Visiting Day

6/20/13 Thursday at Stockbridge, MI (Heartland Woods RV Resort-RPI-$10/night)

Nice restful time today. I finished “Song of Solomon” by Toni Morrison. Great read, and set in Michigan, largely. Here is where I learned what Michi Gami (Michigan) means: Great Water for the Algonquin Indians. I spent until lunch time working on the blog. John took a walk around the campground. As I returned to Miss Zanzibar, I got talking with the Winnebago owner near us. Since I was headed for lunch at home, I asked if we could get together afterward. Sure, he said.

So we spent the whole afternoon sharing RV info with Bob and Margarite. They are Canadian citizens and US permanent residents (legal resident aliens). Bob worked in Canada (Ontario) until his 40’s when his company sent him to their US office, in Ohio, then Baltimore, then in Alabama, where they have a house. So they have taxes to pay in both Canada and the US. I asked why they chose to stay here, now that he has recently retired. He said because they can go where it’s warm. They’re exploring the US, as we are (starting with the East Coast), then they’re not sure where they’ll settle down. He’s done lots of good things for his 2004 RV: reverse osmosis (of the water), central vacuum, installed laminate flooring and a Wilson Booster that is much better than ours. Sigh, more things for our Dream List.

Came home for supper and relaxing. This time I read and John watched TV reruns.

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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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