Things To Do On A Rainy Day

10/10/13 Thursday at Hillsville, VA (Lake Ridge RV Resort-PPA)

I (not John) slept in until almost 9 am! For an early morning adventure, I got locked inside the public restroom (single room style). I texted John of my predicament, realizing he may never hear its beep. Luckily, he’d just gotten his phone out of the bedroom, so he came to my rescue. He noted that the bolt was still locked. But I’d unlocked it. Unfortunately, not far enough it seems. Whew! My white knight to the rescue.

After breakfast I made some phone calls, finding out that before he goes for his hearing test at Costco, he can have a nurse practitioner at CVS or Walgreens check and maybe clean the wax from his ears. I finally got a person at the Catawba Valley Community College Dental Hygienist school, who gave me the number to call to get John’s name on a list for teeth cleaning at the Hygienist Clinic. I also found out that we can get our flu shots at CVS or Walgreens. Since we have Group Health (HMO) for our health insurance, we never realized what other places may give those shots. We’ll need to pay for the shots, but then we send the receipt, when we send them the claim form.

Next, I made our pumpkin muffins (with pumpkin seeds). All went smoothly this time.

For the afternoon, we went to Galax, VA for my haircut (sweet gal with a lovely southern accent), then we went shopping for John’s shoes and groceries. Considering that we only HAD to get orange juice, we ended up spending over $100 for the food and over $67 for shoes and sundries. It was fun. So it also took a good while to get everything put away back at the ranch.

John grilled pork chops using a sauce I’d made and his brand new meat thermometer (inspired by our cousin David). Yum. Quiet night of TV.

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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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