Holidays in Appalachia

Happy Mother’s Day from Appalachia – 2022


Chatter, Tipper, Chitter

This is the first Mother’s Day I’ve been away from one of my girls since I had them almost 26 years ago. Chitter is on a whirlwind trip of the western states. She left last week and will be gone for almost a month. Although we miss her, we are so happy she was given the opportunity to see places she’s never seen and bring back a whole lot of rocks 🙂

She has been sending us photos from her trek across the US and is videoing some of the trip as well. Hopefully you can see that footage later.

Over the years the Blind Pig gang has done several songs about mothers. Here’s a few of them:

As you can see we love and respect the mothers of the world!

I count myself beyond blessed for having my dear sweet mother and the other mothers who’ve impacted my life like Miss Cindy, Mamaw, Granny Gazzie, my aunts, and the many mothers who attended New Martins Creek Church when I was a girl.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers who read the Blind Pig and The Acorn. Your families and the world are better off for having you.


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    May 9, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    A belated Happy Mother’s Day wish for you!

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    Kathy Gautierq
    May 9, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to all Blind Pig readers and their families. Bless all of you.

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    Kathy Patterson
    May 9, 2022 at 1:46 am

    Happy Mother’s Day! My mother passed away many years ago. I miss her but keep her alive by remembering the things she did and the things she said. Parker prepared me and Charles lunch; steak, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese. Very Tasty. Walter sent me Texas Bluebonnet Seed complete with peat pots and labels from Texas. Yes, I love plants especially Blue Bonnets! Kathy Patterson

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    Mary Retaleato
    May 8, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to you and Granny!

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    May 8, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to you too, Tipper! 🙂

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    May 8, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to everyone associated with Blind Pig and the Acorn, Celebrating Appalachia and The Pressley Girls, whether a blogger, vlogger or commenter.

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    Gloria Hayes
    May 8, 2022 at 11:02 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to Tipper and Granny and to all the Blind Pig Mothers. A wonderful mother is a treasure! Loved the picture of you and the girls. Your blog means so much to so many people. Thank you and have a wonderful day!!

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    Angelyn McLain
    May 8, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Happy Mother’s Day Tipper!
    Today is bittersweet for me as I lost my Mother 8 years ago. My children are off living there life and I won’t see them today but I know I am loved by them and that helps when I miss them. I long for days gone by and would love to be at a big table with them all for a good down home meal and great conversation.
    It is a beautiful day here in Tennessee and I plan on getting in the garden this afternoon.

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    Ron Stephens
    May 8, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Our “kids” are far away to Tipper, in miles anyway, but near and dear in our hearts. I read something the other day that suggested there is a tie or ties between mother and child that has never been truly understood. I can easily believe it.

    I have probably posted this before, likely on Mother’s Day, but I have long puzzled over Christ on the cross putting his mother with the apostle John since she heaps other sons. As the eldest son, the responsibility was his to see to his mother’s welfare and especially because it seems she was a widow. Perhaps we are not intended to see into it very far but I have no doubt it was for the good of each of them.

    My Mom was natured like I think maybe Chatter is. She hated conflict and her preferred place was to serve the needs of others from the background. She was a nurse by training and by nature. Those kind have to be looked for to be seen because they do not draw attention to themselves. They do not care to.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all the BP&A readers who are Moms and to those who, on this day, remember birth and “adopted” Moms with fondness.

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    May 8, 2022 at 9:16 am

    Happy Mother’s Day Tipper and to Granny also. I was blessed with a wonderful Mother and I miss her so much even though I know I will see her again.

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    Margie G
    May 8, 2022 at 9:12 am

    Happy Mother’s Day, Tipper and all the mothers reading the BP&A blog this day! My heart is with you as your daughter is traveling in this bittersweet moment of your life. You want her to have experiences and see wonderful things, but you want her close to hug and see on the daily. I was thinking yesterday, I’ve prayed and worried and worked harder being a mother than any other thing I ever did in my life. A lot of it is thankless, quite frankly, and sometimes I sit and cry because I just don’t know what else to do as I talk to the Lord. I know He knows and perhaps that’s why He made mothers. I once heard He must hear a mother’s prayer first and above all other prayers. They say there’s a gold cord directly between His presence and a mother’s prayer to take it straight before Him. All I know is being a mother is a tough job for tough women.

