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Several readers haven’t been getting their daily Blind Pig and The Acorn email. I wish I could blame it on the winter storm Jonas but the fault lies with Google’s Feedburner app.

When you sign up to subscribe to the Blind Pig and The Acorn by email, it means each day when I publish a new post Feedburner will send you an email notification showing you a small piece of the post text and asking you to click on the title to continue reading. Once you click the title your transported to your daily dose of Appalachia!

All in all, Feedburner does a pretty good job of handling this task, but every once in a while something goes amiss in the mammoth halls of Google.

Feedburner is free for you and its free for me too-that’s why I use it. There are other apps that will send my daily email out to subscribers…but they cost a pretty penny that I don’t want to pay and I sure don’t want you to pay either!

As I said yesterday, if you don’t get my daily email you can always come straight to the blog yourself by typing the web address in – or you can even search the internet for the Blind Pig and the Acorn and click on the blog that way.


If you arrive on the blog without coming via the email, finding the comments can be tricky. As you scroll down the page you’ll notice each post has its own title-see where I’ve circled the one in the photo above Oil Lamps? To find the comments all you have to do is click on the post title and scroll down. If you want to go back to the main blog page where you can see all the posts lined up one right after the other just scroll to the top and click on my banner. Clicking anywhere on that top banner will take you back to the home page where you can see the very latest post I’ve written right there under it. And clicking on any post title will take you to the comments for that post.

And if you’re wondering what time a Blind Pig and the Acorn post publishes each day, I almost always have the post scheduled to post at 4:00 a.m. each morning. The Feedburner email doesn’t go out till a little later than that-but if you’re an early bird you can find the latest dose of Appalachia by coming straight to the blog a few minutes after 4:00 a.m. each morning.

Hopefully Feedburner will get itself back together and the Blind Pig and the Acorn will once again be flowing smoothly out to all parts of the earth-and that’s a good thing! Actually its a thing that makes me happy right down to my piggy toes.


Several folks have asked if I finally got the big snow I’ve been wanting. As I’m typing right now it is 6:48 p.m. Friday January 22. We had rain for most of the day-a cold rain with the temps hovering around the upper 30s. About 5:30 it finally started snowing. Wait just a minute and let me run turn the porch light on and see if there is any snow…ok I’m back. No snow yet. It’s still spitting snow but the ground is so wet nothing is sticking-there isn’t even any snow on the deck or the cars!

The night isn’t over so maybe in the morning I’ll awake to my white winter wonderland. I’m off to sit around the wood stove with the girls they say they’ve got the funnest card game ever-even though I don’t actually think they own a set of cards other than Old Maid so I’m not sure what I’m getting myself into.



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  • Reply
    Jerry Crutcher
    September 14, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    My wife and I simply love you folks and the many things you teach us.
    I was wondering what kind of greenbeans it is that your growing on the fence panels?
    ,Thanks Jerry

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      September 14, 2021 at 3:19 pm

      Jerry-thank you! We grow greasy beans-also for the first time we grew rattlesnake beans this year and really enjoyed them.

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    Tony Maynard
    January 25, 2016 at 6:50 am

    No issues with getting the blogs from me.Thanks Tipper.I hope you get your big snow!

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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    January 24, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    We got some here in the NC sandhills followed by freezing rain that froze everything into a solid sheet of ice. We live in the midst of a copse of HUGE old pine trees which we heard snapping and thumping way into the night. We woke up to what looked like a warzone, with branches down all over the property, thanking God none of them hit anything important.
    We lost power for short periods of time throughout the night.
    If you want any of this mess, it’s free. You just come and get it. LOL
    God bless.

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    Mike McLain
    January 24, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Tipper, I measured 11 inches of snow at our place in Brevard. We haven’t been off the mountain since Thursday and our Sunday services at our church have been cancelled. Last night after going to bed, I saw the headlights of one intrepid soul in the valley below. Otherwise, no traffic. Mail deliveries have even stopped – last mail was on Thursday. We have definitely had our big snow!

