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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..."


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November...



The Pond at Sunset...

The upper meadow...

Do your legs tire?

Morning visitors...

Too pretty to throw away...

Stitches... 



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    1. Fall is such a wonderful time to get out and take photos. I would love to see your North Carolina mountains in the fall.

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  2. Do you ever fish in your pond? Looking forward to what you make with your stitches. :)

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    1. I don't fish, but the kids and grandkids love fishing in the pond. I am just doodling with a needle...so fun!

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  3. I agree, beautiful photos! We have actually had unseasonably warm temperature for the last four days, in the high 60's and sunny. Winters chill will be upon it before we know. Have a great day stitching on your fabulous dyed fabric,♥

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    1. We have been unseasonably warm here too, but this weekend the temps are going to be much cooler. We still are enjoying lots of fall color here, but it won't last much longer. I do love the dyed pieces of cloth...almost a shame to cover them up. :~/

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  4. the pictures are pretty as usual. You manage to capture some great moments with animals too. the black bird is pretty and you got a good picture of him. I guess he is a crow. I love the crows. they scan the yard and when I throw out bread they are careful, but will manage to avoid the cats and get all the bread. the stitching is pretty. very careful stitches and tight stitches too. What ever you are making will be really nice.

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    1. The crows are here early every morning, hoping to steal a bit of dog food that Nell left behind. I love the crows, too. They watch for me to throw scraps over the back fence for them, but they do not trust me. Tomorrow, I will give them bread to tempt them to come closer. :~) I am just practicing stitches on the little cloth. If I stick with it, I hope to do several little cloth pages to bind together into a little book of samples.

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  5. It looks to me that you are really enjoying your time outside and indoors! So wonderful to just enjoy the simple thinks in life, to take a moment to stop and gaze upon the wonders of our world. Sewing is an amazing thing - one stitch leads to another, and another.... Before you know it, presto, we have something beautiful. Can't wait to see it finished.

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    1. I love your perspective on things...on enjoying the simple things...on sewing, etc. "One stitch leading to another" is exactly what is happening here...no real plan. "Que Sera, Sera..."

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  6. I love the colors of fall and look forward to seeing where your stitches lead. Yes, my legs get tired sometimes too!

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    1. Sherri, you must know that you have influenced me greatly in the art of stitching by hand. Thank you for that! And, seriously, there must be a logical answer to why the Blue Heron is often seen standing on only one foot. Last winter I noticed this, but thought it was to warm one foot, then the other. :~?

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  7. I always feel refreshed after viewing your lovely meadows, all the glorious animals and the beautiful stitches. You are amazing.

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    1. I love both...critters and cloth! Wild ducks are back on the pond, so now I must carry my camera when I walk the trail.

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  8. The wind is blowing today; trying to rip the roof off. The temperatures have been in the 20's. No beautiful colors of Fall here to be seen. We do still have some warm weather days ahead of us. It is true when the weather man says that by next Spring we will love to hear of a temperature being 38 and how warm that will feel to us. I love all the beautiful pictures you take of your neck of the woods. Yes, those flowers are too pretty to toss. They look wonderful put together in their arrangement. Always enjoy too, having a look at what you are stitching on!

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    1. Sandra, I will always think of you, perhaps sewing by a warm fire, when the cold wind is blowing. I enjoy hearing about your weather, so keep us posted! There's a lot of North Dakota winter for you to go through before next spring.

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