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I had a lovely, quiet Christmas at my home in Mathews, Virginia, on the Chesapeake Bay. Because there was a possibility of ice and snow in the mountains, I didn't travel to Waynesboro for Christmas. My Mathews neighbors Carl and Jeannie Ellis came for Christmas dinner, and Carl brought Oysters Rockefeller and butterfly shrimp stuffed with crab. Carl is an excellent cook, and the oysters and shrimp were such a treat! My daughter Patty, her friend Mary, and I cooked the rest of Christmas dinner.

Neighbors Jeannie (left) and Carl (right) Ellis with me in my Mathews kitchen. Look at that yummy food!

The P. Buckley Moss Museum presented its last Monthly Mystery Winner Award in celebration of its twentieth anniversary on December 23. Andreas and Brenda Dunnell and their son Noah of New Hampshire were visiting relatives in the area and decided to visit the Museum. They had been on the internet looking for things to do and see in the area. They like museums and art but had never heard of my work, so they decided they would come and check it out. They had read on the website about the Monthly Mystery Winner, and Andreas told Brenda that she might be the winner. He said he had a bit of a premonition. Brenda said she turned to him and said, "Like that would ever happen!" Well, it did! Brenda was number six to walk through the door the morning of December 23. The Museum has one more award to make, and that's for the 600,000th visitor!

Museum Receptionist Marianne Fickling, left, presented Brenda Dunnell her gift certificate for being the Museum's Monthly Mystery Winner for December. Also in the picture are Brenda's husband Andreas and Emily Dunnell, a relative holding Brenda and Andreas' son Noah. For more information on the Museum's Monthly Mystery Winner Program, please see my February 11, 2009, newsletter. Remember, the Museum is still working toward its 600,000th visitor, and that lucky person will receive a $500.00 gift certificate to the Museum's gift shop. You have through the rest of the year to maybe be that person!

This picture was taken from the Museum, looking southwest toward the sunset one day last week. The Museum and its grounds are beautiful, even in winter, and I think you can see where I get a lot of my inspiration. Year-round, guests like to sit in the rocking chairs on the Museum's porch and admire the view.

Tuesday through Friday of this week, I'll be at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, for my show with Kitten's Korner. Won't you come and help me ring in the New Year!

The Old White will be released during my show with Kitten's Korner, which will be held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV, December 29-January 1. The Old White features the Golf Club, which is the clubhouse at which each of The Greenbrier's three 18-hole championship golf courses begins and ends. For more information, please contact the gallery at 304-536-9206.

Best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous New Year, and may our soldiers be home before too long! Blessings and prayers to them all.


I can't resist sharing these two pictures with you. This is my son-in-law Corrado Gabellieri making homemade pasta, ravioli to be exact. I love Corrado's Italian cooking, and he makes the perfect model for my apron.

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