Spreading February’s Love

snow in western nc

On another snowy day in the mountains of NC, it’s time to spread the love for February.

Each of you who commented in February made the Blind Pig a better place to visit-and those of you who commented on the essays-helped encourage some young Appalachian Writers too keep writing. I thank each of you:

Sandy Carlson, Janet, Mary’s Writing Nook, PaulaKathleenJust JackieThe TexicanJulie at Elisharose, Miss Cindy, Brenda Kay LedfordSheila B., Osagebluff Quilter, Terry, Matthew Burns, GrannyPamWarren, LannyThe Fishing Guy, Mary Traveling HammerPetra Michelle, SolsticeDreamer, David Templeton, Farmchick PaulaNancy M., GlendaNancy SimpsonFencepostRick’s Whitetail WoodsTrisha Too, Mary Life In A Cordwood Cabin, My Carolina Kitchen, Farmchick, Emily Cole, Paul Saltcreek, Patty Hall, JoLyn, Olecrowsnest, The Welldigger, Rachel, Stacey, B. Ruth, CheE, Sallie Covolo, Barbara Gantt, Vicki Lane, Mary Libby, Frances, Jay Henderson, wkf, Michelle, Susie, Ethel, Julie Curtis, Janet Pressley, Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D., Sarah, Wanda, Benny Terry, Two Square Meals, Rooney Floyd, Apple, Stacey South Western PA, Elizabeth, Dee from Tennessee, Lynn, Elizabeth Thomas,  Sue, Vera, Steve A in Florence Ky, Pat in East TN, Charles Fletcher, Shirley, Daniela, doggybloggy, Teresa  Clint, Kay B., Helen G.Jen, Kay Keen, Elliott Queen, Sandra, April, Doug, December & Josey, Jamie Keener, Faye Marshall, Bruce, Crazy, Betsy from Tenn, Trixie Goforth, Crystal, Heather Rojo, Jonathan, Apple, Betty Blankenship, Greta Koel, Ms. Christy Horne, Henrietta Newman, Felted Kiwi, JennyJenny, Susan Rentze, Donna W, Chrisq, JoyceAnn, Ruth, GAFarmWomanPam, Haystack Jackson, RazorFamilyFarms.com, Granny Sue, Egghead, Threecollie, M. Diane Rogers, Teresa Maggie Grace Creates, Abbey Jenkins, Jennifer in OR, Georgie, Richard Beauchamp, Audrey, Marion, Nicolezmomma, Stove Pipe, Barbara Taylor, Mickey McKee, Rick M, Baking Barb, Sandra Spencer, Gwen Mangelson, Brenda S ‘Okie in Colorado’, and Jenny.

Even though it’s snowing outside my window, my mind is on: spring, seeds, seedlings, greenhouses, warm dirt, fresh veggies, pretty flowers, mushrooms, sign tests-I guess you get the picture I’m dreaming of this summer’s garden. In the spirit of my thoughts-this month’s Spread the Love prize is a scrap-booked garden journal-made by me.

The winner is…Rick from Whitetail Woods.

Actually Rick isn’t the only winner-since I’m dreaming of the beauty above-I’ve picked 3 additional names this month-I’ll send each person a few flower seeds from the ones I saved last fall. Who are the 3… Jen, Stacey Southwestern Pa, and Marion.

I hope all of you continue to visit the Blind Pig & The Acorn-and don’t forget click on a commenters name above and go for a visit, I know you’ll be glad you did.



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    March 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Tipper – I love finding new links from clicking on your posts. Congrats to the winners. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    March 5, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Tipper, I enjoyed reading the essays, they are fantastic. These young people have alot of talent, excellent stories. I liked Chitter’s essay, she has a way with words. I think one day she will be on the best sellers list.

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    March 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you very much Tipper. I do enjoy reading your blog because it reminds me a lot about the past when life was simplyer and easier in a lot of ways.
    You can count on me to come back here for more.

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    March 3, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Vicki-yes it is an Anemone-one of my favorites : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
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    March 3, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Congratulations to all the winners. The gift you can use all summer long and maybe even more.
    I just love Tipper and her blog!

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    March 3, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I can’t believe all the snow you’re getting. We have had a little cold, mostly in December and some rain but nothing like a normal winter for us. Have a wonderful day and keep dreaming of sun!

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    Miss Cindy
    March 3, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Congratulations to Rick on winning the Gardening Journal and to Stacy, Jen, and Marion for winning the seeds.
    Out my window looks just like your top picture of snow. It’s beautiful and looks just like a winter wonderland. However…I am looking forward to the flower season. Your beautiful single flower picture is the bright spot in my day today!

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    Chef E
    March 3, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I am just ready for this snow to take a hike! Even if it goes to NYC, and stays in Manhattan, just please leave Jersey! LOL your photos are gorgeous!

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    March 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I enjoyed all of the essays and information around the Hazel Creek area. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!!!!

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    Nancy Simpson
    March 2, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Tipper, Your February Blog was outstanding. You never fail to entertain me. If I had an award to give, I would give it to you. In my opinion, you have the best Appalachian blog. I keep hoping to get Nancy Sales Cash to take a look at your Hazel Creek posts. She is writing a novel set at Hazel Creek.

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    Donna W
    March 2, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I’ll keep on checking in; it’s hard to find a place on the Internet that is positive and happy. Yours is one of those.

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    Julie Curtis
    March 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Congrats to the winners! What kind of flowers are those, Tipper? They’re really pretty.

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    March 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Congratulations to the winners! The garden journal is lovely.

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    Vicki Lane
    March 2, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks for visiting my place, Tipper! And what a beautiful flower! A Japanese Anemone?

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    Fishing Guy
    March 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Tipper: When you spread the love it blesses not only them that receive but also them that give. Your kindness is always appreciated.

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    March 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Congrats to the winners. How nice!
    When you were thinking your spring thoughts and listed warm dirt I couldn’t help but think of how good it smells as it crumbles between my fingers.
    I’ll be glad when I get to experience it because right now it’s nothing but cold, wet mush!

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    March 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Hey Tipper: Twice the author of the novel “Bloodroot” has been featured on NPR! Of course I did not write down her name but she has gotten great coverage – and she is FROM EAST TENNESSEE!
    Eva Nell

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    March 2, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks for choosing me, Tipper! The essays were all a pleasure to read.

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    Patty Hall
    March 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Congratulations!! That flower is so pretty.

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    March 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Congratulations to the winners!!
    As always, I love your blog. Sometimes I leave it up just to listen to the music!

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    Pat in east TN
    March 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners! How lucky they are to get your beautiful gardening journal. More snow here … it just keeps coming and coming.

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