Well, The Brownies are Gone Because I Left them there…

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Yesterday I was worried I would have too many brownies left over from Octoberfest at church, but, as usual, that was not a problem because I walked out without them.  The last time I looked, almost all of them were still there. 

Oh well,  my husband counts the money for the church so he can bring them home later today.  I don’t think people like brownies as much as they used to and mine are great!



peakslodgecopyrightLodge at Peaks of Otter    Original  16″ x 12″ Oil Painting  $384

Prints on Paper or Canvas and Greeting Cards Available at  KENDALL KESSLER ART



Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Ghost Story at Battery Park Hotel and I Don’t Need to Feed the Ants Today!

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist


peakslodgecopyrightLodge at The Peaks of Otter    Original 16″x12″ Oil Painting  $384

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART


fairlawnridgecopyrightFairlawn Ridge Original Oil Painting has been Sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART


dockpandapascopyrightDock at Pandapas  Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting      $2425

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

Here is another great Blue Ridge Parkway Ghost Story!


The Battery Park Hotel is now apartment building.  Supposedly it is haunted by a woman that was murdered in room 224.  On July 17th, 1936 Helen Clevenger was found murdered.  She had been beaten, her faced slashed and shot.

An employee Martin Moore confessed to the crime and died in the gas chamber.  On stormy nights Helen is seen wandering the halls.


The roof was the scene for a number of suicides and people report seeing bodies falling from it.

I found this great story on The Local Asheville Ghost Stories website!


Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler


Yesterday I wrote how our kitchen is a 24/7 diner for ants this time of the years.  We have a glucose poison they are supposed to eat and take back to the nest.  This is not happening. They just sit around the poison in a circle and have fun rather than take it back to the nest and annihilate it.

We have two kinds of ants.  Some very small ones and larger, blacker ones.

Today I was so happy that the large ones were not sitting around the poison talking and laughing!  I guess one of them finally went back to the nest.  There is still plenty of poison on the slips of paper so I don’t have to serve them today.

The smaller ones are still here but they still have plenty of poison to sit around.

The waitress has a day off!


I hope you enjoyed paintings by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway!

Peaks of Otter Resort on The Blue Ridge Parkway and The Mount Rogers 40th Naturalist Rally is almost here!

My Artwork


Now that the weather is finally warming up I am thinking about all the beautiful spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The Peaks of Otter resort is high on my list and I have a number of paintings that were done from that beautiful place.

Here is the lodge.  I am especially pleased with the dreamy reflections in the water and the serene mood in this painting.

peakslodgecopyrightPeaks of Otter Lodge      Original 16″x12″ Oil painting        $484.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

Color Swirl over The Peaks of Otter is my favorite one of the series.  I have sold a number of prints of this colorful vista.   The original painting is still available!


Cloud Swirl over The Peaks of Otter    Original 18″x 24″ Oil painting  $864.00

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at      KENDALL KESSLER ART


craftsmancopyrightCraftsman  Original Oil Painting has been Sold

Prints on Paper or canvas are available at       KENDALL KESSLER ART

Craftsman is my tribute to the great mountain people I have come into contact with through my husband.


The Peaks of Otter

The Peaks of Otter has drawn settlers and travelers for more than 8,000 years.  The community began in 1776 when Thomas Wood came down from Pennsylvania and settled there.  The wife of one of Wood’s descendants opened her home as the area’s first lodging for travelers in 1834.

By the late 1880s the Peak of Otter was home to 20 families, a school, church, and resort.

In the mid 1900’s it was selected for special attention as the National Parks Service developed recreation sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Abbott Lake was constructed and the resort opened in 1964.

I got this information from the Peaks of Otter online website.


Life with The Bird and Word Man  – Clyde Kessler

My husband is still hard at work uploading over 2,000 bird files to Cornell University.  He hopes the research he has been doing on the wildlife of this wonderful mountain region will be of help to future generations that seek to preserve his homeland.


The Mount Rogers 40th Naturalist Rally


The 2014 Rally will be May 9 & 10.

Friday Night Speaker –  Nancy Lee Adamson PhD, Pollinator Conservation Specialist – East Region, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. An Introduction to Native Bees and Other “Beneficial” Arthropods of the Mid-Atlantic – learn about common native bees we can support by protecting and planting pollinator habitat. The program will highlight nesting habits of some of the 500 species of native bees in Virginia, as well as other pollinators, predators, and parasitoids that benefit from pollinator habitat.

Friday night entertainment – Ronald and Ellie Kirby will be bringing in the evening with some traditional old time tunes.

DOOR PRIZE! – David Richert has offered a free afternoon consultation on forest management as the friday night door prize.