Fish Fillet Lesson

8/18/13 Sunday at Jefferson, OH (Kenisee Lake-TT)

We stopped at the lodge before church, so I could work on the blog and John could have a doughnut or two. We enjoyed a nice conversation with some of our friends and other TT members then too.

After church and lunch, I wanted to do the blog outside, in this beautiful weather, but there just wasn’t decent cell service anywhere. I did come upon Bill/Marie and Karen/Sherie at the pond, fishing. We visited some (procrastinating doing the blog!). Bill and Marie were catching lots of Blue Gills and Sun Fish that they wanted to give away. Sherie said she’d let me know when she would fillet them, so I could watch.

Before 3 pm I marched to the lodge and proceeded to upload my blog photos. About halfway through, Sherie called, so I met her at the fish cleaning station. Bill & Marie were there too, really excited about the very large Bass Bill had caught, using a Blue Gill (live) as bait. They took off to buy some beer and Sherie showed me how to fillet. She even let me give it a try. I need a LOT more practice!!! I was surprised that she did it while they were still alive, breathing and flopping. I told her I didn’t think I could hold down a feisty one, so she found almost dead ones for me to work on.  She said the meat is much better when the body hasn’t had a chance for the organs to start reflecting death.  When we were done I went back to my blog efforts. By 6:15 pm I’d finished. Whew!!

I dashed home for our leftover supper of roast, rice/mashed potatoes, gravy and french style beans. I’d cooked the roast in the crock pot Friday. Mmmm good.

By 7 I’d finished washing dishes and we went to Karen/Sherie’s campfire, soon joined by Susan/Bill, Marie/Bill and Judy. This is the life.

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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