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A Bettina Network, inc. Scattering Sale

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

PRESS RELEASE:

From Bettina Network, inc.

for release after July 30, 2012

 

Bettina Network, inc. announces the beginning of A Bettina Scattering Sale July 30, 2012 at 2pm through August 4, 2012 at 5pm.  We chose this sale to roll out this new concept  because it is small, but still has lovely items.; This sale gives us a chance to test the concept, structure and software.  We can make adjustments as the sale progresses, if necessary, with a small sale to keep a close watch to make sure Bettina Network inc.s’ new and original way of handling estate liquidations works smoothly.

 

Bettina Scattering Sales are sales of the household and lifetime items accumulated by someone deceased who we memorialize by scattering back into the world, the worldly goods the individual left behind.

 

We ‘scatter’ items that she surrounded herself with to make life more comfortable, memorable, and meaningful, items which the family decided not to keep, but to offer to you.

 

Included in this sale will be Japanese, Korean and Modern furniture, jewelry (some handmade), furs, kitchen items, miscellaneous porcelain, glass, crystal and yards and yards of bookcases.  It is the sale of an academic’s furnishings and the house was filled with hundreds of books.  The bookcases range from very inexpensive to go in a basement, to the very modern, exceptionally good wood and some extremely well made. Many of the books were given to MIT, but there is a nice selection left for those who want to increase their library and/or find an unusual book as a gift.

 

If you would like to know more details about this sale, they can be found at bettina-network.com where you click on “Bettina Sales” and you will come to the section of the website which has more particular information about the sale.  Bettina Network, inc. also  conducts Moving Sales, Art and Antique Sales and Estate Sales in addition to the Scattering Sale.

 

Bettina Scattering Sales take place in two parts.  One part – the first part – takes place online. This is the virtual part of the sale which happens on the internet as a Silent Auction.  The second part is on location and this part happens where the items are located.  All items are located in the same place for both parts of the sale.  The items offered ‘online’ can be seen at the same location as the items offered ‘on location.’

 

The online part of the sale usually starts one week before the on location part of the sale, but both parts end at the exact same time.  In this case both end August 4th at 5pm.

 

Items that may be hard to price because of a fast moving market or whose value can only be determined at an auction are put into the virtual “online’ sale and sold via Silent Auction to gain the best possible price, especially since many of the items in the ‘online’ sale will be those that are not readily available and pointed to the collector.

 

You do not have to visit the location to participate in the ‘online’ part of a Bettina Scattering Sale.  If you are not in the same city or in the same country where the items are located, you may visit the items for sale via your computer or other web machine to see the items, read about them and register with Bettina Network, inc. to place a bid.

 

At the moment both sales end, the ‘online’ items are sold to the highest bidder.

 

A biography or other write-up of the person whose items you are purchasing is usually on the back of your sales slip so you will always have the provenance of your particular purchase no matter how large or how small the item.

 

One lovely part of what you purchase at these sales to carry home and share, is the story of the life of the person who owned the items you now own.

 

Some of the items in the sale were bought new, some were inherited from her mother, others were given to her by friends and family.

 

Information about the items in the ‘online’ sale will move to Bettina Network’s Research Library for your use after the sale.  We hope, when membership in the Library opens to the general public you will consider taking out a membership and contributing information to the Library.

 

We also hope others who research these items, in the years to come, will contribute to the breadth and depth of the Bettina Network’s Research Library’s information.  It is our way of democratizing the things with which we live and the art and antiques which we all so enjoy.

 

The story going down the generations will be the story of all of us – those who could afford to buy art in the millions of dollars – which we will sell – and those who bought much smaller items for which we will also create and carry forward its provenance in just as serious a vein, so this Library will reflect the story of us all.

 

Bettina Network, inc. is still the Network of bed & breakfast homes which has been in business for some 20 years.  It still maintains Bettina’s Menu of Events – which is sent to those making reservations to stay in one of the homes in Bettina Network, inc. giving them events happening over the dates and in the city of their stay.  And Bettina Network, inc. still maintains Bettina Network’s Blog which currently has a number of visitors to its blog ranging from apx 300 to apx. 1200 on a daily basis.

 

Press Contact:  Marceline Donaldson 617 497 9166

Photographer:  Orlando Cela

Web Developer: Susan Buck

Web Consultant: Nicole Noll

Realtor: Century 21 Avon – Edward Beaudet

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Chick-fill-A – couldn’t resist commenting!

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

It is interesting that even bed & breakfast is getting involved in this conversation where Chick-fil-A takes a stand against marriage equality.

A Bed & Breakfast in Edgewater Park, N. J., has a sign posted outside indicating the Inn’s support of a planned, nationwide “Chick-fill-A” day by anti-marriage equality patrons, followed by the message, “Marriage, One Man, One Woman, One God.”

Wonder if any of you have thought about how this corporation puts the campaigners squarely in the anti-feminist camp?  Bring back the woman as sex object and let us degrade her with signs, comments, corporations which take sexist titles as their name – remember Hooters?  Where are they now – a traditional company having survived their slam against women?

