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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..."

Friday, June 8, 2018

Summer Comes to Our Side of the Mountain...

June seems to be confused, thinking she is July, or even August.  I am, however, refusing to give up on her, hoping she will cool down and give us a bit of rain soon. The landscape is beginning to look a bit like late summer, I think.

The cattle seek out the shady places quite early in the day.  These young calves certainly have the right idea.


Earlier this morning...

Now that was some performance!  When the mockingbirds decide to sing, I listen!  For a couple of hours this morning, as I gave water to thirsty plants in my gardens, I found myself immersed in these talented birds' every note and song.  I really think even Beethoven would have been impressed.  I know I was!

But, when I moved the garden hose to the small back garden, where the red honeysuckle grows, the sweet melodies abruptly ended and quickly became short, harsh and stucco-like notes.  The, now-not-so-happy songster quickly flew down from his lofty heights on the electric power pole to the little garden below.  The message was clearly stated, "Stay away from my babies."

A little later with camera in hand, I slipped back into the garden intent on taking a peek at the mockingbirds nest, for I already suspected that it would surely be in the dense foliage of the honeysuckle.  And, this is what I saw...


The flower garden is doing quite well, and shows promise of lots of blossoms for the butterflies and hummingbirds.  That's a good thing, for the little birds are already consuming a bit over a gallon of sweet nectar every day.  


Millie and I are still walking our trail...every day for 334 walks.  We are just about a month away from reaching our goal of one year without a miss.  We will celebrate!

334 walks...



  1. Wow!!! One year without missing taking a walk, that is certainly something to celebrate. Hang a banner and bake a cake :) Your zinnias are beautiful. Mine are about two inches tall. It will be a while before I see any blooms, LOL. Thank you for visiting my blog and always leaving a comment. I enjoy reading them and getting to know my blogging sisters better with each visit.
    Happy weekend.
    Connie :)

  2. Mockingbirds are the most protective little birds I know, we have one moma bird terrorizing the cats when they venture outside. Yesterday I looked up, and both cat and bird were on the roof, and the cat was the one cowering.
    Sweet little babies, not long now, they'll be fledged.
    One entire year without missing a walk, is quite an achievement, well done !
    Beautiful pictures, so serene and inviting.

  3. I always enjoy seeing your lovely views. I do hope you get some much needed rain before summer really sets in. I love what you said about the birdsong of the mockingbird---truly amazing. The sweet little nest of babies was so lovely to see. In the garden today, I was treated with the birdsong of the catbird. He's quite the little crooner as well. Congratulations to you and Millie on walking every day--quite an accomplishment! We walk every day that we can, so I know how hard it is to reach such a goal! ♥

  4. Lovely, lovely post! You took me someplace quite magical.
    And congrats on the walks!
    Looking forward to getting to know you better!

  5. Such a joy to visit and see your beautiful garden. The babies in the nest were such a delight. Hopefully you will get the rain that is so needed. I am so impressed with your walks.

  6. Yay! It looks like Blogger will let me leave a comment this time! I wanted to tell you that you had me as a follower as soon as I read the little story about your grandma and the whippoorwill. Oh how lovely! I've heard that bird only once in my life-we don't have them here. I heard one up in Maine. My husband and son and I were staying at a little motel not too far from the ocean, and the bird sang to us in the evening. It was one of my best memories of that trip (the worst memory was I had ticks all over me!)

  7. Forgot to answer your question-the hens and chicks are planted in hypertufa planters I made quite a while ago. They seem to hold up even though I leave them out all winter.

  8. Yes, summer has come over this way too. We watched the rain clouds yesterday when we were hauling hay. The clouds were so dark they almost looked purple. We got maybe six drops on the windshield. :( Your zinnias are beautiful! Mine are drying up before they get two inches tall.

    You're becoming quite the sketch artist!

  9. great job on your walks. So good for you. It helps your body and your mind. Pretty pictures and love to see the cows. Your flowers are so pretty too. Birds picked a great spot for their nest. Atleast they have a little protection inside the fence in the bushes. the birds always nest in the upper corner of the porch. They have for several years and we see the babies leave the next, atleast once we did, but you can hear them when the parents bring the food.

  10. Those baby birds are adorable. You were brave to take a look. Your red honeysuckle is beautiful too. We were just up at the garden trying to decide on a spot to plant the red honeysuckle vine rooted last spring. It is growing like crazy. Your zinnias are so pretty. Ours are growing, but not ready to bloom yet. And, I must comment on those sweet baby calves resting in the grass in the shade. You just have so much to see and enjoy around your place.

  11. How the seasons change things. We had a late start to Spring; but it finally got here and has been bringing us much needed rains. Our grass is green and my flowers are blooming. So wonderful to see after a long cold winter. I like your artwork in ink! (I am sorry for dropping in and out lately; I have serious sleep issues that I am trying to get under control. I enjoy your blog and want to follow along.) Its hard to walk here year round; but I need to do as you do and maybe that would help me. ;0)

  12. I hope you get some rain soon. It is still Spring here in New England. We may get some rain today...Temps are still in the 50's at night. The baby birds are so sweet. I like the Mockingbird songs, too. Love to count all the different ones. I have a FitBit and walk about 7500 steps a day. Keep up the good work!

  13. Wow 334 walks is a lot of walks. I know Millie and you enjoyed every step and will continue with your walks and make hundreds more.
    Your photos are amazing. Congratulations on the little birdies; such a wonderful gift of nature.
    We're getting rain in skips few and far between. I hope you all get lots of rain soon and the land can blossom in its full Summer splendor.

  14. we are so lacking in rain also-but the humidity is still quite high here the air has not been easy for me this season.
    congratulations on your walks together. It's been several years now that we lost our beloved Nikita and her and I did he same-never missed a day with our walks together-we miss her so much still that the thought of her still brings tears to our eyes-she was a very special soul. enjoy your time together-it took me a couple years before I could take a walk again without her
    I don't think we have mockingbirds here-although we have many songbirds here that we enjoy. so fun you found her nest.
    Love your flowers-mine are still small with a few blooming