Soaking In Nature

4/30/13 Tuesday at Cheap Hill, TN ( Lock A-COE)

Once again, I’m up through the night again. It’s supposed to be a beautiful day, with a high of 82 degrees. I plan to soak it up. Well, besides needing to drink lots of water while on this medication, I must stay out of the sun. The shade is out of the sun, right?

Despite our good intentions to be outside today, we spent the entire morning chasing down details, like are those benefits John and Betty talked about in Elite there for us? (yes). With that news we worked at shifting our focus to our new membership. We called Country Camper about our repair issues. They’ll order our parts and expect to see us Friday, on our way to a TT park. I called the auction guy, yes he’s sold all of mom’s things and the check will be cut soon. Hard to believe that took all morning.

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After lunch, we relaxed in our new front yard, reading and napping. I think it’s in the mid 70’s, since we’re right on the Cumberland River. It’s moving so swiftly now, due to the recent heavy raid, that the tug boat must keep it’s barge at one spot. Otherwise he wouldn’t be able to navigate the barge through bends in the River. It’s also full of debris, mostly logs and the like, but we’ve seen: soccer ball, bowling pin, car wheels with tires and lots of plastic bottles.






We watched lots of Great Blue Herons, Robins, Cardinals, Grackles, Titmouse birds, plus a few squirrels. Ah, the lovely, warm breezes as we enjoy nature going about her day’s business. John also completed a job today – washing the bugs off our front windshield.


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The COE (Corps of Engineer) parks are great! They’re usually on water, so they don’t have sewer, but they are beautifully kept.

For dinner John grilled hamburgers and we relaxed inside the rig.

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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