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Thanksgiving at The Barn in Waynesboro, Virginia, was total chaos, but I loved every minute of it. Five of my six children and their families (and their dogs!) made it to the Shenandoah Valley to spend the holiday with me. My daughter Becky, who lives in Italy with her family, didn't make it for Thanksgiving, but is due to arrive this week instead. As it was, there were eight of my ten grandchildren and four dogs. All the adults pitched in with the cooking and the cleaning up, so it wasn't too hard on any one person.

The family gathered for Thanksgiving dinner at the Barn.

Family Love: Pat surrounded with her grandchildren.

Family Fun: Pat and her children affecting the pose that makes you slimmer.

The day after Thanksgiving, I flew to Iowa for a delightful show with The Village Shoppe in Kalona. The show was scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon; and, my flight to Cedar Rapids, which should have arrived at 1:00 p.m., didn't get in until almost 3:00 p.m.! Needless to say, I was a little late for the show, but everyone was very wonderful and forgiving.

Doris Greiner, owner of The Village Shoppe, and her true and faithful friends put together an excellent show, moving what must have been the gallery's entire inventory to their church's fellowship hall. It was a great idea! There was plenty of room and plenty of good help.

After Saturday's show, the Moss Country Friends Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society held their annual Christmas dinner, and I was so happy to be able to go to it. It was held in a "barn" owned by Dennis and Irma Altenhofen that was built exclusively for family (and friends) get-togethers. It was beautifully decorated, and the food was out of this world. The barn even had some Moss prints hanging in it!

Pat took this picture from a high vantage point in Dennis and Irma Altenhofen's barn at the annual dinner of the Moss Country Friends Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society.

From the left: Irma and Dennis Altenhofen with Pat and Doris Greiner, owner of The Village Shoppe, Kalona, IA

Pat met Dizzy the Clown, aka Desirae Payne, the real life subject of the print she is holding, Clowning Around.

Pat with members of the Moss Country Friends Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society.

I enjoyed the tour of the barn and learning how it was built and why. Its beams were beautiful and its structure, perfect; opposite of my own Barn, which is totally old and rustic in construction!

This Wednesday I'll be picking up my "Italian" daughter Becky from the airport. Daughters Patty and Ginny will be with me, too, so we'll have lots of fun. Thursday I'll be appearing at Medlin Art's show in Leesburg, Virginia. [For information, call (703) 771-8696. ] Friday I'll be with the Fine Art & Framing Gallery in Chester, Virginia, [For information, call (804) 748-6111] during the day and at the Sheraton Park South Hotel in Richmond that evening for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education's fundraising dinner [For information, call (804) 271-1945]. Saturday I'll be appearing at Lodan Fine Art & Framing in Midlothian, Virginia [For information, call (804) 794-1317]. After that, it's off to Waynesboro, Virginia, to prepare for my December Open House and Barn Show).

I'm looking forward to seeing lots of you during the next couple weeks, but I think I'll be ready for St. Petersburg soon after that! There, I'll have the creative isolation of my studio with the sun shining every day and walking every morning with my fellow "Streetwalkers." (That's what my walking friends and I call ourselves.) The exercise is so healthy for me!


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