Happy 4th of July!

7/4/13 Thursday at St Clair, MI (St Clair-TT)

We’re letting the day flow as it will. Took out sausages to thaw and made macaroni salad for supper, then played on our computers until lunch. Hot and humid, with predictions for more of the same over the next week. Oh, goodie. Guess that’s why the growing things love it here so!

After lunch we did our relaxing thing: John on his computer, I at a book. Supper: macaroni salad and grilled sausages, of course. So yummy and simple.

Now for the fun: free s’more’s at the campground fire pit (6 pm) plus an extra desert of malted milk balls at home, then we left for the fireworks show at St. Clair. This was our self proclaimed day off, so I didn’t take my camera to the show. We were SO fortunate. By getting there around 7 pm, John found a good parking spot when the pick up pulled out (he has great luck that way). We walked, with our chairs, for a couple blocks to the park on the St. Clair River, finding a spot on the grass at the center. I’d brought my book, John watched people. The Canadians across the river even let off some fireworks before the show. We heard from the group behind us that the barge (with pyrotechnics) could settle anywhere along the river. Our lucky day, it stopped right in front of us. What a fabulous show!! Sorry you all missed it, but maybe you found a good show near you.

Hurray for Independence!

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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