Clubhouse Visit and Joe Time

12/23/13 Monday at Clermont, FL (Orlando-TT)

While I cleaned house, John went to Camping World to get in on a deal for installing an Invisibrake in our car, to replace the Brake Buddy. The Brake Buddy isn’t broken, just a royal pain. A big chunky thing you have to haul out of storage in the rig and place in the car, then haul back into the rig when you are finished towing. Plus the part that should communicate when it’s braking doesn’t work…

I got finished before he did and worked on reserving tables and organizing a potluck for Christmas day.

After lunch we spent time on our computers in the cool of the clubhouse. Giving our air conditioners a break. Highs have been in the mid 80’s. We also came to the clubhouse to use the free Thousand Trails WiFi. Hmm, couldn’t find it when we brought up our computers. I finished writing the blog, then used my cell phone hot spot to post the blog. During this time, we had a great Christmas talk with our son Joe. I have to share this: he said he feels he’s “Go With The Flow Joe”. So true and so different from us, his folks, who need to plan and prepare for everything to feel comfortable. We create stress by planning so hard, while he gets stress when those unplanned for incidents come crashing into his life. We’re just wired differently-neither approach is right or wrong. I suspect the perfect solution is to be in the middle, to plan, but to trust the flow will carry you as well. He also shared that at work, when he feels he’s going slower than usual, he calls it “JoMotion”. Sweet guy.

Meanwhile we got word from Lou/June that they had arrived. Then they came by the clubhouse so we enjoyed a pleasant visit. We’re excited to hear Lou perform tomorrow (Christmas Eve) night!

Too soon, time for supper. As we walked back to our site we met some members of Lewis and Clark who will now be joining our Christmas potluck group. It sure seems to be growing; how exciting.

Ah, an easy leftover supper and time to relax.

For fun, a little sand hill crane fun. (Larry had scared him. You should have seen those wings when he flung them out!)

Crane**

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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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