2nd Annual Wine & Art Fest to benefit Sacred Heart School

 

dana-at-the-mikeBruce and Dana with female Barn Owl

Bruce and Dana with female Barn Owl

dana-bettyThe first Wine & Art Fest was held in 2006 at the Sacred Heart Church Hall and due to the large participation it was moved to the Wilson County Show barn on HWY 97 in Floresville. It was a huge success raising over $25,000.00 in funds. The guests were treated to an excellent dinner and  appetizers  including a variety of cheeses. A wonderful selection of wine and desserts topped off the night. The awesome music by “Small Town Habit” entertained us featuring local talents Charlie Franklin and his wife Crystal. One of the highlights for me was a demonstration by John Karger of Last Chance Forever bird sanctuary. He and his assistant Kelley brought a Lanner Falcon from Africa and a Barn Owl that had been orphaned at birth. Our dear friends Bruce and Betty Dueley donated art and photography which brought in several hundred dollars in the live auction. The Dueley’s joined us at the ranch for Karaoke after the event which made the night even more fun!!!!!danas-golden-eagletom-bruce

Advertisements

2008 Sacred Heart Wine Cheese & Art Festival

good-luck-eagles

BJ Sonia and Dana

BJ Sonia and Dana

In January of 2008 the 3rd annual Wine Cheese and Art Festival was held at the Wilson County Show Barn in Floresville. Tom and I made some new friends  and it was great to talk to the people who bid on the artwork that we donated to the auction and see that they will really cherish their paintings especially because the proceeds are going to such a great cause. One darling Priest bought my “Golden Eagle” giclee to hang in the halls of the parochial school where he teaches in honor of their  team “The Eagles”. I was honored to sign it for him as well as other paintings bought by super nice people that probably will not just cram their paintings into a closet……One of the greatest compliments I received was from a really cool young gentleman named Sammy who told me not to ever worry about anyone else’s opinion about the value of my art because some people do not recognize a Rolex when they see it. Our friend Sandy who owns Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard made reference to Andrew Wyeth in the same sentence as her  admiration of my art. This beautiful woman is an incredibly artist  and I can only dream of being able to take lessons from her at some point in our lives…..The truth is, actually…….that, Tom and my precious Mamacita Reet LOVE my art and for that reason, I am at peace with it all.

 

Baby Peyton Pawlik

Baby Peyton Pawlik

signing

Sacred Heart Wine & Art Festival

The 4th annual benefit for Floresville’s only Catholic school was held Saturday, January 17th. The  event features a live auction, silent auction and guests are treated to appetizers, a roast beef dinner and a chocolate fountain. This year various wines were offered from the Woodrose Winery in Stonewall, Fredericksburg Winery and Grape Creek Vineyards in Fredericksburg.  Mimosas were served in beautiful hand painted glasses. Tom and I have donated art and photography the last three years. It is always a treat to see some of the precious children from the school. l1000813The proceeds exceeded $25,000.00 this year!!!!

Lou Rosenberg

Lou Rosenberg

Live Auction Art

Live Auction Art

 

Co-Madres painting by Dana Parish

Co-Madres painting by Dana Parish

 

Longhorn & Cactus Giclee donated by Dana Parish

Longhorn & Cactus Giclee donated by Dana Parish

Green Acres Is The Place For Me!

  Our bedroom  has french doors that overlook a beautiful,  serene landscape with lush pastures filled with docile sheep and goats grazing quietly along side chubby ponies and sleek horses nickering to one another. It is so wonderful to wake up to the soft sounds of contented animals when the sun comes up. BUT….at midnight……NOT so much.

This morning was one of those days that made me want to go back to bed, preferably in a hotel far, far away, or better  yet an uninhabited island. (I KNOW what you’re thinkin’ Villa Rosa) Even Tom can not name every little wondrous creature that calls this place home, so I am going to give a cast of characters just to illustrate today’s events. 

KIRBY-female kitty -white with black spots (named after Dr. Dan Kirby )                                        NEGRITO-black and white male kitty

Bridgette-Boar goat (named after a favorite DJ)                                    Cactus Jack and Mesquite Joe-  young Longhorn  steers 

Kidd Rock- a pygmy goat (named after another awesome DJ)                                       Miss Piggy- a so called MICRO-MINI pot-bellied pig                                             

Bailey- Welsh pony   (bay with socks and a blaze)                                                                                     Okie- Pomeranian (black and white)

Noche – Sheltie (tri-color)                                                                                  Francie – beautiful bay Arabian mare

Sky-Australian Shepherd (blue merle)                                                                            

