Friday the 13th With Rain, EZ Pass and Friends

6/13/14 Friday in Moody, ME (Moody Beach-TT/OW)

So much rain we didn’t want to leave at 10 am. John mentioned we might need our snorkel gear. Unfortunately it’s in the basement so we’d have to “swim” just to get our gear! Just joking of course. Needed to leave to find out if there’s construction where we ran into it coming. We wanted to warn our friends coming in today if it is still going on. No construction (lucky for our friends), we think because of all the rain. On our way back home we stopped at the Post Office. Yes, the EZ Pass was there for us. It’s cool how that first $25 we paid is in our account to apply for any tolls we pass through. We now have 1 transponder for the car (to be hidden when it’s being towed) and another for the rig. No charge for those at all. This covers tolls we may encounter in about 15 states, pretty much all but Florida that have many tolls. Not only that, we get discounts depending on the specific toll. She couldn’t tell me a percentage but gave me one example: at Hudson Bay Bridge the toll for a cash customer would be $5, for an EZ Pass customer, $2.44. Plus when we want to end it we can send the transponders back and ask for a refund of the balance in our account. (If you live in these parts they’ll send you new transponders when they expire). In my opinion, all of this makes the hassle of getting it set up worth while. I also realize it makes us more likely to use toll roads!

Our friends arrived around 1 pm (in heavy rain). We spent the afternoon reading.

Susan/Bill had to set up in that still pouring down rain, after driving in it for 4 hours. My heart went out to them. They rested until supper time when they came over to our place for chili and popcorn. Dear Susan asked if she could bring something – like shooters! We suggested they bring what they like to drink with chili. It was red wine. She thought we put popcorn in the chili. No, it’s instead of cornbread because I’d not gotten a batch of that made. We all had a great time but they were really exhausted and called it an early night.

We finished off the night reading. I mentioned to John how fortuitous it was that we happened upon that book store because we came so early for Mass. So now we have great books for entertainment while the TV reception is iffy.

Us with all sorts of new neighbors who arrived before and during the rain.  Susan/Bill are parked at the front of this image, we’re at the back,tucked behind that white car.

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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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