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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..."


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Pause, Reflect, and Reprioritize...








The boots were new, and Millie hadn't even been born when I began to write and post pictures here at Chip Butter White Oak.  I sometimes think about all those mornings when the grass was wet from the morning dew or from an overnight rain,  that I pulled these boots on over heavy socks, grabbed my stick, called my dog, and headed out over the trail that my dearest Nell and I began walking  almost thirteen years ago.  One might think that walking that same trail, day after day, would become tiresome and monotonous, that there would be nothing new and different to photograph, but I have not found that to be the case.  As Thoreau wrote, "Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence."  Well, that's our forest path.

It was on a rainy day that I began this blog.  I wrote, "I love a nice rainy day, like today, when the rain is gentle and there is no thunder and lightening.  I like to forget about outside things on days like this and enjoy inside things... things like sewing and working on my dolls.  It's also a perfect day for a cup of coffee with Dan who has been driven inside by the rain.  According to the Green Mountain Coffee Story printed on the box, "A great tasting cup of coffee can give you a whole new perspective.  It's a moment to pause, reflect, and reprioritize."

Pause, reflect, and reprioritize...   As I said back then, "I think I smell the coffee..." ( I definitely need to do some reprioritizing.  But, I'll think about that tomorrow.)







My Sweet Nell... (What joy she brought us.)
 (Please note that I did not make this rocky hillside part of the trail we walk.  I was quite relieved that I made it down this day without a broken leg.)




17 comments:

  1. I love that phrase "pause, reflect and reprioritize". Something that I have been doing a lot of myself of late.

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  2. I think I am in that quote right now, Pausing, Reflecting and Reprioritizing. Love your blog; always have...always will. I went back to your very first post and left you a comment...

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  3. Your blog is so inspiring and I love reading about your life and how I can enjoy mine more. Love Nell and wish I had such a wonderful companion. We have a little Shih Tzu, but he is devoted to my partner, not me. It's OK though... I love him and he's so cute!

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  4. I do believe as we get older we all stop or slow down to re think, reflect, and reevaluate almost everything. We think back on what our lives have been, how we spent our time, how things are going at present and what we really want to do from now on. We have certain good memories and bad too, but try to adjust our days doing what we enjoy and what is necessary. Love your drawing of your doggy and nice boots. I always enjoy reading your blog too. I have to go on walks too, not always by choice. The dogs make me go, but I enjoy seeing them explore the road and the walks do me good too.

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  5. Lovely words and reflections. Your sweet drawing is wonderful, Chip Butter. And the walk looks lovely. We have resorted to walking indoors at the mall. Trying to get that exercise in when it's so hot and humid is a challenge for me. I look forward to cooler days and walks outside. Your sweet Nell was a beauty and reminds me of our Pluto from long ago. ♥

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  6. I love to pause, reflect and reprioritize! You have a wonderful trail to walk. I have to walk my country road but it is nice with Max my little shih Tzu tagging along. I love the pic at the top of your post. I don't think I would have tackled that hill, lol. hugs, lj

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  7. I love to pause, reflect and reprioritize! You have a wonderful trail to walk. I have to walk my country road but it is nice with Max my little shih Tzu tagging along. I love the pic at the top of your post. I don't think I would have tackled that hill, lol. hugs, lj

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  8. I enjoyed your reflections. You are lucky to have a trail like that which you describe. When I walk near my house it's all in an urban or neighborhood setting. It gives me time to reflect, but there are a lot of not so appealing distractions like bustling traffic, businesses, itinerants with heaping shopping carts filled with their belongings, and other such city stuff.

    Give me your woods any day.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  9. Lovely post-looks like our hills and hallars

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  10. I notice when I walk with my dog that thanks to her, each trip is eventful for she sees something new each time and we are never bored.

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  11. Your new header photo with the L'Amour quote is wonderful. Your reflections, as usual, are illustrated with sweet art and great photos.
    Lovely, lovely post! I find I slow down & breathe more deeply when I visit here. Thank you :}

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  12. I love your art, your words and photos. This was a peaceful and beautiful post. I never get tired of photographing my yard-the same acre and a half or so-but there's always new things to see...You said it all perfectly.

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  13. Those boots look very practical. You have a lovely walk there - I long for woodland walks sometimes, and must get my OH to come with me up to Brechfa Forest again soon.

    Rainy days do have their recompense after all - it's been rainy here today but I have Got Things Done!

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  14. I would love to walk your forest path with you. We live in a desert area and walking through the woods would be a treat that I rarely get to enjoy. As a child I walked the woods all the time and I never got bored with it. The forest changes from day to day with new life in the Spring, wild flowers in the Summer, amazing color in the months of Autumn and a stillness and silent beauty in the Winter. You are blessed to live near the forest. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    Connie :)

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  15. I think I have a gift for 'pause and reflect' but prioritizing too often defeats me.
    For many years [in Vermont] I walked over the same few woods roads and meadow paths in all seasons and all but the roughest weather. It was never tedious. Walking is more limited now, but always something to see.

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  16. Lovely blog, - these days I think I "pause and reflect", but it is memories that make my life sweet....

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  17. I love this new sketch! You're about to become a pro at this! And, those boots ~ great!
    I believe I must be in a "pause and reflect" state of mind.

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