5 Things Appalachia

5 Things

The real Appalachia

1. Our pressure tank has been acting up for the last few months. The Deer Hunter knew he needed to change it, but was hoping to put the chore off till after hunting season. A few Friday mornings ago the tank was on it’s last legs for sure. The Deer Hunter was supposed to take off after work for a weekend hunting trip. He said he guessed he’d just stay home and fix the tank. I said “The girls and I will barely be here this weekend it can wait till Sunday.” He went on to deer camp and came back with a tank a friend gave him. It looked all beat up so I said “Are you sure that thing will work?” He said his friend said it was working when he took it out and he even tested it and it was fine. The Deer Hunter got right to work cutting the old tank out and installing the used one. Guess what? It didn’t work! It was worse than our old one! Every time someone used the water it sounded like a jet engine getting ready for take off. The next day The Deer Hunter bought a new one and installed it after he got off work. So The Deer Hunter got to install a pressure tank two days in a row and now we have two old tanks laying in our yard.


Blind Pig

2. I’ve had some Blind Pig and The Acorn fanfare recently that has me walking around on cloud nine. First my all time favorite scholar on Appalachian Studies, Loyal Jones, emailed me about the blog. I felt like I was corresponding with Elvis! And if that wasn’t good enough, Michael Montgomery aka compiler of my favorite source the Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English has been corresponding with me as well. Even more unbelievable to me, Michael may use the Blind Pig as a source in his next issue of the dictionary. Talk about an early Christmas present!

youtube channel stevenseagulls

3. Gregory, a Blind Pig reader, sent me a video of StevenSeagulls a few weeks back. I’ve become slightly obsessed with the band from Finland. Most of their videos are covers of hard rock songs, but done in a totally different manner. They use a variety of instruments including an accordion in some of their videos. I mean whether you like it or not you have to give kudos to someone who can use an accordion in an AC/DC song. Go here to see my favorite video of them.

Spreading holiday cheer in Appalachia

4. The girls still share my old car. Chitter got a wreath and a bow and ask her Daddy to attach it to the grill so they’ve been riding around spreading Christmas cheer every where they go. I never knew of anyone putting a wreath on their vehicle until I met The Deer Hunter. Way back in the day when we were dating he made a wreath from cedar trees that grew around Papaw’s house and put it on his big brown truck at Christmas.

The Pressley Girls cd - when it ends in a walk

5. The girls’ cd is selling like hotcakes. If you haven’t picked up a copy of it yet you need to. You can go here to buy it online or you can pick it up at Foster’s Trading Post if you live local. And of course they’ll have it for sale at their various gigs during the coming year. You can catch them on December 23 at 5:00 p.m. at the Andrews Brewing Company in Andrews NC and on January 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the John C. Campbell Folk School here in Brasstown NC.


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    Rev. RB
    December 13, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Sounds like everything turned out ok in the end. I bet your hubby is real good at installing that thing now, after having to install two in two days. There’s a reason for everything. LOL
    God bless.

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    Phyllis Pavis
    December 13, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I found your blog by accident while looking up the saying about snow staying on the ground 3 days. We are neighbors as we live in Blairsville Ga. I’m going to spend some time this evening enjoying your blog. The snow we had over the weekend was absolutely gorgeous and I, for one, am looking forward to a snowy winter!

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    Ann Applegarth
    December 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Re Thing 1: Those blue tanks sure make a pretty picture! I dragged it onto my computer desktop so I can look at it every day — while I’m enjoying listening to the beautiful Paul & Jerry album Songs of Christmas!

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    Ed Ammons
    December 13, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    1. I had to put in a new water heater a few weeks back. It wouldn’t be no big deal except it’s in the crawlspace under the house and an extremely tight fit. The old one is still under there because it is half full of water and too heavy to move. There is another one there too from a long time ago.
    2. Loyal Edward Jones is the uncle of my 1st cousin 1X removed’s wife. That makes us sorta like brothers right?
    3. On your recommendation I tried on them Steve’N’Seagulls and I think they are about my size. Anything acoustic seems to fit better don’t you think? I bet it won’t be too long before brother Paul will be having him an accordion if he hears them.
    4. People around here decorate their cars with wreaths and deer antlers too. I saw one dressed as Rudolph with a red nose and eyelashes on the headlights.
    5. I bought two Pressley Girls cds aready but gave one to my brother. I’ma gonna order two more for my daughter and son for Christmas. Glad you reminded me, the big day is getting close.

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    December 13, 2017 at 9:27 am

    How close are you to Fields of the Woods, NC?

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    Miss Cindy
    December 13, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I bet your on cloud nine, that’s wonderful news and I might add that it’s about time you got some recognition !!
    I like the seagulls, a little different but fun and peppy.
    That’s a lot of snow in the pictures, wasn’t that the day the weather called for about an inch?!?!
    That’s a great picture of the girls, they certainly are beautiful young women!

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    Ron Stephens
    December 13, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Well, I for one am happy good things are coming your alls’ way. And I know about the pressure tanks. I think we are on our fourth one. Aggravating things. Anyway, the Deer Hunter will see you through. Wish I was as good with my hands as he is.
    Makes perfect sense to me that both Mr. Montgomery and Mr. Jones are writing to you. Who better after all? Us readers are cheering them and you. (Btw, do we collectively have a name? I thought at one time we all were ‘the BP&A gang’ then I figured out that is your name for your extended family.)
    Looking forward to letting our granson hear “Give the Dog a Bath” today, if he can be still long enough. Even in the car that is not certain.

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    Sheryl Paul
    December 13, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Sounds like a busy week. Love to hear the girls play and sing

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    Melissa P (Misplaced Southerner)
    December 13, 2017 at 8:05 am

    I always had a wreath and sometimes lights on my cars at Christmas. One year, I had antlers on my windows (you know like car window flags but they were antlers) and a big red bow on the grill. Haven’t seen anyone up here doing that, but maybe I’ll start a trend.

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