Hold on to Your Seats Folks! I'm Moving Today!

I'm making the move today. Like Pap used to say I decided to jump in with both reins and see what happened!

I'm hoping you'll be reading this post on the new site by the end of the day. 

Tipper

p.s.  Stamey Creek Creations is having an end of the year sale so go check it out-reduced prices plue 25% off and free shipping-you can't beat that!

p.s.s. The Pressley Girls will be playing this Friday January 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the John C. Campbell Folk School here in Brasstown NC come see us if you can!

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More about the Blog Move

Blind Pig and the Acorn new site

The blog move I told you about is coming right along. You can even have a sneak peek by looking at the photo above. All though I'm pleased with the progress there are still some things I'm worried about and things that need to be sorted out.

One of the issues is the tons of photos I've shared over they years. While the move placed them right where they should be within each post, during the process Typepad changed the names of all the photos. For example I would have named the photo in a cornbread post something like 'how to make cornbread' or 'old time cornbread'. Typepad changed the cornbread photos to something like 6a00e54ffe2ad3883301b8d2b922bf970c-800wi.jpg. The photo name change matters because it makes it tough for me to search for an old photo to use in a new post, but more than that it matters because Google looks at photo names to see what the post is actually about-in other words having the photo named what it actually is helps folks who search the internet for cornbread find the Blind Pig and The Acorn.

Renaming the photos isn't difficult, but it is very time consuming so that is something that I'll be working on for a good while. While most of you don't go looking through the old archives very often, you may still notice the issue with the photos in other places on the new site. Wordpress (the new platform) has a way of showing you old posts you might like, but until I change the photo names and set them as featured images you'll only see the text to older posts. Once I'm finished you'll see a photo to go along with the archived post text. 

The main thing I'm worried about it changing the blindpigandtheacorn.com address over to the new site. It can take anywhere from twelve hours to a day for the address to point to the new site. Think of it like you moved houses but took your old mailing address with you. It would take the post office a while to figure out your old address was now at your new house. With time the address will sort itself out, the part I'm worried about is whether or not Feedburner will still send out a daily email letting you know I've published a new post. In theory that should work itself out as well, but if it doesn't you may have to resubscribe to the blog to start things over. 

Most of you know how to come to the blog through a previous email or from googling Blind Pig and The Acorn or by simply typing in blindpigandtheacorn.com, but if you're unsure about how to find me make sure you save a copy of this post so you'll remember to google or type in blindpigandtheacorn.com.

If you don't receive the daily email wait at least a few days before resubscribing to the blog to see if Feedburner picks back up. In the case it doesn't work out at all I'll delete the feed and start over-I just hope that doesn't happen so please keep your fingers crossed for me!

I'll be sure to let you know the day the switch happens, lets just hope you can see the post! Remember you can always reach me at blindpigandtheacorn@gmail.com if you have any problems with the old blog or the new blog. In fact, if you don't have my email address in your contacts you might want to add it or at least jot it down somewhere in case you need help finding my new site. 

Tipper

p.s.  Stamey Creek Creations is having an end of the year sale so go check it out-reduced prices plue 25% off and free shipping-you can't beat that!

p.s.s. The Pressley Girls will be playing this Friday January 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the John C. Campbell Folk School here in Brasstown NC come see us if you can!

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Blind Pig & The Acorn - 2017 In Review


Blind Pig and The Acorn blog about Appalachia
Every January I take a look back at what I've written during the course of the year. The task helps put things in perspective for me. I'm always surprised at the various subjects I wrote about, many of which have completely fallen through the cracks of my mind by year end.

I've listed my favorite posts for each of the last 12 months below (if you want to revisit any of the posts-just click on the colored word link).

January

Bad to be silly

My favorite post for the first month of 2017 is Bad to... I love it that folks are still using some of the same descriptive terms, words, and phrases that they did when Pap was a boy.

