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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Hiding From The Heat

It’s been hot here. The Deer Hunter made a trip to deer camp and it was 102 down there-made me thankful for the high 90s we’ve been having. Saturday the Blind Pig Gang hid from the heat-we spent about 7 hours in the room above. We were all there-I’m behind the camera and Pap was probably gone to get a cup of coffee. Mandolin Man even dropped by.

Maybe you’ve guessed already-we were at a recording session. Matt Cochran (a computer-film-recording whiz) laid down as many tracks as he could for us during those 7 hours-and he filmed us to boot. Will it be any good? I think so. The few tracks he rendered on the spot sounded good. Who knows what the film will look like-Matt had a dedicated camera on us the whole time-and he let Chitter film with a hand held camera as well. She wanted every moment to be a bloopers moment-and she got her wish pretty often.

What have you been doing to beat the heat? What’s the highest temp you’ve had this summer?


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    Larry Proffitt
    July 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    95 here in the lowlands of upper east Tn but only 75 at 1 PM at the mountain place about 4500 elevation . This is an old time 50’s summer to me when I would go across the road to my granny’s old house in the afternoon where it would still be cool in the old log house with clapboard on the ouside , little narrow windows and short doors. Great place for a little fat boy to take an afternoon nap under the bed on the lineoleum floor when it was really hot.Larry Proffitt

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    July 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    It’s been mid to high 90’s here in the northern foothills, and humid as a turkish bath! No real way to beat it without a/c. Just the old reliable standbys – fans and swimming! Looking forward to seeing/hearing your new music! Keep cool! 🙂

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    Jennifer in OR
    July 26, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Can’t wait to hear the tracks you all put down today!
    It’s actually been a cool summer here in Oregon! This is the first week it’s even felt like summer. Crazy, huh?
    Keep cool over there! Have a blessed week!

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    Suzi Phillips
    July 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    LOL- I spent yesterday in Chattanooga sweltering-there I sat, makeup running down my face, sweat beading on my upper lip, & there sat my family, WEARING JACKETS(they thought the air-conditioning was too cool-not!). I was so happy to get home to my 80’s! No more complaining for me-

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    July 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    At 10:00 Saturday night it was 91 here in East Texas. Got a little shower today and at 8:00 its is now 88.

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    kenneth o. hoffman
    July 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Tipper: 87, yesterday, sedro woolley,the best place in america to avoid the heat. but you most know how to swim, or have a good boat. you never heard so many complaints as you did about the 87. bless you all. k.o.h

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    Garland Davis
    July 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    People on the mainland envy us in Hawaii in the winter because the temps are in the 80’s. People envy us in the summer because the temps are in the 80’s. It’s tough but someone has to do it.

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    July 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I think it got to 102 with a heat index of 115 one day last week. Not so hot this week, but the humidity makes up for it.
    Good luck with the recordings and movie. Will I see you in a theater near me soon? 🙂

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    Barbara Johnson
    July 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    101 in Michigan not counting the heat index! We swim in the pool, or the lake!

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    lynn legge
    July 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    yep tipper its been hot all over.. been in the middle 90s here all the way up to pa… and so humid.. ughhh i stay inside mostly with the poor ac croaking … lol as my asthma cant take this type of air..
    cant wait to hear the music.. i adore your family and love you all. hope you stay warm.. and just think of the winter.. which will soon be upon us all and we will be wishing for some summer .. lol are we ever happy?
    big ladybug hugs

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    July 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Keeping company with the A/C is my best bet for staying cool. Our high has been around 109* — sigh —

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    July 25, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Wichita, KS
    107 degrees
    July 24

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    July 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    One of my Daddy’s sisters used to tell this tale about getting cool in summer. She said that she would get a quilt and spread it out under the bed (they were higher off the floor back then) and take a nap under the bed. She said that it was surprising how much cooler it was under there.

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    July 25, 2011 at 11:45 am

    The humidity is the worst I can
    remember for almost everybody. I
    saw it 97 many times this year but
    it gets a whole lot better when the shade comes over. Thats the
    only time I can work my garden.
    And I’m still behind on that!
    We’re all looking forward to the
    new videos and singing…Ken

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    July 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I’m not sure about the highs, but it is WAY higher than normal. Worst of all…the temperatures are not dropping much at night. No fair! We stay indoors, working outside only for brief periods early in the day. I’ve got a lot of reading done.

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    July 25, 2011 at 10:29 am

    The highest I’ve seen on the local bank digital signs has been 100F(just yesterday).
    We’ve spent more time in our pool this summer than we have in the whole 6 yrs. we’ve had it….combined.
    Could somebody PLEASE turn the oven OFF. LOL

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    Wayne Newton
    July 25, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Tipper, the humidity in Union County has been so high that I’m reminded of South Georgia, Wiregrass Country.
    When I was still able to work, I dreaded that first breath of air when I went out the door every morning.
    I often remarked it was so humid I almost drank that first breath of air early in the morning.
    My breathing problems force me to be cautious when going outside, now, and the AC runs 24/7/365; where I stay most of the time.
    Makes me remember how we survived during my growing up years.
    Drinking lots of water, jumping in the Ole Swimming hole, sleeping on the porch until the wee hours, wearing as few clothes as possible; but mostly just enduring. When you’ve never had AC, you don’t miss it.
    Also, we learned where that stray breeze might be found; went there often.
    We are spoiled now, couldn’t go back; many would not survive if we had to.

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    Rod Weigel
    July 25, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Here in Northern Indiana it has been in the upper 90s with heat indexes in the 100s accompanied with some pretty strong storms, some with crop damaging hail. It’s been too hot and wet to even get into the garden so the weeds are lovin it.

