Fun Times

8/19/13 Monday at Jefferson, OH (Kenisee Lake-TT)

John went golfing while I cleaned house. I also got involved trying to make hummus, which requires tahini. Knowing that tahini is a spread of sesame seeds, I’d bought some at the “Better-N-Bulk Foods & Deli” store. I hadn’t been able to find any tahini in the grocery stores. So, thinking I knew what I was doing, I proceeded to run the raw sesame seeds in our food processor. Hmm, no paste, just broken seeds. I looked up “tahini recipe” on Google. Ah, you need to roast them first, then let them cool, then put them in the blender, adding olive oil as it blends. I didn’t want to run our convection oven for this, so I put our burner on medium and tossed the seeds in a dry pan until a few started to turn brown. The recipe said don’t let them get brown. That did it. I put them in the blender, adding olive oil. It seemed to need a lot. Then I realized that they weren’t cool. I decided to start on my housework as I let them cool. Finally, I could add the rest of the olive oil, making tahini. Then the other ingredients to make hummus. Yeah!

Karen called with a question about the navigation app I’d recommended: “Waze Social GPS Maps and Traffic” (search for ‘waze navigation’). So she came over. I had a great time visiting with her as I finished cleaning house.

At lunch time she left and as I was finishing my lunch of fresh tomato, hummus and wasa cracker, John arrived, and ate his lunch.

I worked on yesterday’s blog while he took his shower. We walked to the lodge, giving their book exchange a Tom Clancy book, then on our way back, stopped at Karen & Sherie’s place for information on the Pymatuning campground (full hookups?). That morphed into a lovely afternoon visit. We left to make supper, with their invitation to play cards – including an invitation for Bill and Susan to join us.

Since we wanted to play outside, we hurried through our leftover roast beef supper to get back and get started while we had enough light. As it was, we played until 9 pm, when we could barely read our cards, much less the scores. Bill won the first, Sherie the second. Both games I was so deep in the hole, it was astounding! It was all due to just getting bad cards, of course.


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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