Nothing but Blues Skies

Cactus Jack

Our two Longhorns found an open gate and went to visit the neighbors large herd of welcoming cows. As much as we wanted them back, we were not sure how to separate them from their friends without a stampede. Weekday mornings do not allow enough time to do any cattle rustling, but luckily they happened to be hanging out by themselves along our fence line last Saturday morning. Tom opened the gate and led them back to their pasture while their 100 plus friends were wailing and telling them not to leave…..I think the boys are glad to be back. Welcoming treats of carrots and cattle cubes helped a lot! I just finished two new paintings to celebrate their safe return. I have them on my Etsy web site . Click on Leicalady.etsy.com to see all of the Longhorns

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Once A Year

Once in a while, you may come across a group of people who just seem to click. I am involved in a group of artisans in Wilson County, who work together in order to put on an event that combines so much talent, it is destined to be something no one in Texas will want to miss. Everyone in the local community surrounding Floresville, Texas looks forward to all the creative offerings that are available at the event called Once A Year. A variety of items are hand made, from baby clothes to Peanut Brittle like you have never tasted. Rhew Orchards has pecans and peaches. Their peach ice cream is an art!!!!They make special order peach pies, cobblers and ice cream year round. I could go on and on just about the tempting food……The hand sewn quilts and Christmas ornaments are exquisite. Several one of a kind jewelry items are going to be hard for me to resist. Antiques will be abundant throughout the three day sale.I am working on new paintings and ornaments just for this marketplace. Once A Year 2010 will be held on November 11, 12 and 13th. Contact me  for  location, times and more info.

Photos of the 2009 Floresville Peanut Festival Parade

Duke and Duchess representing Sacred Heart School.

Duke Peyton Parish and Duchess Jordan Boswell

Duke Peyton Parish and Duchess Jordan Boswell

doggiesclose up Aussie

dragon master

dragon master

The dragon in the cage is real!

The Grand Marshalls

The Grand Marshalls

The Grand Marshalls of this years parade are Al and Elaine Kolodziej, the publishers of the Wilson County News.

His Royal Highness

His Royal Highness

Ryan William of the house of Hubbard. Emperor of Nature’s Artistry and King of the Court of Enchanted Gardens

Queen Tunaep LXV

Queen Tunaep LXV

A beautiful girl inside and out…….Brooke Juanita AlumbaughMayor's bannermayorDaniel M. Tejada, Mayor

Rene Peña

Rene Peña

René Peña , district attorney and uncle of King Tunaep 1999 Michael Anthony Peña!!!!

she's got wings!

she's got wings!

What a perfect angel!

Floresville High School mascot

Floresville High School mascot

The Floresville Tiger!

Shrine Circus elephant

Shrine Circus elephant

Sacred Heart School Valentine Court

Sacred Heart School Valentine Court

Farmall Tractor

such a good little pony

such a good little pony

adorable

adorable

LeviLevi Campos representing the youth organization of the Lion’s Club, the Leo’s Club.

Duchess Daniela

Duchess Daniela

Duchess Daniela Aguillon also representing the Leo’s Club.little farmersFuture peanut farmer’s of AmericaDrama clubjpgDuke George Alonzo and Duchess Gabrielle Landrum representing FHS Drama Clubold red firetrucksmilewaveClownNo parade is complete without a clown. It was time to go try to sample all the Festival food that we could! For more photos of the Peanut Festival parade and activities, click here

The Paparazzi

The Duke and Duchess representing Sacred Heart School in Floresville, Texas were well documented as they waved to the crowd’s in the annual Floresville Peanut Festival Parade on Saturday October 10, 2009.

associated press

associated press

The Duke, Thomas Peyton Parish was honored to have his Godfather Tracy Spring, representing his Godparents at the festivities.

RCP

RCP

Peyton’s brother who is legendary in Wilson County surprised many with his appearance in this sleepy town.

Ryan Christopher Parish

Ryan Christopher Parish

Tom and I could not wait for Peyton and Jordan to pass by. We had a great spot to take pictures, thanks to Peggy and Curtis Holcombe who invited us to share the spot that they have had for the last 20 years!

what the?

what the?

While the rest of the paparazzi was happily snapping away, I was trying to jump start a dead battery in the big fancy schmansy video camera. Thankfully, Tracy had brought a very handy back up that did the job in spite of my dizzying special effects trying to hold it steady.

Tracy and Christopher

Tracy and Christopher

Peggy had made brownies and there was a huge lunch inside the building where we sat and awaited our royal golden boy.

Parishparazzi

Parishparazzi

Tracy snapped this while we were lining up to get the best view.

a very cute group of kids and animals

a very cute group of kids and animals

We knew Peyton would be right around the corner when we saw this cute little group of cowboys and cowgirls. If you look really close you can see a little Yorkie  puppy riding in a basket in the front of the pony cart!

and finally.....

and finally.....

I was glad to see that the hearts and flowers were still in place.

Chris Holcombe at the wheel

Chris Holcombe at the wheel

The parade ended all too soon!

Good-bye Floresville

Good-bye Floresville

Floresville Peanut Festival Royalty

In my humble opinion, the Duke and Duchess representing Sacred Heart School in Floresville were the highlights of this year’s Peanut Festival Parade. Duchess Jordan Boswell looked radiant from the early morning when we met to decorate the car until the final wave at the end of the two hour parade.

Jordan and Mary, her Mom

Jordan and Mary, her Mom

Tom, Duke Peyton and I started working our magic on the already awesome black BMW at 7:30 Saturday morning. We had the advantage of professional signs made by Alamo Photo Labs, that made other parade entries envious.We were hoping we would not get a flat tire before the fun began!

it's the little things that count

it's the little things that count

the wheels go round and round

the wheels go round and round

I heart Peyton

I heart Peyton

Peyton and Jordan

Peyton and Jordan

With a little help from the local El Walmarto we were ready when the judges cruised by two hours later.

Here come da judge!

Here come da judge!

I tried to bribe them with chorizo tacos, but they sped on by without even noticing the 10 dollar bill I was waving…..

The Dukes of Hazzard

The Dukes of Hazzard

Our Duke was in good hands with Chris Holcombe at the wheel and finally they were ready to roll!

Floresville Peanut Festival Parade

 

Judge and Mrs. Quinney

Judge and Mrs. Marvin Quinney

Floresville Peanut Festival Parade

Floresville Peanut Festival Parade

 

The King and Queen of the Peanut festival

The King and Queen of the Peanut festival

 

Floresville High School Band

Floresville High School Band

Levi Campos

Levi Campos

The weather was perfect…….The band played awesome and it was a treat to see Palin,mMcCain and Obama having such a great time in Floresville!!!!