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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, December 8, 2018

Before We Go On...







When Millie and I walked over the hillside trail this morning, it was cold and blustery.  I had put on my warmest puffy coat, the one that reminds me of the kid in The Christmas Story who couldn't put his arms down.  And, it had seemed a good idea to carry my umbrella too,  but it may not have been for the cattle didn't recognize me at all and behaved quite badly.  Here a few of them watched from wood's edge as some seemingly foreboding stranger passed by.  The others had already stampeded farther up the hill.  Silly cows!






 Today, I am painting the Christmas dolls.  This is slow work for me.  Slow and tedious.   Somewhere along the way, I decided that the arms and legs I had already sewn were out of proportion and should be larger.  So I made new ones.  We surely didn't want anything that might remind one of Tyrannosaurs Rex, you know.  But, all of that takes time.  I noted that one little thumb, alone, took me almost three quarters of an hour to meticulously sew onto one little hand.  And, here I was racing against the clock!

 



 Now, I know it is the winter season, when I should be posting pictures of Christmas preparations, but here I am out in the Shanty Garden where things have still been going on.  For ever so long, in fact ever since I have been feeding the hummingbirds, I have longed for somewhere to hang the feeders other than on the porch.  In order to reach each feeder, it must hang from a long chain, so that when the wind blows (and it does a lot here on our hill) the feeders move back and forth like a pendulum, spilling sweet homemade nectar all across the porch.  What a mess!

So, here it is...  a covered hummingbird feeding station, large enough to accommodate several feeders.  Happy birthday (six-weeks late) to me from the Cowboy.

Now, for those Christmas dolls..….


24 comments:

  1. Like those cows. Wonder if we have the same LL Bean coat. : )

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    1. I have been wondering the same thing. Today was the first time I have worn it this year. It is black, so the cattle probably thought I was a fat bear carrying an umbrella. :~)

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  2. I can just imagine the tedious work it must take for each step in your doll making. I adore your header with the heron? So lovely. ♥

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    1. I pulled the heron pic out of my files from four years ago. It is my best pic ever...except for family photos.

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  3. I'll bet that is the neatest little thumb, though! You definitely put the cattle on high alert, but it does make for an interesting photograph, though the bearded old man in the header wins every time.

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  4. What a stunning header and the startled cattle made me smile. The work on the Christmas dolls will all be worth it in the end when they are finished. Each little stitch made with love, it doesn't get any better than that.

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  5. That heron is so majestic! I adore the dolls and can't imagine all the work (and love) that goes into making them and giving them personality. Each one is an individual that evokes a story.

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  6. Oh those thumbs!

    Beautiful dolls. Looking forward to how you finish them.

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  7. Your new header photo is gorgeous!!
    Love your description of the puffy coat & those bewildered cows :) Priceless!
    And speaking of priceless, your dolls - a labor of love, I'm sure, and works of art.
    God bless you for feeding the hummingbirds in the cold months - such a heartwarming kindness and a good reminder that they need our help in the winter. Great post, Chip Butter!

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  8. Covered feeders will also keep the rain from diluting the nectar and keep the little darlins dry. Had no idea the work involved in the dolls. No wonder they look so marvelous.

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  9. The hummingbird feeding station is a wonderful idea! I risked life and limb climbing on rickety lawn chairs to refill the feeders on the farmhouse porch. I'm finding that our building spot is more open to winds than we are accustomed to, so that will be a factor.
    Years ago when we had a dairy herd I recall that group line-up and the stares, then the bolting. I've never been convinced that cows are intelligent!

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  10. The feeding station looks very nice next to the "shanty"!
    Very pretty little ladies and I'm looking forward to see how you dress them.
    These will become keepsakes for your granddaughters I think.

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  11. Beautiful as always. Love seeing the cows. the bird feeder is wonderful. They are lucky to have someone who loves them and takes the time to feed and enjoy them. the dolls are so sweet and I know what you mean about the hands being to large or small. My first Izannahs had big giant lobster hands. I knew back then they were to big, but let them go anyway. they might be an endearing trait to some one in the future.

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  12. I love your hummingbird station, what a great idea!
    Enjoy your day!

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  13. Your dolls are wonderful. I also love the photo of the heron. Your shanty area and the feeding station are really pretty. What a lovely place you have! I miss the hummers, don't you?

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  14. With a bench to sit and watch the birds--happy birthday to you indeed! Can't wait to see your finished Christmas dolls, but I confess I always like dolls at this stage. There's something so pure and even expressive when they're blank white like this. :~)

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  15. Can't wait to see your dolls... The hummingbird station is so nice. Good Cowboy you have there! You will enjoy it so much! Belated Happy birthday!

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  16. The dolls you sculpt are ever so dainty, so lovely, truly a joy to admire even without the paint added. The girls will truly enjoy and cherish their dolls.

    It's never too late to receive a birthday present and that covered feeding station for the hummingbirds will be a delight come spring!

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  17. You have much to look forward to in the Spring/Summer with the new standing feeder station that your husband built. A great new addition to your shanty's garden. I think the dolls look perfect and I hope you are making good progress on them. Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and many blessings for the new year!

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  18. I wish that I was there to walk with you . . . stiff coat and umbrella under your arm. You drew a picture in my mine :) Dolls are so hard to make and I make simple ones (when I build up the courage to even try), nothing like yours. It's hard working with a deadline, too. Here's to happy fingers and steady stitches, dear friend.
    Reply to the comment you left on my blog: Thank you for the get well encouragement . . . we are working on that daily, LOL. I'm down to a continuing cough and headache, but this too will pass. Steve is feeling better too, but we are still not out completely out of the woods. I'm excited about that fabric . . . so many possibilities :) Melba was so kind to send them to me. I do hope you visit her lovely blog.
    Merry Christmas!
    Connie :)

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  19. Your garden nook looks so inviting! Love that herd of cows and the trees and countryside where you are looks so pretty. You have such a talent in the doll making! Cant wait to see how they turn out!
    Wising you a merry Christmas!

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  20. I am in awe of the process of your doll making. I would imagine much love and many hours goes into these pretties. Cows can do the darndest things!

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