Cleaning and Errands, Preparation Day

5/14/13 Tuesday at Sullivan, IL (Forest Bo Wood-COE)

Slept in, wrote blog, but couldn’t upload the photos, so I’m waiting until I get decent Internet Service before I publish yesterday’s blog. Good time to clean house and do 3 loads of laundry since we’ll essentially be gone Wednesday (driving to Quincy) and Thursday (driving back from Quincy), then leaving first thing Friday for Elwood, where my cousin Cathy (Phyllis’ daughter) lives. Quincy is all the way over on the other side of Illinois. Elwood is just South of Chicago.

In the afternoon we went shopping: hose parts at “Best”, brake lights and aluminum polish for the RV, then groceries at the Hometown IGA. Not much selection here, so we’re holding off on some items until we’re at Elwood.

When we got back from our errands, I realized that I’d left the washer on while John had shut off the water supply as we left for town. Our hose was leaking. SO what did it do without water? Well, it took 45 minutes longer than usual, so I’m hoping it just paused until it got water (John turned it on when we’d arrived). Whew! It was pretty hot (80’s), so we spent the rest of our afternoon outside reading. John also did several jobs: washed the bugs of the RV front while I cleaned and attached the hose parts and brake light when we were finished with lunch. I finished my Nook book “Meet The Annas”. Light fiction.

John whipped up another batch of Chicken ala King, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Then we took a brisk walk around the campground. In the middle of it we sat on a bench admiring the lake in the setting sun light. Just lovely. It was getting dark when we got back, so we took showers and watched “Dancing With the Stars”. So hard to see Zendaya in “jeopardy”. She’s such a cutie! It’s amazing how good they’ve all gotten at this point.

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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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