February

Little Debbie Jolene Spoof by The Pressley Girls
I couldn't just pick one favorite for February, I had to pick two. The first was Little Debbies and The Pressley Girls. I'm still laughing over the Jolene spoof about Little Debbies the girls came up with. I sent it to Little Debbie by several different methods, but never heard a word back from them. Maybe they didn't think it was funny!

My second favorite post for the month wasn't even written by me: The Angel of Brasstown by Jim Casada. I still can't believe there was a feature story about me in a magazine. Just wow!

March

My life in appalachia the maker faire
My favorite post for the third month of 2017 was Appalachia Through My Eyes - The Maker Faire. I'm still excited about knowing there's a school right here in my very own county of Appalachia teaching children and community the importance of being a maker...a maker of any and all things!

April

  Pap's rainbow
My favorite post for April was The Day Pap Died. It's without a doubt the hardest post I've ever written, but I'm so glad I documented my feelings and memories about the day he died. Lots of sorrow in the words, but lots of hope and joy too. 

May

  Being Grateful in Appalachia

For the fifth month I chose Grateful in Appalachia as my favorite post. I'm a firm believer that being grateful for the smallest pleasures and blessings makes life ever so much richer. 

June

Rosebud Orchid in Brasstown NC

The Rosebud Orchid in my Backyard - WOW! is my favorite post for the month of June. I still can't believe I found the rare flower growing in my woods when I've never seen it growing in this area before. 

July

Funny sayings from appalachia

For the month of July my favorite post is How Bad a Liar is He? I love the colorful language of Appalachia and the liar sayings within the post highlight the common Appalachian technique of saying the exact same thing in a variety of ways. The photo is among my favorites for the entire year, it captures the real camaraderie of the four Appalachian men. 

August

  Solar eclipse 2017 in Brasstown
How could The Solar Eclipse not be my favorite post for the month of August? Seeing the eclipse was one of the coolest things I've ever experienced and doing it with my three favorites made it even better. 

September

Alvin Yonce and Tipper - Junuluska - Cherokee Co - 2017

Finding A Place To Quit In Junaluska - Cherokee County NC is my favorite post for September. Alvin passed away a few days back. He fell and broke his hip a month or so ago and never quite recovered from the surgery. I'll never forget the twinkle in his eyes as he told me about growing up in the Junaluska portion of Cherokee County and I'll think of how handsome he was in his overalls when I plant his Yonce beans in the garden every year. 

October

Way up in the middle of the night

For the month of October my favorite post is Way Up In The Middle Of The Night. The post offers a perfect example of the descriptive word usage found in Appalachia.

November

Ill means hateful or in a bad mood

Another language post is my favorite for the eleventh month of 2017 Don't be so ill! A phrase that I hear at least once a week in some form or fashion. 

December

Using holly at Christmas time

December's favorite post was Spreading Christmas Cheer. I'm still studying on Granny and her sister spreading Christmas cheer to their family with holly and empty nails when they were just girls.

2017 was a great year for the Blind Pig & The Acorn.

I'm very thankful for each person who reads the Blind Pig & The Acorn-for without you there'd be no reason to write.

Tipper

p.s.  Stamey Creek Creations is having an end of the year sale so go check it out-reduced prices plue 25% off and free shipping-you can't beat that!

p.s.s. The Pressley Girls will be playing this Friday January 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the John C. Campbell Folk School here in Brasstown NC come see us if you can!

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Blind Pig & The Acorn in 2018

Blind Pig and The Acorn 2018

It seems only yesterday I was telling you about the goals I had planned for the Blind Pig & the Acorn during the new year of 2017 and now that entire year is gone and behind us.

I've been studying on the things I'd like to accomplish during the year of 2018, but before I tell you about them I'm going to re-share what I wanted to accomplish in 2017 and let you know how I did. 

