And The Work Goes On

wild aster

Firstly, I want to apologize for ads being on the blog once again. I know it’s terribly distracting, and these are not monetized ads, and I do not make a cent off of them. They were absent the past couple of years, because we paid $100 a year to keep it ad-free, and have decided to no longer do that, so once again my apologies for the inconvenience. 

Now, to this week’s happenings… Wes and I continue to feel as if we’ve enrolled in work camp, and after several setbacks, thankfully we’re slowly making progress. The back porch roof is getting very close to being ready for the roofing panels. However, we’re going to stain it before putting them on to make it much easier to apply the stain. This has been a BIG job thus far, but I’m sure we’ll enjoy it once it’s completed. It’s not the first porch we’ve built together either, but as we’ve grown older each time, it takes a little longer than the last time. But that’s okay, because the tortoise did win the race after all!

buidling a porch

Between days of building, we’ve taken a couple breaks to work in the yard. I went to the “Free nursery” (AKA the woods) and dug up three large beautiful clumps of fern and transplanted them into one of the front flower beds I’ve made. It looks so nice to see something green and thriving in them, and after we moved several loads of semi-composted mulch we found  by the driveway, and spread it around part of the bed, well it looked even better! 

garden bed

The birds seem to enjoy the new ferns as well, as they explore and search for bugs in them! Speaking of birds, I’m thrilled to report this morning while I was sitting on the front porch eating my breakfast, that Chickadees and Nuthatches finally visited my feeders and seed pile on the wooden picnic table! I can’t tell you how excited I was to enjoy watching my feathered friends, and it made my week! I’ve been waiting since we moved here, to see one go to the feeder, and am so thankfully they’ve found it!

Many times when we’re walking or working outside, we see something interesting, whether it’s an interesting mushroom, wildflower blooming or insect. Well one day this past week, I couldn’t believe it when I saw this gorgeous purple beetle! I’ve seen lots of beetles that are iridescent blue or green, but had never seen a purple one, and it was quite lovely indeed!


We’ve had to make a couple of trips into town this past week to get more wood, screws etc., but thankfully it’s a beautiful picturesque drive most of the way, with pastoral scenes and water crossings such as this one by Caney Creek below. In the lower left corner you can see a kayaker fishing, and we can’t wait until we can get back on the water in our own kayaks soon! There are numerous places to kayak around here, so I’m hoping to be able to share many beautiful photos from times spent on the water with you in the future.

Caney Creek

But for now, we’re trying to get certain things done here at the house, especially before winter. Unbelievably, we’re still waiting on our carpet installation, and finally received a call earlier today, informing us it will still be over two weeks before they’re coming to do it. I know good things come to those who wait, so this must be very good carpet! We are waiting on the carpet to be installed, before finishing unpacking and moving the remainder of our stuff, as we sure don’t want to have to move it all twice. I think the best part will be sleeping up on a regular bed and real mattress, instead of on our little camping mattress on the floor. Nonetheless, we’re making memories.

See our miniatures in person this week

Society of Animal Artists Art That Matters to the Planet Show
August 14 – October 25, 2021:The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown, NY

Society of Animal Artists Animal Impressions Show
August 21 – November 7, 2021: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ

Exquisite Miniatures is currently at the beautiful Elliott Museum located in Stuart, FL 

We are delighted to have our history-making tour on display in this beautiful museum! So if you’re in, or are going to be in the area, plan a visit to see over 60 of our miniature paintings in person, grab a magnifying glass and experience the “wow factor!” And if you fall in love with one . . . well, it can be yours forever, as all paintings in the exhibition are available.

To see our available miniature paintings, visit our WEBSITE

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Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

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