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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."


Thursday, August 27, 2015

In Memory of Sylvester...


2005 ~ 2015

He brought us joy...
And we loved him well.



























22 comments:

  1. I am so sorry you have lost your sweet cat. He is beautiful. It is just harder to go through loosing a pet than there are words for. My heart goes out to you. Pets are such a huge part of our lives and we love them just like people. When we loose one, it sure does hurt us.

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    1. Thank you, Martha. I thought putting these pictures here might help me get over it. Well, at least he deserved some space here for always being such a good sport about getting his picture taken.

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  2. So very sorry, Mary. He was a blue-winner cat for sure!

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte. He was one of those cats that, when I was outside, was always underfoot, so I am missing him at every step. I think Nell is missing him too.

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  3. I am sorry to read of your sweet kittie's passing. He certainly was a handsome lad and I'm sure filled your heart with joy.
    Someday you shall meet again...
    Susan x

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    1. Thank you, Susan. I like to think an angel is carrying him on her shoulder as he liked me to do.

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  4. I am so sorry for your loss Mary. There are no words to ease the sorrow of loosing a beloved pet, just know that am thinking of you,♥

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    1. Thank you, Judi. I let myself get too attached. My Nell is 15 now and not so spry these days. I won't be getting another dog or cat. After you lost your precious Corgi, did you get another?

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    2. No, we have not gotten another dog...yet! When we eventually move to a smaller house we plan on re-thinking the idea. We both love dogs so it is very hard not to get one now but know it is wise to wait. I do miss Cooper every day as if he left us yesterday.

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  5. I am so sorry to hear of your Sylvester. Ten years of memories, to hold onto and cherish. I love the pictures you have posted. He was so beautiful. There are no right words to say. But, I want you to know that I care deeply and I hope that you will be okay. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you Sandra. Yes, lots of memories! He was born in a rock pile to a stray momma cat who wandered here from who knows where. He was the only one of five to survive, so we raised him from a wee one. From such a lowly beginning, he is now a star (well, maybe not quite) on the world-wide web. Ha!

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  6. Sylvester looks like he was full of mischief! You will have many memories of him around the house and outside. The last picture is my favorite of him. He has a intelligence about his face like he's contemplating the world. Or maybe just thinking about a piece of cheese. Who can tell for sure. Smiles and tears go together.

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    1. Cindy, I like "Smiles and tears go together." And, that's for sure! You are so right about his being full of mischief! When I carried him on my shoulder, he would bite the shoulder seam of my shirt. My husband told me many times that he was going to bite my jugular vein! I am sure, in the last picture, he was contemplating the world! Ha!

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  7. So sorry to hear this sad news. Pets are family members & their loss goes deep.

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    1. Thanks Sherri. It really has helped to have a pat on the back from all of my blogger friends!

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  8. I'm so sorry for your loss. Sylvester was a gorgeous cat and you captured some special moments. I love is unique facial markings. I'm sure you brought him joy also. He looks well loved.

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    1. Thank you Bethann. I counted 32 photos that I had taken of Sylvester, so I had a hard time choosing which ones to post. He was always up to something, so I would grab my camera. I doubt that I will ever find anything else quite so much fun to photograph as he was. Maybe I should work harder on the dolls. :-)

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  9. Oh, the darling. I'm so sorry.

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    1. Thanks Peggy. One of the comments above says it best..."Smiles and tears go together."

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  10. Sylvester was a very handsome gent, I am sure he loved you too. I lost my 18 yr old kitty this year, so I know how it feels. I was looking at your post below and must say how much I admire your unique style and the quality of your sewing and ...is it sculpting? (of the heads and hands) You create some wonderful things

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  11. Ohhhhh! Sweet sweet Sylvester!! Lovely guy how you must miss him..... sigh.... handsome lovely guy!
    Sweet warm hugs to you! Love Linnie

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  12. Sylvester had such a great life with you...I imagine he felt blessed (in whatever way a cat is willing to count his blessings) and wise in his choice of people.

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