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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, February 12, 2018

What's on your February Calendar?

The sky appears broader now than it did.
The day has opened its eyelids wider.
The lengthening of the days, commenced a good while ago,
is a kind of forerunner of spring.

~Thoreau's Journal, Feb. 19, 1852

I really love the dolls at this stage - clay and pencil marks.  I am anxious to finish this one.  I am calling her Annalee.

The "She-Shed," as I am now calling her, is waiting on warmer days, so we can put insulation in her walls.  What we will use over that, I am not sure.  I am anxious to get moved it!  Dan is happy that the hummingbirds will be on this front porch, this year, instead of on his.

What a joy this little "shelter" dog is.  The cold, wet days of winter haven't slowed us down!  :~/  We are on walk number 219.


  1. The fabric swaddling that lovely doll reminds me of the Kansas Troubles prints by Moda. My creativity has taken a rest after the weeks of refinishing furniture prior to the holidays, but I'm feeling the need for some sewing.
    Your little dog appears to be a happy and energetic companion.

  2. Such a beautiful doll in the making, enchanting.

  3. I shall be looking forward to seeing Annalee when she is finished because she is beautiful right now...clay and pencil stage. :) Seeing your she-shed makes me excited for you! It also reminds me of my cousin's she-shed. Hers was put up for her quilting so she can leave things out while she is working on one.

  4. I have noticed the mornings becoming lighter earlier; as well as the evenings staying lighter later into the day. I enjoy the shorter days of winter; but change is a good thing to enjoy as well. We are still cold and snow expected for Valentine's Day. Much too cold for us to go outside for walks! Your dolls are amazing to me from the very beginning to your final touches. I think Annalee is very pretty; and look forward to seeing more of her. You must be excited about your she-shed and any future plans you have. I am sure the hummingbirds will enjoy it as much as you will. Congratulations to Millie and you on your number of days walking (219)! That is something to be proud of.

  5. Annalee is pretty already. I like them before painting too. So mysterious what she will really look like. I am always surprised how they turn out. Your little house will be great for you to relax and enjoy doing your favorite things. I enjoy my quiet times even though I have no little house, but am proud for you and hope you will super enjoy it. Your dog is sweet and lively. It is great to see happy pets.

  6. Oh, the doll is breathtaking. Annalee is beautiful. Your dolls look so alive. I love them all! Your she-shed will be wonderful. I have wanted one since we moved here. After turning the little bedroom into my sewing room, I've been a little more content. There is just nothing like having a little space that's all you own.

  7. Your doll is gorgeous, and I love that stage too. They're more sculptural unpainted. My February has me working--part time job, folk art, textile arts, house/yard/pets etc. :~)

  8. Your work is beautiful! I can imagine you are looking forward to having your own special space. How wonderful! ♥

  9. Love the doll and love the name! Cant wait to see her and your shed when it is all finished. Such cute photos of that happy dog!

  10. Nothing like having hummingbirds on the front porch :-)
    My Feb calendar? Will be going to the North East (India) My next blog will be on that.

  11. Lovely pictures, - happy for you that you are going to have the space in which to be creative and do what you love. I spent February at the loom, - have a weaving room, but it is not large enough to accommodate two looms, especially the great Glimakra, so I moved my smaller bed closer to the wall and made room for it in the bedroom - that works, - love to see it "looming" there in the night when I awaken!! (this is a pun, but it is big and tall)