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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Oh My Nerves

My life in appalachia oh my nerves

Are you a nervous person? Normally I’m not. But sometimes we all encounter things that startle us or make us nervous, such is the way of life.

I work with a dear sweet lady who says “Oh my nerves!” when she gets nervous or hears something she can barely believe. Granny was always talking about us kids getting on her nerves-sometimes we got on her last nerve!

I’ve heard people say they were right nervous and more than a few who claimed they needed a dose of nerve medicine every now and again.

May the gate be closed on things that make you right nervous today, in my neck of the woods-namely tornadoes, floods, and lockdowns.


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



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    February 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I don’t think I’m overly-nervous about anything. I am, though, cautious. And when it comes to storms (or unusual sounds), I surely am.
    How about you?
    God bless.

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    brenda s 'okie in colorado'
    February 1, 2013 at 5:28 am

    The nerve of someone speeding through that school zone! I was a nervous wreck until I saw the policeman’s lights flashing to stop the speeder. My nerves were shot! Have you ever had a nervous twitch?

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    Sandy Craig
    February 1, 2013 at 12:33 am

    I’ve heard of someone being so nervous they could thread a sewing machine and it running!!
    I worked in a prison and I do know what a Lockdown is in there!! After the riot in 2011, those idiots were on lockdown for a year!!

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    Susie Swanson
    January 31, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Oh My Nerves , this winter has got on my

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    January 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I sometimes tell my dog she is getting on my LAST nerve, but she doesn’t seem bothered about it. I’d say she’s got a heckova nerve!
    It’s been blowing like a wild thing here, nonstop since last night. I sort of like the wind, as long as I’m not trying to do anything with horses.
    Tipper, I hope closing that gate keeps any and all nervous-making stuff at bay! Take care now.

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    January 31, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I can never remember us having tornadoes & thunderstorms in the winter. Have I just forgotten? Seems springtime & summer were the season of storms.

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    Ed Ammons
    January 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Were you under a lockdown? Or the girls? Lockdowns happen at schools and prisons. So it had to be school. What happened?
    When my son was in middle and high school they had several lockdowns and let me tell you it don’t make you nervous, it scares the poop out of you. You don’t know what is happening and they won’t let you go to your child. Once when they had a lockdown my son tried to use his cell phone to call me and a teacher tackled him and took it away from him.

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    January 31, 2013 at 11:11 am

    A sign in the office of a taxi-cab dispatcher: “I woke up with one nerve left and you just got on it!”

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    Lisa Snuggs
    January 31, 2013 at 10:51 am

    My maternal grandmother was extremely nervous. She couldn’t stand to watch us swim, and she even worried about us walking a few blocks to a store near her house. We thought it was kind of funny back then because we were, of course, invincible, but looking back it saddens me. I wish I could have helped her learn not to worry so much. Life is too short to be upset over things you can’t change.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    January 31, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Well Tipper, now that I am ‘out of the classroom’ for a decade now, I rarely experience things that get on my nerves. The only thing that really bothers me are the deer coming through and eating my pansy blossoms – and even the whole plant sometimes. Maybe the DEER HUNTER could come up to our ridges and take out a few of those invasive deer! Maybe?
    Eva Nell

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    January 31, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I remember my mama talking about
    one of her daughter-in-laws being
    nervous. We just thought she was
    wound too tight.
    After the storms passed yesterday,
    my power went off for over 3 hours.
    This makes about 5 times that same
    Drug store has been robbed over
    in Peachtree. These dope heads
    today take advantage of a situation. I’m still mad over that
    one that broke into my house and
    stole 8,000 dollars worth of my
    guns. I can remember a time when
    we never locked our doors, and
    neighbors would watch out for
    your belongings, but those times
    have passed into history…Ken

