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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, October 25, 2017

The Changing of the Seasons...






While I was intent on admiring the changing of colors around the pond, Millie seemed to be interested in something else.  She is a magnificent animal, having amazing speed and agility, so in a flash, she was out of the water and around to the other side to sniff and smell and listen. 








The other side...




The first fire of the season...



The mornings have been  down right chilly here, so last evening we enjoyed a cozy warm fire in the wood burning stove.  The first fire of the season is rather a celebratory event for us - a true changing of the seasons.  It's a time we always look forward to.




Ecoprint Dyed Cloth...



I am still struggling on in Embroidery School.  Other than watching videos, about all I have done is to choose fabrics for the first lessons.   Even though the instructor used three different pieces of white silk, I have selected pieces of my Ecoprint dyed cloth.  The pages of my cloth book, if ever completed, will definitely have a different look!

Distractions abound here in the sewing room, causing my attention to stray from the lengthy video lessons. It seemed during one particular session, that the shelves in an old cabinet just had to be dusted and straightened.  And, at another time, The-Doll-That-Wouldn't-Sit just had to have a new, larger body stitched on.   ( I think I might have to replay those videos!   And, to think that I was a teacher for a lot of years!  I should know better!)




















19 comments:

  1. I agree Millie is magnificent. There's no telling what she saw/heard that fascinated her so.
    Your photos are breathtaking. The fall colors are amazing.
    Oh my, I do like that woodstove. It's a peach. You got the best of both worlds, warmth of a fire and getting to watch the flames. Can you cook a pot of stew on it? In my youth, one of the greatest enjoyments was coming home from school on a cold winters day and Mom having a pot of soup or stew cooking on our wood stove. I miss those days.
    I'm glad you mentioned about your embroidery course. In the videos you're watching, is there a mention of a 'feed dog cover'? The other day I saw on the tv a woman using an embroidery foot like yours and she also had a feed dog cover on her machine. I believe that the feed dog cover would make the process smoother and it might help to keep the fabric from pulling or being scratched or snagged.
    I consider distractions as my daily routine. Like you, I start to do something and get distracted halfway through by another task and then another and look at that another one pops up before you can get back to the original task at hand. ~smiles~ Never-a-dull moment.
    I bet you was a fun teacher and the students adored you.
    Have a great rest of the week. :)

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    1. E.C. ~ Regretfully, I cannot cook a pot of stew on this stove, unlike an older one we had in the house we left behind. I suppose it is a safety issue these days. When our power was out for a week following a snow and ice storm a few years ago, I surely did miss that old stove.
      ~ Feed dog covers were discussed on the class video. It seems some machines have them and some do not. The instructor said if needed, one can cover all the holes, except the one which the needle goes through, with masking tape. She also mentioned that some people are able to do this type of embroidery with no foot at all. I haven't tried it.
      As always, thank you for the nice comments...such fun!

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    2. It's ashame that you can't cook on the stove, but still it's a beauty. Watching the flames makes for an extra special feeling of warmth and coziness.
      That's a good idea about the tape. Goodness, a person would have to have some special skills to do the embroidery without an embroidery foot. I figure you'll master the art sooner than you think.
      Have a warm and relaxing weekend.

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  2. We have had so much wind that we no longer have any leaves on our tree's and we are having a rain and snow mix of weather this morning. I so wish we had a fireplace or wood-stove to keep us warm and add an ambience. I can completely understand your moments in the sewing room...I often start a project and get distracted by what is around me. I think I will just do this one thing and then get back to sewing; but one thing leads to another. Millie seems to enjoy her walks; the scenery is beautiful. I did manage to complete a little quilt and hope to share that soon. I love the cloth that you will be working with; so unique and interesting.

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    1. Rain and snow!! We knew it was coming. When I talked to my son earlier, he said it was snowing there. I don't know how far you are from where he works. What a wonderful post you wrote about the old windmills that once dotted the landscape of your beautiful Great Plains. Photographing those beautiful old structures would be a dream come true! I will be watching for your newest little quilt. I know it will be good!

