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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 19, 2018

Two Houses For Millie...

Hopefully, these pretty little song birds are watching overhead for the sparrow hawk 
that's been hanging around.  A couple of days ago, right before my eyes, one of the loveliest of lovely cardinals was carried away by a hungry hawk.  And, this is all that was left of that beautiful bird.  I know it's nature's way, but ... 

I can't help but think that perhaps
it isn't a good thing to feed the birds.  It's not nature's way, for sure!  And, we all know, "You can't fool Mother Nature." 

It seems the Cowboy-Around-Here has talents aside from just herding cattle.  He's a pretty fair carpenter when he has a mind to be, and, in this case, Millie's quite glad he is.  She's now the proud owner of not just one new doggy house, but two...one for the porch and one for her small outdoor kennel, in which she stays when no one's home.  We all thought the little wooden awning above the door of the kennel house was pretty special.


  1. Your granddaughter is on the cutting edge of new trends for your sweet dolly! I'm so sorry about the cardinal. I love nature, but sometimes it really hurts to see what happens. How nice that Millie has two new handsome homes. Have a happy week ahead! ♥

  2. It is sad to see the hawks prey on the smaller birds. I love that you get both Cardinal's and Hummingbirds; two birds I don't see when I put food out for them. My husband heard crow or maybe a raven outside this weekend. Today I saw the little more common birds jumping around in the pine trees. Small signs of Spring. We had another snow day today. Two and half inches. More little storms later in the week. Good news is not as cold as it has been. My grand-daughter was here over the weekend and wanted to go outside and play in the snow and build a snowman; and her dog "Dakota" was out there with her. I am happy for Millie to have such nice houses. I am sure she enjoys each one. How sweet to have your grand-daughter want to play dress-up with your dolls. Its fun to see their creations.

  3. Your granddaughter did a fine job of dressing up the doll. She is pretty in red and I know she had lots of fun with the dolls. I am sure Millie appreciates her new houses.

  4. The dog houses are fine ones--and I bet Millie loves them. I've wondered the same thing about feeding the birds, but I can't bring myself to quit. Sparrow hawks have gotta eat too, y'know. Just a bird feeder on a wider level. Your little granddaughter will have such great memories of playing with your dolls--that's a treasure to keep as she grows up.

  5. Oh no! Not a cardinal! I had a few that came to my feeder early in the mornings and just before dark in the evenings. I could always tell when they were there because they gave their sweet "chirps". Millie has it made! Two places to call home!

  6. The 'ways of nature' bring us moments of sadness, when a beautiful bird or animal is prey for another. I don't like to see any animal as roadkill, and yet--I don't mourn a dead possum in the way that my heart is tugged by a cat or dog that has been hit.
    On a brighter note, the dog houses are so nicely built--says something about your husband's skills and the way you love your dog.

  7. Two charming kennels - well done that man! Lucky Millie. That is one stylishly dressed doll - belated birthday wishes to your granddaughter.

  8. I would say he is a fair carpenter indeed and Millie is one special dog.
    Awe yes, those bird feeders. We have three and it's seems the entire neighborhood of birds come to visit. It's happened to us too, just a tail feather or two and you know what took place. The squirrels are very good to alert the birds and the birds are very attentive when they sound the alarm. The squirrels make squawk sound and shake their tails vehemently which triggers all the birds. The trees are a good canopy to hide from the hawks but it's the stray cats that get our birds.

  9. Such a great looking house for Millie! We have hawks here as well and you are right.......it is nature's way. I love feeding the birds but I do have friends who have quit feeding them at their homes

  10. Great job on that wonderful house for Millie! We have hawks here as well and it is sad to see how nature can be at times. Some of my friends have quit feeding birds because of the other predators that it brings. I love to feed them however and I love to watch them. We have so many out here on our migratory path.

  11. I feed the birds, too, but the squirrels get most of the food. Such antics from them. Jumping and climbing all over the feeder to get the food. The shake it and then jump down on the ground to get the food that fell out. So funny to watch them! Millie is a lucky dog to have such thoughtful owners... every dogs' dream...to have two houses!

  12. We have two Cooper Hawks living in the woods, I worry about the songbirds everyday :(
    A lovely new house for Millie, well done to the Cowboy !