page on FaceBook. Or go to UBN Go Website for their website. (She's on Channel 1) Who's coming up on the interview schedule? Her recent guests were Otto Yang, COVID Researcher (7/21), and Jason Stuart, Actor (7/28) . Coming up on Tuesday will be Danny Woodburn, Kathy Buckley and Geri Jewell celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
So, what do we have coming up? Well, let's try a little schedule:
This coming Thursday, August 8th, Alison is presenting another "Confessions of a Prairie Terror" show on Stage It. The show will again be available on a live, pay-per-view broadcast at 8 pm Eastern and 5 pm Pacific. It will be live, and you will not be able to find it on you tube when it's over, they will not be offered after the broadcast. This is like the old days, when you would go to a show and the only people who would know about what happened in the show were the ones in the audience. Tickets are only $10 per show. You can read about it and get tickets here: Prairie Terror Tickets This will be the fourth production out of the Comedy Club in our basement, and we're getting the hang of it. Sock Monkey is directing, with Morticia and Roswell as his crew. (What!?!, cried Sock Monkey.) This is going to be a blast!
Then in September, given that things improve (fingers crossed!), Alison will be going, well, somewhere, to work on a film entitled "Twice Upon a Song!". (Socially distanced, Covid Safety Compliant, etc!) Here's the IMDB link: Twice Upon A Song This is the second film from writer-director Savannah Ostler, and here's her FaceBook page: Savannah FaceBook Keep an eye out for this one, it's going to be great! We are very excited to be involved in this project! ("Wait, can't I direct?", asked Sock Monkey. No, Monkey, you can't!) I will keep you posted as this progresses.
Then, on October 21st, there is the 8th annual Women's Inspire Network Conference in Dublin, Ireland. Here's their website: Women's Inspire Network Of course, this conference is now being held online, so Alison will be participating from the Comedy Club in the basement. This is from their website: ”We meet the women who have succeeded in their business community, hear all about the ups and downs and also learn some new skills along the way. Network with other women just like you! If you are thinking of starting a business or are already working from home or building your empire, come along to this National event for Women!" This promises to be a great event. We'll be watching this one.
1. Cooking? A cooking show? Could it be?
(Sorry, with the pandemic, we're a little short on rumours these days. Things are either on or off, and usually off!)
There are several things that I've been neglecting to mention as time goes on, and I thought I would recap here, especially for our new readers. Here goes:
AudioBook – "Confessions Of A Prairie Bitch", the audio version narrated by Alison herself, is still available almost everywhere. It's on Amazon.com at Amazon Audio Book
It's on Audible.com at Audible Audio Book Nothing better than Alison reading Alison!
Heeeres Amy - Remember Alison's Comedy album "Heeeres Amy"? Still available from Uproar Entertainment. For the full story of the album, from Alison herself, check out their website: Heeeres Amy
Protect.org - Alison is on the Board of The National Association to Protect Children ( https://protect.org/ ) From their website: "The National Association to Protect Children is founded on the belief that our first and most sacred obligation as parents, citizens, and members of the human species is the protection of children." Check out their website for details.
And now, new stuff . . .
Summer Prairie Events - The website will list out all of the LHOTP related events occurring this summer, many of them on line: Summer Prairie Events
Lars Hansen - This one is tagged "This Tragic Death HAUNTED the Little House on the Prairie Cast!" (Sounds like a National Enquirer headline!) The on-screen television death of Lars Hanson, played by Karl Swenson, coincided with a real life tragic event. Check this out: Lars Hansen
American Masters biography "Laura Ingalls Wilder” - American Masters Explores the Cultural Legacy and Complicated History of Author Laura Ingalls Wilder in a New Documentary Premiering December 29 on PBS Check it out: Wilder Documentary
TV Critics Interview - During a virtual Television Critics Association panel focusing on the PBS American Masters biography "Laura Ingalls Wilder”, these are some of the comments from Melissa and Alison. TV Critics Interview
Michael Landon Memories - This is an interview from 2014 with Michael's children about their memories of their father and losing him to cancer: Landon Children Interview
Maintaining - So things are progressing. Everyone in California should be wearing masks when they go out now. And we are starting to enforce these rules. There have been a few people ejected from flights because they made a fuss and refused to wear a mask. The airlines are putting them on no fly lists for that airline, so even when this is over they will be paying for their hissy fit. And it's easy. I carry one with me whenever I leave the house. And I always wear it. (Well, all right, almost always, I'm getting better!) Treatments are being developed, as are vaccines, so there's hope on the horizon. But the only way that we can really put this behind us is to get with the program: mask up, wash up, disinfect, and keep your distance. They say that if 80% of us follow these precautions, we could reduce the infection rate by 50%. Imagine if we all did . . . .
Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) - Melissa recently did an interview with CBS Sunday Morning about what she is doing during the pandemic. Check this out: CBS Sunday Morning Nice one, Melissa!
Dan McBride (Henry Riley) - This is an interview from 2014 that Dan did with a Kentucky newspaper. Check this out: Dan Interview
Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls) - Remember last month we mentioned those Country Ma'am Cookies commercials that Karen did? Well, we sent her some of the cookies. (I think she liked them!) And the children's stories she reads each week on YouTube? Well, there's a separate link for each one, so the best way to find them all is to Google 'Story Time With Karen', and then they all come up and you can pick one. Oh, wait, I just remembered, Karen recently did an interview with Closer Magazine. Check this out: Karen Closer Magazine Good job, Karen!
Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle) - So, I checked with Charlotte so see what she's been up to, and she claims that she has not had time to do anything but sew! She has more requests for Beadle Bags than she can handle! Ah, but you know me, let's keep her busy! If you want a Beadle Bag, send her an e-mail at email@example.com. Keep that sewing machine rockin', Charlotte!
Radames Pera (John Edwards, Jr.) - Radames reports that his life really didn't change all that much when COVID hit France. He'd already been a stay-at-home-dad for the better part of three years and all that's different is he's not allowed to shop in the grocery store any more (something he rather enjoyed with his daughter in tow) - now the family orders their food online. And he dislikes that intensely. He's still chugging away on his memoirs, looking for a literary agent and a publisher. Hang n there, Radames!
Linwood Boomer (Adam Kendall) - Remember Linwood? After Little House, he continued working and went on to produce '3rd Rock From The Sun', and his big success, 'Malcolm In The Middle'. Well, he now has an event coming up. This Saturday, August 8th, there is going to be a Malcolm In The Middle Zoom reunion from 5 to 7 pm Pacific Time. The original cast will perform the pilot, and there will be celebrity guests, special music performances and behind-the-scenes stories about their part of television history. And it is a benefit to support his charity, Healing California, which provides free, high-quality dental and vision care mostly to homeless veterans. You can sign up for the event and check out the charity at this link: Malcolm Event Any donation you choose to make will be matched by several generous donors. Good job, Linwood!!
The Saga of Sock Monkey (Chapter Eighty-Seven)
So, Sock Monkey was now a Director. He had his clipboard, and his little Directors Chair, and his Monkey headset, and people were doing what he told them to do! (Well, not so much on that last one!) They even took on an additional crew member, who was going to be a permanent member of the household, he was told. And it was another cat!! ("These people hate me!", thought Sock Monkey.) He slowly sipped his coffee and looked over his script, all the while keeping an eye on those cats. You never knew when they were going to strike! Anyway, no time for that now, there were problems to solve. He had resolved the camera stand problem, with the strategic placement of an empty FedEx box and a Gilligan's Island cookbook. And the lighting was finally just right. But he was puzzled. Some things did not make sense to him. So, why do you need a mouse by each camera? And what was a 'mouse pad', anyway? Is that where the mouse lived? And why weren't the cats upset if there were mice? And what in the world is a Flash Player, anyway? Sock Monkey scratched his head . . .
(To be continued . . . )
Catahoula is still on hiatus from performing. Check out our soon to be updated website: www.catahoulamusic.com As soon as things start 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 And I suspect there may be some new Catahoula music coming out of this shutdown!. 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 Seventh Nellie Newsletter for 2020. Stay safe, keep the faith, and this too shall pass. (Masks, people, masks!)
As usual (Comme d’habitude), be good bonnet heads, and I’ll talk to you next month.