Appalachian Phrase of the Day

One of the springs on our Farmette.  



"I keep just enough whiskey in the house to doctor sores, and to keep my throat from tickling." 

James Still 
The Wolfpen Notebooks 


It occurred to me, while writing this, that I am not actually thinking of whiskey, but of moonshine.  While, yes, we do have whiskey in the house, (I do live in Kentucky, let's get real.) I am referring to the mason jar of moonshine in the dining room.  

It was gifted to me a couple of years ago by a reputable source who purchased it from a gentleman in Eastern Kentucky.  Even after all this time, I do have some left in the quart jar, because let's face it, it ain't for the faint of heart.  

If you have the time, I recommend the writings of James Still.  A native of Appalachia, he writes of experience, observations, and real life in these great hills.  


Comments

  1. ...a quart would last me a lifetime! 😀

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    1. My quart jar will be lasting me just as long! Not something I like to sip!

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  2. I'll have to check out his writings. I've been doing a lot of reading this summer so far. We're having a heatwave here in Oregon.. it's supposed to be 100 this sunday! Oh my! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Teresa, that is too hot. Stay cool!!

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  3. WoW!!! What a gorgeous stream, lucky you!!!!

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  4. Oh dear.....when I first opened your blog....the waterfall was calling my name! I so wish I had that
    near me right now. The closest I've been to whiskey is Chris Stapelton's {Tennessee Whiskey} lol.

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  5. Really nice photo, and the quote is really amusing! :D

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  6. Hello, love the scene and photo. I have never tried moonshine, I do have the whiskey in the house.
    Enjoy your day!

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  7. Yes, it'll grow hair on your chest.

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  8. I suspect that moonshine is even stronger than whiskey, but have never had a taste. Thanks for yiur comment on our current road trip, Michelle. I plan to post blogs along the way so as not to have the daunting task of doing them all when we return to NH.

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  9. Your farmette sounds wonderful Michelle, not sure about the moonshine.. for a Scot I'm pretty pathetic with ma whiskey drinking 😀😀

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  10. Moonshine...reminds me of the book "Christy". Have you read it? Your spring is lovely, by the way! :)

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  11. I've never tasted moonshine - being not much of a drinker at all, I have a feeling it would taste like turpentine to me. :-)

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  12. LOL Moon Shine will take your breath away or choke you LOL
    I lived in Kentucky 18 years Paducah KY

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  13. What a great photo and a sweet sentiment he wrote. I don't care for whisky or moonshine myself, but we also have it here. I hear it puts hair on your chest....which is not a look I'm going for. :)

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  14. It is good for mouth problems but too much has caused problems related to operation of the mouth.

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  15. Nice picture of your creek!

    Got into the moonshine or something like it years ago and that pretty much cured me of it... :)

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  16. I'm not a whiskey fan so I think the moonshine would do me in!

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  17. I love learning more of the history and hearing stories of Appalachia. Whiskey was the cure-all for whatever ailed you. Even growing up in Ohio, we always had whiskey for that very reason...I dreaded getting sick because I knew a "whiskey stew" or "hot toddy" would be coming my way. Sure felt better in the morning though! :)

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  18. Beautiful pic, love the moving water and the moss on the rock. Interesting quote.

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  19. Beautiful photo and a nice quote.

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  20. Nice Farmette spring . . .
    Checking out James Still . . .

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  21. I will leave the moonshine to you, Michelle, but I do love that photograph. Loads of moss on those rocks.

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