No Plans Rainy Day

5/10/13 Friday at Clinton, IN (Horseshoe Lakes Campground-TT)

Guess what we had for breakfast? Pumpkin muffins! Guess what I did right off the bat? Drag my sweatshirt elbow through the butter I’d just applied on my muffin! Guess what we’re washing today? Right – sweatshirts.

Birds: There are lots of Robins, Canadian Geese (with babies), Doves, and Blackbirds – Red Winged and Yellow Winged that remind me of home. Then there are Cardinals and Bluebirds and Grackles that make me think of the South. So this is a little like the Thicket – where both kind of meet.

We had two plans, actually: go to the St. Bernice Post Office to mail a birthday card to our other son and join in “Adult Friday” with wine and snacks tonight.

Got that card to the PO, then came home and read books. In the afternoon, the sun broke through the clouds so we dashed off for a lovely campground walk, then when we returned, our new neighbors were setting up (Andy and Chris). We stopped to ask about the box behind their 5th wheel (for a generator and water filters) and got to visiting. More reading, supper, then off to “Adult Friday” with our new friends.

While enjoying the cheese, crackers and wine we found out that we have friends in common: Karen and Sherrie. Apparently Sherrie’s brother is married to Chris’ sister! Such a small world. We also met the new manager for here (Horseshoe Lakes); he’s young, cute and ambitious, but also the manager for Pine Country, so he can only visit here a few days at a time. He said there are about 12 lakes on the grounds. It is the most beautiful park we’ve been to, but rarely visited because it’s out of the way.

Fun talking with our new friends as we walked back to our sites, with promises to get together tomorrow.

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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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