As with most of the Eastern United States, the weather has been . . . shall we say . . . less than desirable for much of this past week. Cloudy, gray skies and rain seems to have almost become a permanent fixture in our area . . . kind of yucky if you ask me. I told my mom this past week that my right leg was dragging, and my left one was soon to follow suit! Before long I would be pulling myself around the house by my arms, and with a weak voice saying “Sun . . . Sun . . . I need Sun!” One day of overcast skies and rain is just fine, and actually nice at times, but by the second to third day in a row of the Vitamin D deprived weather, this Florida girl starts really needing some sunshine and blue skies pretty bad! However, miraculously, we did get to enjoy the sunshine and blue skies during a walk one afternoon this past week! And I have to tell you that it felt nothing short of totally amazing, this phenomenon of nature which I naively took for granted way too much while growing up in Florida!
Needless to say, spending most of our time indoors, we were able to get a lot of painting done this past week. We also enjoyed eating at our new local Mexican Restaurant, Monte Real, one evening with friends, Fred, Barb, Pat and Frank. It was delicious and our waiter, Octavio, was most friendly, making it a fun and pleasant evening out! Afterwards our friends joined us here at our house to play a game of Mexican Train Dominoes and enjoy a piece of dark chocolate cake for dessert. Another afternoon we enjoyed going to neighbor friends Jim and Uschi’s lovely house to enjoy Uschi’s delicious homemade cookies, as well as visiting with them and other neighbors Richard and Melodie. A couple of evenings later, our friend Kit joined us for supper here at the house featuring my homemade chili, and afterwards we enjoyed relaxing and watching a funny show.
This afternoon we walked “downtown” to stake out our spot to watch the annual Christmas Parade, and of course collect our loot of candy. Our parade is one where they still throw out candy, and everyone big and small runs out and picks it up as if that’s the only way we can get it! It’s quite fun to watch and even more fun to participate in! This year we got a bag full, and I’m saving it to feed to my nephew and niece that are visiting Christmas week, but only when we’re going to be playing outside obviously! As usual the parade was very entertaining and although there is usually more horses and four-wheelers than anything, this year the emergency vehicles and fire trucks surpassed them by far, in number! A couple of times it looked like a national emergency taking place, with all of the trucks sirens blaring and lights flashing, and the streets filled with a mob of people running in all directions! I must admit one of my favorite sections of the parade was the string of Volkswagen Bugs, and I was envisioning driving my little cotton candy pink VW bug all decked out in Christmas attire, in the parade too someday. All I have to do is get one first, ha ha!
Well, in just a little over a week, my family, all eight of them, will be coming to spend Christmas week with us, and we’re so excited! Now we’re all just praying for snow while they’re here, so we can sled and build a snowman!
Fresh off the easel ~ This past week, Wes finished his miniature painting of a snow leopard which will be featured in the upcoming exhibition FELINE FINE II ~ Art of Cats. I finally finished my painting of a Crested Caracara being bathed in the beautiful sunlight!
~ You can still see our paintings this week at the following museums ~
The Kenosha Public Museum, Kenosha, WI; The Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA; The Harvey County Historical Museum, Newton, KS and The WaterWorks Art Museum, Miles City, MT. We also have work on display at galleries and exhibitions in Brownsburg, IN; Kingsport, TN; Chambersburg, PA; Sidney, MT; Kingston, PA; Lexington, MA and Bethesda, MD!
To view all our upcoming exhibits: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html
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Until next time ~ Rachelle