Appalachia Blog Thankful November

Thankful November

Collage of 2021 photos

It’s time for my annual Thankful November.

Every November I host a variety of giveaways as a way of saying THANK YOU to Blind Pig and The Acorn readers. If you didn’t know it, you’re the best blog readers in the whole wide world!

There’ll be a variety of giveaways throughout the month so be on the lookout for any that you might like to enter.


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    Barbara Parker
    November 1, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    My Appalachian roots run deep. My memories are with me growing up in the Appalachian Mountains of Blairsville GA. My grandparents homeplace is gone now, but I still visit there in sweet memories and love. Good loving relatives and good memories are a true Gift from God. I am blessed in reading your messages, hearing the singing and music, seeing your way of life and good cooking methods. Thank you for keeping Appalachian ways alive and well. -Barbara Parker

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    Joan Owen
    November 1, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    Amen to all that people have said about you Tipper ,the beautiful daughters,family singing together,your great canning,cooking and numerous other things you write about.My Mama was raised South of Nashville,Tn.and every Xmas we would drive back for visit,I loved it so and folks so friendly and a Church around the corner in the country,Pappy played the Fiddle,Mammy the Piano,Uncle played french harp,another banjo,there was 11children in her family so reunions were large,you don’t hear of such families now and it sure would be hard to raise them with food and everything so expensive.Again thanks for all the time it takes you to present this daily to us,God Bless and keep you and yours.

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    Don Byers
    November 1, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Love your blog and thought of you and your writings while visiting friend Verna Kirkland at the Swain Historical Soc….leaves beautiful…and never miss your blog….nice trip through the gorge this morning…

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    November 1, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Reading your blog and watching your wonderful videos make my day. I am so glad that you care about your fans and treat us like family. At least that’s how you make me feel and I am sure others feel the same way. I am surely thankful for your efforts in making sure that our way of life in Appalachia is preserved and appreciated by all.

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    Sallie, the apple doll lady
    November 1, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Tipper, I have to say a big Amen to all the comments. I don’t know how any of us can really realize how much what you are doing means to your readers. I, too, have a lot to be thankful for and one big thing is to be able to enjoy this part of my day with you and them. I can only express a simple thank you but it means so much more.

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    Karen Lenard
    November 1, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Thankful November, what a wonderful concept! We all miss being thankful for something or other every day, and to make it our focus for a whole month. Thank you for your marvelous blog, Tipper, and I look forward to reading more every day.


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    November 1, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    For most of us, especially myself, a month to be thankful is far more fitting than a single day. Among the things I’m thankful for are having been born in a family, a place, and a time that have all been as near perfect as we can find on this Earth since Eden.

    Thank you, Tipper . . . for the blog and videos and for sharing your family with us and your insight into the time and place you were placed to occupy.

    Blessings . . .

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    Carol Roy
    November 1, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Tipper I believe the first time I got acquainted with Appalachian music, ways and life-style plus so many other things was when I came across a You Tube of your Dad and Paul singing it stopped in my tracks as they say it was beautiful harmonies that I loved and from there I was hooked. I always enjoy each post it seems I always learn something be it ‘sayings’ ‘words’ meanings of this or that. Your daughters are a great attraction and joy….also love their singing. Altho I am from the East Coast of Canada (many miles away) your Blog still brings me back each day! Thank You for all that you do….it is a pleasure each day to keep in touch this way. God Bless! Be Well and Safe during these trying times!

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    Colleen Holmes
    November 1, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Love your blog. Hard to believe that’s its already November.

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    November 1, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    I’m thankful for you and your family. This blog/vlog brings back my childhood and all the wonderful people that taught me so much about hard work, charity, music, food — the old ways are usually the best way. Thank you, Tipper!

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    Robert Wasmer
    November 1, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    I am thankful for the work you do on your blog and channels, keeping Appalachia and it’s traditions alive. While I have never lived in the mountains as you do (closest I ever came was northern Alabama), my family roots go way back to Eastern Tennessee, in the Ballplay area of Madison County,. You keep my interest in the Appalachia region and it’s foods, language, superstitions, and music alive. Thanks for all you posts!

