5 Things

5 Things

three packs of seeds

1. I planted a fall garden, but its been so dry only a few seeds have come up. I’ve tried to water it at least every other day, but it doesn’t seem to have helped. We did get a gully washer over the weekend, so maybe that will help a few more seeds sprout.


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2. Chitter is still cranking out pieces in her Stamey Creek Creations Shop. Her work is also now available in the Black and White Market in downtown Murphy.


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3. The Pressley Girls are continuing to deliver comedy along with their music. They even got in on the whole Area 51 hoop-la.

Malpass Brothers on a bus

4. I’ve become a huge fan of The Malpass Brothers. I’ve been aware of them for a few years, but never had time to actually pursue their music until recently. We’ve all became enamored with the brothers. I love that their Daddy is in their band and who wouldn’t love their hair, clothes, and accents. I’ve watched every video of them on Youtube and Paul bought a dvd documentary about their lives. One of them plays Charlie Louvin’s guitar and the other plays Ira’s mandolin…how cool is that! You can go here to watch one of their concerts.

old red house with bushes grown up around it

5. Several weeks back I gave away a copy of “The Dollmaker” by Harriet Simpson Arnow. Jeanne won the book, but let me know she’d bought her own copy after reading my first post about it. I drew another name out of the online hat and it was Mary Johnson who said: “I loved every little portion you put out on The Dollmaker.” Mary you can send your mailing address to me at [email protected] and I’ll get the book on its way to you.


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  • Reply
    Joseph Schramm
    October 2, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Dear Tipper,
    I am a Malpass Brothers fan also. I “discovered” them on the internet and after I added the RFD channel to my cable. It is a shame that there is no longer any decent radio stations to provide airplay for acts like the Malpass Brothers and the Pressley Girls. I have been a subscriber of your blog years ago after following a link on a YouTube video by Pap and Paul. Being a military transplant from the north I appreciate learning about your culture and customs. I spent the majority of my Army career in the south and always found the people to be warm and friendly. I see the Malpass Brothers live whenever I can and support them by buying their CDs. I am looking forward to visiting your area in the near future. Thanks again for all you do and God bless you for sharing your family’s stories with us.

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    October 1, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Oh my goodness, those brothers are good! Thank you!

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    October 1, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I have a peek at Chitter’s creations every time I visit Etsy – she sure does make nice designs!

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    Ken Roper
    October 1, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Those Malpass Brothers are from Goldsboro, N.C. Ever since you sent me an e-mail of them brothers, I have watched them religiously, almost as much as Chitter and Chatter.

    The Malpass Brothers now live in Marion, Va., that is their Dad playing the Bass, and Criss’s brother, Talor (4 years younger) on the Mandolin and Steel Guitar. They opened for Merl Haggard for 6 years, then high-tailed it back to N.C. to work in the tobacco fields of home. Criss, (the guitar player and announcer of songs) can imitate Merl, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Ray Price and others about the best I’ve ever seen or heard.

    They are a lot like Chitter and Chatter, only they’re Boys, and they both respect and pay tribute their elders. …Ken

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    Ed Ammons
    October 1, 2019 at 10:34 am

    I think I told you about the Malpass Brothers maybe ten years ago. I like their performance better that the people they imitate in most cases. They have been a long time coming so hopefully that will keep them rooted right here in good ole North Carolina!

    Do you have to have a lot of faith to grow mustard?

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    October 1, 2019 at 10:08 am

    It’s been so hot and dry in Richmond, Va., so we haven’t bothered with a fall garden. I have several pieces of Chitter’s jewelry, and if you don’t own a piece, go to her Etsy page. The craftsmanship and detail is amazing. Treat yourself, or get your Christmas shopping done early. You can get some beautiful pieces. I was browsing the Nordstrom website and saw a pair of mountain earrings at twice the price and no detail. Each earring looked like a pair of triangles stuck together.

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    October 1, 2019 at 9:57 am

    The Malpass brothers indeed are indeed impressive with the way they dress and their choice of music. The girls are so full of fun, and so glad they were not taught that terrible old adage of, “children should be seen and not heard.” My small garden is doing well because it is small enough for me to manage. I keep intending to start debugging much like we did as children. We were turned loose with a jar of water in the tater patch, and it was like a game to see how many bugs we could get. Children nowadays are unusually frightened by bugs!

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    Bob Dalsemer
    October 1, 2019 at 9:23 am

    I totally agree with you about the Malpass Brothers! I recently saw them on Song of the Mountains on NC PBS.

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    Ron Stephens
    October 1, 2019 at 8:44 am

    I’m trying to have a fall garden to. I have seed out that I planted around August 10th that have never had enough rain to sprout. And that includes radishes. Last significant rain here was about August 13th. The farming life ….

    I used to say at work that we had to make our own fun because nobody was gonna bring us any. Pretty much true everywhere I reckon. So girls, keep making your own.

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