Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Route 66, Gemini Giant

5/19/13 Sunday at Elwood, IL (Cathy and Win’s Farm)

Cathy thoughtfully arranged for her neighbors to take us to Mass, so we marched across Hwy 53, meeting them at their van. So we got a free ride to church with a couple of sweet ladies. Actually they used to live in Cathy’s farm house before it was sold to Cathy and Win. Merilee is a great grandmother and her mother is a great great grandmother. They said their house is really full when their kids come to visit. At Mass, the choir consisted of 2 ladies (plus organist) singing in harmony. Glad I could help out in the congregation.

Back at the farm, we visited, then had fruit salad and turkey sandwiches. Cathy stated that she only allows turkey for 3 meals in a row, so this is the last after our lunch and turkey sandwiches for supper last night. Poor turkey, consigned to the freezer for who knows how long.

Time to finally get the blog entries posted, since now I have Cathy’s excellent Internet Service available. That took most of the afternoon.

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Field trips next: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. This was created in 2000. They bury about 30 veterans a day. Hard to believe.

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Committal Pavilion (where they hold a service for the loved one). No one is allowed at the grave site on burial day, but they are given a map that shows where they’ll be.


Columbariun (area for cremated bodies)


Bronze statue memorializing the ammunition depot workers who died in an explosion.


We’re on Route 66 as we head home, so I took a photo of Cathy, under the sign. I also got a shot of “Gemini Giant” or Rocket Man, as Cathy calls him, one of the fixtures on Route 66.


Back home we enjoyed more conversation and a lovely dinner of quinoa spaghetti and “Classico” spaghetti sauce. The spaghetti sauce was great because even though it was store bought, it didn’t have any sugar! None of us had eaten quinoa before, so we were curious. The spaghetti did have a different flavor, but was still just fine. Fun! Of course, we completed our evening with more talking.


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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