For me, Easter always brings to memory a day filled with blue skies above, bright green grass below and flowers galore, all accompanied by sunshine and warm breezes. Somehow this Easter day does not fit that description, as we seem to be stuck with the “winter that wouldn’t die”, as I like to deem it. It relentlessly continues to punish us with numerous dreary, cold and rainy days. My mom, who lives in Florida, continues to assure me daily that the sun does indeed still exist, thus filling me with the hope that someday soon, alas the heavy gray clouds will part and the blessed sun will break through and shine on us once again! Oh . . . I can hardly wait for it to happen!
The yard still mostly resembles a winter landscape, as the trees are still clinging tightly to their tiny buds, not quite sure of it being safe yet to open and release them to the harsh elements. I can’t say as I blame them, but I do greatly anticipate the day arriving when the world will once again be green outside! The world was actually white outside a couple of days this past week, being covered with snow that is. We woke up one morning and found the landscape freshly covered in a blanket of white, and within a few hours it had all completely melted away. But not to worry, it started snowing like crazy that afternoon, when we were walking back from the P.O. no less, and within minutes had turned everything to white once again! This was repeated a few more times . . . with it snowing . . . and then melting, which kept things interesting around here for a couple of days anyway. The one benefit of such a wet winter and spring, is that the moss is growing and spreading like mad! So much so, that when outside, one must be very careful to not remain stationary for long, or else the moss will start growing on you! They say it’s going to warm up a wee bit sometime later this week. All I can say is, “Oh pretty please let it happen!” Nonetheless, here are a few lovely photos of our spring weather for you to enjoy . . .
Currently On Our Easels: I finally finished my miniature painting of me looking at a painting by Fran Snyder. I personally call it “A Vegetarian’s Nightmare”, since it features dead game. I have mixed feelings about this painting. Part of me admires it as a beautifully painted masterpiece, while the other part of me finds the needless killing of such elegant birds and animals quite disturbing. Thankfully we have photos from which to work now, and we grow and eat more beans. Wes finished his miniature of a Blue-footed Booby, which we photographed during our trip to San Carlos a couple of years ago, and a miniature of one of our beautiful, resident male Cardinals amongst icy covered branches. Wes is currently working on a Hermit Crab painting, and I’m painting a Bison.
Come See Our Paintings This Week:
Opens April 7 and runs until June 2
Museum Of The Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, TX
Until June 2nd
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I leave you with this beautiful quote on this Easter Day . . .
“The world appears very little to a soul that contemplates the greatness of God”
~ Brother Lawrence
~ Celebrate Easter . . . for He is risen!!
Until next time ~ Rachelle