5 Things Appalachia

5 Things


1. I recently hit the jelly jar jackpot. I like to drink out of old jelly glasses. They just seem to have the perfect heft and fit for my hand. If you’re a thrift store visitor or yardsale lover you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say it was the day for jelly jars. There was 4 or 5 at a yardsale way back in the woods-only a dime a piece. Then at a thrift store in Franklin there was an entire box of jelly jars along with a few dishes. The box was four dollars….but it was on the 75% off table. Sweet! And now I can quit feeling bad about the last jelly jar I broke.

2. Summer is about give out. The green has dulled and the decay of browns and yellows is eating away at the edges. I felt a sweet tempting coolness in the early early morning hours of last weekend. It didn’t last long but it was there whispering of cool fall nights and bright garments for the trees to wear.

3. My doney gals are headed back to college in a few weeks. They’ve learned much this summer: what it’s like to do manual labor for money during hot summer days; what it’s like to sing somewhere every last week; the sacrifice that’s called for when family needs suddenly arise; new jewelry techniques; ways to heal and feed our bodies; and how to preserve the bounty of our garden. I do believe they’ve learned more this summer than they did in the entire year of college they’ve already completed.

4. Our hens not only lay the best tasting eggs, they also lay the prettiest.

5. I took Pap to the VA for an orthopedic appointment last week. The Doc is the same age as Pap. As soon as we entered the room he remembered Pap and his broke hip. He said “You’ve been in a lot of pain?” Pap said “No. I haven’t been having any pain.” The doc asked him again and Pap said “No I had a lot of pain back when I saw you last but no pain now.” The doc said “Well you will have in a year or so.” I thought “What? Way to give him some hope!” He went on about how arthritis was bound to start and when it got unbearable they could do a hip replacement… if Pap was strong enough. Then the doc looked a the x-ray Pap had just had made. He said “Wait a minute lets look at the old one a second.” So he did. Then he said “Do you have a straight line to the Good Lord? Have you been adding some extra money to the offering plate? Cause you’ve sure got lucky.” Pap interrupted him and said “No. But I sure appreciate and have His Grace.” The doc said “Oh I’m sorry I just meant you’re going to be one of the lucky ones. Look at this your break is completely healed. That’s what’s supposed to happen to young people like her but not with old people like me and you. I just can’t believe it.” Then the doc said “I’ve changed my mind about you having pain later on. I believe if you take care of yourself these breaks will never come back to haunt you.” He dismissed us but said he was going to watch Pap walk down the hallway on our way out because he just couldn’t get over how he had healed. I know why Pap healed like a young man-its because of all the folks like you who said a payer for him and most of all because of the One who answered those prayers.

Tipper

 

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37 Comments

  • Reply
    Tipper
    August 17, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    RB – thank you for the great comments! Those lovely rocks are gravel in Paps driveway : ) I guess it is some sort of granite since it is quarried locally. Hope you have a great week!
    Tipper
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia
    http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

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    Rev. RB
    August 14, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Praise God for Pap’s complete healing and for Him letting us know we can come to Him in prayer whenever we need to, and He will be there for us.
    What are those blue rocks behind the red leaf, is it blue granite? Gorgeous.
    God bless.
    RB
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    Tipper
    August 14, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Dan-Thank you for the heartfelt comment! Ill be praying for your Daddy and his speedy recovery!!!
    Tipper
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia
    http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    August 13, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    I’m much later than usual reading “The Blind Pig” post today, but I’m so glad, tired as I am, that I did not go to bed without reading the five good things you posted. And although each was interesting, beautiful, and exciting (especially Chatter and Chitter’s picture!), you climaxed the news with Pap’s wonderful recovery. When you told us about his accident and the heart attack, I, like many others, began to pray for him. I claimed the promise of Psalm 118:17 for him, as I have for many I’ve prayed for: “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” Praises! God has done that for Pap! We’ll look forward to some “new” songs soon!

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    Quinn
    August 13, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Oh, that is such splendid news about Pap’s recovery – thank you for sharing it!

