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Have you ever seen a messier desk? I admit it’s mine. You can see my water bottle. I’ve always been a water drinker but after last summer’s illness I drink up to a gallon a day now so a bottle is always with me. There’s a jump drive that I’m supposed to put something on for Paul, but I can’t remember what it was. There’s a yellow sticky note with an unusual word a friend mentioned to me this week. She wants me to find out if you’ve ever heard it so be on the lookout for a word question coming your way. There’s a magnifying glass hiding under my notebook of important information. Why? Because I can’t see nothing! I’m one of the lucky individuals who never had to worry a thing about my eyesight…until I hit 43 years of age. It’s all been down hill from there. There’s a napkin where I ate a crumbly cookie while working last week. There’s my file organizer full of post ideas. There’s a pile of pictures I meant to scan into the computer…about three years ago.

Since I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about my messy desk here’s some other information for you.

  • If you access the Blind Pig through Feedly you may have noticed my blog posts aren’t showing up.  It seems they have both the old site which no longer exists and the new site are under the same feed url. If you try to find the new site Feedly says “Hey you’re already subscribed!” But you’re really not. The best bet to clear up the issue is to unfollow and then try to find the new blog to follow back. You should be able to tell by the new look.  A big THANK YOU to Chris for figuring all this out for me!
  • The same issue is happening on Bloglovin. So if you follow me there you’re not getting the updates either. I haven’t been able to figure out how to tell Bloglovin the Blind Pig moved. But I’m working on it!
  • I’m excited about the 2018 gardening year! Are you? I ordered my seeds today. Sow True Seed has once again signed on to sponsor the Blind Pig and The Acorn’s garden and I’m glad! I ordered a few new items to try and I’ll be sure to tell you about them.
  • On the picture front I’ve almost made it through 2016 I think I’m in the month of April so only 4 more months to go and I’ll have another year done.
  • As I go back through the posts I wonder if I should delete the ones directly related to Typepad? In one way I think I should, I mean if someone reads the post about Typepad being kidnapped (remember that mess?) they’ll think, this is a wordpress blog what’s she talking about? But in another way I think I should leave the archives alone without worrying about every mention of Typepad.  At the moment I’m leaning towards the latter thought.

Hope you enjoy your Saturday! On the top of my to-do list is to clean my messy desk.


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  • Reply
    Janet Smart
    January 28, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    To be honest with you, mine is just as messy (if not messier) than yours. Every now and then I straighten it up and in the process find something interesting that I had forgotten about.

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    January 28, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Dear Tipper, I know I am late reading this post, but occasionally I have to miss a day and then catch up. I would not worry about the blog issue because lots of people don’t even know what type pad is (including me). I do, however, love to read the old posts and do so regularly. Thanks so much for all your work.

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    January 28, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Thanks to Miss Cindy for that snapshot of Tipper’s ordinary life!
    Tipper, whenever the background of one of your photographs shows a little glimpse of your home I always think how “homey” it looks, like a real, live-in, loved-in, family home. It always makes me wish I could manage to get my tiny jumbled-up house looking decent for even one day! My entire house looks much worse than your desk 🙂

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    January 28, 2018 at 1:54 am

    My husband always replied to my comments (putting it nicely) about his messy desk,”that a messy desk is a sign of genius.”

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    January 27, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    to all the comments before me : AMEN!

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    January 27, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Will be waiting to see a picture of your clean desk! 🙂 My entire office room is a mess, mainly paper clutter but other stuff too. Been meaning for a few months to get it all neat and orderly … It has happened before, so it really COULD happen again! Hopefully tomorrow…

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    January 27, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I wouldn’t say that your desk is messy, its just that you know where everything is. Sometimes it may take a little long to find something – but at least you know its there, somewhere. Thats how I see it.

