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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, November 29, 2018

There was really nothing exceptional about the day... Or was there?




  The reflections were oh-so-wonderful on the pond.


 And,  the sun set so beautifully in the warmth of a late November evening.



  Millie even waded into the pond just because...



  It was a pleasant day for outdoor work.



 And, my 502nd consecutive walk over the trail couldn't have been better.


And, last, but by no means least, I finally finished sculpting the Christmas dolls!  It's surely turning out to be a race against time.

 

23 comments:

  1. My goodness you are surrounded by such beauty. Loved the reflections and the dancing light, a real feast for the eyes.

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    1. I have taken so many pictures of the pond, in all seasons and all kinds of weather, but I think the "reflections and the dancing light" ones are my favorites.

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  2. I love your home place and all the wildness of it. Those dolls are amazing!!!!

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    1. Yes, we love the "wildness" of our home place. Wish you could come on over and help me paint!

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  3. The beauty of your setting must have a positive influence on your attitude and your creativity. Nature has a way of calming all the thoughts of the public arena and allowing an appreciation of what really matters. Your doll sculpt are incredible--what a treasure these gifts will be!

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    1. Creativity definitely feeds on mood and attitude. I just can't miss my daily walk.

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  4. Your dolls are so magical...I can understand how attached you would be to them and it would be hard to let them go. They seem so alive to me. Your photography is also so special. I don't know how you are not approached by a magazine to share all your special talents! I love the photo's that show the reflection in the water. Your trees still show so much beauty; with all the colored leaves. Here we have the beauty of frost on the bare branches. We have had lots of days with snow; but it comes down so softly that we are not accumulating inches. Good luck with the coming days of continuing to bring life to those precious dolls.

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    1. Sandra, I really am excited about giving the dolls to the girls. I was so afraid one of the dolls would be pretty and one would be ugly, then what would I have done? How could I decide which girl would get the ugly doll. Yesterday was a happy day when I realized that both dolls were going to be okay. I still follow your weather, even though my son is not there now. I have so many pictures that he sent while working there, so I have an idea of how brutal, but beautiful, the winters can be.

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  5. What a lovely setting and the reflections were special. I can see where 503 will be just as refreshing and satisfying.
    Those dolls are amazing. They almost look like they have souls.

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    1. Thank you, Patti. 503 was a warm one, for sure. When the dolls get eyes, they suddenly seem to be real little beings. I am trying not to look too deeply into those little souls for they will be going to live with my granddaughters, hopefully by Christmas.

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  6. The Cowboy with the chain saw was my favorite, perhaps because we've been stacking in wood this week before the rains come. All the outside work takes me away from the sewing room. ;(
    I understand how you're feeling about giving the dolls away. I have decided to give away some of the things I've made now, while I can see where they go. I'm going to put the things in gift bags and let the women in the family pick a bag without knowing what's inside until they reach into the bag. Your little granddaughters are going to be two happy girls!

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    1. The Cowboy/chain saw picture was taken with my phone. Also the last shot of the pond. The phone isn't nearly so heavy to carry around but I don't do so well with a camera that I can't put up to my eye. Wow, what a Merry Christmas your girls are going to have when they open up your gift bags! Lucky girls! It will be so much fun to watch the granddaughters open up their dolls. They are kicked out of the sewing room until Christmas! :~)

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  7. The reflections are just beautiful and the sunset too.
    People just don't know what they are missing by not walking. : )

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    1. Oh yes, I agree! A day just doesn't seem complete without getting out to walk. Of course, I don't walk as far as you do, but I do walk every day.

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  8. How absolutely lovely! The reflections are perfect. I'd say it was an extraordinary day in your neck of the woods! Your dolls are taking on personalities. I hope to see them all finished. ♥

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    1. Thank you, Mary Ellen. November seemed to pass so quickly, and suddenly it is December when there is so much to do. There is no time to waste.

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  9. Absolutely, there was something exceptional about your day. The pond is breathtaking, in fact, everything about your place is exceptional and breathtaking. It is simply beautiful there. And your hands! Your talent for sculpting. Like someone commented, the dolls look like they have souls.

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  10. You are surrounded by such beauty. It is amazing that you can capture it on your camera. I'm sure the pictures really don't do it justice though! Your dolls are so wonderful and I know that your granddaughters will just love them! Have a great weekend!

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  11. Your sculpting is exceptional and wonderful! Cant wait to see your dolls finished. The pond reflection photo would be perfect for a calendar! So lovely!

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  12. Your photos are beautiful, I love reflections in the water especially-and wow your doll faces are amazing and stunning!! Happy weekend hugs Kathy

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  13. Doesn't get much better than that, my friend!

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  14. sometimes the best days are the quiet uninterrupted days when we are not super busy and have time to look at things around us and appreciate them. All the pictures show a perfect day. the christmas dolls are super sweet with beautiful faces. they will be wonderful when you get them all done.

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  15. The 502nd walk day turned out to be spectacular! Everything is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing
    Nice to see what you've been working on for the girls. I hope your able to finish in time.

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