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My Life in Appalachia 11

far blue mountains

In my latest video I share another peek at our wonderful life here in the mountains of NC.

We’ve been busy bees working in the garden and greenhouse trying to get everything ready for summer planting.

Of course there’s been music around the house and there’s also been some good eating. The Deer Hunter says “You know we’re not real big on excitement around here, but we sure eat good.”

I hope you enjoyed the video!

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    April 19, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Such a joy to visit with you all today through your video! I was so grateful for the lesson about how to keep the iron skillets seasoned. Thank you for sharing all you do here. May God bless all of you!

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    April 12, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Another great video! You can’t beat a cast iron frying pan. They outlast all these new non-stick pans.

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    Ed Ammons
    April 12, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    When I moved here almost 30 years ago I didn’t like the place but really enjoyed the view. I could look out over an open field toward the West-North-West and see Table Rock and the beginnings of Linville Gorge. I could look to the North West and sometimes see Grandfather Mountain. Well, the field was soon allow to grow up into a pine thicket and trees soon blocked my view to all the North and West. To the East and South there were trees from the beginning but there was nothing there I wanted to see. Now those trees are dying off and I can see what I didn’t want to see.
    I used to drive by Hickory Airport every day on my way to work. There is a little knoll at the Northeast end of runway 6-24 where on a perfect day you can see the spine of the Appalachians from Fancy Gap to the Northeast to Mount Mitchell to the Southwest. I got to see a few of those perfect days. Invariably on those days I would recall Psalm 121:1 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.”

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    April 12, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Another wonderful video. I have never had chocolate gravy and I’m thinking I might just try to make some. Mother always made milk gravy and sometimes mixed little chunks of southern homemade sausage in it. Looks like your family is going to enjoy a beautiful garden full of the best food you can eat. You are blessed to have a husband that can cook and wash dishes too and loves the outdoors as you do.

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    Walter Holokai - The Hawaiian Hillbilly
    April 12, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    They just keep getting better. This is one of my all time favorites. I knew the deer hunter was a good cook after the deer canning video.
    I sent that video to a bunch of guys and it was well appreciated.
    The girls were something else. Wow! It’s not only their musicianship but the obvious bond between them. I am addicted to your blog and love your family. When I’m not reading or playing the guitar myself, I watch your videos.
    There’s quite a few I haven’t seen yet so I should be good to go for awhile.

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    Ron Stephens
    April 12, 2021 at 10:24 am

    We here are like the Deer Hunter says, ‘not big on excitement’. All my life my excitement has been about new discoveries in nature. It was said of me once by a co-worker, “You just can’t help it, can you?” And I can’t, always trying to understand nature’s ways. Has kept me, I’m thinking, out of more trouble than I’ll ever know though it has gotten me into a few exciting (make that scary) scrapes.

    You all have made a nice little farmstead (homeplace) on that ridge. I can see in your video the signs of long-continued diligence; the little here, the little there year after year that slowly adds up till visitors say, “You’ve got a nice place here.” which is what I say about what you all have made. I’ve put nearly 30 years into this place and along about now I sometimes thing it doesn’t look half bad. But mostly I have tunnel vision for the things yet needing doing.

    Like you Tipper I need to see hills at least and mountains if possible. I like a semi-open viewshed with wooded ridges on the horizon but with woods close at hand to walk in.

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    Wanda Devers
    April 12, 2021 at 10:11 am

    That chocolate gravy sure does look good!

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    Ray Presley
    April 12, 2021 at 9:59 am

    Thanks to Tipper and Matt for sharing. I noticed that they ate that chocolate gravy. biscuits, eggs and sausage all by themselves!

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    Dona DiBernardo Silver
    April 12, 2021 at 9:32 am

    What a beautiful video Tipper. Thank you for showing small minded people how rich and rewarding mountain life really is. I’m sick of how hard working educated families out of the big cities are depicted on our useless television networks.
    What I see is gold in those mountains and hard work. Pure gold.
    You have so much to be proud of!
    Thank you again for inviting me into your blessed life.

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    Margie G
    April 12, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Good morning and thanks for a peek into your lives in NC. I swear I watch the gravy making like a hawk hoping and praying some day I will be able to make good gravy!!! I know my husband longs for that day to come. I can hardly wait to see all your vegetables and flowers in bloom and growing! I entertained all last week guests from Florida and I’m still a bit pooped. Lol. My friend was in a car crash and has a head injury so they’re needing extra compassion, understanding and care. It’s hard to see a brilliant and strong individual fight to “walk on a diving board”as they describe just walking. Let’s remember just how awesome it is to walk around on our own volition! Thank you God for ALL YOUR BLESSINGS every moment of every day!!!

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    Jim Casada
    April 12, 2021 at 9:07 am

    Tipper–Enjoyed the video, as always. Watching it brought two questions to mind, both of which have crossed my thoughts in the past. (1) Have you or Matt ever tried a chain-mail scrubber for cleaning cast iron cook ware? I find it a mighty handy kitchen tool. (2) Do you own a ulu (an Inuit knife)? I consider it the handiest tool in my kitchen when it comes to things like slicing potatoes or onions thin, chopping up vegetables, or dicing most anything.

    They aren’t exactly commonplace kitchen ware, especially the ulu, and I’m always look for handy new stuff.

    Jim Casada

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    Sharon Cole
    April 12, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Thoroughly enjoyed this video. God’s beautiful world is everywhere you look around. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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    Miss Cindy
    April 12, 2021 at 7:06 am

    Another stunning video. The thing about these videos is they are not movies put on for filming they are real life at your house in Wilson Holler. You really do cook and eat just like the video shows. You do go on long walks up the mountain behind your house. You all cook and do dishes…I’ll add here that the Deer Hunter is an excellent cook and he washes the dishes behind himself. This is life in the Pressley family!

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      April 12, 2021 at 11:59 am

      Miss Cindy, you raised a good son!

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