Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New Hat


New Hat, collage/acrylic, 5 x 5
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Miss Maudie had spent a happy week working in her garden.  She'd weeded, watered, harvested tomatoes and cucumbers and checked up on the zucchini.  (After all, she must be ready for next month's Leave Zucchini on Your Neighbor's Porch night on August 8th.)  She'd picked and plucked and prodded until her wing tips were sore and dirty.  Very dirty.  And now, she must get ready to go to Minerva's garden party.

Maudie scrubbed and scrubbed at the kitchen sink, with unsatisfactory results.  What could she do, for Minerva and all the other bossy boots would certainly notice and remark the evidence of her efforts in the garden.

"I know," she said to herself, "I'll buy myself a fetching chapeau, and perhaps no one will notice the dirt in my feathers."

And so she did.


Author's note:  I sincerely hope Minerva likes zucchini.


31 comments:

Anna said...

You're so funny.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Thanks...see you later?

Gary Keimig said...

great one Elizabeth.
Thanks for the comment on my art blog.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

I love your blog, Gary. It is filled with such beauty--both paintings and photos. Thanks for your visit here!

Linda Popple said...

Soooo funny, Elizabeth! Nothing like a laugh first thing in the morning! :-) Well done!!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Thanks so much. Linda! Thank goodness for blogging when I can't sleep!

I'm glad you stopped by.

Country Mouse Studio said...

Love this, what a cheerful painting and story.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Country Mouse: Thank you so much for your encouragement and your visit.

Cathyann said...

E, you never cease to make me smile...cute story to go with the chick.:-)
stay cool...

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Cathyann! Thanks so much!

Jeanette said...

Sweet painting and lovely story to go with it. Your talent moves in many directions.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Jeanette. Thanks for the nice comment. Right back at "ya!

Yan Hong Lowson said...

Her hat is very becoming on her. I need one too some days.
p.s. Thank you for reminding me about "Leave Zucchini On Your Neighbour's Porch" night. I shall be participating!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Yes, Yan. It is a national holiday and should be celebrated as such! Thanks for coming by! (I think I'm glad I live away from your fertile garden--but just on August 8th!)

bricarwaller said...

I just love visiting your blog, I always leave with a mile on your face. Great job, once again:)

bricarwaller said...

that should say *smile* oops:)

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Bricarwaller! What a nice comment "mile" OR "smile." Thank you for making my day!

Gwen Bell said...

LOL! And she looks soooo dignified. No one would ever guessed she had dirty wing tips. Love the story, love the painting!

Celeste Bergin said...

great story--great (charming/witty) painting!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Gwen! Well, and she might have on some fine, fancy gloves, too, to hide her wing tips, though the hat as distraction was certainly another way to go. Thanks for commenting!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Thanks, Celeste. I'm glad you like her.

Linda G said...

i don't know what is better - the paninting or the story. Both are so delightful - just fun!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Thanks, Linda. I'm so glad you like both!

Connie said...

Hi Elizabeth - like all your posts, this one has so much charm and fun! And I love her little mouth/beak - so cute I actually caught myself smiling back at her!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

She's a cheeky little thing! Thanks for stopping by Connie. What nice comments!

Virginia Floyd said...

I'm so glad to hear about National Leave Zucchini on Your Neighbor's Porch Day! I'll leave my porch light on!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Welcome Virginia! I'd never thought of that as a way to scare off the zucchini leavers. I think it is usually a clandestine activity. I'll try it!

Virginia Floyd said...

Actually, I'm leaving the light on so they can see where to put the zucchini! I love having friends with gardens.

When and where did you live in Texas?

Elizabeth Seaver said...

I'll see if we can get some air mailed!

I lived in Houston for 35 years and Beaumont for the first 5 to 6. I have relatives all over the state!

Dana Cooper said...

Your work makes me smile and laugh, I love it!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Thank you, Dana, for your nice comment and for stopping by to look!