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  3. It must a ritual all over the world, lighting the first fire of the season evoking so many memories of seasons past. You are surrounded by beauty, I can understand why you would be distracted.

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    1. Lighting the first fire is a special time! I record the date of the "first fire" on each year's calendar, which is fun!

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  4. The pond view, is breathtaking!!!! Hope Millie found something worth the dash over!!!!!!!!! ,-)

    Oh the first fire in the wood burner! In England they say "wood burner" and I have picked it up. UK IG's that is.

    One IG woman here, who loves to make everything magical, said they have something like "First Ember," the first time they light their stove for the colder months. A regular celebration, with traditional happenings. I love that!

    Of course I love everything, which marks the Turning Of The Wheel Of The Year. Modern peoples just don't do this, anymore. And to me, more's the pity. -sigh-

    Since we heat with a gas furnace, our fireplace is just for lighting on cool evenings. And we do that, as soon as possible. When real cold weather comes, it is no longer wise to use it, since then, the fireplace is simply sucking the heat out of the house. -sigh-

    You heat with your stove, so that is not true for you though.

    We had a stove too, at one time. Our fireplace was old fashioned wood burning one. Then during a heating fuel crisis, we had a small stove installed there. and tried to heat with it. every morning, I had to come down and start it up. -sigh- :-)))

    That phase passed, and we eventually converted the fireplace to gas. So it is just "for cozy-pretty" in cool weather now. But we totally enjoy those evenings, when we can!!!

    Happy Haunting!
    Luna Crone

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    1. I like the sound of "wood burner." I will use that term from here on! We celebrated with cups of hot cocoa. We also heat with a central heating system, but like to see how far into the winter we can go without it. On the downside, heating with wood is messy and dusty, but it seems worth it for now. Someday, we may have to replace it with gas.

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  5. beautiful pictures. It is a nice time of the year. Finally a few colder days and nights. If a study course is long and complicated, you will have to keep going back to comprehend it. I have to read and re read things alot to get their full meaning. I might be more dense than some, but that is what I have to do. Good luck on your learning adventure and what you will be able to do with it. Videos take re-looking too.

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    1. Martha, I spent some time watching a couple of videos again this afternoon, which helped a lot. I am just wanting something small to work on in the evenings when Dan and I sit beside the fire watching t.v. Otherwise, I usually fall asleep. I know you are busy, as always, and am looking forward to what is going on at Martha's!

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  6. The pond and the fall colors are just beautiful. Millie looks like a real guard dog. I sure know the feeling of distractions, especially in the sewing room. I will sit down to sew and notice something that needs to be done first.

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    1. Millie really does look like a guard dog, but she has the sweetest and mildest disposition. She has my heart wrapped around her little front paw, for sure! I wish I could be more like my mother, who sewed almost every day and seemed to never let distractions keep her from it. I sometimes wonder if I just look for excuses to keep from sewing.

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  7. Oh--a fire. Someday I'll have a fireplace again (or stove--I just miss the smell of wood smoke). Hug Millie for me?

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  8. Your first fire is lovely. We have been having chilly nights as well and a fire would feel so good--maybe soon. I love the photos of Millie on that gorgeous pond with the lovely reflections. It looks like you live in paradise. Enjoy your weekend.♥

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  9. I enjoy viewing the changing pond and Millie's energy! That cozy stove fire brings a welcoming warmth to the home. Oh how I miss mine. I had two fireplaces in my former home. The embroidery book you're making is sure to be interesting with the different fabrics you've chosen. Enjoy you're stitching.

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  10. Lovely ode to the joys of the new season!

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  11. We had to purchase a new wood stove this year and we had our first fire of the season in it two nights ago. We loved it! There is just something about that first fire that makes it special.

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