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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 20, 2017

The redbuds were ablaze in the valley ...





The redbuds were ablaze in the valley and the sarvis painted the steep hills white...



According to this spring's migration map, the ruby-throated hummingbirds are already on the move, and could be here already.  We are ready!  A couple of feeders are hanging...









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Slow Progress... 









22 comments:

  1. My redbud is blooming here on the north side of the house. So, so pretty!
    Is this going to be my little 'ol farm woman?

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    1. I'm sure she would love being a little ol' farm girl. However, since she is the first from the newly revised pattern, she will have to hang around the sewing room as a guide for, hopefully, others to come. If only I dared, I would try to make a mold from her face.

      I love the redbuds. Of course, the words are for Dad, who loved them too. Did your little seedlings live?

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  2. Redbud is my very most favorite part of spring. I love flowers and enjoy working in my flower gardens, but I don't think anything can surpass the beauty of the Redbud. When we moved here 18 years ago I had to leave behind the one my husband dug up for me in the woods and transplanted. It did beautifully. A few years ago he bought me one for here. It is doing well, but it will be a while before it has a lot of the bloom on it.

    We don't put our hummingbird feeders out around here until the middle of April...which isn't very far off.

    I need to check out some things here and see about the dolls and exactly what you do with them...I always enjoy myself so much when I visit with you.

    xx
    Dianna

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    1. Hello Dianna. We lost several of our redbuds during the drought of 2012. Now, I am watching for seedlings so I can replant some around the place. I wonder if the redbud might be an early source of nectar for the little hummers.

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  3. The dolly is lookin' good. Our redbuds we blooming, but the snow and freezing temps last week has certainly slowed them down. I await the hummers too!

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    1. Hello Sherri! A cold north wind is blowing here today...doubt any little hummer would fly into this! But, the map shows they were spotted yesterday in northern Arkansas. I haven't seen one.

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  4. And does this young lady have a name yet? She is coming along nicely. We don't have any redbuds on our place nor are there many long my drive to work. They are lovely and like the yellow daffodils, really put you in the mood for spring with their splashes of color against the brown naked trees. We rarely get hummingbirds but will get my feeder cleaned and ready.

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    1. Hi Cindy. :~)No name. She can't have a name until her hair is finished. And, her hair is being quite unruly...just like my own hair. :~/ It seems the redbuds are a bit fussy about where they grow. Since 2012, I don't have one within sight of my house, either. But down in the valley...there they are!

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  5. Beautiful red bud. They're such a pretty bloom.
    Looks like the hummingbird feeders will be needed soon.

    Your little girl is going to be wonderful.
    I'm curious, what clay do you use for your doll's head/face?

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    1. Thanks E.C. I use Creative Paperclay. I got started making cloth and clay dolls when I took an online class taught by Dixie Redmond. It is rather addicting!

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    2. The class must have been a wonderful one. I found Ms Redmond's site and enjoyed visiting it. Thanks for the name of the clay. :)

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  6. The Spring blooms are so pretty. Hope you don't get a cold chill to do any damage. I am going to get myself a hummingbird feeder soon and look forward to seeing the tiny birds in our backyard. It is still too cold for the little birds now. My squirrels are making the rounds to my feeders. We have turkeys and deer wander through our neighborhood and we even had a pheasant in our backyard. The pheasant would not let me take his picture! And the deer don't stand still long enough either. I did get a picture of the turkeys. I am so happy that even though we live in a neighborhood of houses we still see wildlife.

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    1. Hello Sandra! I would not like to live where there was no wildlife, either. I really am not much of a wildlife photographer...not patient enough, I think. My son says summer, like winter, can come fast to the northern plains, so the little hummers will be there before so very long. I will be watching for pictures!

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  7. Good morning, thanks for dropping by my blog! I wanted to return the visit. Your blog is lovely!
    Nothing is blooming up here yet and won't be for another month at least so it is wonderful to see your redbud blooming .
    We received a hummingbird feeder as a housewarming present when we moved into our home late last summer so I will be putting it out as the hummingbirds get closer.
    Have a good day.
    Robin

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    1. Hello Robin. Thank you for stopping in. Oh, a hummingbird feeder! What a lovely housewarming present! Just maybe, some of the little hummers that stop here will make their way to your back yard. What a long journey...

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  8. The glorious colour of those redbuds pales to insignificance against the beauty of your doll. She is exquisite. I particularly love that tiny hint of a dimple. I'm looking forward to seeing your hummingbirds!

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    1. Thanks Elaine. I have such a passion for these little beauties. Before summer is over, we will all be oh-so-tired of my hummingbird pictures! :~)

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  9. We have Redbud trees growing along our dirt path. With the return of winter this month, most of the buds on the trees have turned brown. Your doll is absolutely beautiful. I could sit for hours and look at her sweet face. You are such a talented lady. I've enjoyed catching up with your posts I've missed. You have such a great blog.

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    1. Ahh...Redbuds along your dirt path...how lucky you are! I planted two more young redbud trees this week.

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  10. We've had hummingbirds here for over a month, but I don't know what kind. Lots of blooming trees here--including the redbuds which have always been a favorite of mine. Your doll promises to be a beauty!

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    1. Hello Jan. You just must "Google" to find out what kind of hummingbirds you have. The only kind we have are the ruby-throated ones. I wonder if your little hummers dip into the redbud blossoms for a bit of nourishment.

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  11. We used to have those trees in our yard growing up. So pretty. There are lots of pretty things blooming right now. Your doll is looking good. Patient and quiet, to see what she will be getting to wear from you. Sweet girl.

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