Fun Outside and at Our Easels

rachelle siegrist kayaking

Well, we managed to get out and enjoy the great outdoors a couple of times during the past two weeks, and I must admit it was very nice indeed! The weather forecast for the one day promised clear blue skies and no wind, so we decided that would be a great day to get back out on the water for a little while! While there was no wind at our house, by the time we arrived to our embarking destination, the wind was blowing hard enough it was creating good-sized waves, with some even white capping! Having driven the distance to get there, we decided to go out for awhile anyway. It was actually fun riding the rise and fall of the waves, and upon paddling around a bend in the water, we were able to escape some of the wind, especially when heading up a small stream. There the water was quite calm and clear as glass, offering a diver’s view below the surface of the frigid water.

mountain stream

Within no time, the sun had all but disappeared, dropping the temperature quite a bit, but thankfully we had brought along enough clothes to layer up, keeping most of us warm, except for our hands, which were pretty cold even with gloves on. During the times the wind was at our backs, it was great, like getting a perpetual push from behind! However, when we turned, facing into the wind, it was a different story all together, and we had to really work at it to make good headway. Nonetheless, it was glorious to be back out on the water again, and I must admit it felt really good too, to be back in the van and out of the cold wind.

dirt dobber nests

I thought these Mud Daubers had impeccable taste in the location in which to build their nests!

Another day was predicted to be partly sunny, so we jumped at the chance to go walk in nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I think that forecast was totally missed, as I don’t believe the sun came out at all during the day, but we enjoyed a delightful hike, and seeing the beautiful vistas offered through the naked woods this time of year! The gentle rise in elevation during our hike kept us nice and toasty too! 

cades cove

The past several days, a beautiful Hermit Thrush has been gracing our back deck with its’ presence! It’s always a delight to see rare visitors in the yard, and I absolutely love watching it eat off of the wooden picnic table, which seems to be one of its’ favorite locations!

hermit thrush2

I’ve been keeping our better camera on the dining room table, to be able to get a few nice photos of it.

hermit thrush

~ Ridiculous Remedies ~

Okay, it’s time for a few laughs again this week with more ridiculous remedies from my 1892 Everyday Cook Book, and remember I am in NO way suggesting that any of these be used! This first one is really odd to me, since I grew up in Florida and spent much of my earlier life striving to have tanned skin! I can’t imagine wanting to do something to erase it! And I wonder who in the world Fuller was, and how far one had to travel to get water from him . . . Ha Ha!

everyday cookbook3

This one is quite interesting in the day and age when many are trying to do just the opposite of this! Nonetheless, it sounds like they have figured it all out and as if they’re trying to fatten up the family hog . . . HA HA!!! I’m very curious to know what bathing daily will do to help fatten one up. Makes you wonder if doing just the opposite and not bathing, is a way to produce weight loss? It would save on the water bill regardless. Ha Ha!

everyday cookbook2

Oh my goodness, this I just can’t even begin to imagine enduring, and who in their right mind would even consider gargling with borax . . . YIKES!!!

everyday cookbook

~ What’s Happening in The Studio ~

Wes finished his miniature painting of an adorable Little Rock Pica. You have to look really close to see it tucked in there between the rocks, hence the title “My Hiding Place”. This painting is available for your own collection.

rock pica by Wes siegrist

Wes’s “My Hiding Place”

While I love painting portrait miniatures, they’re very tedious at times, so I had to take a wee break from my Presidential commission and started painting a miniature version of Claude Monet’s beautiful “Springtime”. I am having great fun with this one and am imagining the lady being myself, sitting out in the warm spring air and reading a delightful book, whilst being surrounded by all of the lush green foliage!

claude monet's springtime in miniature

I’ve made lots more progress on my commission of President Biden for the Woolaroc Museum’s Presidential Portrait Miniature Collection, and will probably finish it this week. I’ll be making a time-lapse video of this miniature, and will share it with you once finished.

Rachelle Siegrist painting President Joe Biden in miniature

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Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

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