Warmer Than Usual Day

Warmer winter than usual in western nc

Yesterday felt more like May than February here in Brasstown. By afternoon it was warm enough for this girl to sit on the porch-talking on the phone and cutting pictures out of Granny’s old magazines for an art project.

It was an unusual day for me-unusual that I didn’t have to work-and that I didn’t have much on my schedule. After I took the girls to school I got started on a list of chores I’d been wanting to get around too.

All morning I flitted from one thing to the other keeping my eye on the clock assuring myself I still had plenty of time left to get to everything on my list. Then the phone rang.

It was Granny. She said her and Pap wanted me to come eat dinner with them. I said “well I would but I just ate.” Granny said “you better just come on we’ve got kraut with sausage, cornbread, applesauce, and your Daddy made a pan of fried taters too.”

With my list forgotten, I slipped on my shoes and took off down the hill to eat dinner with Granny and Pap-that’s when I realized it felt like Spring outside.

Lenten roses in brasstown

On my way back up the hill I noticed my Lenten Roses were blooming and from the looks of them they’ve been blooming a while. I noticed some early crocus were up and showing their cheery faces too.

Mystery on the Blind Pig

And I discovered something in the garden. It was so obvious I altered the photo to see if you could still guess what it is?

What was the weather like where you live yesterday?



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    jackie shound ringersma
    February 20, 2012 at 4:01 am

    looks like a rose hip to me

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    February 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I’m a guessin’ a turnip. The weather here has been beautiful, sunny and 60 degrees!Sounds like I missed a great meal! I’m sure it was delicious.

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    February 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Yesterday the weather was Spring-like. Today, however, it is far different – cold and rainy with threats of snow not more than 20 miles north of us. Such it is in NC…if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.
    God bless.

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    Jim Casada
    February 19, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Tipper—Given that there’s no perspective for comparative size, I’ll offer three thoughts. Most likely it’s a purple-top turnip sticking its head well above the soil line as they are wont to do. Or it could be a world champion radish. Or it could be a rutabaga (although I suspect Brasstown tastes don’t run to rutabagas in a big way).
    Jim Casada

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    Suzi Phillips
    February 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Can’t decide-radish, turnip or beet?

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    barbara Gantt
    February 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Im in Vermont and my snow drops are blooming. It has been a crazy winter. Barbara

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    Wayne Newton
    February 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Looks like a negative of a turnip root to me

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    Melissa P (misplaced Southerner)
    February 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Hang on there, Tipper! You may be gettin some snow tonight!

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    B. Ruth
    February 18, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    and Cee….The Lenten Rose is a perennial…and it should grow great for you in your Eastern Kentucky temperature zone….Shade..well drained soil with plenty of organic matter…
    There are now many, many colors..with beautiful shiny leaves…I’m a fine one to talk about Lenten Rose…as I think the wild honeysuckle has crowded mine out…next to the woods…
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Ed Ammons
    February 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I’ve changed my mind. I’m voting onion.

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    Darlene LaRoche
    February 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    It looks like a beet to me…the weather here in NW OH has been above average temps, which is so enjoyable.

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    February 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Warm weather. flowers Turnips is the picture

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    s kalvaitis
    February 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Girlfriend, you found a beet? Me I would have kept it to myself and not have shared it with anyone.

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    dolores barton
    February 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Humm! I think it is a bulb – perhaps a tulip or something in that family. I love your lenten rose; I have twelve plants around my house. I have had them there for since 1999. I really love them and have given some little ‘pups’ as I call them, to a couple of neighbors who have not had good luck with them. I hear tell as I am not currently in NC, that my bulbs are starting to bloom. I will be sad to miss their beauty.

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    Will Dixon
    February 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Looks like a Rose Hip to me. We pick them in the late fall, press the seeds out and dry.The pods make a nice Rose Hip tea that is very good for you.

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    Dale Anderson
    February 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Looks like a beet to me. Our family likes them.

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    Wanda Devers
    February 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    It’s so warm I’ve got my little fan going but my husband said 3 inches of snow predicted tonight for middle Tn.

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    Wanda Devers
    February 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    First thought is it’s a beet!! Would love to win the Foxfire Mag.

