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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..."

Monday, November 27, 2017

Around me the trees stir...


"Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, 'Stay awhile.'
The light flows from their branches
And they call again, 'It's simple,' they say
'and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.'" 

Mary Oliver, "When I Am Among the Trees"

Cabin in the Woods
A Playhouse really
I am calling it my Shanty
Where a friend might come for tea
Maybe something like this... :~)

The Shanty
stitched into my sampler book

Web Stitch

"When you learn a craft, practice it.  That learning comes through the hands."

~Rumi, "A Basket of Fresh Bread"


  1. Now you've really made me envious of your "shanty"!! It's too cute!! Could I come and play sometime?

  2. "I am calling it my Shanty..."

    Shanty! It has been so long, since I have seen/heard that word. Love it!

    I am in the upper NE, and you are way across this Beautiful Country. And that word, is part of both our heritages. How interesting... Love such things... Colloquialisms I think they are called.

    I would love to come for tea.

    Gentle end of Nov. hugs,
    Luna Crone

  3. Chip Butter, I love your new playhouse...Shanty. I too would LOVE to come for tea. I am so anxious to see if you will share what things you will place inside! Looks like you have been busy with lots of new stitches in your sampler book. Thanks again for sharing the views of your beautiful countryside.

  4. I would love to come for tea and take a walk in the woods...just a little too far away. Your sampler is interesting. I agree, "The learning comes through the hands". The hands are full of wonder.

  5. Oh my gosh! The Shanty. What a neat playhouse. I love it! I too had forgotten about that word. Chip Butter, you do have the most interesting and beautiful blog. I just want to go there!

  6. Perfect photos to go with a great poem.
    I love your Shanty. Wow, what a beautiful and cheerful Tea that would be.
    Your sampler book is amazing. Really artsy and a great way to stitch your thoughts while showcasing your stitches.

  7. I love your spider's web stitches. I have done similar when making Dorset Buttons, years ago now, and on a bag I made for my eldest daughter. I love the Mary Oliver quote.

  8. love the little house. It is perfect in the open land. Love the poems too. I can see spending some quiet hours visiting or just enjoying things there. the stitching is neat and you are right in sewing, practice sure makes a difference.

  9. A shanty! Now I'm jealous! What a fun time you will have entertaining. A cup of tea, conversations, and surrounded by nature. Enjoy!

  10. I await an invitations to tea and a bit of Ozark nature! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

  11. I confess I'm jealous of the playhouse. Enjoy some tea and good memories with friends there!

  12. I love your little shanty as well as your shanty sampler! Such a sweet post! Wishing you a merry Christmas day and a blessed new year!

  13. your photo of the path in the woods makes me want to walk there! Love your little shanty and love your little shanty sampler! Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a blessed new year!