Thankful November Winners

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I’m so thankful for everyone who joined in by commenting on my Thankful November posts. Celebrating Blind Pig and The Acorn readers with giveaways is always a lot of fun for me.

Several winners haven’t sent their mailing addresses.

Here’s a round up of past winners along with an announcement of the winner of “A Smoky Mountain Boyhood.” If you see your name below please email your mailing address to me at [email protected]

Winner of “The Foxfire Book”: Maxine Appleby who said: “Tipper, As you know, I am really interested in learning about the old ways that Appalachian folk used to have as they went about their lives. Food preservation and storage was critical to eating during the winter months. I have loved learning these ways and teaching about them in my Appalachian Women courses at Wofford. So, I would really love to have a copy of Foxfire that smells of wood! Put me on the list for entry to win it, please!! Thanks for continuing to enrich our lives with the stories, music and people of this beautiful land.”

The winner of “My Life in Brasstown” is Colleen Holmes who said: “Love your blog. First thing in the morning I read it with my coffee.”

The winner of “Appalachian Values” by Loyal Jones: Becky Burnett Nunnaley who said: “I grew up the same way. My grandpa had a saying when someone who had dropped in was invited and accepted the invitation to eat: “You see what we have. Eat it if you can. If you can’t, don’t mess it up, because we have to! My husband is from California. He didn’t know what to think when I invited the sweaty, dirty worker who was remodeling our house to eat supper with us when he worked really late a couple of times. I just found it impossible to sit down and enjoy a meal with him outside and hungry.”

The winner of “Dorie Woman of the Mountain” by Florence Cope Bush: Yvette H Ridenour who said: “I grew up hearing stories of my Granny’s childhood and adulthood (she was born in 1911 and died in 2007) and how her grandmother and mother, and later she, too, made lye soap. Our background is British, too. I have had so many experiences of “sensing” something before it happened–it would take hours for me to recount them all. It’s something I began experiencing as a young adult, mostly through dreams, but sometimes just a feeling about something that later proved to be true. On the night Granny died, I was sitting with her and my husband was supposed to come to relieve me. I called him and told him that I thought I would stay–I had a strong feeling that she would die that night, and she did. I am so glad I was there when she breathed her last–she was the person in all the world who had the most impact on who I am and what I believe. I had a dream in 2010 of seeing her in heaven, and I know someday it will be fulfilled.”

The winner of “A Smoky Mountain Boyhood” Melinda who said: “Wonderful for Jim to publish the fruit of his labor of love! And you being highlighted in it – wow, just great to have both of you benefiting & encouraging each other! Feels good to hear positive examples of the good in our world.”


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  • Reply
    Gina Smith
    December 12, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Congratulations to the winners! Merry Christmas to Tipper and family and all the BP and A readers!

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    December 12, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    I won something this year and I not a women either. I appreciate Tipper and her blog and for what she is trying to do even though I don’t and never have lived in Appalachia. My country boy life has a lot in common with the Appalachian life style. She sure don’t deserve to have anyone criticizing her.

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    December 12, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Congratulations to the winners. I would have enjoyed any one of the prizes.

    In response to Leonard: I won year before last and I’m not a woman.

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    Leonard Barnett
    December 12, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    I guess there is a reason why all the winners are women,huh?

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      December 12, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Leonard-there sure is a reason: that’s who the random number generator picked 🙂 You’ve probably not been following along, but men have won some of my Thankful November giveaways-just as they do every year. Who knows maybe next year it’ll be you if you participate 🙂

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      Ed Ammons
      December 12, 2020 at 6:13 pm

      I am a man and I am a winner from a previous year! I chose not to comment on giveaways this year because I thought is was time to give rather than receive. So you won’t see me as a winner but as a giver. Read Acts 20:35 “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” I have done both and the latter is by far the more satisfying. Try it! It makes you feel good!

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    December 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Tipper, thank you so much, I received the Foxfire 2 book yesterday. I am going to enjoy reading it!! Your posts always bring back so many precious memories. I usually get my cup of coffee and open up your post every morning. I’m grateful for the blind pig and the acorn. God bless!

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    Leslie Haynie
    December 12, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Congratulations, y’all!

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    Patricia Small
    December 12, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Congratulations winners! Happy reading and happy holiday season.

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    December 12, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I see you have inspired another Blind Pig reader with Darrell Cook’s post! I learn a lot always from anything you do whether it be blog or video. I have tomato cages made from fencing, and they are so wonderful and portable. I can carry them back and forth between all my small garden areas, and I cannot believe the prices of the cages at some places taking advantage of the new gardening craze. For once, I was ahead of the game with cages and lots of canning jars and lids. I can an assortment of beans and roast all Winter. I knew I always enjoyed the old ways, but many in my daily walk do not share this interest. Your blog has educated me more and filled that void, so I am inspired to keep the old ways.

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    Ron Stephens
    December 12, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Thanks to you for being a giver. The world doesn’t know and thus can’t appreciate how essential the givers are. And givers by their nature don’t resent it or complain about it.

    Congratulations to each winner. Hope you each thoroughly enjoy your prizes.

    Tipper, a Christmas greenery nobody mentioned yesterday was Christmas fern. We were over at Don Carter State Park yesterday and there is lots of it there, as well as the ‘running ground pine’ and holly. Anyway when I saw the Christmas fern again it reminded me of your video.

    This seems to be an especially good year for holly. I have seen lot of them with berries where I am more used to seeing few or none.

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    December 12, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Blind Pig readers are the real winners, not only in November but every month, seven days a week. I am thankful to be one of your giveaway winners.

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    Margie Goldstein
    December 12, 2020 at 8:48 am

    Tipper, I too very much enjoy your blog. Many days it has been the BEST part of my day and I will think on topics you discuss sometimes all day. Your family really does exemplify the HIGH LIFE in Appalachia with farming, appreciating the countryside- its array of life and beauty, crafting, Nashville worthy ( Grand old Opry ) musicians, cooking, singing, storytelling, and because of you I’ve bought True Seed already trying to get a jump on next year ( should I be alive.) YOU are the LADY OF THE HOUR TODAY AND most every day! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the joy you bring and ideas and eagerness!!!

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    December 12, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Hey, Tipper, I just saw that I was winner of Jim’s book. Due to vision issues I’d like to pass the book on to another who could read it. You choose…I saw many deserving posts.

    Thank you & Jim for making it available!

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    Darrell Keith Cook
    December 12, 2020 at 7:23 am

    Hi Tipper, I very much enjoy reading your blog. You teach me a good bit. This past year I bought the fencing you used for your beans. The fencing is a great idea. I use some of your recipes. (my wife can’t bake). Also I ordered seed for next year from what I saw in your garden video. Thanks for sharing your ideas and mountain traditions.

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    Miss Cindy
    December 12, 2020 at 6:49 am

    Congratulations to all the winners and thanks for being a member of the Blind Pig Family! We all have so much to be grateful for and at the very top of my list of thing I am grateful for is my son, the Deer Hunter, Tipper, my daughter in law, and Chitter & Chatter, my granddaughters!

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