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    Madge @ The View From Right Here
    February 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Tipper, my guess is a rose hip…

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    February 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Yes, I would say it was a vegetable that got off the well “beeten” path. Ha!

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    Mike McLain
    February 18, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Looks like a radish to me…

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    Bernadette B.
    February 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Red beet for me too; but seeing Mother Earth through the foliage is a much happier (though not as tasty) scene.

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    February 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Looks like a beet to me

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    Bob Aufdemberge
    February 18, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I’m betting on a beet too!

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    February 18, 2012 at 10:36 am

    yesterday’s weather was crazy insane rain and wind. I had planned to be home all day as well. Unfortunately my call away was not nearly as lovely as yours. Dirt’s truck broke down at work and he had been given the big long shopping list for this weekend’s company. So not only did I have to go fetch him up, I also had to go do the shopping with him, the shopping I didn’t want to do. So now I better get up and get to doin’ all the stuff I didn’t get to do yesterday!
    Whatever you saw may have been obvious but obviously not to me!

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    Paul Certo
    February 18, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Looks like the squirrels dug up one of your flower bulbs. Just like they have been doing here all winter. It’s too cold here for bulbs to come up. been a mild winter for the most part.

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    Diane Walter
    February 18, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I’m wavering between a turnip and a beet.

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    February 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Could it be a tomato? No, I think I can see roots, so maybe it’s a turnip?
    Our weather was in the 50s yesterday, rather cold anyway. This morning the temp was 45! I’m not complaining, just worrying about what summer will be like. We don’t need another dry one for sure.

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    February 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

    You’re tricky with that camera of
    yours. Could that be a small water
    droplet with the reflection of the
    trees and sky above? I remember how early your parents eat dinner
    so the dew probably hadn’t
    evaporated yet. It appears to be
    another beautiful sunny day so far
    but they say rain is coming…Ken

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    February 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Is it an early-blooming tulip, sort of a distorted image, to lead your viewers off-track!??
    Yesterday was the retirement celebration at her work for my dear daughter, Cyndi, after her 34-year career with the State-of-Georgia, the latest of those years being state-wide food services director located at Central State Hospital. It was a wonderful celebration, staged by her many co-workers, with such glowing tributes to her compassion and kind efficiency as their “boss.” I almost busted a button to be the mother of such a wonderful person (and she’s beautiful, too, both inside and out!). But here, now, I’m the mother of a daughter who has already behind her a 34-year career, and retiring! Wow! How old does that make me? But to the weather, it was such a beautiful spring day. As I drove to the retirement luncheon, I saw daffodils blooming profusely, forsythia bushes with their brilliant yellow blossoms, Japanese magnolia trees with purple pods opening in the sun, camellia shrubs a-bloom, some with red, others with pink or white blossoms smiling in the sun, green lawns and tree buds looking pregnant with life. The day was made more beautiful in that a car-load of folks came down from my dear mountains (Union County, GA) to join in the retirement celebration and to be among those to congratulate Cyndi. Such a beautiful day, with such warmth from people and from nature must portend a wonderful retirement ahead for my daughter who, I pray, still has many years to live and move and have her being! Pardon me for being so personal, but I just had to share the beauty of what I saw and felt yesterday. To God be the glory!

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    February 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I must get another entry LOL. Is that a beet?
    Weather here is just wonderful, and I am seeing flying critters I only see in early Spring and Summer. BEES. I keep looking out the back at the garden spot, and it won’t be long. I am afraid we will be overrun with pests due to the Winter not killing them off.
    I am truly addicted to The Blind Pig. Oh well, I was addicted to Nascar back in the seventies and look at them.

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    Pat in east TN
    February 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I’m going along with a beet.
    Beautiful day here too and we worked outside all day. Needless to say we were quite tired last night, not being used to so much fresh air and physical work, but it sure felt good!

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    February 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

    It looks like a turnip to me. The weather was very spring-like here in Kentucky yesterday. This has been the craziest winter I have ever seen. We had tornado watches and warnings a few weeks ago, 70 degree temperatures, too much rain and now talk of our biggest snow of the season coming in tonight.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    February 18, 2012 at 9:12 am

    the photo looks like a beet to me. it is like spring here, we are going into the 80’s today and i fear the AC might have to run to cool the house down at bed time.

