5 Things Appalachia

5 Things

Chatter's proposal on the beach

1. It’s been an exciting summer around the Blind Pig and The Acorn house! Chatter’s boyfriend proposed to her and she said YES! We knew it was coming sometime soon since her beau asked The Deer Hunter if he approved of him marrying our daughter. The couple have dated over two years and we adore Austin.


2. Wild phlox grows all around our house. I don’t think it’s ever been as pretty as it is this year. The lovely blooms are also very fragrant. The entire bean patch is full of their amazing scent.

Chitter's rock saw

3. Another exciting thing that’s happened this summer—Chitter got a slab saw. She’s wanted this piece of equipment for a good long while. Now she can cut the slabs she makes cabochons out of instead of paying someone to cut them.

Pastor Lon and family

4. We had a pleasant surprise on our recent beach trip. Over the course of the last year we’ve become online friends with another YouTube Channel family: The Homesteading Pastor. We stopped on the way to the beach to eat. Chitter was visiting the restroom before we left and Chatter and I were standing outside waiting on her. I heard the door open and turned around to see if it was Chitter and saw that it was Robbie Lynn and her daughter going through the door with Pastor Lon and their son Bradley right behind them. I was so shocked it took me a minute to holler “Pastor Lon!” He got Robbie Lynn to come back out and we stood and chatted for a few minutes. It was so nice meeting them in person. They said they never eat out on Sundays because they have a standing tradition to eat Sunday dinner at Robbie Lynn’s mother’s house, but they had all been on vacation together the week before and her mother had decided to stay one more day so they decided to eat out. I’m still so glad we ran into each other, it sure felt like it was meant to be. If you’d like to visit their YouTube channel and subscribe go here: The Homesteading Pastor.

the Malpass Brothers and The Pressley Girls

5. Last week we went to see The Malpass Brothers over in Franklin. We were supposed to go see them in 2020, but that concert was canceled. We were worried we weren’t going to make it to this one because we sat in traffic for over thirty minutes on the other side of Hayesville due to a wreck. Our whole bunch has been fans of The Malpass Brothers ever since someone told us about them, I believe that someone was Ed Ammons. The brothers play classic country music and are especially fond of The Louvin Brothers who are among our music heroes. Their music and singing is outstanding and their humor will have you laughing till your face hurts. They were kind enough to stand around talking to us after the show until the venue was about to run us all off. One of the funniest parts of their show is when they do a little skit about trading places in the band. It starts with the drummer and bass player, but the funny part comes when Taylor imitates Chris who has dance moves that have been likened to an early Elvis Presley. You can see a concert from earlier this year where they do the skit here.

To view last night’s video go here: What People Say When its Hot in Appalachia.


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  • Reply
    Sue Myers
    July 30, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Congratulations on upcoming wedding! I, too, even had a feeling there might be a wedding coming sometime with the new house purchase. Katie and her saw …exciting business move. Good changes going on in your lives. God Bless!

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      Pippin baker
      July 31, 2021 at 9:47 pm

      AWw so lovely, now that Austin boy better be EXTRAXTRA special…… Congratulations, from over the pond….lotsalove Pippi, Queensland Australia :))

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    Jenny De Armond
    July 29, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    I only know the girls from Folk School but this news got me all teary eyed. How wonderful!

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    Hank Skewis
    July 28, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Congratulations to Chatter and Austin! I wish them many years of happiness together.

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    July 28, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    What great news and big congrats! All five items are a joy to read 🙂 Blessings to all!

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    July 28, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Congratulations to Corie and Austin! I’m happy for you both! I’m thrilled Katie got her saw! Mama had wild flox in her flower beds. Such wonderful news!

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    Cynthia B
    July 28, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Grew up listening to Louvin Brothers music and so many they influenced. Did not know of Malpass Brothers, thank you! They are so good. Would love to hear them with The Presley Girls – Angels Rock Me To Sleep, or others with Chitter on that fiddle and the girls harmonies. Really enjoying your Dad’s cd Shepherd of My Soul it’s so pretty, original songs sung in high lonesome sound. Beyond beautiful. Husband from upper east Tn and I’m from Sand Mountain area originally. Music is next best thing to going home.

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    Ed Ammons
    July 28, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    All I want to know is can Austin sing? Is he going to join The Pressley Girls? Or is he going to break them up? Now that would be sad!

    Come to think of it I did send you a link to The Malpass Brothers. I wish I could go see them live too. They live right down the road from here near Goldsboro. It’s only 235 miles. Sadly my range is about 10 and that’s on a good day.

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      July 28, 2021 at 3:23 pm

      Ed-he can play the guitar 🙂 He’s too great of a person to ever think about breaking up The Pressley Girls…and he well realizes it would never work anyway LOL!

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    July 28, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Congratulations! Sounds like alot has been going on. All goods things. God Bless!

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    Donna M Wood
    July 28, 2021 at 11:43 am

    We are also fans of the Malpass brothers! I’m wondering if Chatter’s boyfriend plays an instrument?

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      July 28, 2021 at 1:02 pm

      Donna-he does! Austin plays the electric guitar 🙂

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    Donald Wells
    July 28, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Happy for you Folks, and Praying and Wishing You All the Best in Life. Always Thankful and Appreciative for what You do.

