Thankful November

Final Round Up of Thankful November Winners

Collage of 2021 photos

Here’s the round up of the last several winners from my Thankful November Giveaway series.

The winner of “Appalachian Values” by Loyal Jones is Martha D. Justice who said: “Congratulations to all the winners! Just another blessing to be Thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving friends.”

The winner of “A Smoky Mountain Boyhood Memories, Musings, and More” by Jim Casada is Kathy Gautier who said: “Love Jim’s writing. I know I would enjoy this book. On my list of things I am thankful for you will find both Tipper’s writing and Jim’s. So enjoy writing that reminds me of growing up country. Thank you Tipper and Jim.”

The winner of “Dorie Woman of the Mountains” by Florence Cope Bush is Debbie Tou who said: “As a small child I remember my dad carrying buckets of water from the spring in the edge of the woods. It was used for drinking and cooking. Water for washing dishes and clothes was carried from the small fast running creek below our house then heated atop the wood-fired kitchen stove. We thought we were in high clover when we got cold water piped into the kitchen. (There’s an expression for you, Tipper!). But it was several years later that we got an electric water heater. Now that was indeed the lap of luxury! I’d love to have the “Dorie Woman of the Mountains” book.”

The winner of “Smokehouse Ham Spoon Bread & Scuppernong Wine” by Joseph E. Dabney is John Hart who said: “Liver pudding is the best!”

The winner of Allison Britt’s notecards is Jackie who said: “Allison sure does have talent. I have to have a straight edge to draw a straight line. My wife paints beautifully and draws figures on wood for me to cut out. I can’t draw them but I can follow the lines.”

The winner of “A Foxfire Christmas” is Sharon Cole who said: “Would love to read this book. Take care and God bless!”

The winner of “Great Smoky Mountains – Natural Wonder – National Park” Photography by Adam Jones Text by Steve Kemp is Robin Haupt who said: “It has always astounded and fascinated me how resourceful, strong and hardworking the people of Appalachia were and are. Can’t wait to call it my home one day.”

The winner of Pap and Paul’s original version of “Songs of Christmas” cd is Angelyn McLain who said: “Christmas music has changed for me a little. I have found that the old favorites tend to make me teary eyed. To many losses and changes. However, when I focus on Jesus and listen to those songs I am comforted. I love the music that you and your family play and I especially love the Christmas one. Merry Christmas!”

The winner of Pap’s cd “Live at John C. Campbell Folk School & On Radio” is Charles Ronald Perry, Sr. who said: “Beautiful and Pap really leaves a legacy with all of you to carry on his love of music.”

Winners, please send your mailing address to me at [email protected] and I’ll get your item in the mail.

Several folks asked about purchasing Allison’s beautiful notecards, unfortunately at this time she doesn’t sell them online. If she ever does, she’ll let us know.

I’ve never thought to share the method I used to pick giveaway winners, but it might be something useful for you to know in case you needed to draw a random name or number for something you were doing.

I use a Random Number Generator. I enter then number of comments on the giveaway post, click for the generator to give me a random number and then go find that comment number. The comments are in order from first to last, so I assign the first comment number one and go forward from there.

It’s a handy little tool to have use of, much quicker than writing down names and drawing one from a hat.

Last night’s video: Treasured Christmas Decorations from Appalachia.


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  • Reply
    December 10, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    I knew you probably had an easier way to draw those winners.You are very efficient with your time. Love to see the winners of those wonderful books.

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    Jane ODell
    December 10, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks for such a great November, Tipper. So grateful for your work and your family! Hope this is your best Christmas season yet! Your friend in SC, Jane

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    December 10, 2021 at 11:11 am

    Tipper, your blog is a blessing in itself and I want to say Congratulations to all the winners as I know they will really enjoy reading the books. I also enjoyed watching you show all your Christmas decorations and telling who made what as you carefully unpacked them. From the time I got married, I have enjoyed decorating for Christmas and as two babies came along and years passed it seems I decorated every flat surface in our home. I treasure those home-made ones the most. Our sons made beautiful ones at Sunday School and our youngest son was born Christmas morning. The Nurses made a special Christmas ball for him with his name and birth date in glitter. We always let him put it on the tree until he was in his late thirty’s and then he wanted it in a special box for him to keep. My Mother and Grandmothers were very creative and I have stars they made from lace fabric and also a star by my Grandmother made by Tatting it. Tatting definition, the act or process of making a kind of knotted lace of cotton or linen thread with a shuttle. Your videos always seem to bring back precious memories. Your tree looks beautiful!!

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    Ron Bass
    December 10, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Congratulations to all the winners. We are all winners that read your blog.
    Thanks for letting your candle shine.

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    December 10, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Congratulations to each of the winners. It’s a special thang for Tipper to do the November give away. God Bless!

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    December 10, 2021 at 9:58 am

    I am thankful for your generosity. You share so many good things which are then passed on to others. Thank you!

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    Margie G
    December 10, 2021 at 9:00 am

    We now know the of the secret random number generator and I must say it sounds a bit Mission Impossible to me…. lol. I am thankful to read your blog most every morning, Tipper, and contribute a comment to the discussion. Sometimes I laugh, but you always being sweet memories to my mind from days gone by. That’s the important part- is your connection to us all individually and collectively around Appalachian culture. You’ve showed me how to make tasty and tall cornbread and let’s just say gravy making is a work in progress… lol. Thanks for being a light in a somewhat dim world of social media… don’t change a thing!!! I tip my hat to you, Tipper P!!!

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    GoodGriefLouise ( Bill )
    December 10, 2021 at 8:51 am

    This Thanksgiving giveaway is such a special thing you do but we all know you are a very special person. Thanks, and Yay! to all the winners.

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    Christine J
    December 10, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Congratulations to all the winners! They have another thing to be thankful for today. I’m thankful for all the post, stories and comments on your page Tipper. Each one has blessed me with reminders of similar stories my mom or dad told me or similar things that I remember from my life throughout my years. God has blessed us all with so much in so many different ways. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for each blessing be it my own or someone else’s.

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      Pastor Lon
      December 10, 2021 at 2:44 pm

      Congratulations to all the winners! I hope and pray they all will enjoy their gifts/prizes. But in reality we are all winners that are a part of this platform, because Miss Tipper is such a blessing to us all.
      Thanks Miss Tipper for ALL you do for us here! Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!!!

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    Ron Stephens
    December 10, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Oops! Katy, I’m sorry I got the name wrong. I’ll blame it on whatever that thing is that is going around. I think it is age but I sometimes call it mileage.

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    Ron Stephens
    December 10, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Congratulations to each of the winners. I declare Tipper you have out done yourself this year. Or rather, more accurately, I think you have outdone any previous year. I think maybe you go all year planning your Thankful November.

    Please tell Cory we got the labradorite earrings and thanks for the extra polished stone. The labradorite stone is ‘shimmery’ (Is that a word?) They are for our daughter. She likes dainty jewelry.

    Goober sez “Hey” to each of the BP&A folks, writers and readers.

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    Martha D Justice
    December 10, 2021 at 7:35 am

    Oh thank you so much ,I will enjoy the book Appalachian Values so much. Congratulations to the other winners. Merry Christmas Friends

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    Miss Cindy
    December 10, 2021 at 5:25 am

    Congratulations to all the lucky winners! It’s been a great giveaway season; it makes me happy to see these wonderful books get into the hands of people who will love them as Tipper has!

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