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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..."


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Tree...




One friend commented on my previous post that she would like to see more of the tree, so here it is!  You will notice that there are no presents under the tree yet.  I am trying not to count the days... 
                                                         


The tree by day...

At night...


Little feathered friends among the branches...






And topping it all...



6 comments:

  1. Mary, it's beautiful! I love the touch of nature you've added to it with the feathered friends and pine cones. Maybe I'll get one put up next week. Since we're supposed to be going to a daughter's home for Christmas there may not be anyone to see it and the farmer doesn't care one way or the other. :) Thanks for showing it for me!

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  2. Thank-you for sharing your beautiful Christmas Tree. Your home is beautiful and I love the feathered friends and the pinecone star. Did you make the star? it's wonderful.

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  3. Oh I love the birds and the pine-coney star. You'll get presents under it, or not. Ours has lots under it right now, but they'll all be shipped out today, so back to empty under there. We don't buy much for each other. :~) Either way, you have a beautiful tree!

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  4. Love the Christmas Tree both day and night views. I love the natural ornaments; a dream tree! Beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  5. I love your big tree. It looks real and certainly reflects your love of nature. I love the pine cone topper with the red bells and the
    copper/bronze colored ornaments. Rustic with class!

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