Rain Again and “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children”

3/29/14 Saturday Arley, AL (Hidden Cove-TT/MA)

They said it would rain starting at midnight but we didn’t notice it until around 4:30 am. Guess that means we’re sleeping better these days. Rain leads to indoor activities so once again we spent the morning at our lap tops. No TV though, so that’s something good, I think. Although we did watch the Kentucky vs Louisville game that we’d taped until almost the end. At that point Kentucky was only a point behind Louisville. John looked up the ending on the Internet. Wow, Kentucky won!

We had soup for lunch then went to town for groceries and phone calls. When we returned we realized the afternoon would not turn lovely as it had previously. It just stayed very windy (25 mph-whipping up our awnings) and cool (55 degrees) so John sat back to watch his golf while I curled up with a great book: “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs. I’d first started reading it on our cruise, then had to return it before I’d finished it. Lo and behold, miracle of miracles, I saw it in the book exchange here at Hidden Cove! I finished reading it this afternoon. Wonderful writing and wonderful story woven around strange yet authentic vintage photos. It was the first book by this author and debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list at #5. Lots of adventure and mystery, very well played out. His next novel (sequel to this one), “Hollow City” should be out now. When I finished it I refined our RV Purchase Checklist, using ideas from the rally.

 

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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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