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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, February 8, 2016

Millie...




Each week our local animal shelter publishes three or four "Pet of the Week" photos and descriptions.  The following appeared in last week's paper.

PET OF THE WEEK - Millie is a six month old female Australian shepherd mix that is available for adoption at Needy Paws Animal Shelter.  According to a spokesperson from Needy Paws, "Millie is a super sweet, good-natured dog who would get along great with kids or other pets."  If you can give Millie or any of the other dogs and cats at Needy Paws Animal Shelter a home, go by the shelter....




And, that's how Millie came to live with us.  She's a sweetie and has already stolen my heart.  She loves hiking the trail with me, and I surely do love having her along.  She's good medicine, for sure!