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    January 27, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    First off in case I get distracted, I agree with Miss Cindy. You cannot possibly have time to clean that desk. I don’t know if I am trying to make you feel better or myself, but I have made an observation. When one has loads of projects, hobbies, canning, gardening, family, there is no way to keep it all organized and neat. If I threw out all my sewing and painting in winter and discarded all my produce and canning jars in summer, I would have a spotlessly neat house and desk. Nothing messier than huge zucchini and tomatoes lines up everywhere in different stages of ripening. I have a dear friend who has no hobbies, and she is not an avid reader. Her house is always spotless with a shine. She does not even have book and magazine clutter. Makes me want to come home and get rid of all my copies of Southern Living and turn my garden to grass I never do, but it is smaller.

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    January 27, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Have you ever seen a “thumb-drum?” My neighbor called me last night (James McLean) and ask me the same question. He went to see one of his friends yesterday evening and his friend that lives on Junaluska somewheres gave him one. It’s a thing, made out of wood, and he played it somewhat to me last night. It isn’t very long either, but I’ve never seen one. He’s gonna bring it over and let me see it, soon as he gets over that Cold. I won’t let folks in my shop, just to show me
    how bad they feel. (His friend is Joe Benham.) …Ken

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    Charline Venturini
    January 27, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Your desk is normal in my world. One of my favorite little plaques says,”Creative minds are often messy…”
    I do appreciate Miss Cindy’s post to remind us of your amazing accomplishments, which benefit many 🙂

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    Ed Ammons
    January 27, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I put my comment for today on yesterday’ posts. I get bumfuzzled sometimes.

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      January 27, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      I get bumfuzzled about every day Ed : )

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    January 27, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    I always knew you were a busy gal, but I guess I never understood the content. I hope your eyes are OK. My eyes had cataracts in 2015, and I had to have them fixed. I can see good again, even to see
    and read the computer, all I need glasses for is to see the fine print on medicine bottles. Hope you
    stay well. …Ken

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    Yecedrah higman
    January 27, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    WOW!!! Thank you, Tipper, for all that you do! Most of it I can relate too. I am still a little fuzzy about a computer and it gets worse as I grow older.

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    January 27, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    My desk is a mess to, but it doesn’t bother me. My sewing room is always a mess. I straighten up between projects, but sewing is messy. Tipper, I know you are a busy person, so I wouldn’t worry about a messy desk.

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    harry adams
    January 27, 2018 at 10:52 am

    I like many of your readers have a messy desk, messy work shops (4 of them) and have never been able to keep anything neat. When I was transferred north by the company I worked for they expected a clean desk at the end of the day. Never happened. I was written up so many times for messy work area that they finally quit trying. If I hadn’t been good at my job, I probably would have been fired.

    My work areas in my barns just have paths and you have to step over items. I think some people tend to the orderly and neat and some don’t. One of my co workers is a neat freak at home and at work. Always kept his desk neat. At my home, nature abhors a clean flat surface and will cover it in minutes with something.

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    b. Ruth
    January 27, 2018 at 10:23 am

    If all I did was clean my desk/art table…I would never have time to do anything! As long as you know where everything is and in what order something has to be done….Well, that is all that is important…
    Thanks Tipper for all you do…
    PS…Seed catalogs arrived right on time…It was near zero with the wind factor when the better half picked up the mail a week or so ago. Right in front was Spring…the 2018 catalogs…just in time to brighten ones day with the hope of a new garden, new beginning and the color of green! The best way to warm your mind on a cold winter day!

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    January 27, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Your messy desk is super! Mine is even messier, but all this means is that we actually USE our desks. I chuckle every time I see a picture in a magazine of a woman’s desk — you know: laptop, a rose in a silver vase, a little crystal container with a couple of pens and pencils, a couple of pink file folders (that appear to be empty), and nothing else! I am grateful that you work at your desk, Tipper!

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    Bobby Title
    January 27, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Out of sight, out of mind! That’s why my desk is so messy.

    I use all kinds of tricks to make it stay neat, but they usually work for about a week and then it’s back to normal. I DO try to put 5 things away each day: sometimes it is as simple as putting a book back on the shelf, other times it is finding all the recipes I print out and getting them into their folder. Regardless, my desk shouts “mess” every time I look at it. I shout back, “Creativity and Happiness!” and sit down for more of same!