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    Cynthia
    August 13, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    What a miracle! I am so glad to the news about Pap! Prayer works!

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    Bill Burnett
    August 13, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Great news on Pap, I hope he avoids the Ritis Boys, they’re a real pain. Prayer works wonders and sincere ones are answered by our Heavenly Father I suffered four heart attacks, two in 2004 & two in 2005 and was lucky to be on several Prayer Circles, I have had no more problems since.

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    Tom
    August 13, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    So glad Pap is doing so well! Yes, prayer is a powerful thing. Pap and the entiire BP Gang will always be in our prayers. Life is good!

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    Sherry
    August 13, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Praise the Lord for Pap’s healing! Thank you for sharing all these good things with us. What an encouragement.

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    Annette Casada Hensley
    August 13, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    What a great day it is. Praise the Lord. Your 5 items just lifted my spirits. Thanks. I especially like #5!

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    Wanda Devers
    August 13, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that Pap is so much better! I’ve been wondering how he was doing.

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    Jim Pease
    August 13, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    The power of prayer is something I learned first hand. It is why I started the SteppingStones. If you need someone to pray for you, you only need to ask.
    Email me at [email protected] with your prayer request. The SteppingStones are for everybody, not just to be prayed for, but to serve others
    with love from your brother jim

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    Ken
    August 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Tipper,
    That’s a nice picture of a Maple
    Leaf, reminding us of what’s to
    come. And I’m so proud of our
    beautiful Pressley Girls.
    Pap is living proof that Prayer
    Works and has a strong family for
    support. …Ken

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    Charline
    August 13, 2015 at 11:53 am

    What a wonderful testimony about Pap! Thank you for sharing this encouraging blessing!

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    Ed Ammons
    August 13, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
    And some jelly jars to boot! I’d say you have had a good week!

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    Lisa Snuggs
    August 13, 2015 at 10:51 am

    What a delightful, newsy post! Love it all, especially Pap’s healing. Reminds me a song I’m writing, “…I don’t believe in luck, but I believe in love…” I believe in prayer and blessings, too!

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    Ron Banks
    August 13, 2015 at 10:28 am

    The last two mornings has had the cool taste of Summers end in it. My my, time she is a flying! We love jelly jars and drink from them also. I’ve been drinking from them since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I’m glad your girls had a good summer break and learned new things. They will learn a lot in the next few years. And finally I am so glad that your dad is doing so well. I do not know him personally but I can tell by your stories that he is not a man to sit around and feel sorry for himself. That in itself is a great healer. But the ultimate healer is the good Lord up above.

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    Biscuit & Honey
    August 13, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I enjoy your daily update recipies and family news. I am going to try to do a winter garden one more time and see who wins the bugs and critters or me. Thank you for all you wonderful reporting and God Bless Pap. They just don’t make ‘um like that any more.

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    Biscuit & Honey
    August 13, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I enjoy your daily update recipies and family news. I am going to try to do a winter garden one more time and see who wins the bugs and critters or me. Thank you for all you wonderful reporting and God Bless Pap. They just don’t make ‘um like that any more.

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    Biscuit & Honey
    August 13, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I enjoy your daily update recipies and family news. I am going to try to do a winter garden one more time and see who wins the bugs and critters or me. Thank you for all you wonderful reporting and God Bless Pap. They just don’t make ‘um like that any more.

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    Biscuit & Honey
    August 13, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I enjoy your daily update recipies and family news. I am going to try to do a winter garden one more time and see who wins the bugs and critters or me. Thank you for all you wonderful reporting and God Bless Pap. They just don’t make ‘um like that any more.

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    dolores
    August 13, 2015 at 9:48 am

    The best of the five is Pap’s healing. Prayers worked. The girls look absolutely beautiful. My mom used to save the jelly glasses. I often wonder where they all went. Yep! Fall will be here soon; I enjoy the beauty of the colors. You do have pretty eggs; they must come from a special breed of chicken.

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    Teresa Atkinson
    August 13, 2015 at 9:28 am

    i am glad Pap is doing well too. can’t wait for fall festival – sure hope we can get together again this year.

