John Gets To Operate A Riding Lawn Mower, We All Get To Wash Miss Zanzibar

5/25/13 Saturday at Elwood, IL (Cathy and Win’s Farm)


We thought it would be sunny this weekend, but alas, we have 40% chance of rain today and more tomorrow. Oh well, it is was it is. Dear Cathy’s lawn has been neglected the whole time we’ve been visiting (we’ve been out and about so much), so this was our best chance to tackle it. John has always wished he could own a riding lawn mower, but we never had enough lawn to warrant it, so this was his chance. After some instructions over the phone from Win (babysitting the grandchildren in California), he was off and mowing, to everyone’s delight. Wily (Cathy/Win’s dog) wanted to chase balls near the mower, so I assisted by throwing balls for him.

When he finished, Cathy got our lunch put together (leftovers), so we had a lovely break. Then we were strengthened to tackle washing the rig. Cathy was so thrilled with John’s accomplishments with her lawn that she offered to help with our RV project. The three of us were finished in short order (for this job).

At this point, Cathy offered a ride to the Creamery to get ice cream to reward John and to Ace for more Silicone (repairs on RV roof). Fun! She even had a coupon with $5 off when spending $20 which we could make work.

Back at home, we relaxed. Actually, John watched some taped shows while Cathy and I took naps. Thankfully, John didn’t nap and woke me up in time to go to the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus. Beautiful building inside (we visited the outside a couple days ago-where we saw the special Mother Theresa Courtyard. The Mass music was printed on papers everyone could pick up, so I had a great time singing along. Their cantor must be professional, she sang so beautifully. Joy. They even said the rosary before Mass, like they do at our home parish in Spokane.

Since our sauerkraut dinner had been cooking away all day in the crock pot, we could enjoy it as soon as we got home, as planned. Then lots of conversation again. Life is good.



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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