Summer Solstice and El Potrero!

6/21/13 Friday at Stockbridge, MI (Heartland Woods RV Resort-RPI-$10/night)

The weather is getting hotter and more humid..it must be summer in Michigan.

After doing our normal morning chores, we did a few extra: John filled the batteries and cleaned the jacks while I cleaned the MW filters and air conditioner intake vent filters. Grocery shopping next. After lunch we packed for our stay at Judy’s, even bringing in the bedroom slide because some storms were predicted. Then we parked ourselves in our chairs outside, to soak in the woods while waiting for a call from Judy. I swear, the minute I was fully settled in, she texted that we could come, now. Wow, was I ever grateful that John had insisted we get ready before relaxing!

On our way we had a close call with a Turkey on the road. I updated our 6/19 blog with the animals we almost hit on the road that day. This is not typical in our neck of the woods (Spokane, WA). John managed to hit a few deer when he was working with the ambulance company and I know a friend who hit a Moose, but we don’t seem to have so many smaller critters running over the road. Never opossums (see them the most here) or armadillos of course!

When we arrived, Judy had projects in mind for us to help with (very minor – so glad to be of service). We drove to her friends’ home, Adyan and Chris, where we all piled into our Honda and headed out to El Potrero in Owosso. Fabulous food! Everything is excellent. The best shrimp I’ve had in ages. Plus we had the most wonderful conversation (or maybe that’s because I talked so much?)!

Judy, Adyan, Chris

Judy, Adyan, Chris

Later they showed us their lovely, 100 year old home. It’s so large, yet they’ve done amazing things with paint as well as sanding and staining the hardwood floors.

Finally, we came back to Judy’s place in East Lansing, MI, enjoying more conversation, then settling in for the night.

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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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