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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Winter Finally Decided to Show Up

My life in appalachia winter has finally arrived

Winter finally decided to show up in Southern Appalachia. With Christmas temps in the 70s the bite of cold weather is a refreshing feeling on my face as I walk to the chicken coop or across the parking lot at work. Its finally gotten cold enough that Jack Frost’s pretty designs along the north side of the house stay to greet me till I arrive home each evening. Now that winter is here, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a big snow.


Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway earlier this week. The winner of the Rada Handi-Stir Whisk is Ron Banks who said:

Your girls definitely look like you. From the videos I’ve watched it seems one is more reserved than the other. Mannerisms passed along from our parents is a fascinating thing to me. Sometimes it surprises me when I do or say something and remember one of my parents doing the same thing. Or look at my hands as they age and see my dad’s hands. I think these things help us to remember them when they are gone. My parents have been gone a while now but part of them still live in their children. It always makes me smile to see one of their mannerisms in me or my siblings. We received a Rada tomato knife for Christmas and it’s a great knife.”

In the coming months, be on the lookout for more giveaways from Rada!


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


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  • Reply
    b. Ruth
    January 9, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Just had to respond to Ken Ropers comment about the fly…….
    Those doctors don’t know “snap” about sodium…..See there I knew SALT wouldn’t hurt a fly!
    Ken’s friend proved it!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…Also if you drop your cell in water, try to dry it off a bit with a paper towel….then drop it in
    (completely covered with the back of it off) in rice for a few days….Will dry out the moisture!

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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    January 9, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    We need winter here in the NC Sandhills, but being from NW PA originally (Erie County, PA – halfway between Buffalo and Cleveland), I can honestly say I’m not praying for any BIG snowfall. LOL
    I’m hoping the copious rain we’re getting will be enough to give us a drought free summer so the farmers nearby don’t suffer financial hardships, but our Dad always said if the swamps weren’t full, there’d be a drought summer, and we’ve noticed that’s pretty close to accurate.
    God bless.

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    Ron Stephens
    January 9, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Your picture of Jack Frost’s etchings reminds me of how when I am out with my camera I am simultaneously trying to see the big and the little and the in-between. Can’t do it all at once of course so I look back and forth. I suspect you do the same, not just from this one picture but from the variety of them over time. There’s always something of interest or beauty or both in the woods, to me anyway. The puzzling thing is that what we see and how we see it depends on how our mind informs our eyes in looking. We see what we are looking for…..

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    January 9, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I do hope we get a good chill to kill off as many mosquitos as possible. These new species moving in buzz all day long, not just at twilight, and some have more of a bite than the natives.
    Better yet, I hope we get a good snow! That’s not too common here in central Texas but it is lovely as it cozies up to the creek banks and nestles into the crooks of the trees. Great time for a photo trek. – and even better to return to a crackling fire and a good book or magazine.

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    January 9, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    If we are to believe in evolution and “survival of the fittest”, is seems that bugs and insects would have developed fur coats and snow boots by now. If their theory is correct shouldn’t we have snow slugs, icicle inchworms and frost flies plaguing us all winter long?
    I am hoping for snow too, not for me but for you. I saw enough snow in my earlier days to last me for the rest of my life.

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    Ken Roper
    January 9, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I love cold weather too, but I’d like to tell a true story about a fly.
    A friend came by awhile back and we started talking about flies and how thick they had become since horses had moved in close to my shop. He said “I know how to bring a fly back from the dead.” Well, he had my attention so I watched as he filled a drinking glass almost full, caught a fly and capped his hand over the top so he couldn’t get out. In just a few minutes the fly started falling to the bottom and we let that booger stay there for a good 30 minutes. Then Randy slowly poured the water off in my sink, carefully picked up the dead fly and poured a mound of salt over it. (looked like a Silver Tip) In about 2 minutes the
    fly stuck a leg out and shook it, uncovered himself and sat there just a jiffy and
    flew off. I was amazed and couldn’t think of nothing but Lazarus from the Bible. . . Ken

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    Shirley B
    January 9, 2016 at 10:00 am

    We too have always heard that we need the cold to kill the pests.I always look forward to the cold weather.Each season has its own special beauty,and we always get excited over any possibity of snow here in the deep south.Since that rarely happens,maybe you all will get snow there and share some pretty pictures with us!

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    January 9, 2016 at 9:32 am

    It’s still warm outside this morning, but changes are coming. I washed my car inside and out this week and rolled the window down as I drove to the grocery store…all this in January! Glad the rain we have had for several months wasn’t snow.

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    Ron Banks
    January 9, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Thanks Tipper, my wife and I will enjoy the Rada Whisk.
    Winter showed up here too. With all the rain we’ve had it’s just plain messy outside. If it continues this wet weather pattern you can bet it will turn to snow at some point.
    Like Ethelene, my dad use to say the same thing about needing cold weather to keep the gnats and skeeters from toting you off in the summer.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 9, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I’ve always heard the same thing, Ethelene. The cold weather lowers the population of fleas, mosquitoes and other pests. I think it also makes us appreciate the warm summer sunshine when it comes and we don get bored because our seasons are always in process of change.

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    January 9, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Ah! Nothing like the greetings from Jack Frost! While I enjoy looking across a pasture in the early mornings, I know that this bit of beauty on the roadways could be cause for a possible accident. Jack needs to stay off the roadway and in the fields, roofs, etc. I, too love his designs! Happy chilly, willy morning to all!

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 9, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Frost is indeed beautiful, we even get it here in Florida now and then

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    January 9, 2016 at 7:20 am

    My daddy used to have a saying that we needed cold weather in the wintertime to “get rid of some of the pests” that otherwise would bother both plants and animals when the weather warmed up. This unusually warm winter made me think about how he used to make us feel thankful for the cold weather.

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