Yard Sale, Potluck Dinner and Horse Races

7/6/13 Saturday at St Clair, MI (St Clair-TT)

John got his potluck baked beans cooking, then we went to a yard sale at 10 this morning. There were a couple items we’d have loved to have gotten, but we needed to have a ladder on our rig to use them. One was a homemade clothesline you could attach to your rear ladder. The other was a stronger Wilson Booster, but he’d attached it to his ladder. We’d have to drill a hole in the roof to attach it to Miss Zanzibar… bummer. The rest of the morning we just worked at our laptops: I reading emails and blogs and John calculating financial and travel stuff. Sure glad he loves to do that, since he spends so much time at it.

Our afternoon was similar, except at one point we knew we needed to get out. We decided to take our garbage up to the dumpster, then wandered towards the pool, then into the lodge only to discover they were having an ice cream social! Whoa! Time for a treat. THEN we took a longer walk, in the woods (cooler, but oh so humid) and eventually, back at the RV, I laid down for a nap. When I woke up, I thought the clock said 4:58. I asked John what time it was. He said almost 5. I asked when the Potluck was supposed to be. He said 6. I checked the notice. Oops, it was 5 pm! Did we ever move then! Off we went to the campground Potluck Dinner. We got there just as they were starting. Whew! We met 2 couples at our table, 1 from Florida and 1 from Arizona (originally-now licensed in Florida). We’re not the only ones to suffer horrible repair issues. Before we knew it, we were the only people in the room except staff who were starting to set up for a bingo game. Oops. We rushed home with our dirty dishes, then off to the Races!

The Horse Races were held in the same Hall as the Lady’s Night: hot and moldy humid air. We’d have a list of the horses in each race (8 races), from which we’d decide which 3 we’d bet on and how much (up to $100 per race). We’d “place” our bets (using $800 of Monopoly money). Then we’d watch a video of a real horse race. If any of your horses won, you went up to collect your winnings. Repeat for each race. It was hard to keep up. John left early on. I managed to win something in 6 of the races. At the end I had $920 to use for bidding in the auction they held next. A citronella candle went for $300! I got a combination “camping silverware set” for $100. When the dish towels came up for bidding (what I was wanting) they went for $1400. Now you can see how well others did!

We watched a little TV, then went to bed.  I miss our cool nights on Northwest summers.

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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