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    May 8, 2022 at 8:50 am

    Happy Mother’s Day Tipper, Granny, Miss Cindy, and all the Blind Pig readers. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

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    Mary Johnson
    May 8, 2022 at 8:42 am

    Happy Mother’s Day, Tipper. Your blog means so much to me. You gave such heart!

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    May 8, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to you and all your BPA family!

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    Cindy Grenier
    May 8, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Happy Mother’s Day Tipper! May you and all the Mothers in your family (also Austin’s family) have a blessed and wonderful day!

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    Dennis M Morgan
    May 8, 2022 at 8:06 am

    Happy Mother’s Day Tipper. I like your post about wearing red or white roses depending on whether your mother is alive or not. We did that when I was a child but people don’t do that much any more. Tipper you have a gift of being able to express how you feel about things that most other people don’t have. That is why people like your blog so much. Thank you for what you do. Dennis Morgan

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    Brad Byers
    May 8, 2022 at 8:04 am

    Happy Mother’s Day!

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    Ron Banks
    May 8, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Happy Mother’s Day Tipper and to all the mothers out there in BP land. A good mother is truly a blessing and I was blessed to have had one.

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    Judi Vertefeuille
    May 8, 2022 at 7:40 am

    Happy Mom’s Day Tipper! I have been enjoying the photos and music that Donna has posted. They are all enjoying their trip for sure. I always love taking a virtual trip with Donna and Michael.

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    Denise R
    May 8, 2022 at 7:27 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to you and your family!

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      Sallie the apple doll lady
      May 8, 2022 at 9:33 am

      Happy Mother’s Day to you and all mothers. Let’s not forget all the non-biological mothers who have mothered other mother’s children. I have a special friend who was raised by her grandmother and step-mother and she is raising a niece. One of my nieces raised 4 biological children and adopted 6 from 3 different families. There are many special mothers in this world.

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    Martha Justice
    May 8, 2022 at 7:26 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to you Tipper and all the mothers who read your blog everyday as I do. ❤

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    donna sue
    May 8, 2022 at 7:24 am

    I echo your sentiments about feeling so blessed for having my own Mom, and all the other moms, who have been a tremendous influence on me my whole life! Thank you for the great list of Blind Pig and the Acorn Songs celebrating Mom. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!

    Donna. : )

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    Ron Bass
    May 8, 2022 at 7:22 am

    Happy Mothers Day to all. I thank God for all mothers, one of his greatest blessings.

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    Glenda G. Page
    May 8, 2022 at 7:20 am

    Goodness, such a beautiful picture of you and the angels…Thanks for your message and yes, I have watched one of their blogs already…Happy Mother’s Day to you and your Mom. God Bless you guys.

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    Sheryl Paul
    May 8, 2022 at 7:10 am

    Oh I undetstand. I was exposed to covid on Thurs and am without family today. Dad, but will not take a chance with a newborn in the family 2 weeks old tomorrow.

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    May 8, 2022 at 6:53 am

    Guess I am envious of women that had good mothers. But the good Lord in His wisdom gave me her sister to stand in for my biological mother. My birth mother did ‘raise’ me but she couldn’t love me for myself. She loved my next sister totally as well as the next 3 siblings.
    To her, I was simply her future nanny.
    On Mother’s Day, it is Aunt Polly that I always honor. She taught me how to love. But she is now resting. She left me at age 97. I was living with her & the last 10 days on this earth the hardest…
    The sad thing is, I know that some girls grow up not as fortunate. Because of Aunt Polly, I have been able to be a mother to my daughter. That’s a true blessing!

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    Debbie Seaton
    May 8, 2022 at 6:26 am

    Happy Mother’s Day Tipper and Granny. May y’all find many blessings in your day! This is my first without my precious momma. I cannot tell you how hard it is. I know we will see each other again and the Lord is taking great care of her. I sure miss her! To all the mothers, Happy Mother’s Day! God bless

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