4/6/14 Sunday in Middleton,TN (Cherokee Landing-TT)

We went to church, honestly, but we arrived at 9:30 am only to find out the times were 8 am and 10:30 am. The Internet was not updated apparently. Not willing to wait we traveled on to shop: Kroger, Costco, CVS. Got home in time for a late lunch. John worked on a project: get the small sink (kitchen) to drain better. No luck-the pipes seem fine up to where the large sink pipes are and that one drains okay. Oh well, he tried. After that I had a good time visiting with 2 of my brothers (phone).

Rain started at 4 pm, continuing on throughout the afternoon, pretty constantly. Because it was normal rain and not blown hard by wind I figured the bedroom leak wouldn’t happen. Wrong.

Just before bedtime I happened to check our “water catcher” thinking it would be empty as it had early in the morning. It was almost full. I could envision staying awake all night, checking it every 20 minutes. Even though it was dark and still raining John volunteered to go outside to help with bringing in that awning and help the wiper blades as we brought in the bedroom slide. The good thing is that leak doesn’t happen when that slide is in. Thus we began life with both the P/S slide in (wiper blade pulling out) and bedroom slide in (prevent leak) for the next few days while it’s predicted to rain. Sigh. I’m grateful we have an option! On top of that we’ve found that their electricity is “weak”. It’ll start at 122 volts but when we put just one large amperage item on (hot water @ 12 amps) it drops to 112 volts. For the safety of your electrical appliances you really need to have it coming in with at least 110 volts. So we alternate our big amperage use to one thing at a time. Breakfast or dinner is crazy: space heater, then M/W, then induction plate, then hot water…then space heater since it’s gotten pretty cold again. Actually, we just use the gas furnace in the morning once we’ve turned off the space heater since it uses very little electricity.

So for bedtime John got to climb over to his side of the bed-no walking around it for him.


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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