Happy Memorial Day With Sunshine, The Honey Wagon and Water Saving Tips

5/26/14 Monday in Lockport, NY (Niagara Lazy Lakes-ROD)

Happy Memorial Day to all.  A special memory for my dad who was in WWII.  Thanks for their service to my sister and John.  Thanks, too, to Marianne (niece) and Cori (great niece).

Water Saving Tips: We’ve been careful with our water usage since we arrived. Since the gray tank is the one that fills more quickly than the black tank that’s where our efforts needed to be focused. Washing dishes is a big one so we don’t run the water until it gets warm/hot. We heat 3 C water in the microwave for 3 minutes, washing the dishes in that. I just let a small bit of water flow while rinsing. We place our dish pan in the shower to catch the first cold water, then pause the flow as we pour it into the toilet. We also pause the flow when we’re not getting wet or rinsing off. Normally we would use the campground showers if available, but because we thought $7 for the honey wagon was a great bargain we decided to enjoy our own showers and get our wash done too, so we managed all the careful water use (including 2 times we both showered) and did 4 loads of wash as well. They told us the honey wagon would come between 8 am and 3 pm, so we ran our last laundry load this morning.  When it was over we were at 100%!! How do you like that for getting our money’s worth!?  [It arrived as we were eating lunch].

My back was feeling much better so I cleaned house this morning. That felt so good.

The campers are heading home, it should be much more spacious and quiet now.

Lake 1

We went over to say good by to Leonard and Donna, ending up visiting until lunch. After lunch we drove to the Camping World story in Hamburg. After making our purchases (John now has a new camp chair), we asked about RV’s. They have a used 2012 Winnebago Journey 34B in Syracuse. That got us SO excited. We’ll be headed that way. Well after much time, they figured the trade in value for our Zanzibar would be $50,000 (we figured $56,000). I think they rounded down. Anyway they couldn’t see how we could afford it with the cash we could offer. Bummer. So it was a quiet trip back home.

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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