  OK I exaggerated  about the serenity of the pastures, but that is what I was dreaming about this morning when I heard an ear splitting banging noise  in the back forty that was the all too familiar pawing of Bailey  with his hooves against the metal feeder looking for the last morsel of sweet feed that may have dropped between the cracks. He finally gave up and just before we drifted back to sleep, we hear  banging on the metal outside our bedroom. “Damn goats” We both assumed that they were banging their horns against the side of the house when they scratched, but flashlight in hand I could see them laying next to Francie by the barn, sharing her blanket. This time  the racket  was coming from Miss Piggy  rooting out a snuggly place in the sand where the heat from the house would keep her warm through the night…The kitchen was closed by then, but the weather was freezing so I tossed her a peanut butter sandwich. Thank you “Uncrustable” people! I stumbled back into the bedroom and  found  a bare spot on the bed with Okie and Spooky next to my feet and Sky had stretched out next to Tom. Kirby was taking a bite of her food that was on the bedside table safe from the dogs and  I gave her a little massage as she curled up next to me. Her purring lulled me back to sleep for maybe 30 minutes. We had our next rude awakening when Sky jumped over us and splashed through the water bowl by the bed. This got all the dogs barking and I could see that  Bridgette had pushed the door open and was sticking her head inside. The door would not stay closed, so I wedged a towel in the door frame and threw another one on the floor. Kirby was swishing her tail in my face like she does when she wants a back rub, I tried that but she wasn’t purring. I could see her face in the half light and just when I thought about putting her on the floor, she threw up on my pillow…..That did it!  Maybe I could take a nap later. I got up and checked my e-mail and decided to post this blog. 

   I let the dogs out so that hopefully Tom could get a few hours of sleep, but they were on a rampage barking and chasing who knows what. Probably Kidd Rock who likes to sneak into the yard to torment them. Jack and Joe were thinking it was time for breakfast and they started mooing….but it seemed so LOUD at this time of the morning! I looked out into the pasture which had been empty of cattle for months, but of-course, here were my neighbor’s cattle trotting around in the darkness and edging up to the fence line to meet Jack and Joe for the first time. By now it was light enough for me to see their bull pawing and being Mr. Macho while our guys tried to do the same. Being new to the cattle business with my herd of two steers, I wasn’t sure if they would tear down the fence or what would happen next. I filled a bucket with cubes and thankfully Jack and Joe were more interested in food. Relieved, I came back to the computer and so far it looks like it’s going to be an awesome day!

The Road Goes On Forever, but The Fun Never Ends

Living in the middle of nowhere has it’s ups and downs, but never a dull moment for someone who loves being able to see something different every day. On the way to school with Peyton this week, I saw a beautiful pheasant just walking beside the road. The next day I spotted a “Zorse” (half zebra, half horse) in a field of Longhorns. No telling how long he has been there before I noticed his stripes. I have passed by every school day for the past 11 years. The more I learn about birds, the more different species I see in my own yard and along the way into town. In the  last few years, I have seen  several American Kestrals hovering and doing their acrobatics over the open fields, Red-winged black Birds on the fence next to a flooded pasture, a Vermillion Fly catcher on the back porch and an Eastern Bluebird looking into a hole in a fence post in front of the house. No telling how many I miss when I am sitting inside at the computer or reading about them in a book. Tom and I spot the same Red Tailed Hawks in their same familiar places and the Cara Caras are always around. I have brought home a few new pets that have freaked the horses out, but we have had several critters just show up out of the woods.  One day two huge Emus were walking back and forth in the front pasture, enjoying a shower under the irrigation pipes. The horses never did get used to them. Three of our cats came from the wooded area next to the barn and  have become the sweetest pets. Two young Barbado rams appeared one morning and were gone the next. One afternoon, Tom and I got home around the same time. “Where did THEY come from” Tom  asked as he gave me the look…..There were two adorable miniature goats standing next to the garage looking totally at home. “Can we stay?” They seemed to ask. Why not? The more the merrier. I’m just glad that these two Longhorns followed me home the other day. We are going to have fun with them!!!!!

Look who came to dinner!

Look who came to dinner!

 

Got Cattle Cubes?

Got Cattle Cubes?

Faith Family Friends Fun Food Finesse and FOOTBALL!!!!!

How many crowds could you ask for reference to the F word without getting a less than respectable response? There are several F words that do not solicit a slap in the face when you say them out loud. I was blessed to be able to celebrate the life today of an incredible Mom who is one that I would never associate anything but greatness to any letter of the alphabet. Her children and in fact anyone who ever met her will always adore her. If I had a photograph to attach I would. She could have been a Hollywood Star instead of a once in a life-time mother to eight children.  She was never vain, but always a precious beautiful woman with 2 beautiful sisters and a brother who was/is one in a million.

Costa Rica, why not?

    These are a few photos of Christopher’s trip to Costa Rica summer before last. My computer crashed and I lost all my photos…..for a few days, so this is a borrowed computer with a few great memories……

                                                          Happy New Year!!!!!!img_6112img_6321img_6327

Meanwhile Christopher is freezing in Chicago, while we are hanging out here. We had planned on joining 250,000 of our closest friends in downtown San Antonio, but decided to ring in the New year with our 4 dogs, 7 cats, Miss Piggy, 4 goats, Fast Eddie the tortoise,10 horses and Bruno, our parrot singing in the background. We celebrated  with the critters sleeping under the stars and watching the fireworks at the Tower Of The Americas 35 miles away……

buenas-noches