Advertise your company and your sexist, anti-female, anti-equality sentiments at the same time!  “Chick-fil-A” can mean many things and in this society it generally does not mean Chicken.  Chick is a derogatory diminutive for women as sex objects in a very negative sense.  They don’t have to say anything about gay marriage – their bias is right out front in their name, why would anyone expect anything any different from a corporation which takes such a name, advertises it and expects to be taken seriously!

They have already made a statement as to where they stand by their corporate name – it spells blatant, in your face SEXISM – it has staked out its territory and is marketing to the group it has defined as its potential customers.  Right there in the camp which is dedicated to keeping us all unequal, inferior and feuding with each other over civil rights.  They are doing everything possible to turn a woman into a thing (not too thinly veiled, of course) – an object for a man’s use and then discarded because it/she has an expiration date – generally after 28 years of age.

And after “Chick” comes the diminutive of filly – another name which reduces a woman to her sex object status.  “What a fine filly” – ever hear that applied to women – oops, excuse me – applied to girls?

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Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

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“Thanks for your blog.  I ‘ve found this great combination and want to share it with your readers!

I’ve been using Coconut Oil as a massage oil for quite some time.  I started when the research started to come out that Coconut Oil had been given a bad rap.  It would be interesting to know who sabotaged the reputation of a really great health-giving oil.  You can use it as a cosmetic, to cook with (great for those who can’t have dairy), and for many other uses.

There are claims that coconut oil helps Alzheimer’s.  I don’t know if that is true or not, but I always rub coconut oil vigorously into my scalp after I shower and wash my hair.  It makes my hair look fantastic.  But then I have naturally curly hair.  For those of you with naturally straight hair – you unfortunate few – I would think if you massaged it into your scalp before you washed your hair (at night before you go to bed) and then wash it out when you bathe or shower in the mornings before going out it should work wonders for you too.

Being sold on the benefits of coconut oil, you can imaging how excited I was to discover the good benefits I found from combining aloe vera gel and coconut oil.

I give myself a massage with aloe vera gel – you could do the same with the juice or the whole plant, both are available in organic food stores.  And, make sure you get the organic kind.  You don’t want to massage anything into your skin, showing up in your blood stream, which has ingredients in it you can’t pronounce.

After the aloe vera gel massage I give myself another massage with coconut oil.  I don’t know what it does, but the results make me look quite stunning and well rested.  I know it isn’t harming me or giving me a temporary fix so I heartily recommend the combination.  You can especially see what this combination does when you use it on your face.  Your face needs much more attention because it is exposed constantly – this has helped me tremendously – it also helps me in the energy department.

P. S. I haven’t used the Bettina Network for bed and breakfast yet, but I am going to call you for my next trip.  Thanks again for this blog I like the way you will present many different views.  You must have all kinds of people staying in your homes – it is so rare to find a place which gives exposure to all instead of one small point of view.  You would never succeed running for Congress.”

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Ginger/Maple Syrup/Popcorn

Friday, July 27th, 2012

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We discovered a great way to make popcorn – almost by accident.  And isn’t that the way all great things happen?  Does that mean all of us – human beings – are accidental creations?

Organic ginger is what started us on the road to this fantastic snack.  Healthy, quick to make and great tasting.

Start with a pound or two of organic ginger.

Wash the ginger in cold running water with a vegetable brush

because you don’t want to take the skin off the ginger.  Many of the nutrients you want for your body are in the skin.

Somewhere in this blog – try clicking on “Health” or “Bettina Cookbook” – is a recipe for Ginger Tea.  Follow that recipe or what follows from my memory.

Put the organic ginger in a large pot and fill the pot with water

Add a bit of Organic Turbinado Sugar to your taste

Put a cover on the pot and let it boil, then simmer for a couple hours.

At the end of this process pour the hot water – now Ginger Tea – into the glass containers you use to store  tea in the refrigerator.

If you don’t have such glass pitchers, containers, whatever – now is a good time to get some so you can constantly keep one kind or another of your homemade tea in your refrigerator to use whenever you want a little break with a great drink.  That is as close to ‘fast food’ as we come – pre-make it for the future to be able to just open the refrigerator and eat or drink.

Now you have Southern Sweet Tea and you can serve it to friends, relatives, – those you want to have good health going forward.  This tea is fantastic.  It stimulates the body; cools you down in summer; helps your digestion – at least that is what it does for me.

If you don’t like “Sweet Tea”, then just boil the organic ginger root by itself without adding the Organic Turbinado Sugar.

Once you have poured out and saved the water in which you boiled the organic ginger root you are ready to begin the process of making the popcorn.

Take the ginger root left in the pot.  

Add one cup organic turbinado sugar, two cups water, one cup maple syrup and let that simmer covered on the stove until you get a heavy syrup (somewhere over 240 degrees on a candy thermometer)

Once you get syrup of the right consistency – pour the mixture onto a cooling plate or into a medium-sized Corning pot 

If you want to make the ginger root into candied ginger,  take  the ginger root out of the syrup – roll it in organic turbinado sugar and put it aside.

