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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, March 12, 2012

Built Of Stone...

An old general store building not far from our home on property owned by our son

Built in 1901, before the Wright Brothers made their first airplane flight in 1903,
and before Henry Ford built his first Model T in 1908.

There was once a porch along the front

One of the beautifully arched windows

One side...so many stones

Back of the building with a porch and barred windows

 Imagine the merchandise that once filled this area.
Might it have looked something like this


  1. Mary, that's incredible!! He'll leave it, won't he?

  2. I had missed this post Mary! So glad I got to see it. The store looks a lot like one of the Shasta Trinity buildings in California. I bet the property your son owns holds other secrets. Love that you got to use a link! I used it and it was fun to revisit the other store. I shouldn't say so, but wasn't that Shasta store a wonderful place!