Photos from my first year of blogging
There was another birthday yesterday besides Granny’s , the Blind Pig and The Acorn turned 12 years old. It’s hard to believe I’ve been sitting at my computer for twelve years typing out my feelings, thoughts, and findings about Appalachia.
Lots of things have changed in those years.
There’s been a least three computers if not four since the one I started blogging on.
I gave up my office at some point during the writing for Chatter to have her own bedroom, so now I type in a cramped space in my bedroom. After I moved my office I moved the entire blog from Typepad to WordPress.
My readership has reached a point I never dreamed it would. I remember when I was excited to have four readers, two of whom were friends from right here in Cherokee County and the other two were Paul and Miss Cindy.
The photo of my toes in the snow was absolutely the last time I painted my toenails so there’s that 🙂
We’ve uploaded a whopping 325 videos to Youtube, that’s a lot of music documentation. And thrilling to us, Pap is in many of those videos. In the earlier videos neither girl played an instrument and they both sang lead instead of harmony.
Speaking of videos, I was going to link to my very first Pickin and Grinnin in the Kitchen post and I can’t find it. It’s has somehow disappeared. Maybe during my big blog move a couple years back. I’ll have to investigate further on where the post went, but here’s the video.
The video makes me aware of even more changes.
My nephews are both married and gone from home.
The young girl filming and the young girl roaming around in the video with her own camera are both fine adult women with lives full of music and creativity.
Pap’s gone from us never to be forgotten.
Paul and I are both older, grayer, and I think wiser or at the very least more experienced with this ole world. (I’m sitting on the coffee table in the background of the video.)
I weigh about 30 pounds heavier, which is a good thing since I was way to thin from worry in those days.
I could go on thinking about changes that have taken place in the last 12 years, but there’s a lot of things that haven’t changed since I started blogging.
My great love and appreciation for Appalachia. The people, music, food, folklore, culture, language, towering mountains and deep dark hollers—I still love it all.
The great love shared in our family hasn’t changed one iota, in fact its probably grown stronger. As has our commitment to the traditional music of Appalachia.
You Blind Pig readers haven’t changed either. There may be more of you, but the fact remains that you ride beside me on this journey of celebrating and preserving Appalachian heritage and culture and cheer me on at every point.
I’m pretty sure Blind Pig and The Acorn readers are the best blog followers in the entire universe.
Every time a reader leaves a comment they leave a jewel for me to hold close to my heart and ponder on as I go about my day.
Come cook with me!
MOUNTAIN FLAVORS – TRADITIONAL APPALACHIAN COOKING
Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, August 23 – Saturday, August 29, 2020
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley
Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.
Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.