Moving on – to Elwood, IL and Illinois Cousins

5/17/13 Friday at Elwood, IL (Cathy and Win’s Farm)

Warm and humid today, but no rain yet, although it’s coming sometime today. Thus, we figure the sooner we’re on the road, the better. We managed to be on our way by 8:30 am, even with a regular breakfast. More farmland and lots of Amish buggies as well, before we reached I-57. Stopped for fuel near Champaign, finally able to use our Pilot discount card, saving $.06/gal. ($3.999/gal with discount). We encountered some pretty rough road near Champaign, but most of I-57 was decent.

When we exited I-57, near Manhattan, I called Cathy, so we could coordinate a meeting spot.  Once we met at the Hwy 45 intersection, she piloted us on to her place.  There is a detour from the ordinary route and she wanted to make sure we had an easy route to “the farm”.

IMG_9278 IMG_9279 IMG_9280They live on Route 66 (this part is Hwy 53), in a 100 year old farmhouse.

Once we settled the RV, it looked like rain, so Cathy suggested that we take a Joliet Mall walk, for the exercise.  When we arrived it was sprinkling, but Cathy found a close parking spot and we survived the dash into the Mall.  We also got there before the Friday crowds.  Our walk lasted about 30 minutes.  At that point I was getting worried about our slide leaks – it was still POURING.  Dear Cathy was happy to then drive us the half hour commuter time back to the farm, where we discovered that the new awnings had held back the water from our slides!  John was right – again.  Next stop, the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry.  Cathy and John both don’t think much of fish, so they enjoyed chicken strips and au gratin potatoes.  I can’t remember having so much fish that I couldn’t eat it all, but that sure happened here.  Yum- more for later.

By the time we got back home the rain had quieted down and we spent the rest of the evening just chatting.  Wonderful end to a big 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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