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    January 23, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Glad most folks are receiving your blog – sadly, I’m still not. Wonder how location figures in or if it has more to do with servers or browsers.
    Hope you get your snow. We were promised that El Nino would bring us a colder wetter winter but so far it has been just the opposite!! Creek is still running and the days have been just gorgeous so can’t complain. I’m so tempted to put the garden in! – but sure as I do we’ll get that cold spell! So, I’ll just settle for tending my babies (transplants). No greenhouse – but we don’t get much company again until spring break so these babies have the run of the kitchen ;-).
    PS. Thanks for the instructions on how to get to the blog with the comments.

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    January 23, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Tipper – I didn’t see anything about Canada Geese in B. Ruth’s bird report. Does she put out any food for them. I saw a flock of them Thursday evening. It looked like 40 or 50. They were just taking off and weren’t in the V formation but they were making that typical goose honking noise. Tell B. I’ll try to shoo them over the mountain if she wants to feed them too.

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    Suzi Phillips
    January 23, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Winter wonderland here on White Oak, Tipper- knee high and COLD!

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    Barbara Gantt
    January 23, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    I have had no problems with getting the emails. Werid that some people get them and some dont.
    No snow here in Vermont. It is all going just South of us. We would love some white stuff. Barbara

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    January 23, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Haven”t had any problems with the Blind Pig E-mail , here at home.. but problems with my phone, I can read but not comment.. I’ll P.M you later for suggestions.. SNOW REPORT: We got about 2in. and that’s enough for me, powers on and no report of major outages here, but I see the news and Eastern Carolina’s on up Virginia way are hit hard, no doubt some of our Guys will be, if not already headed up to help the other Electric Coops to restore power, remember all those working in this, it is some of the most Dangerous Working Conditions out there..

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    Dee Parks
    January 23, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Tipper, your blog comes through every day – no problem. I’m sorry you didn’t get the amount of snow you wanted. If you could be here in south central PA with me, you would have the MEGA amount of snow. We are about 28 miles North of Gettysburg. I went out last night about midnight and measured – we had 3 inches. This morning it is a white out and we have about 2 1/2 feet and it keeps on coming down. I grew up northern part of IL and Lake Michigan remembering lots of snow. You put up with it because you had to. I must say though, fresh snow is absolutely beautiful. As it sits on the streets and sidewalks though and with the traffic it turns black and ugly. My father was a pheasant, quail and squirrel hunter, and he trained bird dogs. I followed him through many patches of forest and over little streams. If you are out in that scenic area, it is breathtaking beautiful. My mother made the best snowcream and I always think of her snowcream with the first snow.

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    b. Ruth
    January 23, 2016 at 11:58 am

    We have about two inches….We have more hungry birds than snow! Ha…The better half is on his way out to feed them again….There were, I counted, 6 male Cardinals (red birds) and 4 or 5 females…Three White-throated Sparrows along with their females, at least 6 Goldfinch with a few females, 3 pair of Jorees (Towhees), two pair of Carolina Wrens, 3 to 6 raucous Blue Jays, too many to count Titmice, Black-capped Chickadees, Mourning Doves, and House Finches. The woodpeckers on the suet tray, are Ladder-back, Downy, Hairy and Flickers…The Nuthatch visit as well, haven’t had the Brown-headed Nuthatch this year, scarce, or I missed it…The Brown Thrashers have also been visiting the suet on the large open platform feeder….A few ground feeders snow birds (Juncos)…..and a lone Starling which is rare nowadays on my feeders….I think they are hanging around the folks that have goats, horses and cattle..
    Our Bluebirds feed near their houses on suet blocks in the open front yard along with eating the hedgerow berries with the Mocking Birds….
    That is my bird report for this snowy morning!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    January 23, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I have always gone straight to your website so I never know whether Feedburner is working or not. I have the as my 1st bookmark. I open it as soon as I log on. After I read it, I click on today’s topic and read the comments. I have been doing it this way so long now that it is like 2nd nature. On the rare days I don’t find a new post, my day is disrupted and I worry about who might be sick or if something else bad has happened.
    We ended up not getting as much snow as they predicted. It snowed about 4″ early Friday morning then sleeted in the afternoon which packed down the snow. Then last night it snowed a little more. So now we have about 4 in” of ice covered with a couple of inches of snow. It is a mess on the roads but nothing stuck to trees or power lines so the power hasn’t even flickered. Today is very windy but hopefully most of the precipitation has moved on.
    Right now the sun is shining!

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    January 23, 2016 at 11:06 am

    So far so good in receiving BP emails. Tipper, we got another 7 INCHES OF SNOW!! Sure wish we could send you some, Lord knows we have enough!

