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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 19, 2019

Millie gets a snow day...












Her first and biggest concern seemed to be who, or what, had hidden her favorite bone.
  Today's snow was only the third in her life time,
 none of which have amounted to much, so 
she still seemed a bit mystified by it all.
She didn't seem to care much for the white stuff when it was coming down,
but once it was over, she was eager to go,
sniffing out each and every new scent along the trail.

Of course, I was eager to get to the pond for a picture or two.
Snow is not something we see a lot of here, 
so it really is quite special.

I was amazed how every picture I got seemed to be in black and white.  But then
that's the way it was, I suppose.  Snow is like that - white.  The pond surely did
look beautiful all dressed up in all of that white.

By the time Millie and I walked over the trail, the snow had stopped
and a brisk wind had begun to blow.  It will be a cold night.











Snow was falling,
So much like stars
Filling the Dark Trees
That one could
easily imagine
Its reason for being was
Nothing more
Than Prettiness

~Mary Oliver





25 comments:

  1. very pretty pictures. Glad Millie enjoyed the snow. We get almost no snow down here, but once in a blue moon we get a snow storm. I like the snow, but not the cold. My brother moved to Pensacola,Fla and I envy him the climate there, it is a little warmer in winter than here. It is hot in Miss. as it is in Fla in the summer, so no trade off there. Glad you got to see the snow.

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  2. Beautiful images! Snow is rare here, too, and when it happens, it is funny to see animals react to it. Millie seems to have taken it in stride. :)

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  3. Our Autumn was more Winter like and the start of Winter was more like Autumn. LOL Now we are getting those very cold temperatures that are a part of ND. We have had lots of snow days with very little snow to measure. It's cold enough the snow sticks around. Happy for you to get some snow and to be able to get some great photo's. Glad Millie found her bone!

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  4. We don't get much snow either--much to my disappointment. Ours looks a lot like the one you got. It brings out my 6 year old self.

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  5. Beautiful snowy pictures. My dog used to love the snow!! :)
    As you know we get lots of the white stuff. I like it and think it is so pretty.

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  6. The pond looks beautiful in "white", I especially love the first pond photo and Millie seems quite pleased with her found bone. I didn't realize you didn't get much snow in the winter. Here in Ohio we received about a foot last night.

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  7. Yeah, snow's funny like that. White and all. :~P

    Millie seems to have made her peace with it. Glad you got some--it is special when it's rare.

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  8. As I wrote to Karen, isn't it strange ~ living as close as we do, we only got a dusting of snow. But that's fine with me; when it melts there is more mud and we surely don't need more of that! If there were no four wheel drive tractors on the farm I'm not sure how we could get hay to the cattle. You seem to have liked the snow, so I'm glad you got some.

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  9. Your snow pictures are beautiful! I just love Millie! The falling snow shows up good in your pictures. I have a hard time with that. Probably my cheap little camera. :)

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  10. The pictures of the lake looked amazing and did indeed look like a black and white photograph. We don't get a lot of snow here on the Island either, although mainland Scotland has plenty, making it difficult to travel.

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  11. Your photographs are always works of art. The ones of Millie are really special. Right as I write, we have a little over a foot of snow. And it's too cold for my 2 geese to be put out in their outside pen. They are cozy in the kiddie pool filled with straw, and have corn, lettuce and unfrozen water. Most of all, they are out of that awful wind. Does Millie eat the snow? Are you working on any dolls?

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    1. Debra, it sounds like a lovely day there to stay inside and do art. Funny you asked ~ Yes, Millie did eat some of the snow. I couldn't tell if she liked it or not. :~) And, thanks for asking about the dolls. I have been sewing and stuffing body parts for three new ones, which will have clay over cloth heads. Also, an unfinished doll from 2018 is waiting on gesso and paint...and clothes. What about you? Any new dolls in the works?

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    2. Wellll...I had to discard the head I was working on-it was looking more and more like a scary alien, so I figured it's best to end it! I do have some smaller heads but I'm waiting for the branches I cut to dry so I can use them for arms and legs. Also-my sewing machine feed dogs will not go back up again, so I have to get it fixed to do any large amount of sewing. I like hand sewing though. I can't wait to see your new dolls!

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    3. Debra, all of my dolls go through the scary alien stage, too. Keep going...

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  12. What lovely monotone photographs. I am glad you enjoyed the snow whilst it was with you. We don't normally get much snow here, but occasionally we get a hit - though after a couple of days, we have enjoyed it enough and want it to melt!

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  13. Millie is such a pretty snow queen. Your photos are wonderful.

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  14. Y;our tree images are beautiful, - they compement the Mary Oliver poem perfectly.

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  15. Millie looks to be enjoying the snow! I find when I photograph the snow, black and white seems to be the theme. Lovely to read the Mary Oliver poem. ♥

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  16. How sad that Mary Oliver has gone with her lovely poetry to the next stage of this adventure....

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    1. Yes, Hildred, I know. Thankfully, she left us so much. I am quite sure, it was you who introduced her to me. And, Thank you for that!

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  17. Thank you for leaving me such a nice comment on my blog. I am still making journals but have slowed right down for a time. Ideas for the next one are being elusive. I love your 'black and white' photos - you obviously live in a very beautiful part of the world.

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  18. Beautiful pictures! My dog likes the snow, too, and does the same thing...sniffs every inch of it. so funny! Thank you for the lovely poem...

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  19. Oh, how magical your white world looks. The wintry pond is spectacular. Such a beautiful landscape in which to go for a walk. Your Millie is so very sweet; it seems she loves the "white stuff". It always amazes me how dogs always find their favourite bone.

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