A Beautiful Day to Celebrate our 40th Anniversary

6/22/14 Sunday in Moody, ME (Moody Beach-TT/OW)

This time at Mass I noticed the piano bench had a lifting mechanism, so I had to get a photo of it. I’ve never seen that before. Same music: pianist, flutist and a cantor to lead us.


On our way to our site we stopped at the “Camp Host” to get printed information regarding our “Ready Camp Go” card. We’d received conflicting information from Member Services (TT) and this sales person (also a TT member camper) wanted to give us proof that the latest (that we needed to get a new card and new expiration dates) was wrong. Soon we were talking with our friends Susan and Bill having brought our new papers to show them. The papers didn’t quite give us the clarity we were looking for. Later, after an early lunch, we got to talking with Randy/Sherry, who are right next to us. In time they brought out their “addendum” and we brought out ours. Hmm. Theirs says “Elite Connections” but ours didn’t. At the bottom our forms were dated 6/11. Hmm. Old forms. We bought in 3/13. I’m beginning to suspect we don’t actually have “Elite Connections” like I always thought. I’ll need to contact the man who sold this to us on Monday.

As we were visiting it dawned on me that we’d seen Betty/Dale yesterday and told them we had dinner plans (that potluck) but we’d get together Sunday. So I went over and invited them to our talk fest. We had a wonderful time until John and I needed to leave (4 pm) for our Anniversary celebration dinner at the “Steakhouse”. Lucky for us they’d opened at 3:30 pm because it was Sunday and not 4:30 pm as usual. Thus the crowds had already been seated and in only a minute or 2 they were ready for us!! Friday Randy/Sherry had to wait an hour before they got a seat. The atmosphere, service and food were top notch. Reasonable prices too. John had New York Prime Sirloin, and I had Surf and Turf with broiled scallops and snow peas. The hot items were really hot. I SO appreciate that! We shared memories of the changes over all those 40 years. It’s hard to believe: we’ve been married over half our chronological ages. It’s been an interesting journey with 2 great children (plus grandchildren) along the way.

When we returned home everyone was in their RV so we figured they were still working with supper. We took a walk around the campground to try to stave off some of those calories we’d gained at our lovely dinner.

Around 7 pm we got an invitation to gather around the campfire at Randy/Sherry’s. I asked if it was okay to invite Dale/Betty. Yes. Bill/Susan didn’t come this time. They were watching the USA v Portugal soccer game. Wow—a tie (John noted on his cell phone). So what a fabulous ending to our Anniversary day – good food, friends and the USA still in the game.

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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