Research Morning, Shopping Afternoon

7/24/13 Wednesday at Jefferson, OH (Kenisee Lakes-TT)

We spent our morning researching places to visit while in this part of Ohio and ways to solve our Miss Zanzibar issues: alternator failure (engine starts if powered by pedestal overnight only, it seems), screw that stops passenger slide from coming in, smoke alarm alarming inappropriately, We didn’t feel like much else, because the weather was cloudy, windy and cool.

For the afternoon, we treated our selves to a shopping trip. I know, we don’t enjoy shopping in general, but we had specific things to get for ourselves this time. Just to add to our fun, the weather cleared into sunny skies, warm temperatures and DRY! Just like Spokane summer weather – perfect. Also, John has perfected his preparations for when we travel by car to new places: he had printed a map and written addresses for all our destinations. The one element missing: he/we forgot to record “here” in the GPS before we left, so we had to guess (rely on our old people memories) our current campsite address. On our way, we took I-90. This time we clocked how many miles were under construction: 9.

First stop: Costco for some food and our new phones (Galaxy sIII). Unfortunately, when we started the process at the Verizon store there, we found out John needed to be an authorized user on the plan to get our phones under the plan. We’ve switched the plan to another in our family group and they didn’t put John on. So we’ll get those later.

Next stop: Sands RV (RV parts) for things we’ve been wanting for a long time: 2 more refrigerator shelves (can use in freezer-giving us more usable space), insulated covers for Fantastic Fans (to stop heat from entering rig) and sewer hose (20′) (our current hose is leaking, so it is getting thrown away).

Final stop: Walmart for new water bottle for Trish (old one had funny white spots inside), a small wall clock (we may return – fits 5” limit, but not pretty) and food.

Coming home, we missed our turn, but at least noticed soon enough and returned quickly, just in time for dinner! It was still gorgeous outdoors, so we walked the campground. Beautiful place. In shadow when we walked, so I’ll take photos tomorrow.

Good night!

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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