                             Now comes the fun:

With your AIR POPCORN POPPER

no, not the same one you use to roast coffee in the mornings, unless you want to add a coffee taste to your popcorn (which might not be so bad)

Pour the amount of unpopped corn you want to use into the measuring cup, which comes with the Air Popcorn Popper

 plug in the Popcorn Popper

and let the smells permeate the house and your nostrils so you are ready for goodies to come.

Don’t forget to put a large bowl next to the Popcorn Popper to catch the corn as it comes out beautifully popped, hot with gorgeous smells!

While the corn is popping, melt 1/2 cup organic butter

(what do you expect, I am from New Orleans with French ancestors.  Two facts which put butter into my DNA)

 Mix the ginger syrup with the butter and let it simmer until the two are nicely mixed.

 Carefully and very slowly drizzle this mixture over the popped corn

 stopping intermittently to mix the popped corn and the syrup together.

Be very gentle with the freshly popped corn.  You need to watch to make sure you don’t pour the hot syrup too fast or mix the two together too vigorously because you could turn your popped corn into a sludgy mess.

Don’t use too much syrup – just a light drizzle because

– less is more in this case.  If you like thickly coated popped corn because you were raised on that heavily coated caramel corn then have a ball and use as much syrup as you want to create that affect.    I was raised on that heavily coated caramel corn and stopped eating it when I became an adult.

This popped corn brings back those memories – gives a fantastic adult taste – and is especially good when you use the syrup lightly and sparingly.

If you want to go a step further and cut the now candied, ginger into really tiny pieces you can mix those tiny pieces into your Ginger/Maple Syrup/Popcorn for an additional unidentifiable, except to the most sophisticated palates, taste.  Makes a nice substitute for those candied peanuts that sometimes still appears on the grocery store shelves.  Nice, the ginger is quite lovely and brings this snack to new heights!

enjoy!

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More on Apple Cider Vinegar

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

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“Thanks for your information on Apple Cider Vinegar.  I remember it being around a lot when I was growing up and then it disappeared.  In fact, white vinegar, which I believe is a petroleum derivative, has replaced a few of the uses for vinegar which are still around – mainly as an ingredient in salad dressings.

I remember being afraid to have anything with white vinegar in it because of the stories which circulated in my community about of how it was made.

I was so happy to read about Apple Cider Vinegar in your blog that I decided to go back to it, do some research and see if I couldn’t bring it back as one of the staples in my eating and cosmetic life. I remember a weight-loss diet that was popular several years ago which was Vinegar, Vitamin B6 and something else – or maybe it was B12.  It was hugely popular, but I didn’t lose weight on it because I couldn’t keep it up.  Friends of mine lost quite a bit of weight on this diet and one developed the habit of having a tablespoon or two of Apple Cider Vinegar in water when she woke up instead of coffee.  I don’t know what its done for her because we haven’t talked in years.

Taking your suggestion about putting a bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar in the bathroom for those who think the tub isn’t clean enough led to my putting two bottles in the bathroom.  One with a rag on a small plate to be used to clean the bathtub and/or other places in the bathroom.   – if its good for the bathtub, what about the toilet?  I put the second bottle in the bathroom after I found a pump which fit the top and which made my Apple Cider Vinegar bottle ‘pumpable’ for cosmetic purposes.

I use this second bottle to rinse my hair; after I’ve used vitamin A, dried milk and vitamin E on my face and before going out I put a little Apple Cider Vinegar in my cupped hands and wipe my face with it being careful to avoid my eyes.  My skin has a glow which makes me look years younger.  On the days I don’t want that shiny look, I use dried milk as a powder to tone down the oily look left from the vitamins and it looks great.  I got all of that from your blog under the ‘health and beauty section.’

You were right about being able to keep my face looking fantastic all during the day by simply splashing on cool water periodically when I wanted to refresh and that looks better than any foundation because you can’t refresh it – foundations just begin to make you look tired and old after a few hours, and if you try to refresh the foundation with more powder, you begin to get that ‘caked’ look, which isn’t healthy because your pores are very clogged by that time and your looks take a direct hit.

I wish more places would keep that cosmetic bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar in their bathrooms – food quality Apple Cider Vinegar.  When I travel, I can’t carry it because the airlines would take it away from me. – Probably to take home and use it themselves.

I found when I first started to use it I would get this little burning sensation in places on my face.  When I checked in my magnifying mirror, it was in places where I had ‘sitz’ or had been picking my face.  Now, that’s all gone because whatever sensation made me scratch or pick my face is gone.

Thanks for the information.  It led me to another place, with which I am delighted.  I especially love it when I have guests and they come downstairs to breakfast asking about the Apple Cider Vinegar in the bathroom and I am able to spout my new found knowledge.  What is great about that – they usually have a few things from their youthful remembrances or current readings to add so I am pulling myself up out of a great pit – and the money saved is amazing.  I used to spend $300 plus per month on cosmetics, which weren’t doing anything for me except I felt as though I was doing something when I bought them.  The ambiance of the cosmetic areas, the way the sales people treated me when I went in to buy my cosmetics – all made me feel great, but when I got my big purchases home, they made no difference whatsoever in how I looked nor did they stop aging nor my penchant to pick my face.

So once again, thanks.  Keep up the good work and seek out all of these things so I can benefit.”

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