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    November 1, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    I found your blog when I was looking up dew sores, because Mama said if you went barefooted before the dew dried, you’d get dew sores. As I never had cuts on my feet as a child, and as there weren’t cows roaming in the area, I doubt I would have gotten dew sores. I have been reading your blog ever since.

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    November 1, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Love your pictures Tipper. The love and your family that you share with each and everyone if us is very much appreciated. And the time it takes to do what you do. I pray God continues to bless you and your family and everything you do. Thanks again.

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    Wanda Devers
    November 1, 2021 at 11:51 am

    I love hearing about all your doings and your whole family. I feel like part of your family, too. Love you Tipper!!!

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    Donna Brewton
    November 1, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Miss Cindy said it right ……. First thing I thought after reading “Thankful November” was the pics are worth more than a thousand words. Thank you for memories jogged and mindfilness.

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    Donna Brewton
    November 1, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Miss Cindy said it right….. First thing I thought after Reading “Thankful November” was a picture is worth a thousand words. Our thankfulness tells others who we are.
    Many, many thanks for your time, memories and mindfulness

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    Mary Anne Johnson
    November 1, 2021 at 11:04 am

    So look forward to your posts every day. Brings back a lot of forgotten memories of how I grew up in WV. Happy I found you.

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    November 1, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Being interested in many things, I have always read and watched a lot on the internet. I have never been as dedicated nor as interested overtime in anything as I have been your blog. Now your YouTube videos, only I do wait until later to watch those. Even your readers bring a warmth and touch of Appalachia–kindred spirits. Your November give a way has become a part of my life also. Thank you so much for continuing with a blog that makes me feel grateful each day to be a part of Appalachia. I am reminded daily.

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    November 1, 2021 at 10:04 am

    I can’t remember the year I too stumbled across your blog but I am so thankful I did! I do know it was well before Pap passed and after reading Donna Sue’s comments this morning I couldn’t have said it better and I agree! Your blog reminds me of precious memories and makes me very thankful so I keep on striving to live the values I was taught and standing firm for Jesus.

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      Willard Lamont Sr.
      November 1, 2021 at 12:15 pm

      Good morning,
      I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now. I really enjoy the things that you share . Thank you for your hard work on preserving the Appalachian culture!!

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    Sharon Cole
    November 1, 2021 at 9:52 am

    I’m thankful that I can read your blog every morning as I eat my breakfast. You are appreciated and loved!!

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    November 1, 2021 at 9:46 am

    I’ve only been following for a few months, first on YouTube, then here on this website and most recently on Instagram. I, like your other readers, are very happy to have found your posts and videos. You and your family have helped us remember, learn, laugh and a few times cry, but we have enjoyed them all. Thank you for sharing the many celebrations of the Appalachia.

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    Lori Hughes
    November 1, 2021 at 9:42 am

    I am thankful for you and your family and the company they provide me. Without youtube I would have no social interaction in my life besides my husband of course. And I’m super thankful for him! Thank you so much Tipper!

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    Ann Applegarth
    November 1, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Thank YOU, Tipper!!!!

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    Karen Mohn
    November 1, 2021 at 9:10 am

    I agree with Donna. I am glad I found your U Tube channel and then this blog. I like the same things you do. And your love of your heritage and the place you grew up and still live has started me thinking about the place I grew up in. My grandfather sparked an interest in me about my family history, a long time ago, but since reading your blog I am now researching more of the history, traditions and way of life in my area. I look forward to reading your blog most every day. So thankful for you.

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    Terry Huffaker
    November 1, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Have thoroughly enjoyed your thoughts and rememberances of Appalachian life. So many great stories and history has been shared to the reader’s of Blind Pig and the Acorn. As you, I am very proud of our heritage and way of life. I may have “gotten above my raisings”, but have never forgotten the “people in the holler”. Am so thankful for the times and memories of the little Wayne Co Kentucky community called Susie. A side note, Tipper; my grandmother’s brother was the father of author Harriette Simpson Arnow.

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    Brad Byers
    November 1, 2021 at 8:49 am

    November needs you.

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    November 1, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Your readers are thankful for you!

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    Margie G
    November 1, 2021 at 8:41 am

    I too have to thank you, Tipper, for wonderful cornbread, improved gardening, and a connection to the hill people. You’re a winner winner, chicken dinner!!!!

