Well, we’ve just returned home from a wonderful week spent in South GA and North FL, where the long awaited time finally arrived as we met nephew Tyler in person and I was able to hold him! It was only a mere two seconds after seeing him, that he gave a big smile and stole my heart 🙂 Three enjoyable days were spent with my family in North FL, relaxing and catching up on life’s happenings. I had the honor of feeding Tyler a few of his meals. Mealtime is one of his favorite times of the day as long as you keep the food coming at his speed, which is pretty fast. He really enjoys the process of eating and contentedly sings and hums to his food, and is very careful to not spit out any, on chance of losing a bit 🙂 He loves the outdoors, as most of his family does, and is quite content to sit outside or look out a window at the clouds, trees, birds or any other marvel of nature. He loves his Elmo book featuring bright colors and nice shapes, so Wes and I are hoping that there are the makings and desires to create art starting in him. Great job on your miniature creation, Tyler, Marshall and Alicia!
Wes and I, along with Mark Holland and Cindy Lewis, were the Featured artists this year at the 13th Annual Plantation Wildlife Art Festival, in Thomasville GA. We had a wonderful time there laughing and visiting with all of our artist friends and of course selling our paintings. After setting up Friday morning, we headed out with a few friends to eat a quick lunch at Subway and spend the afternoon at the Birdsong Nature Preserve. An annual tradition, this is one of the highlights of the weekend as it is a very beautiful and peaceful place to take a walk. Many Warblers and other bird species were seen as was the resident alligator. We were also treated to witnessing two large coveys of quails taking to flight. What an amazing sight and sound that was.
As one can easily see, it’s not all totally about making money for most of us at the shows. The Saturday night artist party and dinner at Pebble Hill Plantation, is quite a treat for all of the artists, as it’s our time to just relax and have fun! The Plantation show committee does an outstanding job, making all of this happen every year! The food was absolutely delicious as always, and this year we were treated to fellow artist, Tom Brooks, playing his guitar along with the band. He does an incredible job at lip-sink guitar playing, ha ha! I’m sure you’ve noticed a common denominator in alot of my photos. . .bunny ears. This is a lifelong habit that I can’t break and it is only shared with friends that I really like 🙂
Most of you will be happy to know that Ms. Shrew fared just fine while we were away as she was given lots of extra peanuts and food right before our departure for the show. We made it home in time on Thanksgiving Day for me to feed her several peanuts, which she came out promptly to enjoy, so she enjoyed a happy Thanksgiving as well.
Until next time 🙂 Rachelle