Spring is certainly right around the corner and so close that one can almost smell it in the air! However, I know this must be quite hard for those of you who are still buried in snow to believe. Although we greatly feel for you, we are quite satisfied at this point to remain “snowless” ourselves. Many of our dear feathered friends are now singing their melodious spring songs, and it livens one’s day to hear their beautiful tunes floating through the air. Several of the trees are also joining in this wondrous calling forth of spring by starting to extend out their brightly colored new growth that will soon grow and unroll opening their little newly formed leaf faces to the sun. What a joyous and beautifully rejuvenating time of the year is Spring!
Along with the blooming Crocuses, my precious Shrews have returned as well as Dovecakes! Dovecakes was most delighted to eat 3 large piles of shelled sunflowers one day this past week, almost as delighted as I was feeding her! The Shrews have returned in full force and brought with them a voracious appetite. Two days ago while sitting on a nearby rock, just enjoying the simple act of watching them eat, I was able to capture some great video footage of the little cuties. With Wes’ most appreciated help, we created a wonderful little video of them eating their favorite pecan crunchies and most appropriately put the music from “The Flight of the Bumble Bee” to it, as they act like they are always running a day late for everything! And no . . . the video hasn’t been sped up 🙂 I’m so thrilled to have them back once again as they are such cute and entertaining little chaps!
We’ve enjoyed absolutely gorgeous weather the past few days, and are we ever thankful for it! It has seemed like a terribly long winter in many ways. Our daily walks are always nicer when there are blue skies above and the warmth from the sun is enveloping you. Even with the beauty outside, many productive hours have also been spent in the studio working on paintings. I finished my miniature of my little chicken friend, Whitey, this past week. Wes is currently putting the finishing touches on his painting of a Maribou Stork, but I thought I’d go ahead and share it with you.
On our easels: I’m currently painting on a miniature of House Sparrows nestled on the edge of nicely angled roof line of a lovely old house that is adorned with golden-colored dormers. Wes is putting his finishing touches on his Maribou Stork painting while he’s also painting on a piece of a beautiful little Tiger beetle. Both paintings should be done by next week at which time I’ll share them with you.
Last evening I had a delightful chat on the phone with my little nephew Tyler. We talked of such things as what various animals said such as “mooooo”, “bock bock” and “oink oink” and about his colors, especially yellow, that he’s learning, as well as his enjoyment of digging in the dirt. He also expressed his great love for my brother Marshall’s homemade BBQ sauce, by telling me “sauce” over and over again in his precious little southern accent. Obviously, I wear a smile on my face for several hours after these most precious phone conversations between myself, Aunt “No No”, and little Tyler 🙂
Wishing everyone signs of spring!!
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