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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..."

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Farewell, Sweet October...

It was a rainy, rainy day here in the Ozarks, but even that couldn't take away
 from the beauty of this last day of our beloved October.

Millie and I managed our walk over the hill, but it wasn't to be  done
 without our getting wet ~ Millie more than me.
And, tomorrow while every tree and bush is still celebrating,
I will join with them and celebrate too, for tomorrow is
my birthday


  1. Couldn't let this post go by without wishing you a very "Happy Birthday". Such beauty surrounds you. The tree colors are at their best. It's as if they are decorating for your special day!

  2. Happy Birthday, hope you have a wonderful day. You are surrounded by beauty, what a beautiful place to walk even in the rain.

  3. Happy Birthday-hope you have a special day. welcome in November-can't believe October is gone already

  4. Happy Birthday. Isn't it nice that the earth took as bath for your special day?

  5. Happy Birthday, Chip Butter!! Soon you will be walking with the cold winter wind in your face! Brr-r

  6. Happy Birthday! Your October walk is a beautiful one--thanks for sharing!

  7. Happy Birthday, Chip Butter! I wish you a wonderful year filled with all the longings of your heart. Your photos are gorgeous. Wishing you a beautiful walk with Millie. ♥

  8. Happy Birthday to you!!!! I am with you in saying a regretful goodbye to October, - hope November is good to you and that the 1st is an especially precious day.

  9. Hard to believe that October has already come to an end.
    Beautiful pictures.
    Happy Birthday to you. 🎈

  10. Happy Birthday to you. I hope it is wonderful. I love October too.

  11. Belated Happy Birthday to you and I hope that you had a wonderful day. Did you go out to celebrate?

    Well done with all the walks - I am all behind like the donkey's tail, for various reasons this year - so much happening, and then a ripped foot tendon and my asthma earlier in the summer. Time to play catch up.

    What lovely autumn scenery with you - it sounds like October is your favourite month?

  12. Thanks to all for the birthday wishes. You really did help make my day special...well, you and all those oh-so-magnificent trees!

  13. Oh Happy few days after your birthday!!! Mine is in October-I've always loved having a birthday in the fall. Your trees are magnificent. It's a gift that we have met here, and I want to wish you many, many more happy birthdays. Give Millie a hug for me!

    1. Thank you Debra. I think an October birthday would be just the best of all. Usually the first day of November is nice, but it was quite dreary this year. But, I still had a great day. Millie loves hugs!

  14. It is always so hard to say goodbye to October! Like you, I savored the beauty and wished I could hold onto it, but of course, one can't. And so the leaves now lay on the ground instead of the trees, and I must look into the sky in the evenings for the most beautiful colors. God does have a way of providing color for us year round though, doesn't He! Fall and winter sunsets are most amazing. I hope you had a lovely birthday! Blessings and hugs :)

  15. Happy Birthday! These photos are beautiful, thanks for tolerating the rain to take them:)
    You are going to have so much fun with your free motion foot. It creates room for your imagination to do so much. The first thing that I did with mine was I had a large rubber stamp of a vintage sewing machine. I stamped it on fabric and then free motioned over it to cover all the ink. After doing that I could see the possibilities and how easy it was to turn and curve around and do most anything you want with your stitches. I used that little project to make a bag to collect thread scraps before they went on the floor of my Art Barn :)
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  16. Happy Birthday! Your photos are always so beautiful! Yes, October flew by with a great celebration on the last day--Halloween! We love it and look forward to it each year. Now, lots to celebrate in November! Thanks for coming by my blog and your nice comments!