We arrived in Okeechobee later Monday evening and were joined at my parents home, by my brother Marshall, wife Alicia and our dear little nephew Tyler for dinner. We enjoyed my Mom’s good home-cooking, including one of my favorites, fried okra, (or as I say it fried okry). It was a delicious and fun meal enjoyed by all! Wes & I then commenced to spoiling Tyler and continued at these efforts for the duration of our visit. Tuesday, we met my Dad, Larry, at Taco bell for lunch, which proved to be quite interesting with the crowds there to buy the 20 cents tacos in honor of the inauguration. We ended spending a couple of hours there and made another memory. After we were able to finally get out of the jam packed parking lot, we went to Lake Okeechobee to feed the seagulls with my Mom and Tyler. Feeding birds has always been something that I dearly enjoy and this trip was no exception, especially with the Grackles landing on and eating from my hand! Tyler seemed to enjoy this endeavor almost as much as I did.
Wednesday was spent there at the house working on projects and entertaining Tyler. Later that evening we were once again joined by Marshall and his family for dinner. Afterwards Marshall and I retired to the barn to start work on my long awaited dinosaur sculpture. “Dino” as I affectionately refer to him, is made of different sizes of rebar. My brother Marshall is a great welder, and together I think we make quite the team. We ended up spending a couple of evenings in the barn on my dinosaur and enjoyed every minute of it. Dino is now quite comfortable in his new home in our flower garden, however he is still trying to adjust to the much cooler temperatures.
Thursday, we headed over to North Palm Beach, to meet up with our dear friend and fellow artist, Janet Heaton, who we affectionately refer to as our art mom. We enjoyed a delicious Thai lunch with Janet and my Mom, filled with talk of past memories and laughs. After lunch, we all went to John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. We enjoyed continuing our visit with Janet while taking in all of the beautiful scenery and sunshine. Many photos were taken by Wes & I both for future miniature paintings to be included in an upcoming exhibit. I thoroughly enjoyed walking on the beach and easily convinced my Mom to take her shoes off and enjoy the sand with me. We even braved testing the water which was very cold!
Well, I’ll end here for Part I and will pick up with Part II next week. On a personal note, today is a happy day for me because it’s Wes’ birthday, he’s 43 years young! A cute story that was left out of my accounts from the MASF show weekend took place in our BIG green van. Our artist friend, Bill Mundy, was riding around with us, and due to the fact of our van not having a back seat, I rode in a nice comfy lawn chair. Well, when Wes realized going down the road that he was about to miss his turn he took it at the last second, which sent me flying across the van, with my nice skirt and pantyhose covered legs flying up into the air! Thankfully,I was able to right myself, before being seen in this unladylike predicament! Later on that day, as Bill once again got into the van, he spoke up with his wonderful British accent exclaiming that “ I’d better put on my safety strap in case Wes decides to go mental on us again”. This gave me a GREAT laugh then and will continue to do so every time I think of that wonderful memory. Thanks Bill!
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