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    Ed Karshner
    January 27, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Mark Shelby beat me to it. I firmly believe that is true. I have one of those giant 1940 oak school teacher desks and it is a fine mess. It is piled with novel drafts, a short story, a conference paper, books, and just stuff.

    It means we’re working and have plenty to do. So, no apologies. Kim just shuts the office door when company comes.

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    Gayle Larson
    January 27, 2018 at 9:04 am

    A messy desk is a good thing. I used to be the same way. Going at a fast clip from 6:oo in the morning til midnight 7 days a week. After I retired it took me a year to be able to sit still long enough to read a book. Now I can read at least two in a week. I feel blessed to have been able to do as much as I did in my lifetime.
    Now that I am 78 it is a bit easier to slow down. But only a little bit.
    Keep going girl.

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    Steve in Tn
    January 27, 2018 at 8:41 am

    It’s only a mess if it doesn’t function for you. Looks like it does. Who decided neat beats handy anyhow.

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    C. Ron Perry, Sr.
    January 27, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I agree with Miss Cindy. You are truly an amazing person.

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    Ron Stephens
    January 27, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I am a messy desker to. I worked by projects and if a project was active it is piled up on top of my desk. In your case it just might mean you have too much to do?

    Gee, I’m sorry about your eyes. I can relate with the magnifying glass. I have to plan to have one around also, especially when reading maps in the car.

    I tend to agree with you about keeping the history. You and others might wish it were there someday.

    Haven’t gotten to ordering seed yet but I have been digging the garden, about one-third of the way so far. The cold weather got the mustard, turnips, radishes and parsley. Onions, cilantro, cabbage, spinach and brussel sprouts survived without being covered but are not happy. Carrot tops died but the carrots are OK. I dug up a poor little toady frog yesterday. What a rude awakening for him, or her!

    Would you believe that while I was digging on Thursday a bluebird pair was checking out one of the bird boxes? And a cardinal was singing over in the privet.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 27, 2018 at 7:46 am

    I love your desk, Tip, I think you should leave it alone. It’s a monument to all the things you do. Speaking of all you do, do your Blind Pig readers know all that you do?
    Tipper works full time, she cooks sound meals for her family on a daily basis, she maintains a clean house and does laundry for four people, she takes care of her mom, she helps me when I have a computer problem, she grows a garden in the summer and cans her own produce, she does tons of blog related research and connecting this blog to as many other formats as possible, she has raised her twin daughters (with lots of love and caring), she is a wonderful loving wife to my son as well as mother to the girls, she does copious amounts of research and connecting for the blog, the family practices their music several hours a week (every week) she is always thinking ahead for her families needs as well a planning future posts, Tip is the queen of research always looking for the betterment of the Blind Pig, she takes classes and attends events, she has spent and is still spending hours with the relocation of the Blind Pig….I could go on but I’m sure you get the picture. A messy desk, ha! how about the inside of her head! I don’t know how she keeps up with all she does.

    A big, THANK YOU, TIPPER, for all you do for the love of Appalachia! And forgive me for the things I left off the above list.

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    Sheryl PaulI
    January 27, 2018 at 7:12 am

    My desk looks very mich like yours. I have always been a messy worker and afraid to put something away in case I forget to do it.

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    a.w. griff
    January 27, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Tipper, you’re in good shape. I always heard a neat desk was a sign of a sick mind.

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    Mark Selby
    January 27, 2018 at 7:01 am

    A clean desk is a sign of a sick mind.

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    Dan O'Connor
    January 27, 2018 at 6:38 am

    It’s called organized chaos. Your desk looks good compared to mine, but I would never get anything done if it was clear. Unfortunate for me, if I don’t see it in front of me I forgot it. As they say, Out of sight, Out of mind.

    Thank you for sharing every day. There is something comforting knowing I will see your blog every day. In the chaos of this world your blog is an island of positivity and a feeling of family.

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