Visiting With Water Then Wine and Cheese

8/3/13 Saturday at Jefferson, OH (Kenisee Lake-TT)  

Got to the Farmer’s Market in Jefferson by 9 am. Again, not much there, but we got some Italian beans (flat) and a tomato. Next, grocery shopping in Ashtabula (ash tah BYU lah), about 14 miles away. Then Lowes, which was nearby for steel brushes for cleaning the house battery posts, as well as the bbq grill. We got another smoke alarm too, since our current one will alarms intermittently with no smoke present and sometimes so quietly that we can barely hear it. Back home in time to post to the blog and relax before lunch. Life is so strenuous.

In the afternoon, Sherie stopped by, letting us know that Chris and Andy were here. They knew of a park in TT that we might try, Twin Mills, in Howe, IN. We got really excited about that. Then we all settled down for fun discussions about retirement and RV experiences. Pretty soon Karen came to join us, showing off the wine glass she’d just decorated with acrylic paints. It looked lovely. After some time I realized people might be thirsty, so I got our measuring pitcher full of water and ice, gathered our little plastic cups, then passed them around. Then we all had a good time until Chris and Andy needed to leave, then a little later, Karen and Sherie left to get their supper started.

Tonight’s activity: We bring our wine and the park provides the cheese and crackers. There we met up with Karen and Sherie and Bill and Marie. I ate and drank way too much, John managed to cut himself off before that moment. Great fun. Marie sure can give life to a story! Once it was getting dark, it was getting cold, so we headed home with talk of going to the Amish store (Cherry Valley) and the Pymatuning Lake Fest fun tomorrow.

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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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