Friday, October 26, 2012

A Willful Waste...

...makes a woeful want.

A couple of days ago I stopped by to visit Blanche. It was a beautiful and warm October morning, and Blanche was outside cutting up old coats with a pair of scissors. Blanche told me she was cutting the zippers out of the coats.

"What are you going to do with the zippers?" I asked. Blanche laughed and said she didn't know what she was going to do with them. "I don't even sew," she said, "but papa always instilled in us not to waste things."

Then Blanche recited one of her papa's favorite sayings: "A willful waste makes a woeful want." Not bad advice...especially if you sew!

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  1. Anonymous6:08 AM

    Your Blanche has such wisdom. She learned to recycle long before it was considered the right thing to do. Good for her.

    Glad you and Blanche enjoyed that nice, warm day. Looks like weather will quickly change this weekend. Hope all will go well there with "Sandy".

    NC Mainlander's sister and brother-in-law were in the path of Sandy while vacationing @ the Bahamas. My brother-in-law's name, by the way, just happens to be Sandy!

  2. Anonymous7:17 AM

    Just a thought...perhaps someone can help her turn those coats into handbraided rugs. That would be a cool thing for all ages to do together over the winter....profits could help the new baseball field.

  3. Anonymous11:10 PM

    Do residents of OI have metal detectors to comb the beach in search of jewelry that may wash up on shore with hurricane sandy out there opportunity knocks

  4. Anonymous11:56 PM

    Metal detectors aren't permitted to be used on the NPS beaches, are they? (And which is pretty much ALL of Ocracoke's beachfront, isn't it?)

  5. Anonymous7:49 AM

    If you haven't researched your facts before posting an answer why bother to speculate Anon 11:56 pm

  6. Direct from the NPS web site:

    "Metal Detectors: 36 CFR 2.1(a)(7) prohibits use of metal detectors in all national parks."

    All ocean front property on Ocracoke is owned by the National Park Service.