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    November 1, 2021 at 8:34 am


    I’m thankful to you and your family for sharing your lives and your love for Appalachia with us all.

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    Ron Stephens
    November 1, 2021 at 8:28 am

    I agree with Donna Sue. You have made a *homey” community named – of all things – Blind Pig & the Acorn. In a world now full for untruth, hidden agendas and manipulation the BP&A is a restful place. You are casting bread upon the waters and we see it has floated a long, long way. Hopefully we do some of the same for you and yours in return.

    I thought about the word “blogger” this morning. To me it doesn’t fit what you do. It sounds like a cold and hard word to me, always has. It sounds ‘information age’ as in fact it is. I wonder if the word “postmistress” is not a better fit? Not, of course, “with it” these days, too gender-specific for starters and too old-fashioned next, but I reckon few – if any – of us “best readers in the world” are concerned about being conformed to this world.

    Anyway, I am grateful to you and yours. You have put me back in connection with my plain country roots at a very good time for me. Just as one example, you have caused me to remember so many of my Dad’s sayings and it is still happening. And because of that I realized that those saying were the way he revealed his character quite unbeknownest to himself. (Don’t we all?)

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    Jane ODell
    November 1, 2021 at 8:19 am

    I am so grateful for the multitude of blessings God has given me. He has literally worked miracles in my life and the lives of my family members and continues to work in us daily. One of his richest blessings to me during Covid has been finding you and your sweet family. I have been blessed richly over the past nearly two years getting to know you and the girls in particular. Have a wonderful day! Your friend in SC, Jane

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    Sherry Whitakerz
    November 1, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Well I love and agree with everything Donna Sue said. I am very thankful for your blog, Tipper. I am so blessed to have this “place to gather” …a precious family y’all are to me.

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    Rita Gilbert
    November 1, 2021 at 7:34 am

    I want to say everything) that Donna sue had to say I wake up every morning first thing to read your blog.thanks so much takes me back.

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    Martha Justice
    November 1, 2021 at 7:29 am

    I am so thankful for you, your family and your ministry. Even though we have never met I feel a strong connection with yall. I love your music, your recipes, watching you prepare your recipes ,listening to your stories and seeing how connected to our Creator and His creations you are. I guess that means “ILOVE YALL” Have a Blessed Day. See you in the morning in my email. ❤

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    Miss Cindy
    November 1, 2021 at 7:07 am

    I love your set of pictures for this post! One picture is worth a thousand words and this set of 9 pictures covers everything you love so dearly. …mountains, family, growing things, music, good home cooked food. On behalf of your readers and me, thank you for being there and sharing your soul with us!

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    Larry Paul Eddings
    November 1, 2021 at 7:02 am

    I enjoy reading your blog the first thing every morning.

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    November 1, 2021 at 6:36 am

    Thank you for bringing a part of my past alive for me and my family! I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog/you tube channel.

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    donna sue
    November 1, 2021 at 6:24 am

    In case you didn’t know it, Tipper, you are much loved for all the work you put into your blog and you tube channels!!! Your love of the Appalachian heritage and continued way of life, jogs many memories for people even if they didn’t grow up in the mountains. There is a common thread for all of us to hold onto – love of God, love of old fashioned living, eating food made at home, growing our own food, and appreciating the blessings God pours on us. All these things attracted me to your blog thirteen years ago. It’s the kind of life I want to live in this otherwise crazy world. Living the values of yesterday gives me hope for tomorrow, even though the world around me is crashing. It helps me keep my focus on Jesus, living my life serving Him, and being grateful for the life I have. It doesn’t take much to make me happy. I don’t need what the world offers. I prefer doing things for myself, and taking care of what I have so it lasts, to be used over and again. So thank you for sharing these values in your blog and channels!! And thank you for giving all of us like minded people and kindred spirits, a place to gather and share our memories and to learn new things. You are much appreciated!

    Donna. : )

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    Nancy Johnson
    November 1, 2021 at 6:13 am

    I am so glad that I recently found you and the girls on YouTube and since then added The Blind Pig. Thank you

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    Sheryl A Paul
    November 1, 2021 at 6:11 am

    You and all of us have so much to be thsnkful gor

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