Get Together Day With Cousins (Aunt Phyllis’ Children)

5/18/13 Saturday at Elwood, IL (Cathy and Win’s Farm)

Since turkey was on the menu and Cathy had hurt her arm in a fall, I helped with getting that turkey prepared and in it’s bag for baking by 9 am. Everyone (there are 8 siblings) was invited to come around noon, so we aimed to have it ready by 11:30 am. We also got the setting stuff ready.

At 11:00 am, Janet (Cathy’s sister) & Elesio, with their daughter Dianna and her cute little ones, Isariah and Elianna arrived. So, of course, the conversations started. Janet is a Physical Therapist, so she gave Cathy some much needed advice and exercises for her sore arm. Elesio is a professional Photographer, so it was fun learning the course of his career. Unfortunately, I didn’t get their photo because they were the first to leave and the trigger reminding me that I wanted to take pictures! Wouldn’t you know, I miss the photographer.

By 1 pm no one else had arrived and we all at the farm were hungry, so we dished up. Of course, not too much later they started arriving.


Gary (Cathy’s brother) and Maryanne (later on their son Ross) came first. They thought it was set for dinner (already ate lunch), because Bruce was coming (after he got off work at 3 pm).

IMG_9273 Gary and Karen

Steven (Cathy’s brother & Bruce’s twin) and Karen.








IMG_9275 Bruce

Finally, Bruce (Cathy’s brother & Steven’s twin).

Everyone got a tour of Miss Zanzibar and had great fun looking for the hidden animals in the tiger painting on the rear.

I tell you, this group loves to talk and have strong opinions, so it was non-stop discussion until the last one left. We continued that conversation with Cathy until bedtime. Fun day!


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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