To clarify the title, the dogs did not actually speak words. Their owners brought us a gift for having walked the three dogs for a week. Neighbor Logan had a wonderful lake experience with his brother’s family, while his parents spent time in another state with Bob’s siblings. After the dust settled, they asked to come over when all of us were home. We were stunned and thrilled when they presented us a painting of grazing elk in Cataloochee. That area of the Smoky Mountains is near our home, and it’s one of the spots where we take our visitors. We are going to enjoy it for the rest of our lives.
Although not artistic ourselves, we have relatives that are, and we know the special value of original art. To add to our excitement, we know Courtney, having met her socially a number of times. Her Etsy link is https://www.etsy.com/shop/CourtneyHuntFineArt
Below is a closeup of the painting. The lighting does not show it to advantage.
Logan amused himself as we talked, finishing the jigsaw puzzle we had on the table.
Logan’s good manners were on display as he stood near us, silently willing Nathaniel to play checkers with him.
Later in the evening, Nathaniel finished the cake he baked for the owner’s son where he works. He was able to bring home a sliver for three of us to divide. I grudgingly admit it was better for our health that we had three bites and not a third of the whole cake.