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    July 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

    We hit 97 one day but the humidity is the killer for me. Our feel like index was about 102, we DO NOT LIKE that AT ALL.
    Almost all of last week was like that and we stayed inside with AC. Only went out to let our dog do his duties and take care of chickens. Now mind you, this kind of weather brings lots of weeds in our garden, tons. So as soon as it cools down a bit we’ve got work to do outside.
    The other thing we’ve been doing lately is sleeping in our basement where it’s cooler without AC. So we turn the AC off to give it a break which in turn will help lower electric bill.
    Good to hear and see you guys are keeping cool too.

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    Rose C.
    July 25, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Looking forward to seeing the video. I was at a farm market on Saturday and Sunday an Art market. No hiding from the heat, and today weeding the garden. But I do come in the house to cool down with the AC. Keep cool and safe!

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    Carol Wong
    July 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

    105 here today!!! Staying inside as much as possible, drinking iced drinks. Wonder when it will be over.

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    Pat in east TN
    July 25, 2011 at 9:00 am

    We’ve been into the mid 90’s, with several record setting/breaking days already, but it’s the humidity that is so hard to deal with, IMO anyway. We only do what is necessary outside and hide in the air-conditioning other times. If it’s like this in July, we’re wondering what August, usually our hottest month, is going to be like.

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    July 25, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Tipper, we finally got our heat, two days worth of eighty! My corn was seen line dancing on the highway. Back to cloudy and cool this morning. Glad to hear the recording went really well, for everyone, including blooper girl!

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    Eva M. Wike, Ph.D.
    July 25, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Tipper: I knew from a long time ago that ‘getten out early’ is the secret to getting something done during these 100-degrees July days! This morning EARLY I was picking blueberries. Just got about a quart this morning. There won’t be enough left to make another run of blueberry jam. But we already got enough jam canned to last through the winter – if I can resist given it away as gifts!
    Eva Nell

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    Ethelene Jones
    July 25, 2011 at 8:24 am

    For this mountain gal transplanted to hot, hot middle Georgia, the hottest I’ve recorded this summer was 107 F on my thermometer on the “sunny” side of my house, on the French doors that lead out onto my south-side deck! I didn’t go out there in that temp! I spent several days back in the mountains of N. GA in mid-July. Found that it’s hotter there now, too, so this intense heat seems to be generally distributed. But at least the mountain nights cool off! A little drop in temp comes here following sundown, but not as much as in my beloved mountains! Look forward to hearing your “air-conditioned” recordings! Best wishes.

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    July 25, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Am looking forward to seeing your video. Know u had fun regardless of the heat. It’s been 100 degrees or more here for weeks. The only thing thriving is the bahaia grass and since my yard has alot of it, I’ve got to mow today!

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    Debby Brown
    July 25, 2011 at 8:15 am

    108 (actual temp) in Rome, GA.
    I cant do anything! make up slides right off of your face! Hair is soaked before you do anything, just for walking to the car from the house! haha…
    Dogs water is in the shade and I have to change every few hours as it is too hot to drink.
    2 a.m. feels as hot as 2 p.m.
    its just rough and I am ready for September!!

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    Sherry Whitaker
    July 25, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Well, here in central Fla. it has been raining alot in the afternoons and then the humidity is like a sauna. However, our youngest son is in Terre Haute, Indiana and he says he saw squirrels picking up acorns with potholders because it was so hot!

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    July 25, 2011 at 7:51 am

    what fun, family time and music PLUS recording. we are running 98 to 100, went to 102 once. hot and the humidity and bugs are making us stay inside. so what we are doing involves seeking AC whatever we do.

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    B. Ruth
    July 25, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Hope we get to see a video soon..and or hear the music..
    As for cool…well, making freezer pickles and opening the freezer or frige…
    Looked up “refrigerator” in one of the old Webster’s Collegiate Dictonaries not American but the English Language by old Noah.(1898)just for “poops and grins” and he says..n. That which refrigerates;spec., a box or room for keeping food or other articles cool, usually by means of ice…Sooo, Tipper the Blind Pig group was in the right place…Did you have plenty of ice?
    Going through these old books I bought..I am going to have to keep this old leather English
    dictionary…I know folks were way cooler back then..ha
    Thanks Tipper

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    Miss Cindy
    July 25, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I saw 67 degrees on my car thermostat last week. Been trying to stay in and still. Got the AC on but that only covers my living area, not my sleeping area…so sleep has not been great.
    I don’t think it would feel so hot if the humidity weren’t so high.
    There should be a way we could bottle some of this heat and save it for next winter!!!
    We will be getting to hear and see some of that music??

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    July 25, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Last week was by far the hottest of the year. The girls were at camp. We had 97 last Thursday. I work in an air-conditioned place. We spent a lot of time at restaurants and browsing the stores in the evening.

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    Donna W
    July 25, 2011 at 6:22 am

    I’ve been mostly staying inside, but every day I eat a few of those cheap Walmart popsicles you buy and put in the freezer.

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    July 25, 2011 at 5:23 am

    It’s been quite hot in Cyprus as well, we’ve got 37-38C (about 100F)but for us this is normal. The highest temp we’ve had so far in Larnaca was 104 but only for a couple of days, The beach is only a 5-minute ride by car from home, so I swim in the sea almost every day, otherwise the air condition is the best solution. Wishing you the best with your film recording.

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    Dee from Tennessee
    July 25, 2011 at 4:46 am

    Can’t wait to hear it!! Hiding from the heat: keeping the air conditioner as high as we can stand it (nobody would believe how high we have it set) and lots of lil fans going to keep air circulating. And — blush — wearing as few clothes as possible when indoors…LOL

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