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    Shirl
    August 13, 2015 at 9:19 am

    When Pap had his accident someone said he was a tough bird and he proved it! The news reported that eggs could go up to $6 a dozen. They are headed that way already with Walgreens advertising them on sale for $2.99! That should make yours even prettier. The girls are probably looking forward to getting back to school after their busy summer.

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    Susan C
    August 13, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Love all the 5 things, but the best is Pap’s miraculous healing. So thankful! Also delighted to hear of all the girls learned this summer. I know these all make your heart sing. A merry heart doeth good like medicine.

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    Pamela Danner
    August 13, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Great post,I really enjoyed it! Bless Pap’s heart, I am so happy he is doing so well! I sure know how arthritis feels, if HURTS!!! Hope he never gets it.
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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    Harry Fristoe
    August 13, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Sounds like Pap’s doctor needs to see a doctor!

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    Don Casada
    August 13, 2015 at 8:44 am

    All five are keepers, but especially #5.

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    Darlene Debty Kimsey
    August 13, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Praise the Lord!

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    August 13, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Tipper, I am so thankful for Pap’s progress. God is truly good. Our parents and our children are a blessing beyond compare.

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    b. Ruth
    August 13, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Tipper,
    I too love old jelly glasses. I especially love the tiny ones that have little animals, flowers and children on them. Called “Swanky Swigs” in the books, I sold a couple this year at the sale, still with the old Welsh caps. Someone had the presence of mind to not throw out the lid with the jar…cool!
    I have found the perfect medium for that beautiful maple leaf. Can I save that picture and use it,(copy your picture) with my new paper and inks?
    Hard to believe the girls are starting their second year of college…WOW! Their young minds are absorbing everything now days!
    That is either a small hand or a big “aig”! My “Easter egger hens” laid smaller eggs!
    I’m so glad Pap is doing well. We have a hard enough time with arthritis as we age, without a break adding to the fast set-in of it. Glad all is looking well, with Pap’s recovery.
    Proverbs 17:22-A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.
    I believe Pap plays, sings and lives with a merry heart!

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    Miss Cindy
    August 13, 2015 at 7:45 am

    When I was growing up we called those Jelly glasses. Everybody had a matched set. I still have one. We decorated them in fourth grade. I keep pencils it here on the counter. It’s getting old!
    That was a good day shopping the yard sales and thrift stores in Franklin then going to their annual gem show/sale.
    Yes, I feel the little nip in the morning air, it says fall is coming but it’s still hitting 85 in the afternoon. It’s like a battle and we know fall will win.
    Pap is indeed a walking talking miracle. He broke his hip in two, or was it three, places and had a heart attack at the same time. Now it’s like it never happened.
    Your doney gals sure did step up and help take care of pap when he needed it.
    Yes I would certainly agree the doney gals learned more in this very full summer that in the whole lost year in college!
    We have a lot of bounty to celebrate at the fall festival!

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    Gina S
    August 13, 2015 at 7:40 am

    What wonderful news about Pap. I’m happy, happy, and thankful. Love thrifting…call it junking. I use big Mason jars to store dried beans, pasta, rice, all sorts of things. One jar holds a collection of sea shells and another one holds buttons. The pride of my collection is a jar from the early 1900s found where else…..a yard sale.

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    TimMc
    August 13, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Well it’s good to know God the Father and his Son the “Great Physician”.. good to hear Pap’s good report..Psalms 34:7 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

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    Dan
    August 13, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Thanks for posting number 5. My Dad was just diagnosed with something very bad. I believe in the power of prayer. Dad does not like a lot of fan fare so I was not going to share his situation. After reading your post I am going to share with my church and those that care so we can benefit from their prayers. Thank you.

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    Clint
    August 13, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Great stories…and that picture of the girls might be my favorite ever.

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    Garry Ballard
    August 13, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Glad to hear Pap is doing so well! I prayed for him here in Australia. I’m a nurse and agree with what the doctor said because I’ve seen it so often but I also believe in God and He overrides medicine and doctors and I’ve seen that so often too!

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