Christmas is Drawing Nigh

Our Christmas tree with a lovely snow outside.

        It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here once again. This month seems to have flown by, and we’re still enjoying the remnants of our second snowfall. Although it has been quite beautiful, it was a very wet snow as it started falling Friday evening, and toppled one of our prized evergreens, so Wes and I managed to get it standing proudly up once again, by him pulling on the tree, while I wedged a padded board under the largest limb to prop it up. Our ground is totally saturated with all of the recent rain and snowfall, making it harder for some of our evergreens to hold tightly to the ground. One thing’s for sure, they should all grow like weeds this spring!

Basking Amur Leopard" by Rachelle, measures 3 1/2 X 3 1/2 inches.
"Basking Amur Leopard" by Rachelle, measures 3 1/2 X 3 1/2 inches.
"Romeo of the Barnyard" by Wes, measures 3½ x 2½ inches

        Fresh off of the easel, are my miniature painting titled “Basking Amur Leopard” and Wes’, “Romeo of the Barnyard”. Both of these paintings were finished this past week and will be featured in the upcoming “Masterworks in Miniature” show at Gallery One, in Mentor, OH. They may be purchased through the gallery via the show.

A precious Tufted Titmouse enjoying the peanut crunchies I had put out.

        All of our precious feathered and furry critters have been enjoying extra treats in this colder weather, and as you can imagine, the birds and squirrels all looking a little “fluffier” these days. I just know they need the goodies to help keep them warm and happy, so I go out frequently during the day, and as soon as they spot me, well here they all come to see what is being offered. Peedeepeeps (Carolina Wren), now contentedly eats out of my hand which absolutely thrills me! Dovecakes is returning daily as well, and consumes several piles of her special seeds each visit throughout the day. Wes declares he can hear the deck creaking when she lands on it!

Enjoying desserts with neighbors at our annual Christmas party.

        We enjoyed our annual neighborhood Christmas party this past week, starting out with  dinner at a local restaurant and going to neighbors Paul and Norma’s beautiful home for desserts afterwards. It was a perfect evening as the rain that afternoon had turned into snow and blanketed our world with white. The couple mile journey to the restaurant was a pretty one, with the snow falling on us while traveling on an unplowed road. The snow fell continually through dinner creating a magical walk through what seemed like a winter wonderland as we strolled down the neighbor’s wooden bridge, lined with garland lit by white lights, all blanketed in freshly fallen snow. Every branch was outlined in white, as we walked up to the front porch and were greeted by Paul and the delightful smell of homemade Wassail at the front door. We enjoyed much laughter and conversation and were all so thankful to have Paul and Norma with us this year, after Paul’s absence for his lung transplant during last year’s Christmas party.
We wish each and every one of you a very, Merry Christmas as we celebrate the reason for the season, Jesus, and a wonderful and blessed new year!

        Until next time      ~     Rachelle    🙂

10 thoughts on “Christmas is Drawing Nigh

  1. Your place looks magical, Rachelle and what a lovely way to get together with all your neighbours! Both your new peices are gorgeous. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and all the very best for 2010!

    1. Hi Tracy,
      A lot of the time it feels magical, we are very blessed! Yes, we have a wonderful group of neighbors that are like family to us. Thank you! We wish you a very, merry Christmas and a wonderful new year as well 🙂

  2. George Siegrist

    A picture of Peedeepeeps eating from your hand would be great…get Wes cranking with the camera.
    I know you got a shot of the hummers eating from the feeder on your knee.

    1. Hi George,
      I’m sure Wes will get a photo of Peedeepeeps eating from my hand very soon. He would’ve had one the other morning if I hadn’t had the camera around my neck outside . . . opps! I’ll have to share the one of me feeding the hummers, on my blog, if I haven’t already.
      Rachelle 🙂

  3. May your Holiday be a joy!! Your snow is beautiful!! Last year we had been stuck into the snow for 10 days!!! Looks like we will have a rainy Christmas. Thanks for all your sharing of your talents!!

    Merry Christmas Wes and Rachelle!!

    HE IS BORN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jim and Judee Smith

    1. Hi Jim and Judee,
      Thank you, and so may yours! This is the most snow we’ve had since living here, especially by Christmas. 10 days would seem like a long time to me as well! We wish you both a very, Merry Christmas(even if it rains) and a wonderful, blessed new year! Yes He is!!
      Rachelle 🙂

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