2017 Goals

  • I'm still working on the idea I shared with you for the past two Januarys-the idea of celebrating Appalachia in a bigger way involving the voices of people like you and me. I haven't made any real progress on the idea other than collecting thoughts and tid-bits, but I'm still dreaming about it. Still no real progress on this idea but I still want to do it!
  • I hope to add new folks to my monthly vocabulary test videos. Up to this point its mostly been the girls, The Deer Hunter, and me that you've heard saying the words. I added several different people to the video line up so I accomplished this one.
  • Paul and I are still trying to find our way through the maze of making the dvd about Pap's music that I told you about. We have made some real progress on a new cd of Pap and Paul. Well I should say Paul has made some real progress since he's done all the work. He's also made real progress on the first Pressley Girls cd. We finished The Pressley Girls cd, filmed one video for Pap's dvd, and Paul has made real progress on the cd of Pap and him and the rest of us-it will be a Blind Pig and The Acorn compilation. 
  • Speaking of Pap, I hope to share the story of his death with you in greater detail. I feel like you would want to hear it since you really cared about him. Done.
  • I have a secret plan for the coming year. I hope the girls will become a bigger part of the Blind Pig and the Acorn...I haven't talked to them about this idea-so that's why I said it was a secret. Well this one didn't happen! But I did manage to get Paul to write more than one guest post. 
  • I'm still studying on a cookbook full of Appalachian foods and a book on Appalachian language, but I mostly feel overwhelmed when I think about them. I am happy that I've been able to add the option of printing to the recipes I share. I made zero progress on this one. Well I did meet with a dear friend who is a very experienced author and I did make notes about what I would want each book to include. I guess that's progress even if it is minuscule. 
  • I hope to meet more of you in person this year. I met more readers in 2016 than in all the years before combined. It was so much fun to put a face with a name. I was able to meet more Blind Pig Readers during 2017 so this one was accomplished.

Now for my plans for 2018

  • I want to move the Blind Pig and The Acorn to a new blogging platform. I've been with Typepad since 2008. When I first started the blog Typepad was right up at the top with the best blogging platforms. A few years into my blogging career Typepad changed hands. After the change it seemed like Typepad was happy with leaving things as they were. There were no new options nor even an effort to keep up with the ever changing technology. So while other blogging platforms have raced ahead with new concepts and technology Typepad has pretty much stayed where it was in 2008. In addition over the last several months Typepad seems to have become less dependable. You've probably noticed in the last few weeks they've failed to send out the blog on more than one occasion. Last weekend instead of publishing my scheduled post on Sunday they published two posts on Saturday leaving nothing for Sunday. Over Christmas I've started the process of moving the blog to a new platform. It's been a beast of a thing to accomplish and although the finish line is within sight I'm still not there. I'll have a post with more details about the move later this week so be on the lookout for it as it will contain some important information for subscribers. 
  • I want to create a membership site for the Blind Pig and the Acorn. What does that mean? It means for a small fee I'll be able to offer you a more robust version of the Blind Pig and the Acorn-think podcasts, videos, interviews, and a more personal look into our lives. If that doesn't sound like something you'd be interested in don't worry, the Blind Pig and The Acorn in its current fashion will always be available for free to anyone who wants to read it. Patreon is a very popular membership platform. It started as a way for musicians, writers, and other artists to receive support from folks who believed in their individual endeavors. While creators like myself are super passionate about what they create, the creating doesn't come without cost. In the last year my computer died, the camera I use for the blog videos died, and I needed to move the blog to a better service. All those things = money. Add in the expense of a new car (because my car died too) and all my hospital bills from last summer's bout of illness and that doesn't leave much money for me to celebrate and preserve Appalachia in an ever increasing way like I want to. I'm not sure where this idea will take me, but where ever it leads just remember the Blind Pig and The Acorn in its current fashion will always be available for FREE to anyone who cares enough to read it and I so appreciate those of you who do care enough to read it!
  • I still want to celebrate Appalachia in a bigger way involving the voices of people like you and me. I think a membership site would aid in finally achieving this goal. 
  • Paul and I will continue to chip away on Pap's dvd as well our other music endeavors.
  • I believe my move to a new platform will facilitate my efforts at a cookbook and language book-even if its only in an e-book format.
  • Just like last year, I want to meet more Blind Pig and The Acorn readers face to face in 2018. 

