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The Blind Pig & The Acorn In 2015

Tipper Pressley celebrating Appalachia

Wow where did 2014 go? It seems only yesterday I was telling you about the goals I had planned for the Blind Pig & the Acorn during the new year of 2014-and now it’s all gone and behind us.

There’s a pretty intimidating list of things I want to accomplish during this new year of 2015.

  • I hope to finish the story of W.C. Penland Civil War Solider from Clay County NC. Does that sentence sound familiar? If you said yes-it’s because I listed that as one of my Blind Pig & the Acorn goals for 2014. Although I shared many of WC’s letters and the history of his family I didn’t quite make it to the end of the story.
  • I have an idea to celebrate Appalachia in an even bigger way and it involves the voices of people like you and me. During 2014 I made significant progress on gathering information and solidifying the basic idea in my mind. I hope to continue shaping and molding my plan during 2015.
  • 2015 is going to be the year of SAYINGS. What kind of sayings-well of course ones from Appalachia! Funny, thoughtful, meaningful, teachable sayings about life-so be on the lookout for the new series of sayings.
  • I want the music back! I know many of you do too. I still haven’t found a good solution to the issue-but I’m still pecking away at the problem.
  • I’m want to write a cookbook during 2015. I’ll keep you posted on that endeavor.
  • I plan to continue promoting the Blind Pig & the Acorn Etsy Shop during 2015. I’m sending a big THANK YOU to everyone who visited the store for some of their Christmas shopping. Along with mine and Chitter’s Etsy Shop I want to promote other artists/crafters during 2015.

I’m excited for this new year of 2015. I believe it will be a banner year for the Blind Pig & the Acorn-and I sure hope each of you stick around for the ride.



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  • Reply
    January 17, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Somewhere I read you should change “I want”, “I plan” and etc. to “I will”.
    I know Life sometimes gets in the way though doesn’t it?
    I will read through all of The Blind Pig & The Acorn posts in 2015.
    Thanks for the time and effort that goes into this blog. I really enjoy it.

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    Suzi Phillips
    January 16, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Can’t wait!

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    Ed Ammons
    January 16, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I kinda to have got off on the wrong foot this year and I would like to make up for it. I can’t make any promises but I will do whatever I can do for you. I hope you accomplish everything you set out to do and I will try to do whatever I can to help if you will only ask.

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    b. Ruth
    January 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Hey, tell Ken that is snowing across the mountain into East Tennessee. It started out as fine powdery flakes and then big old flakes. I love the big soft flakes, almost like cotton bolls falling!
    Well then, I think you have gone and scheduled yourself into a busy 2015! Sounds like fun and the one thing I really hope you do is get yourself one of those family style Appalachian cookbooks going. I love cookbooks. I read them like novels. Don’t just fill it up with recipes one after another put some “rhyme and reason” behind each one. Like where you got it, Aunt, Uncle, cousin or Grandma, Pap (I’m thinking his sweet pone cake he likes) etc.
    I always think that makes a recipe come alive and makes for good readin’ as well!
    Now then, I also miss the music! You know the one I love and miss playing it from time to time! “Little Old Ladies”!
    Also, I would love to hear more of the Penlands! There were a bunch of them from Madison County.
    I love sayin’s myownself. One of my favorites coming up soon. “Don’t plant garden til the Oak leaves are the size of a mouse’s ear”! That doesn’t mean “Mickey”, that means your common field mouse. I try not to get close enough to one to check them out, I just reminisce by looking at a picture on Wikimedia! LOL
    I’m watching your Etsy spots as well.
    I gotta go, I am rendering down about 5 pounds of beef suet (really) for making bird treats!..In fact a few birds have been walking the window-sill at the kitchen holding signs that say….
    not really but the birds are feeding like crazy on the open feeder since it is snowing and getting darker!
    Thanks Tipper for all you do!

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    Roy Pipes
    January 15, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I am looking forward to the year – especially the celebration of Appalachia.

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    January 15, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    All of these are interesting topics. I for one have really missed the music. The old sayings always bring back memories.

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    January 15, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I’m just glad you’re here!!!
    All I know is a simple THANK YOU.

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    Annette Casada Hensley
    January 15, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Tipper, in all my moves around this great country of ours, I’ve learned that one of the most important ways that people from southern Appalachia set themselves apart is by their wonderful, colorful expressions. So, I’m very happy to see that one of your goals is to capture these. Happy hunting!

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    January 15, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Great plans for 2015! You go gal!

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    Jim Casada
    January 15, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Tipper–I reckon you’ve got enough gumption or get-up-and-go for about five average people, but I was pleased to see you have some interesting and promising “resolutions” (or plans, or a list, or whatever you want to call it).
    I’m absolutely enamored of your plans for sayings and hope you will group some of them in categories–for examples, gardening sayings or wisdom, those relating to religion, etc. Years ago I wrote a fairly substantial series of pieces on weather sayings for a national magazine, and in the course of doing background research came to realize that there has long been a fascination, indeed almost a fixation, with such sayings.
    Like others, I’ll look forward to the end products.
    Jim Casada

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    Sue Crane
    January 15, 2015 at 9:55 am

    gonna stick like glue!

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    January 15, 2015 at 9:54 am

    This sounds like a big job – I wish you good luck. One saying I would like to know more about is “Bless your heart.” I don’t really know if it means sympathy or if someone is really being sarcastic, or what. I’m sure you can shed some light on this one.

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    eva nell wike, PhD
    January 15, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Tipper: You are an inspiration any day! At this time of year it is easy to sleep late and wonder what it was we were suppose to accomplish today. THEN YOU WAKE UP! WHAM!Then you realize it is not a dream.
    Let me direct you to a U-Tube site ‘the sedonas’ and you will hear the number one fellow singing “Cannot Tell” and playing the guitar. I think he is already famous in my world!
    Eva Nell

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    January 15, 2015 at 8:24 am

    I certainly hope I am around for the ride through 2015. The government and world may at times feel very unstable around us, but the goings on in Appalachia are like a fortress protecting us from the ugliness that lurks on the world stage.
    Appalachia, with the wild ramp season on its way. Spring just around the corner! I can’t wait, Tipper, to see all the magic you unfold in 2015.

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 15, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Thanks for the update, wishing everyoNE a happy and successful year

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 15, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Thanks for the update, wishing everyoNE a happy and successful year

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 15, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Thanks for the update, wishing everyoNE a happy and successful year

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 15, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Thanks for the update, wishing everyoNE a happy and successful year

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    January 15, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Your goals for 2015 Blind Pig are noble and large, Tipper.
    I hope I don’t miss a one of the daily postings! Our hats are off to you and your faithfulness and persistence, and the interest you have generated in our Appalachian way of life! Thanks, and good postings ahead!

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    Miss Cindy
    January 15, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Tipper, you are absolutely amazing. How did you have time to make all these wonderful plans at the same time that your home is turned upside down with redoing the kitchen.
    Everything that you have loaded on your plate sounds wonderful to me. I’m especially excited about the cook book, and the sayings, and the music….well I guess I’m excited about all of it!
    It’s gonna be a wonderful year!

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    Barb Wright
    January 15, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I’ll be riding along! You always write such neat stuff,and I also enjoy the music! As for where did 2014 go,today is the middle of January..already! If that means anything,it looks like 2015 is gonna fly by as well!!

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