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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..."

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Cowgirl's Life...

A cowgirl's life (and a cowboy's too) is hard, but someone has got to do it, or so they say.  Now, quite frankly, it isn't a bad job at all when the springtime rolls around.  This year, we almost had our doubts that spring would ever come, but it is here!  And, what a beauty she is turning out to be!

A favorite spot in any season...

The redbuds are ablaze in the valleys and the dogwoods paint the steep hills white...

A boat ride would be nice, but not on this day...

There are fences to mend...

head counts to be made...

and heifers to be fed...


  1. How cute!! Now that's what playing with dolls is all about! Gives them a real life rather than just sitting on a shelf. Your nature shots are beautiful.

  2. What fun pictures of your dolls in such beautiful surroundings Mary. These look like new additions too? Beautiful!

  3. beautiful work!
    I wish a happy Easter to you!

  4. That's just too cute Mary! Our redbuds are are blooming, and the dogwoods will soon pop. Your trees are little bit ahead of us. It's a beautiful spring indeed.

  5. Super cute. the dolls are just beautiful out in the field. they do have their work cut out for them. I enjoyed this a lot. It was sweet and pretty too.

  6. Your photos are breath taking and I love the little dolls. Wonderful work! Have a wonderful Easter!

  7. Oh I so enjoyed your walk around the ranch with your dolls. This was such a treat to view and I hope you share your place and dolls like this in the future. It was such fun to see your dolls out and about.


  8. So you've taken on some new help have you? Now all they need is a pint size cow!
    The grass there is so green and your wonderful creations take on new life surrounded by it.
    Have a lovely Easter...
    Susan x

  9. How fabulous they look! Now you have made twice the art...that photography!!!

  10. Thank you for sharing your beautiful surroundings
    and your wonderful dolls
    that you created.
    Super talented you are
    like Charlotte :)