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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..."


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Fourteen Hours and Seven Minutes...























Length of Day:  13 hours and 7 minutes.

It's so very hard to stay inside when there's so much going on outside.







15 comments:

  1. Do I ever know that feeling . . . I love being outside. The winters are what's hard :)

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  2. Seems like a waste of daylight, not to be outside working :)
    Love the pictures.....so very peaceful.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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  3. beautiful pictures as always. Love seeing the cows, birds and your sweet dog. the days do fly past. I love being outside too. We need to be working outside, hopefully we will be able to do more outside in the coming months.

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  4. As always a joy to visit and see your photos. I love working outside too and have made a start on the massive task.

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  5. It is so hard to stay inside! Today I want to be outside because the sun has come back after a week of rain, but the humidity is almost unbearable! Your place is simply beautiful! That looks like the wild red honeysuckle in the first picture. I have one growing in a pot and need to find a place for it in the ground.

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  6. I love seeing your beautiful outside! It's where you find me the most. You are blessed to have such a pastoral setting to view. ♥

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  7. Oh wow these are some gorgeous country settings. You must be delighted to spend time enjoying the outdoors, I know I do.

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  8. Your place is just beautiful! I love spring and the reawakening of nature. I love the longer days when I can enjoy the outdoors and my garden.

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  9. Hello Chip Butter. I have missed your blog so much. This is Sandra from Prairie Patchwork Quilts. I have a new blog name of Wind Mills and Wagon Wheels. I haven't posted to it yet. I hope to soon. Anyway, I love the pictures you have posted; they are all beautiful. What a view you have. Our prairie has finally decided to find Spring. We have green grass, the lilacs are in bloom and the weather is warm. I am spending time outside adding flowers to our patio. It is wonderful to have the tree's full with leaves and giving us some most welcomed shade. I am happy to have read that you and Millie are still active with your walks. I love the picture of all the baby geese and in your past post the hummingbirds. You have been busy! I love seeing your dolls and all you share with us. Happy Spring!

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  10. Time is flying by so fast! There is very little sun coming in the south windows now; only a while and it will be inching its way back.
    You could get a job as a sketch artist! Good work!!

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  11. Well then, be outside. :~) How can you not?

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  12. I think as long as there is daylight that we should be outside enjoying it. Your photos are wonderful. I like that sketch, it's a peach. :)

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  13. Outdoor time here has been limited during the past week as it pours down rain at least once a day. I pop back out when the rain [and thunder] let up, but its nearly impossible to work in a soggy garden!
    Is that a red-flowered form of honeysuckle growing on your fence?
    What a lovely flock of Canadian geese--they are always so stately.

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  14. Sweet post - I understand your longing for the outdoors, - unfortunately here we are being beseemed by hordes of mosquitoes, product of the recent flooding. However, we pop out and then in again when the clouds gets to thick and hungry....

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  15. oops - 'too' thick and hungry....

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