Appalachia Thankful November

Thankful November 2018 – Foxfire

Thankful-November 2018

“In log rollin’s, you’d go all over th’community and gather up maybe twenty-five men. Then they’d cut logs and clear land and do a whole lot a’work in a day. It’uz like th’old workin’s. Lot a’th’women’ud come t’th’workin’ and get dinner. And as a general thing, when they had a log rollin’, they’d be eight’r’ten women there that’ud have a quiltin’ too, and maybe make one’r’two quilts while th’men’uz cuttin’ and rollin’ the’logs.”

Lex Sanders – “Foxfire 2”


Today’s giveaway is a used copy of the “Foxfire 2” book. To be entered simply leave a comment on this post. *Giveaway ends Saturday December 1.

The winner of the handmade Christmas Cards by Allison Britt is Sheryl A Paul who said: “Handmade cards are a passion of mine. I have little artistic talent but find much joy in the talent of others.”

Sheryl please email your mailing address to me at [email protected] and I’ll get the cards to you!


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  • Reply
    James Smithson
    December 5, 2018 at 9:37 am

    I started reading the Foxfire books as a teenager in East Tennessee. I love the series as many of the “old ways” are being lost.

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    Connie Clyburn
    November 27, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve loved the Foxfire Books since I read the first one several years ago. There’s something about them that connects you to Appalachia. If you’re a native Appalachian – you feel right at home. If you’re not — you long to be Appalachian with that rich history in your blood.

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    Carolyn & David Anderson
    November 27, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Love the Fox Fire Books.

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    November 27, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    My mom and grandmother had the quilting frame set up in our basement I don’t remember anyone else but them working on them . Most of the clearing of land and harvesting we did ourselves. Only when someone died or got hurt bad would everyone gather to get their crops in or whatever was needed. When something happened one or both church bells in the community would be rung and we went to the church to find out what happened and what was needed.

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    Steve Smith
    November 27, 2018 at 11:30 am

    My father-in-law said his Pa could take a foot adze and make a beam smooth as a sawmill could! That would have been something to see! The STARZ series, “Outlander”, has the main characters in Colonial North Carolina, building a new homestead, and shows some of the tools and building methods of the time. Unfortunately, they don’t have many neighbors for a “log roll’.

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    November 27, 2018 at 9:40 am

    When my dad would use our horse to pull down the logs off the Mountain, my mom and myself would have to help. Daddy couldn’t do it all by himself. My brother was off to college. I do miss those times. I would love this book Tipper. I want to get all of them sometime. Thanks again and God Bless!

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    L. A. Rickman
    November 27, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Crop harvesting was a gathing much like your log rollins.
    Only in the flat lands of Daviess County, Indiana.
    Us youngins pretty much ran wild, while the women were cookin up hardy food for the men folk.
    I remember the line of sawhosres laid with long planks, as a makeshift table.
    Blind Pig and The Acorn is a recent pleasure introduced to me this pass Fall, by a very dear friend.
    Long ago memories in the hills or on the flatsland, a great way to start the day.

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    November 27, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Mom had a set of the Foxfire books, and I read a little from them. I was busy back then reading books for college I didn’t prefer. The books were claimed speedily when we had to sell her home, but I have the cast iron. They would now be at the top of my list for reading in the winter. Nothing better than an appalachian winter with a good book.

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    Gary Powell
    November 27, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Love to read the Foxfire books. I’m old enough to relate to a lot that I read.

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    Tom Hansberry
    November 27, 2018 at 7:42 am

    I already have the foxfire books so there’s no need to enter my name in the drawing. I enjoyed reading about the logrollin. We just called in a work day when everybody would gather to help others. The Amish call it a barn raisen’.

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    carol roy
    November 27, 2018 at 7:39 am

    I have never read a Firefox book they sound very interesting. And also loved the story of the men log rollin’ and the women making dinner and or quiltin’… interesting. Love your blog great job Tipper.

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    Sheryl A Paul
    November 27, 2018 at 7:05 am

    I zm so excited to have won the Christmas cards. Thank you so very much!

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    Marshall Reagan
    November 27, 2018 at 6:30 am

    I used to read all of the foxfire books when they came out. my mother was librarian for 35-40 years
    & she would bring them home to read & I read them too. it,s a shame they are not printed anymore
    because there is still a lot of the forgotten ways that are being lost.

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      November 27, 2018 at 6:52 am

      Marshall-thank you for the comment! Hope you’re doing well. The books are still being made-you can jump over to the Foxfire site here:

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    November 27, 2018 at 6:14 am

    My dad, who is almost 90, is an avid reader, and he would enjoy this book I’m sure! Of course I’d then have to borrow it!

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    November 27, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Quilting, something I remember very well, I’d watch my Mamaw and Aunt who lived with her, set and quilt back when I was just a kid. Sadly we lost Mamaw back in 1984, and this past weekend we lost our Aunt, she was 90 yrs young, so I guess they can go back to making those quilts they use to make, and tend to the garden and flowers they use to love to do together.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 27, 2018 at 5:18 am

    I love the snippet from the Fox Fire Book. The language is so accurate to what I heard from my grandparents. I especially like the it’uz, that’s exactly the way I heard it!

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