5 Things Appalachia

5 Things

chicken egg

1. Chitter’s new chickens have finally started laying eggs…well at least one of them has. We’ve been getting eggs from what I believe is one bird for about a week. I’m anxious for the other ones to start laying. You’ve never seen such a bunch of chickens. They literally want someone to stand and hold them. I reckon that’s because Chitter raised them ๐Ÿ™‚

small red leaf

2. When the weather is nice Granny sits on the porch and watches the world. The other day she spied this small pretty leaf and saved it for me.

red maple leaves on ground

3. Speaking of leaves. Every year when the trees put on their brilliant fall garments I know there’ll be a carpet of red when I get out of the car at Granny’s.

4. Lately I’ve been enjoying the youtube channel Turner Family Music. Best I can tell it’s a grandmother (who they call granny) and her daughter and her family. I’ve not seen one video where they don’t exude pure joy in the music and the words. I especially like this one and this one. Granny and daughter can really play the piano.

thankful announcement

5. It’s time for my annual Thankful November.

Every November I  host a variety of giveaways as a way of saying THANK YOU to Blind Pig and The Acorn readers. If you didn’t know it, you’re the best blog readers in the whole wide world!

There’ll be a variety of giveaways throughout the month so be on the lookout for any that you might like to enter.


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    November 3, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    All those leaves are so pretty, and what a sweet gift…. hope you’ll soon get lots more eggs from the others as well, We sure like to eat them :)… enjoyed listening to the Turner family.. started out with the 2 you shared and then went on to listen to a few more…..joy-filled and so encouraging ….

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    Gina Smith
    November 3, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Canโ€™t beat home grown eggs for quality! The gifted little red leaf is absolutely precious, to know someone is thinking of you. Loved the leaf confetti carpeting your ground and the family singers was just what I needed to hear today. Thank you Tipper!

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    Ed Ammons
    November 3, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Are Blind Pig readers going to be able to give as well as receive during Thankful November? To me the joy is in giving. In the words of the greatest giver of all time, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

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      November 3, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      Ed-Sure! Email me and let me know what you’d like to give and we’ll work out the details ๐Ÿ™‚ [email protected]

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    Leonard Barnett
    November 3, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    Do yโ€™all ever watch and listen to โ€œ The Williamson Branch Family โ€œ on Facebook and on their YouTube channel,,,,they are absolutely amazing!

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      November 3, 2020 at 2:57 pm

      Leonard-no but I will check them out ๐Ÿ™‚

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    November 3, 2020 at 11:38 am

    The Turner Family really lifted my spirits. I have not heard piano playing like that in many a year.

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    Gene Smith
    November 3, 2020 at 11:16 am

    The chicken/egg report reminded me of one of the verses in Loafers Glory by Flatt5 & Scruggs: “Ike’s broody hen refused to lay… he thought he would help her…ran her backwards up the hill and fed her corn and pepper…” Nonsensical, but funny, like the rest of that song.

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    November 3, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Thank you for the wonderful post today! Thanks for sharing your beautiful fall with us! I am encouraged about those eggs! Our chickens are the same age as yours and we keep hoping they will lay eggs! So far not a one.

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    Margie Goldstein
    November 3, 2020 at 9:19 am

    Cage free chicken eggs bring quite a stipend. Perhaps Miss Chitter could think about business expansion in her future. Fact: farmers are HAPPIEST occupation in the world. Hello to Granny (and Ken as well!) I was thinking the most valuable things in life arenโ€™t things- THEYRE memories and people. Blessings to all as we prepare and reflect to thank God for his goodness this past year. I NEED APPLE PIE!!!

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    November 3, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Fall leaves are beautiful! They are coming down everywhere here in south central PA. Wow, great gospel music. I listened to both songs and can say what a spirit-filled family with such talent. Thanks for sharing.

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    November 3, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Isn’t November so beautiful. It’s like part of the world came to life. It is so my favorite time. We had a big wind storm here the other day and that blew alot of the leaves off. Glad your chicken is laying. I can see granny picking that little leaf up and thinking what she was going to do with it. Good post Tipper.

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    Ron Stephens
    November 3, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Maybe Chitter needs some of those fake eggs to get her chickens started. My Grandma had some but I’ve no idea where – or whether – one could get any.

    Granny evidently has at least one red maple yard tree. They live up to their name in buds and twigs and leaves. Somehow though it seems the colors this year have been rather dull. I don’t think the mystery of leaf color has ever been entirely unraveled.

    Those Turner “girls” are something alright. I see what you mean. They are having a good time. It’s evident they know what they are singing about.

    You must have been raised with that Appalachian giving folkway. My Grandma was like that. You couldn’t leave her house without something. People with that spirit never even think of keeping score. Blessed memory.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 3, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Tip, I was just yesterday think it was about time for some November goodies to be given away!
    That picture of leaves is absolutely stunning and with that one picture you summed up everything that needs to be said about this Fall of the year!
    It’s about time those chickens started laying. It may be that they are so petted that they will not lay unless Chitter is holding them, LOL!

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    Sheryl Paul
    November 3, 2020 at 6:30 am

    My favorite yime of year in NC mountains. So pet vhickens, love it the way all animals should be raised.
    Wish I vould come set a while on thst front porvh

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    November 3, 2020 at 5:34 am

    I just love Granny. That wonderful generation found beauty everywhere, and they are so in tune with nature. I can just imagine how very spoiled those chickens are with Chitter’s raising. I once raised a little dog, and I hand fed it often until it died at 11. When it was at the vet and I was working, I would con my sister into going to the vet’s office to comfort it. What a great sister!

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