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If It’d Been A Snake It Would Have Bit Me

Do you ever loose something-only to find it in easy view? Or have you ever studied around a problem-looking at it from all directions only to have somebody else point out the most obvious solution to the problem?

I’ve been overwhelmed with the positive encouragement I’ve received about my new series Appalachia Through My Eyes. But as I said before-there were a few bugs to work out in the process of showing the photos.

I wanted the series to have the same features as my main page-so folks could comment on the pictures if they wanted too-and so if someone new dropped by they could look back through the series easily.

PeggyP pointed out the obvious to me. The way I had the page set up was going to get confusing fast. As the pictures increased you’d have to go searching through the comments to see which one pertained to which picture.

When I contacted my Typepad Support they suggested I start another blog, but that wasn’t something I was interested in doing. I want the Blind Pig to stand as my testament to the Appalachian Culture I’m so passionate about celebrating not start a multiple blog empire.

Earlier this morning, another Blind Pig reader, showed me the answer to my dilemma was right in front of me. I immediately said “Where? I can’t see it.” She asked “Why not just post the pictures on the main page?” I said “Cause I’m going to share a picture everyday and then there’d be no room for writing.” She said “Who said you have to show a picture everyday is that like blog etiquette or something?” I said “No, hmm I’m the one who said I had to share a picture everyday.”

There was my answer-if it’d had been a snake it would have bit me. From here on out-I’ll share a picture with a thought every other day or every so often and they’ll be right here on the main page-easy to find, easy to comment on and since they’ll be assigned their own category it will be possible to see them in order by clicking on the category title (which will be Appalachia Through My Eyes). And even better I’ll be living up to what I set out to do: My hope is that through this blog I can begin to understand how the love for the past can be woven into a hope for the future as well as an appreciation for the present. In other words, by placing the pictures from the series in between my written posts I’ll for sure be mixing the present day Appalachia I see in my daily life with the tidbits I share from the past along with the daily march towards the future.

So drop back by tomorrow for the next photograph in the series-Appalachia Through My Eyes.


When you loose something only to find it right in front of you or find the easiest answer to a problem that seemed difficult do you say?

  • If it’d been a snake it would have bit me (that’s what I say)
  • It was hidden in plain sight
  • I couldn’t see the forest for the trees (or is it the trees for the forest?)
  • I was as surprised as if a sheep had bit me (I’ve never heard anyone say this one but I read it somewhere)
  • The answer was as plain as the nose on my face (Pap says this one)
  • Or maybe you’ve got a different saying to add?



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    Rhonda J.
    February 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

    always heard my gram and mom say the snake saying,also “plain as the nose on your face” and “right there in plain daylight”!also “It’s as clear as mud” My mothers favorite saying was “You’d better nip that in the bud” and I’ll skin ya alive!” or “I’ll snatch ya bald” lol

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    Luann Sewell Waters
    February 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Use the snake one all the time, but had never heard the sheep one. Also use ‘spite your face’….
    Like the snake photos as well.

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    February 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I know all but the sheep one and use them most of them regularly.

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    February 8, 2011 at 1:49 am

    I don’t about the sayings, but I know that I must ask my wife three times a day “where is my…”, or “have you seen my…”. She must think I’m an idiot.

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    Vicki Lane
    February 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Great snake picture — and I say the same thing.

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    grannis little corner
    February 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

    If ita been a snake, ita bit me, yup, that’s me. People kinda look atcha and tilt their head, atleast here in the buckeye state. My Dad, being from the hills of Kentucky, has all kinds of saying that I use as well, ~nip it in the bud~, yep there’s another one.

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    February 7, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I say the snake one, too.

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    February 7, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Usually, I have to remember what it was I was looking for before I realize it’s “right there.” Yikes.

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    Julie at Elisharose
    February 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I usually stick with the snake, but I’ve heard or said most of the others, too. Except the sheep. Never heard that one.

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    Sheila Bergeron
    February 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I had’t heard about the sheep one but I have the others. What about cutting your nose off to spite your face?

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    February 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Oops, that looks like I don’t like snakes. To be more specific, I don’t like venom. Love snakes, hate venom. No venom here.

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    February 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Plain as day, and thanks for the snake photo because when I make it over here I wind up being nostalgic for the North Carolina I knew a little bit of once. But, well, snakes. No snakes in the *Colorado* high mountains. . .

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    Patty Hall
    February 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    This is what I thought the other day when I was looking for the calculator. It is a good sized one-about 6×4-my husband had it the last time I’d seen it. He was sitting at his spot on the couch. I looked on the table beside his spot several times, looked on the computer desk where I usually keep, called him to see if he remembered where he put it. Could not find it!! I found an older smaller one to use to finish balancing the check book. When I got through, I walked back into the living room, looked at his table and guess what I saw? Right there in plain sight!! I guess I was looking too hard for it.
    Patty H.

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    February 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    beautiful snake, great shot of it. and this is a great idea. had never visited through your eyes, i go to the main blog page and rarely go anywhere else. great post. all of the quotes are common in my daily talk. i use can’t see the forest for the trees a LOT and also if you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas (to my kids)

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    February 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    i have said the nose on my face, but really my mama invoked the snake and i do too, most times 🙂
    (it’s forest for the trees, but i think that’s a different sentiment: involves confusion–not seeing the big picture–rather than just simple misplacement.)

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    Amy Jo Phillips
    February 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    it was in the last place i looked..

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    Miss Cindy
    February 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Tipper, when I read your title I just assumed it was going to be about loosing your phone Saturday….the Deer Hunter tattled. lol
    I say the snake would have bit me also plain as the nose on your face and unfortunately I have been know to say one or two choice four letter words.
    Good plan on the picture change. I was beginning to see that it was going to get confusing but I wasn’t concerned, I knew you would find a way to fix it.
    Those are some interesting snake pictures. I recall that you all have copperheads around your house!

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    B. Ruth
    February 6, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I’ve said “If it had been a snake it’d have bit me”. Most of the time if I lose something it stays lost! Example, right now, today, I am looking for my husbands TSSAA card to mail in his dues? It’s not in the to be paid file, so I am afraid I threw it away thinking it was advertising! Help!
    Back in the day when I did find what I was looking for, I
    would usually say, Well, “Up jumped the devil.”
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…Don’t you just hate it when one of those big Rat snakes finds you? I’d almost love to see one of those snakes and not bat an eye..It has been so cold!

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