Pretty Day After the Rain

3/28/14 Friday Arley, AL (Hidden Cove-TT/MA)

Rain and wind last night, with more rain until noon.



John watched TV while I got caught up on emails all morning. In the afternoon we went to the fine town of Arley for our mail and to make our phone calls. Funny how we have all the WiFi we’d like right in our RV yet can’t make phone calls. So emails are an easier way to communicate than the phone. Just one more example of needing to be flexible. We also discovered we can order a ladder (Telestep or Extend and Climb) to use for washing our rig through Amazon. By having Prime (just joined) we can have it delivered in 2 days which is a huge help when you are moving your home every week or so. John may actually have to wash the rig for the first time since last August. We also looked into flying to Portland to visit one son, then to Spokane to visit our other son and get our medical visits accomplished then fly back to Philadelphia so we could drive to Hershey PA where our RV would be stored. It looks really expensive as well as stressful so we’ve decided to wait for now. By August 2015 we hope to find ourselves close enough to home to accomplish all these things and do it every year in the summer from then on. It seems so much more efficient to stay on the East Coast one more year to cover those states we haven’t visited yet, then head for the West Coast for the rest of our travels by RV.

When we got home we thought it best to take off on our walk before getting settled into our very comfortable seats. Of course we wandered over to where our new friends Richard and Jo Anne are. Naturally we got into a great time sharing – she paints watercolor too and he plays the piano and guitar. Lots of RV stories. Then it was time to head home for supper. Our evening entertainment was NCAA basketball. Still good even if Gonzaga is out of the running.


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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