Appalachia COVID-19

Appalachia Through My Eyes – Making Music on a Workday

living room with instrument cases on floor

It feels really weird to be making music during the middle of a workday, but with self-isolation being our motto that’s what the girls and I have been doing.

If it wasn’t for the infernal rain I’d like to be outside working in the yard in the extra hours that have been suddenly added to our days. If the weather forecast holds, hopefully we’ll be out in the sunshine by the weekend.


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

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  • Reply
    Hank Skewis
    March 25, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Please send a little of that “infernal rain” our way! Thanks from very dry California. Hank

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    March 25, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    We’re getting some much-needed rain in Richmond, Virginia, as we are behind on rainfall for the month. I am cleaning old papers of Mama’s and other stuff I should have done a long time ago. My husband does most of the cooking and has been cooking even more. Yesterday, he made a batch of cranberry bread, and we had some for breakfast.

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    March 25, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    I don’t know about everyone else but my yard is growing like crazy. I don’t know when i will ever get to mow it. It’s gonna take forever to dry up. My husband has had to be off work this week ( not his choice) so he has taken advantage of it to work on our kitchen. I to can’t wait till this weekend. Hopefully we can get outside.

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    aw griff
    March 25, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Tipper, I’ve staying in alot too and playing the fiddle. Tunes that I heard when I was young only took a time or two to know it, now takes lots of times. Especially if they don’t have words like many fiddle tunes don’t have.

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    Ed Ammons
    March 25, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    The dad-blamed rain has stopped here and the sun is out! At least for now. The sun last week then the rain that follered have greened things up. Some of the poplars are starting to leaf out. My weeds are growing like weeds!

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    Ron Stephens
    March 25, 2020 at 8:43 am

    You made me chuckle, Tipper, with the “infernal rain”. It isn’t funny of course. I need to be out doing some several things also, especially finishing up getting ready to plant the garden. But it is sopping this morning. Prediction is a drying spell ahead.

    So, TMC, how is it that un-alike folks are drawn to each other? Is it maybe because we know (without knowing that we do) that we need some opposite to complete us? I’m like you. I don’t get lonely being alone. I have only a dim understanding of why anybody would. I have no idea how long I could go before I wanted to seek out company but it would be a while.

    Anyway, you are right. This staying at home will have some good effects, kinda like getting snowbound.

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      aw griff
      March 25, 2020 at 12:33 pm

      Ron, I don’t know the answer to the question you asked TMC but I’m the same way. I like myself for company. I love every soul but there shore is alot of people that I don’t like their ways. After awhile though I do get hungry for company of others, Just takes me longer to get there. I guess I would be a porcupine like TMC.

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      March 25, 2020 at 7:35 pm

      Yep, Ron I guess your right if there’s any good in me the Good Lord and My Wife gets the credit, once was going down a bad path, Good Lord and My Wife believed in me and I haven’t looked back, and I’ve benefited from it.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 25, 2020 at 8:38 am

    I’ve been in for days too. Trying to stay away from the virus germs. I’ve taken the time to do some cleaning out and organizing and these are really good things to do but I sure would like to get some exercise. I’m thinking about the walking track behind the gym. The gym is closed but I think the track is open.

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    Don Byers
    March 25, 2020 at 6:58 am

    I have had plenty of rain! My motorcycle is kicking at the carport walls…….

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    March 25, 2020 at 6:01 am

    Well, after this is all over folks will know a little more about themselves and their family members, like who in the family is an introvert or an extrovert, this way of life has been our life for several years now, don’t bother us, ( Introverts ), now folks that it just drives them crazy for social interaction ( extrovert ), look up the definition of each and see where you land. I did this little crazy animal personality test one time and came out porcupine, which I find interesting because I don’t like to covy, being alone doing my own thing is more my style, being left alone, but willing to defend if I need to. I always told my Wife she was part bat because the later it got the more alive she became and I was shutting down when the sun went down, and quess what when she took the animal personality test she came out Bat, I knew it.

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