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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, September 4, 2017

Soon September will blaze a trail into these hills and valleys...

We are hoping she (if September is a she) will give us time to get the hay baled and hauled from the fields.  The hay lots are beginning to fill up so there should be ample feed for the cattle this winter.

Google Earth tells the story. I zoomed in on a couple of the Cowboy's lots just for the fun of it.  (According to Google these images are from October 2014.)  I am amazed that he can so precisely arrange the rolls of hay from the seat of his pants on a John Deere Tractor.

One hay lot, and...


I could well become a world traveler just by zooming in on far-away places, but for this time,  I clicked  on an old rusty barn (and the hay lots) right here on our little mountain top farm. 


  1. I love google earth, so many times I have looked up to see where my sold dolls will be residing around the world. Your bales are awesome! There is so much hard work behind each one and farmers are so dependent on Mother Nature so it is a good thing when you don't have buy extra feed. Happy September my friend,♥

  2. Wow!! That's a lot of hay! We've already baled enough to put us through the winter, but the fields are ready to cut again. Plenty of rain was a blessing this summer. Extra hay is a good thing to have because one never knows what next year holds, weather wise.

  3. Hi Chip. Thought I'd come visiting. That is a LOT of hay - you must have a big herd of cows to feed over-winter. I hope you get this year's hay safely baled and stored. I love the way you got your name. My grandparents called me "Pudden" which - considering what a skinny baby I was - was a little tongue in cheek!!

  4. What an amazing feature Google earth, certainly makes for some great pictures. That is lot of hay.

  5. A wonderful look, at the results of a lot of work!!!!!!

    How great, to still have a life, dependent on nature. I don't suppose it is always wonderful, but still....... Compared to so many lives, completely mastered by technology.... I think your life, is great!

  6. I hope my meaning, was understood, in my last comment. I will believe, that you 'get' what I was trying to say. :-)

    Many times, our words don't really convey, our meaning. If we were talking face to face, we could see a look of non-comprehension on our listener's face. And try to say it, in a different way, perhaps... Until our personal meaning, came to light.

    But with typing, on the net, we don't know. -sigh-

    Luna Crone

  7. Hi Chip Butter, great images from google earth! The rolls of hay are so neatly arranged, it looks great.
    Have a good week!

  8. I love seeing all your photography present and past. You capture the best times in everything. I love your world.

  9. Amaaaaazing. He's pretty dang good with that machinery.

  10. How cool is that! Such good fun.

  11. Everything looks neat and well organized. I am glad you have enough of hay that you need, I know you work hard and your home shows it.

  12. Nicely laid out and the photo of very hard work throughout the year!