I hope each of you will continue to visit me here on the Blind Pig and The Acorn during this new year of 2018. 

Tipper

p.s.  Stamey Creek Creations is having an end of the year sale so go check it out-reduced prices plue 25% off and free shipping-you can't beat that!

p.s.s. The Pressley Girls will be playing this Friday, January 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the John C. Campbell Folk School here in Brasstown NC come see us if you can!

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Happy New Year from the Blind Pig and The Acorn

Happy New Year from the Blind Pig and the Acorn

The whole Blind Pig Gang sincerely hopes 2018 is exactly what you want it to be for you and yours. Each of us truly appreciate your support for the Blind Pig and The Acorn and we thank you for the richness you add to our lives. 

Drop back by in a few days for a look back at my favorite posts of 2017 and a look forward to my plans for 2018.

Tipper

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The Red Haired Boy

The Red Haired Boy

Granny's Christmas Tree

The girls made Paul videos of five songs he'd never heard them perform for Christmas. You may remember they always did that for Pap too. One of the songs they filmed was a fiddle tune they recently learned from Brasstown's own Dog Branch Cats Band called "The Red Haired Boy".

The tune is catchy and gets stuck in your head in a good way, but there's another reason I like it.

Granny's family of Jenkins was and is full of red heads. I can only remember Granny Gazzie having hair of snowy white, but they say her hair was a beautiful shade of red when she was young. Several of my cousins sport red hair themselves.

You've seen enough photos of Steve, Paul, and me to know none of us inherited red hair from our Granny Gazzie. The most I can claim is a red tint when the sun hits my hair and a sprinkling of freckles across my nose and cheeks. As a young girl those freckles drove me crazy. I thought they were ugly. One day Granny caught me moaning about them in the mirror and she told me they were Angel kisses. After that I didn't seem to mind the freckles as much. 

When Steve and Kim's second son, Mark, came along we were surprised and pleased by his head of red hair. I think it especially pleased Granny. She didn't have any red haired kids of her own, but now she had a red headed grandson. I'm sure she thought of her family every time she looked at him in those days. In much the same way, every time I hear something about red heads or gingers I think of Mark.

In an earlier post I mentioned that neither Mark nor his brother Ben and his family would be here for Christmas and that we were all kinda sad about it. Especially the boys' mother Kim and Granny.

Well wouldn't you know it-Mark pulled a good one on us all. He showed up and surprised everyone! Kim said she got up early that morning and walked into the living room on her way to the kitchen and there he sat in a chair. She said she started crying and yelling for Steve to get up. In typical Mark fashion he said "Well if you're going to act like that I'll just leave." When she told that at Christmas we all got a good laugh! Before long they all tramped out to Granny's to surprise her. Steve and Kim tried to hide Mark behind them which is no easy feat since he's over 6 foot tall (he also got that from the Jenkins).

Granny was pleased as punch that Mark made it home for Christmas, actually we all were. And it seemed so appropriate that the girls learned and videoed "The Red Haired Boy" just in time for his arrival.

 

Hope you enjoyed the video and hearing about our Christmas surprise.

Tipper

p.s.  Stamey Creek Creations is having an end of the year sale so go check it out-reduced prices plue 25% off and free shipping-you can't beat that!

p.s.s. The Pressley Girls will be playing on January 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the John C. Campbell Folk School here in Brasstown NC come see us if you can!

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Overheard

Overheard in Appalachia

"I've accomplished a right smart this morning."

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Tipper

p.s.  Stamey Creek Creations is having an end of the year sale so go check it out-reduced prices plue 25% off and free shipping-you can't beat that!

p.s.s. The Pressley Girls will be playing on January 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the John C. Campbell Folk School here in Brasstown NC come see us if you can!

Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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Appalachian Vocabulary Test 107

Appalachian word usage

This month about got away from before I remembered to post the Appalachian Vocabulary Test so I don't have any videos for you, but don't worry the videos will be back next month! 

