Shopping Spree, Birthday Lunch and Lady’s Night

7/5/13 Friday at St Clair, MI (St Clair-TT)

John decided we’d spend today shopping. We rarely shop for more than groceries and sundries, so it sounded like fun. First to Verizon, where he had questions, we need to change our plan over to our daughter-in-laws name, upgrade phones etc. Then he used his phone to buy an app: Dishpointer Pro, that helps us to see where in the sky our TV satellites are positioned. It would be SO much easier using his phone than parking the rig and having the dish on it search.

Next, Costco. We got lost for about an hour, but eventually I thought of the Costco booklet we have in the car that gives addresses. There we bought tennis shoes for me (replacing those we bought a year ago) and shorts for John. We tried Lowes for female hose connector, but no luck.

For lunch we went to Red Robin, because we saw one nearby and because I get a free birthday burger (through their Royalty Card), since July is my birthday month. PLUS I got a birthday sundae, something I didn’t expect. Yum. John, of course, had fun enjoying his Beserker Burger.

We’d been told to try Meijer’s for that hose mender, so we went there. No hose mender, but we did stumble across some nice rug runners on sale (one of mine has the edges fraying off). So we bought one. We love Meijer’s (MY ers), because it’s just like our Fred Meyer’s (MY ers) stores in Spokane! Besides groceries, they have furniture, automotive, hardware – one stop shopping at good prices. It really felt like we’d stepped into a Fred Meyers (Kroger grocery) store. The kind ladies at customer service gave us directions to the ACO hardware stores, to try for the hose connector. We found the one that was going out of business. There we found 2 female hose menders at 30% off. What a deal! Kroger was next door, so we got some more groceries. Yeah, we forgot that we could have done that at Meijers when we were there! Just too focused on hose menders (well, and rug runners).

It wasn’t long after we got home that it was time for supper. Still so hot and muggy, we were glad the plan was to grill chicken and have our leftover macaroni salad. No heating up the kitchen.

By 5:45 pm John helped me take my watercolor prints to the Lady’s Night, where I would have a table to sell my wares. He took off for Meijers, to get another rug runner, just like the one we’d just bought. It fit so well and would look so nice having both runners matching. We’ll use the non-frayed other runner on the tile in our kitchen. The Lady’s Night affair included snacks, door prizes and tables for visiting, as well as us vendors. I actually sold one print: Seaside Beach Grass, one of my favorites. By 8 pm I could tell the ladies were more into visiting and no longer interested in our wares, so I texted John I was ready to leave. I packed up and met him just outside the “Hall”, so he helped carry my stuff back to our Miss Zanzibar, excitedly explaining his saga getting the 2nd rug runner (the closer Meijers he’d gone to had one close in size, but not the same, so he went to the one we were at originally, which was farther away, getting the last one available).

We’re not shoppers by nature, but today was fun!

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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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