Yard Sale, Captain Phillips and Gonzaga Basketball

2/8/14 Saturday at Kissimmee, FL (Sherwood Forest RV Resort-Encore)

Rain predicted but we still put our things out for the RV wide yard sale: 32” LED TV, Brake Buddy and miscellaneous. It really got to raining around 9 am and continued on and off until after noon. Few people came by due to the rain and this is a really large park. I sold a book on birds. Oh well, we tried. Got everything inside before noon and had our lunch.

For the afternoon we visited a neighbor (who bought my bird book). They’d invited us to see their brand new 2014 Winnebago Journey 36M. It sure had lots of storage. The visit got us talking about what we’d like in a newer (no problem slides) rig, so we went to the lodge and cruised the Internet. We found out that the Winnebago Journey 34M that we saw at an FMCA rally in CA (we loved its floor plan) is just like the Itasca Meridian 34B that we saw (and almost bought) at Lazydays just before our cruise. Hmm. Guess I’d forgotten what I’d loved about the Journey way back in 2013…. Bottom line, we have an idea of what we’d like to get but we sure can’t afford $175,000 plus WA St. taxes.

After supper we went to clubhouse #2 for our movie: Captain Phillips – the true story about the container freight ship captured by pirates where Captain Phillips was taken hostage. Wow. I was so scared (even though I knew how it ended) that I got to shaking. After the movie I was still shook up and told John I’d need to do something peaceful for a while before trying to go to bed/sleep. He had something in mind: watch the Gonzaga basketball team play. I asked him if we couldn’t please just watch the tape of it tomorrow? Nope. So (I know I could have gone to bed, but I wouldn’t have slept anyway) we stayed up until past 11 pm to watch their game with the Memphis Tigers. Close game and at the end – we lost. Sheesh. We’ve only been able to watch 3 of their games and 2 of those they lost. They’ve only lost 4 games so far this season. Maybe it’s because we’re watching their games on the East Coast with East Coast teams (Kansas City was the other one).

Amazingly, I got to sleep quickly enough after that.


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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