A Great Day With Friends: Happy New Year!

1/1/14 Wednesday at Clermont, FL (Orlando-TT)

We started our day off with church, then watched some taped TV while cuddled in our RV. This was a cold, drizzly day, so that was comforting. As it drew near to lunchtime, Greg texted. We decided to get together, after we’d had our lunches and I’d baked the cornbread muffins for our New Year’s get together at Larry’s today. When Greg and Marcia arrived we got to talking, then played a card game, “Wizard”, which is largely about bidding. Good practice for that skill. More talking, then it was time to go to Larry’s.

In the south it’s a tradition to have black eyed peas (really beans) with ham hocks (Susan used a pork neck-she said it has more meat) to celebrate the New Year-it brings you good luck. So Susan made a big pot while a couple of us contributed cornbread. Susan also brought coleslaw, we also brought cookies and Gail added a cake. Susan was worried that there may not be enough of her black eyed peas dish for everyone, but it worked out just fine. This dish was so good that John, who swears he can’t stand black eyed peas, who wouldn’t even consider eating them, enjoyed this soup so much (give him credit – he gave it a try) that I saw him get seconds! I’m getting that recipe. Good healthy food. All this time we were enjoying our food around the campfire outside, because the rain was just a mist. Lots of wonderful conversation ensued. Later Greg joined us, to add his expertise on computers and more. Love these times around the campfire. Fabulous first day of the new year – a very good portent.

Hope your New Year started off well too.

GregGreg, in his best pose at the campfire.

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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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