Stay At Home Day

4/14/13 Sunday at Louisville, MS (Legion State Park)

It started raining before we got up, but lightly, so with “rain catcher” in its place, we had breakfast. Predictions are that the rain will stop around 10:30 am, but they keep moving it later. We need to “babysit” Miss Zanzibar until it stops and we are sure it’s gone or we have some slides pulled in. At 10 we pulled in the bedroom slide and decided to make today our “rest” day and explore the Trace tomorrow. It does mean John will be driving our coach the next day to Tishomingo St Park.

John got ambitious and did 2 jobs: clean off the front window bugs and run the generator (should “exercise” it monthly).

While he was busy, I posted more blogs. Almost caught up.

After lunch we got down to business with our travel plans. Once more, it just takes so much time, it’s hard to believe. Of course, dear John makes lots of plans while he’s “pondering” at his computer, then we get together to figure it out and I throw wrenches in his plans. This time he’d planned to go to LaCrosse, WI because I wanted to, since this was my where my college was. When I realized that all our struggles of moving along at such a quick pace were due to going to LaCrosse, I told John that I wouldn’t see anyone I knew – it’s been 40 years and that the buildings are not THAT important. Now we had a whole new trail, but it means we can stay longer at each place. Yipee!

We are planning to to see my aunt, mom’s last surviving sibling and lots of cousins in Illinois and another in Michigan. I’m so excited.

We had a great supper of roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy. Naturally that brought lots of dishes. Once I got through that stack, I cleaned house. Busy day, again.

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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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