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    B. ruth
    January 31, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I got to thinking about “nervous”
    after already commenting! That’s me talk now, think later! Whoa!
    My Granny used to say she was “right nervous” for some reason or other. I’ve also heard, “That one is shore “nervy”, comes by it natural since her Mammy was real nervy!”
    “My “nerves are breaking” and I’m on my last one!”
    “I’d have a “nervous breakdown” but I think I’m aready there!
    “I think my “nerves” are unraveling!”
    “You need to shake those nerves!”
    (what does that mean?)
    Then there is “You sure got the nerve!”
    Wish I could think of more “nervous” sayin’s…Maybe someone with nerve will make a nervy comment…
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Granny Sue
    January 31, 2013 at 9:47 am

    The wind seems to be dying down finally in my area, Tipper. It was a wild night. Fortunately, the power is still on.
    I hear people saying they’ve got a case of the nerves, or that they’re feeling all nervy. Then of course there’s “she’s got a nerve” or “she’s got her nerve.” Little different meaning though!

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    Ken and Jan Kuhlmann
    January 31, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I can understand being nervous about tornadoes and floods, but don’t know what a lockdown is. Can you tell us what that is?

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    Ron Banks
    January 31, 2013 at 9:08 am

    I’ll have to say that I was a bit nervous yesterday when I was at work and family at home under a tornado warning that was tracking right toward our community. Not being there with them was causing a little anxiety!
    But, thanks be to God all is well and life goes on. Not far from us in Bartow and Gordon counties people were hurt and a life was lost. Remember them in your prayers please.

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    January 31, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I think I like that saying – sometimes I get stressed and can feel that my nerves are reacting to my thoughts and the pressure I put on myself to finish/do something. I will remember this one and try to use it. Happy day! May the weather be calmer than I am hearing on the news.

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    Karen Larsen
    January 31, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Good luck today, Tipper. Take your nerve tonic!

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    Miss Cindy
    January 31, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Nerves, yeah sometimes. My mother was the queen of nerves and I think the thing that got on her nerves most in the world was me. Least that’s what she said.
    Noise is the thing that can get to me. I live a very quiet life. Too much constant noise can get on my last nerve.
    Yep, I like the idea of closing the gate.

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    B. ruth
    January 31, 2013 at 8:12 am

    When that wind was howling not stop…I was thinking my last nerve would unravel! Hope everyone in Brasstown and Murphy are still in Brasstown and Murphy.
    Accordin’ to my weather persons map, the wind and storms were headed straight for you’all.
    Seems like the wind of “Old Man Winter” blew and blew without ever taking in another breath!
    It would finally stop, a few minutes and then start again…
    It’s cold here this morning…looks snowy and showing a slight red sky…sooo, I suppose my nerve will wind back up, before unraveling again for the icy roads tomorrow morning.
    Hang on, “Spings a’comin’ soon”
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…To ponder…Why are we having March winds in January?

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    January 31, 2013 at 7:58 am

    So many weather problems in 24 hours. We went from flash flood warnings to school closed due to snow in last 24 hours. That certainly can play on your nerves!

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    steve in tn
    January 31, 2013 at 7:46 am

    not sure what a lockdown is but i like the close the gate solution to worry.

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    Mike McLain
    January 31, 2013 at 7:32 am

    May you not be nervous about the things you can’t do anything about and change the things you can do something about.
    I am generally not a nervous person and I hope that characteristic leads to a long, healthy life. We will travel to Tennessee in March to help my Dad, who is also not nervous, to celebrate his 90th birthday. His physical and mental health are incredible. My prayer is that I have inherited his genes!

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    Ima Frady
    January 31, 2013 at 7:23 am

    I am usually not nervous. I am not ticklish or goochy so I disappoint people who try to startle me. I’ve had people jump out to try to scare me. They’ll say “Didn’t I scare you?”
    I say “Well no. Not ’til I saw your face.”

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    Sheryl Ormond Paul
    January 31, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Sounds like good choices, I will add hurricanes, traffic, mean people

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    Tim Mc
    January 31, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Yesterday was a nervous day for us. We were under a Tornado warning @ around 6 a.m., they showed rotation in clouds coming over or near our home.. Didn’t use to get quite so nervous, but when they start talking about potential for severe weather, seems to get me on my last nerve…Getting older and not as care free as I once was I guess.

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