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    Ken Ryan
    January 23, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I missed your blog on my email the past few days, but was able to get it from the internet with no problem. It was on my email this morning. It will be in 50’s here in East Texas today, 60’s tomorrow. We rarely get any snow.

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    January 23, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I’ve been getting your emails with no problems, thank heavens. I so enjoy catching up with you every day.
    We have about a foot of snow here in Giles Co., VA, and it still is snowing this morning, but very lightly. My hubby got the tractor tank filled and checked the tires on Thursday, so he’s ready to plow our road as soon as the snow stops for good. Everyone stay safe and warm!

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    January 23, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Anymore, I seem to have split shift sleeping. It is not unusual to wake up in the middle of the night, and I just simply track you down from my favorite list. Some of the time, The Blind Pig was not available, but I never got a handle on actually when.
    There is a Winter Wonderland out there, and I must get out to clean off vehicle, but for now I will just enjoy viewing from sliding door. I keep hearing a bird chirp, and finally realized is my brand spankin’ new smart phone. Stay warm!

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    January 23, 2016 at 9:23 am

    The Blind Pig has been missing here at my house for about a week. I started to worry that something was wrong that was keeping you from posting. Thinking about Pap’s health, I set out to investigate. It didn’t take long to Google the blog and say a prayer of thanks when I found a whole week of good reading to catch up on.
    I live about twenty five miles south of the Louisville airport where they measured and inch and half of snow as of 11 pm last night. Here in Bardstown, we got anywhere from six to eight inches. It was still snowing when I went to bed last night. The news said the heavy band that was moving through could put down another inch or two. It’s too cold to go outside and measure!

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    Rosamary Christiansen
    January 23, 2016 at 9:15 am

    My aunt Nellie used to say “thatta sight?” whenever I told her something that surprized her….
    “My ole cat had eight kittens last night.”
    Aunt Nellie: “thatta sight” while shaking her head.
    I saw ‘sight’ with. Vocabulary test word ‘skiff’.

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    January 23, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Good explanation of RSS feed and options. I have only missed one post, but I went to your site and figgered it out my ownself. The missed post actually showed up as a “double post” the next day.

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    eva nell mull wike, PhD
    January 23, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Tipper: Is that Story Teller THE KEITH JONES from over in Georgia? If so, folks are in for a REAL TREAT!
    Best of weather over there!
    Eva Nell

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    Miss Cindy
    January 23, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Tipper, ever since you put the new face on the blog I have not been able to get to you through the email. I have to open a different browser and click on you through favorites. Then I have to click on the title to get to the comments.
    I’m sure a computer whiz, like you, could figure out a way to get to the blog from the email. Sadly, a computer whiz I’m not. But I do get here every day, despite the computer glitches. The computer is a wonder, for sure, and a part of that wonder is mystery!
    I waited all day yesterday for the snow to arrive and all we got was rain. Well, it’s snowing now and the ground is white. Now I’m watching to see how much snow we get!

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    Ron Banks
    January 23, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Very rarely do I not get your emails. If I don’t get one I simply go to the website. No big deal at all since I figured out how to navigate that thing called the web years ago. You do a great job keeping us readers up to date on the happenings in Brasstown and points beyond. Thanks for all the work you put into it. I would sorely miss my morning dose of the BP and I would gladly pay to read it each day.
    We have about 1 and 1/2 inches of snow here at the bottom of Oglethorpe mountain this morning and my kids are very disappointed because it’s not enough to go sledding. : (
    Keep Calm And Read On!

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 23, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I have not had any issues with mine either.

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 23, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I have not had any issues with mine either.

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 23, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I have not had any issues with mine either.

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 23, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I have not had any issues with mine either.

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    Ken Roper
    January 23, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I received my e-mail at 7:11 this morning and everything’s fine. I was starring at my computer when it came in. Don’t know for sure what it is, but I can’t wait to see what we’re talking about this day. I love all things Appalachia and admire your dedication to this Blog. It’s a Keeper!
    Finally, it’s white here at the shop, but we ain’t gonna get enough for Snowcream this time, I don’t think. They really caught it just a state or so above us. And those winds make watching TV a must. I feel for our neighbors that have a couple feet of Snow. . . Ken

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