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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..."


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Snow! Not much, but enough to dress up a Sunday morning walk over the hill....























21 comments:

  1. We have just enough snow to be pretty!

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    1. I really wouldn't mind if we didn't get more snow this winter, but she's not over yet...

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  2. very pretty there. We got a snow about 3 weeks ago. About 3 inches. that is alot. We never hardly get snow down here. they put in a curfew in town at 8:00 pm. We are expected to get more snow on Tuesday. People shut down here and every thing closes for snow or sleet. It is very beautiful, so white and clean. Take warm on your walks.

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    1. The school children must have been thrilled with an unexpected snow vacation. Three inches of snow that far south is a special thing. I can imagine what you were doing during the time you were snowed in. :~)

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  3. That'll do - just a sprinkling to make it all look pretty - not five feet of the stuff to make life impossible!

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    1. No, not five feet! One foot here is disastrous! Do you get deep snows there?

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  4. Such beauty, not too much causing havoc.

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    1. A dusting is nice. I rather like the looks of things just dusted over instead of buried.

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  5. Looks a lot like that last snow we had, not quite covering the leaves in the woods. It is beautiful there, and your pictures are always beautiful.

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    1. It really was my kind of snow - gone by day's end.

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  6. These are calendar quality photos! So pretty! My youngest said she purchased a calendar without any snow pictures; she's so afraid to drive in the snow. She got one with pictures of flowers. :)

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    1. Youngest Daughter is wise not to drive in snow; just ask those who wrecked on I-40 yesterday! I didn't get a calendar this year with pretty pictures; just an almanac calendar from the feed store. But, I do enjoy all the info on it. For example, Day's Length yesterday was 10 hours and 4 minutes, which was 2 minutes longer than the day before.

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  7. What did Millie think? I always think a dusting of snow is so pretty! Glad to see it didn't keep you from your walks. Is the picture at the top old farm equipment or the bottom of an old cowboy wagon? I think I would love to have an old covered wagon if I had a big piece of property.

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    1. Sandra, the piece in the top photo is the frame of an old farm wagon. It is on our "to do" list to rebuild it. Millie didn't even seem to notice the snow, for she was intent on sniffing out every scent and sound. I'm sure you tough North Dakotans wouldn't even notice it either. :~) When we started out, both Millie's ears were standing up, but by the time we got back, it was back to the same ole' one ear up and one ear down.

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  8. Ah yes, a beautiful walk in deed. I hope you're keeping warm during these cold snowy days.

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  9. Lovely images, - the editing on the first two is especially beautiful. We are losing our great mounds of snow and ice, which makes the outdoors passable....

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  10. Such pretty photos! The reflection of of the trees in the pond is beautiful. I love the quiet beauty snow brings, even if it is a small amount. ♥

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  11. I love a blanket of snow covering the trees and ground! It's so refreshing and 'dresses' up the dreary winter browns.

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  12. How pretty a light dusting of snow can accent photos!

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  13. Your snow pictures are so pretty, Chip Butter. It looks like a lovely walk.

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