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    Ray Presley
    July 28, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Thanks for mentioning Ola Belle Reed. She’s one of my absolute favorites. Her music is pure country/fold. It reminds me of sitting around outside the house in the summertime with people playing whatever they can pick up and spending more time trying to tune an old banjo than actually picking it.

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    Kimberly H. Glenn
    July 28, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Congratulations! So happy for all of you!

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    July 28, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Congratulations Chatter! I guessed this was coming – been snooping around on You Tube. Also, congratulations on your big purchase, Chitter. Be care with that saw! Can’t wait to check out the Malpass Brothers on the link you provided.

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    Ann Applegarth
    July 28, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Congratulations to Corie on her engagement!!!! Re what I say when it’s hot,
    many of those you mentioned Tipper, but also these two:
    Hotter than a blast furnace! Hotter than 7 shades in Hades.

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    Sallie the apple doll lady
    July 28, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Congratulations on the future son-in-law. He’s a lucky fellow and I know your family is too. I’m wondering what his nick-name is. I’ve noticed a young man in the background of some of your recent posts and thought maybe you would reveal him someday.
    My mother had lots of that same phlox and I have been able to keep some too in all our moves although I lost some of her other plants. It is one of my favorites.
    I’m so thankful for air conditioning and cannot imagine not having it as our house was growing up. I also know some people who do not have it, mostly by choice. I think it’s my favorite invention of modern conveniences.

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    July 28, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Congratulations Corrie!

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    Ron Stephens
    July 28, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Big changes in the offing for you all. That’s the thing about kids. They don’t stay little but grow up to be their own person and go their own way, just like we did. Sigh. That’s life.

    About hot in Appalachia, my Dad’s saying was, “Hotter than a two dollar pistol on the fourth of July.” I remember very well the cars without air conditioning on those dusty country roads, the stifling hot house at canning time and the nights too hot to sleep. I remember the church windows propped open with a stick and the preacher soaked and dripping. And it was all just ordinary.

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    July 28, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Oh happy day! Congrats.

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    Ray Presley
    July 28, 2021 at 8:51 am

    There are many things on The Blind Pig that I enjoy and keep me coming back. It’s not just a delicious, down-home recipe or a trip through the garden. I also enjoy Katie and Corie’s music, jewelry and such, Paul’s beautiful tenor and Tipper’s varied entries, e.g., introduction to the French Family, Charlie Louvin and others. I even enjoy seeing Matt off in the background, leaning on a hoe or chewing on a toothpick. Keep it up, Tipper.

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    Lisa I
    July 28, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Congratulations! You all have had a wonderful summer. It’s been hot but it’s been a great season. You all will have a great fall . Enjoy the moments

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    Margie G
    July 28, 2021 at 8:08 am

    First off CONGRATULATIONS to Corey and Austin on their bethroval! Also, you are gaining a son, Tipper and Deer Hunter in addition to your lovely daughters. That’s what everyone told me when Carly and Maura got engaged. They both got married and now have both trotted off to Mexico. One teaches scuba and the other teaches children English and advanced math. They love it there. It’s great Katie got her saw and now she can amp up her cabochons and business!!! The preacher seems like a nice fella and so glad friends got to break bread together in person. I have smelled and seen flowers this year and bees like you wouldn’t believe! It’s been a divine summer GIVEN by our Heavenly Father to his beloved hill people so get out and enjoy.

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    July 28, 2021 at 7:55 am

    Aw, a BIG Congratulations to Corie on her engagement!!!! And how wonderful that you were able to meet the Malpass Brothers! Do you know we just got acquainted with their music Saturday night? Our friends were here visiting with us and we were sitting around watching youtube videos and they told us about them. Oh, my goodness! We were completely blown away by their harmony and so impressed that they sing the old songs, and yes, I mentioned that they sound like the Louvin Brothers. I picked up on that right away. We are definitely fans now! God bless all of you and keep you in His care!

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    donna sue
    July 28, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Summer is great, even if it is so stinking hot! Congratulations on the upcoming wedding!! I am so excited for your family! And I am so tickled for Katie’s latest business move – that saw will help her for years – it was a good investment! It is always fun to meet friends you have never met in person. God is amazing how He orchestrates these chance happenings! I never fail to be in awe and wonder with what He does! And Praise!! I am so glad your concert experience was exceptional, even with the panic of traffic adventures thrown in. You know, it’s those unplanned things that add spice to our journey!! Phlox is one of my most favorite flowers to smell. To me, they trump the smell of roses by a long shot. In Iowa I planted a bunch under the living room window – and this time of summer, even with the heat, I had to open that window to let their smell in!!!

    Donna. : )

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    Wanda Robertson
    July 28, 2021 at 7:50 am

    Congratulations! We love the Malpass brothers. Thanks for sharing.

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    Carolyn Rains
    July 28, 2021 at 7:48 am

    Congratulations ❣️❣️
    You will have Appalachia Wedding Plans to share with us

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    Jerry Wright
    July 28, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Congratulations Chatter.

    Thanks Tipper for introducing me to the Malpass Brothers.

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