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    February 18, 2012 at 9:02 am

    It was unseasonably warm here too, 61 in fact.
    Why I do think you have a root vegetable there, turnip, kohlrabi, or beet I think.
    Back to winter today high of 46 today.

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    February 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Our weather’s been gorgeous, still the high was 37ish but the sun shone bright and warm when the rays landed on our skin.
    Looks like a cherry tomato :/

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    February 18, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Is it a radish?

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    Miss Cindy
    February 18, 2012 at 8:12 am

    It was nice in Black Mountain yesterday. My cats really enjoyed it.
    That looks like a picture of earth from outer space, Tipper, you been flying again?

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    Ed Ammons
    February 18, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Just as I pushed the post button on my first comment I noticed Linda L’s use of the word “stumped”. Any idea how the word came to be used in that way?

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    Sheryl Paul
    February 18, 2012 at 8:07 am

    No idea, could be a beet I guess, but they grow underground. How about a rose bud?

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    kat magendie
    February 18, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Dang – it looks as if you found a tiny little planet in your garden! I wonder what the people on it are like? 😀
    It’s been warmer here, too, in the cove.

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    February 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I don’t have a clue what the mystery object is but that rose is beautiful! I have never heard of this type of rose before. I’m thinking it must be something that would not grow well in eastern KY.

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    Rick Kratzke
    February 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Global warming, how else can you explain it tipper. Some say it is a farse but what else can be attributed to the warmer seasons. I too have some flower blooming in my yard.

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    B. Ruth
    February 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

    I do believe that is a leftover onion that has sprouted up…we leave a few and sometimes pull them in the winter…Do you have any “walking onions” or “multiplier onions”?..I got my starts from Mom who got them from her brother in Newport who got them from Granny in NC,Ithink?lol
    It was wonderful here yesterday afternoon…The birds are waking up and beginning to pair up…
    Daffodils are blooming on the South side…I am amazed that the forsynthias haven’t started blooming…I think they know something we don’t want to know..Snow in March and or this weekend…LOL
    Thanks for a great post,
    I was gathering some mixed media (junk) items yesterday myownself, for art projects..Those little funky looking plastic tabs that come on bread wrappers, potato bags etc..Make great little paint scrapes or attaching to the board..LOL

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    February 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Don’t have a clue! First thought it was something hanging from a tree limb and thought of a plum. Then it kind of looks like a beet.Girl, you’ve got me stumped!!!

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    Tammy Fletcher
    February 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

    rose hip?

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    Ed Ammons
    February 18, 2012 at 8:01 am

    It’s got to be a turnip. A beet wouldn’t have survived even in this warm winter we’ve been having, Would it? It’s too perfectly round though.
    It was shirtsleeve weather yesterday here in the megalopolis of Connelly Springs.

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    Bill Dotson
    February 18, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I say abeet also.

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    February 18, 2012 at 7:53 am

    It’s a bit hard to tell, but I’d have to say a turnip, but then I’ve had beets hide from me also.. I found a carrot in my garden, top was gone but saw a bump in the dirt, dug around with my knife, popped out a really sweet carrot!

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    February 18, 2012 at 7:47 am

    That photo is a stumper; looks like some sort of bulb???
    Our weather has been mild too – all winter! Feels like we’re getting away with something after the way we got pounded up here last winter!

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    February 18, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Well my dear Tipper,you have me stumped—sometimes I think you do these mystery things just to get us all to come back each and every day—and it is working for as a rule you start my day off sometimes even before coffee and a trip to the barn—will be awaiting to see the mystery?!!!

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    Karen Larsen
    February 18, 2012 at 7:19 am

    It kinda looks like a graniteware cup, but I’m sure it must be something growing, so I’ll say it ooks like a red beet. I love beets! And graniteware.

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    Mary Shipman
    February 18, 2012 at 7:16 am

    looks like a turnip to me.

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    Sue Crane
    February 18, 2012 at 7:09 am

    well gosh — it BEETS me! 🙂

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