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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..."


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Turn left at the old Blackjack Oak...








The hilltop beckoned.






And, Millie waited at the door. 








It was cold...20 degrees with a stiff north wind blowing!  But, there was that self-imposed challenge I had made back in the summer:  To walk every day, rain or shine, for 365 days. I suppose that also included freezing cold days as well. 

Why, even the pond was nothing but a shimmering, frozen surface of reflections in crystalline ice.






And, the Great Blue Heron seemed to be having trouble finding a bit of open water in which to fish.





Millie and I decided that, instead of crossing the hill top meadow where the wind blew strongest, we would take a more sheltered route.  We would turn left at the old Blackjack Oak, the one with three trunks, and take an old trail that meanders through the woods and down to the wooded side of the pond.  So, that's the trail we walked for three days, after which the sun began to shine and we could go back to our old paths again, where Milie can run, to her heart's content, across the meadow where the cattle like to graze.  Yesterday was Walk # 181

(A funny note about Millie's picture above:  On these cold mornings, Millie's one floppy ear was standing almost as erect as the other.  What's to be made of that?)






                              
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Chip's Corner....

The girls seemed happy with the Christmas dresses and jackets...can't seem to get away from those little jackets! 

I so enjoyed sewing the peach-colored one.  The dress is made from a piece of vintage 36-inch wide fabric and was a dream to sew; makes me understand what it means when someone says, "It has a good hand."

Tilly, the seven-year old, who says black is her favorite color, was delighted with her doll's black corduroy dress.  Her sister told me that Tilly's doll wears the dress every day. 

I am excited how far I have come with my dolls.  The bottom photo shows were I am with the torso.  The head to body ratio seems right.  And, it sits well! 












17 comments:

  1. It has been so cold here too. We have walked the two small dogs, but Fruity has congestive heart failure and takes medicine, so we don't let him get cold. Hopefully things will return to more normal weather soon. Everything is pretty there. I don't see how animals in the wild survive in the freezing weather. We feed the possums and raccoons scraps and cat food. I don't know if that is good or not, but I still give them stuff every night. Millie, I am sure enjoys her walks with you. The doctor told us walking is the best exercise you can do. the dolls new dresses are very pretty and your new doll is looking good too. She does sit up well.

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    1. Martha, I thought of you when I saw a very nice piece of vintage red dotted-swiss at an antique mall. I may go back and get it, if it's still there. We feed the raccoons too, and like you, I don't know if it's good or bad. A few days ago, I read somewhere that the best thing one can do for the birds is to let them find their own food. But, I intend to keep on feeding them. As for walking, I think my daily walking has helped me get past some health issues I've had the past couple of years.

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  2. We have too many days that we are warned not to go outside or we might get frost bite. Our grand-doggy's paws get sore quickly when he is here and he needs to go outdoors. We make it as fast as possible. Sometime a grown-up has to go outside and rescue him for his paws hurt so much from the cold. He will lay down on his back and hold his legs up in the air. I have been feeling poorly with a terrible cold since New Year's. Seems like it won't go away. I haven't left the house in days. I envy you that you can sew for your grand-daughters. We bought our oldest grand an American Girl baby doll and she later gave it back to me and said she really doesn't play with dolls. I had hoped to share the love of dolls and sewing with her. Now we have a second grand-daughter. I am still hoping that this one will be different. I love the two outfits you made for your grand-daughters dolls. How exciting to see a new doll be created by your hands. That is quite an accomplishment to walk that many days. Bravo to you! Best of luck to you to have many more days of sharing with Millie.

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    1. Sandra, when I was writing this, I kept thinking of you, and the unbelievably cold weather you have been having there. Poor little doggy needs some warm winter booties! Our girls love their American Girl Dolls. And, of course dressing them up is pretty much what it's all about. I really think they don't understand that I can't make them a new dress every day. :~) I am sure you will soon be sewing some beautiful little dolls' dresses for your second granddaughter. Lucky little girl! I well remember all those beautiful dolls and their dresses that you have posted before. Take care, and enjoy the days inside stitching!

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  3. Whilst the photos are beautiful, I am not at all envious of the temperatures. Beautiful outfits, a real delight.

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    1. You make me want to know more about the climate where you live. Some winters we get quite a bit of snow, and some we may get none. I enjoy at least one snowfall, then I am ready for spring. Sewing is my favorite thing to do when it's cold outside.

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  4. I'm awe struck with each of your photographs. You have such a beautiful way to phrase your words too! Love these dresses and the matching jackets. I can see why your granddaughters love them.
    Ha, Millie's ear, now that's interesting. Could it be that the frigid weather made it stiffen up? Day 181 is beautiful.

    (had to remove my previous comment because I made such a typo blunder, sorry)

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    1. But, no snow, Beth Ann. I was thinking just a bit might brighten things up. And, the cold just has to be the reason Millie's ears are more erect. I love her both ways!

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  5. I do love your pictures, and how you describe things. You and Millie are very special. Such beautiful doll dresses and the little jackets are precious. Your dolls are amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Henny. I am determined to do more sewing this year; maybe even an apron! :~)

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  6. Lovely photos along with beauty on your walks. My husband and I walk as well. The weather has been so cold we've had to take our walk today at the local mall. Believe me, the scenery is not as lovely there but we get our exercise in all the same. ♥

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  7. On thoses cold, cold days, the air seems to go deeper in my lungs and spurs me on, just so long as the wind DOES NOT blow down my collor or up my back, then I'm good to go. (Not sure if its because I was born in cold days of a Minnesota winter, or what!) The doll dresses are adorable, made with a 'good hand'. The girls will treasure them always. Oh and the mystery doll form! What will it look like, humm. Happy sewing!

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  8. I always enjoy a stroll with you and Magnificent Millie.
    Your dolls are so charming. The one you're working on looks real good. The clothes you've made are wonderful.
    Our neck-of-the-woods got up to 65° today. I hope you all are starting to thaw out. Take care, keep warm and give Millie a special treat for being so sweet.

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  9. How sweet Millie looks! Your photos of the cold world look so wonderful! The little doll dresses are so sweet!The girls will treasure these dolls for years to come!

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  10. Hello New Friend, thank you for visiting my blog and entering my Give-A-Way.
    I love your farm and your antique dolls, everything looks so warm, cozy and simply charming. Oh, and that vintage Singer sewing machine, perfection:) You live in such a beautiful part of the country. I'm so glad that you found me, because it brought me here and now I am following your blog, too.
    Good luck on the drawing of names . . . some sweet blogger will win and it could be you and I've won by making a new blogging friend.
    Have a lovely week.
    Connie :)

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  11. Love these little dresses. I love your dolls!!! Hugs, LJ

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