Take the test and see how you do!

1. No count: low quality. "He ain't never been no count. Why even when he was a shirt-tail boy he was mean as the Devil."

2. No such: no such thing; not anything. "I don't know about the rest of the people down there at the store but me and my house don't stand for no such at that going on!" or used in a surprised manner: "I've never seen such! Have you?"

3. Notion: an inclination. "The other day I took a notion for a walk and started out the back door headed for the woods. I didn't stop till I reached the top of the ridge."

4. Noways: in any way or manner at all. "I wasn't going to be able to go with the rest of them noways so come on in and sit a while."

5. Neumony fever: pneumonia fever. "Lord I can't believe you was playing outside without your toboggan on in this cold. You're going to get neumony fever if you don't get in here and warm by the fire."

All of this month's words are beyond common in my area of Appalachia. What about where you live?

Tipper

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When do you take your Christmas Tree down?

When should you take the christmas tree down
How long do you leave your Christmas tree up? I'm usually in a hurry to take mine down. We almost always put it up the weekend after Thanksgiving and by the time Christmas is over I'm more than ready to have my house back to normal. Not to mention I'm tired of sweeping up fallen needles. We use a live tree so the needles are always shedding by the time the big day arrives.

The girls and I helped Granny take her tree down today. But since it was a small table top tree it didn't take no time.

Frank C. Brown has this advice for taking down your tree:

  • take Christmas decorations down before the month is out or misfortune will come to the house
  • never leave the Christmas tree up over New Years or it will bring bad luck
  • it is bad luck to take Christmas decorations down before Old Christmas (Jan 6) or to leave them up afterwards
  • Christmas decorations left hanging after 12th night (old Christmas) bring bad luck

I've not been in the mood to take down my decorations this year. As I walk through the house I think "Oh what's the big hurry I've got as long as I want to take."

Most likely the reason I'm not interested in my usual after Christmas clean-up is that I've been super busy working on a major Blind Pig and The Acorn change. Don't worry it's all good and I'll share the details with you soon!

Tipper 

p.s.  Stamey Creek Creations is having an end of the year sale so go check it out-reduced prices plue 25% off and free shipping-you can't beat that!

p.s.s. The Pressley Girls will be playing on January 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the John C. Campbell Folk School here in Brasstown NC come see us if you can!

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Christmas at the Blind Pig House

Blind Pig and The Acorn Christmas

Everyone at the Blind Pig House had a wonderful Christmas this year. I thought I'd share some of the highlights with you.

Good food at Christmas Time in Appalachia

From a deer roast to Arsh Potato Cake there was lots of good eating!

Green shoes at Christmas

There was green shoes.

Stamey Creek Creations custom design

There was one of a kind design work from Stamey Creek Creations.

Blind Pig and The Acorn Shirt
There was a blindpigandtheacorn.com shirt.

Fire starting in Appalachia
There was fire starting things going on.

Books for Christmas

Since all the Blind Pig crew loves to read there was lots of books.

Precious gift at Christmas of Pap

There was a precious gift of a drawing of Pap (Thank you Allison and Miss Cindy!).

Acorns for Christmas

There was felted acorns that made me think of all of you!

Silliness at Christmas at the Blind Pig house
As always there was lots of silliness.

Old letters in Appalachia

There was much laughter over a letter the previous vest owner left in one of the pockets of Chatter's new to her vest. Think middle school crushes. 

Crotcheted snowman
There was a new crocheted snowman. 

Visiting in Appalachia
There was much visiting one with another.

Christmas at the Blind Pig and the Acorn 2017
Most of all there was lots of love and thankfulness for the reason behind my favorite time of the year Christmas. 

Tipper 

p.s.  Stamey Creek Creations is having an end of the year sale so go check it out-reduced prices plue 25% off and free shipping-you can't beat that!

p.s.s. The Pressley Girls will be playing on January 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the John C. Campbell Folk School here in Brasstown NC come see us if you can!

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