Pickleball and Pumpkin Pie

1/16/13 Wednesday at Palm Desert,CA (Palm Springs Campground-TT)

Better day – not as cold and little to no wind. We each played 3 pickleball games – I lost all three, John won one of his. He’s playing very well, I think.

After lunch we waited for the laundry to end, so we could start the next load before we went shopping for groceries. Once we got our food, it was 4 pm when we got back. Sure enough, people, including those in Lewis and Clark, were still playing pickleball. Of course we joined in for a couple games. They invited us to play card games in the lodge at 6 pm. We’d planned hamburgers for supper and I made pumpkin pies for the first time in our convection oven. The pies took about 3 hours because I did them one after the other. Next time I should remember to use the high trivet and cook them together. Oh well, live and learn. They turned out very well. We ate one whole pie! (They were thin, not deep dish).

We capped the night off with TV. Too late to join the card players. Tomorrow we drive the bus house to Quartzsite.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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