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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..."

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A Garden Party...

"The gentle rain which waters my beans and keeps me in the house today is not drear and melancholy, but good for me too..."  ~Henry David Thoreau

"...And now, in the morning, how good it is to see the brilliant light of the blessed summer day, always brightest after rain, and to see how every tree and plant is full of new life and abounding gladness: and to feel one's own thankfulness of heart, and that it is good to live, and all the more good to live in a garden."  ~Gertrude Jekyll (1843 - 1932) from a 1900 issue of Home and Garden

If I were to have a garden party, it would surely be now while the sunflowers are so grand.  And, I might just do that...have a party!



  1. The rain woke me up this morning. At 5 a.m. the rain was falling so hard and hitting against the house that it woke me up! We have been having rain almost daily. I have lived in ND since 2010 and I never remember this much rain for so many days. We have another chance of rain this evening. So very different from the drought we had last year. My flowers are loving it. The grass has never been so green. The farmers are enjoying the rain. The ND prairie has green grass and yellow flowers. We have been traveling a bit over the weekends. The farms and fields make for great scenery! Your flowers and gardens are so beautiful. They make wonderful pictures. Beautiful Butterfly too! Looks like a great day to have a garden party!

  2. I love seeing the first photo of rain for you, Chip Butter! I know how much you have wished for moisture and I'm sure your flowers have welcomed it along with you. Your zinnias are so pretty and the sunflowers, swoon...Great shot of the butterfly! Have a wonderful Independence day! ♥

  3. No rain here ~ just a drop now and then this evening. But all the rain around us made the air cooler. I love all the variety of color in your flowers.

  4. Beautiful flowers and writings too. I love a flower garden and hope to have some in the future, when the house re doing business is finished. I just love working outside. Love to see pictures of your home.

  5. Your flowers are just lovely. They are having their own party! I do hope you will get regular rain now. I always love my visits here!

  6. Well you sure have the perfect spot for a garden party. Would you have room for me? :) I just love the picture of your Shanty there in the rain. We really need rain right now. Happy July 4th!!

  7. The pleasures of midsummer rain! Gardens seem reborn, after a good splash, the air fragrant and fresh. Your flowers and garden are an absolute delight.

  8. I would love an invitation! Your sunflowers and zinnias are lovely and so colourful.

  9. Your flowers are beautiful, I loved seeing the sunflowers in all their glory they are stunning.

  10. Congratulations on the rain.
    Your flowers are gorgeous.
    Love the butterfly.
    I'm Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

  11. I love the air after a rain, so fresh and filled with oxygen.
    It not only brings new life to the trees and garden but to people, too :)
    Your garden is amazing with color and blooms.
    If I lived closer, I would be begging for a garden party invitation.
    I would even wear my very best hat:)
    Connie :)

  12. After eight months of no measurable rain here, we're finally getting a few clouds and have measured a total of almost 1/4" of rain. You capture the flowers' celebration of the rain so well with your photos...