Happy Fourth of July!

7/4/14 Friday in Bar Harbor, ME (Mt. Desert Narrows Camping Resort-RCG)

Our experience of Hurricane Arthur will be of a tropical storm nature this evening-high winds and heavy rain. Apparently these storms are fed by hot waters below. Up here in Maine the water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Because of the bad winter they experienced even the lobsters are late molting because it’s still colder than usual for this time of year.

Because of our expectations of lots of rain today, we figured we wouldn’t enjoy much 4th of July celebrating. Then Lily came over a bit after 9 am saying they were going to the parade in Bar Harbor, did we want to come too? We said sure, we’d follow them to a good parking spot. We all pulled out around 9:30 am, arriving at Bar Harbor at 10 am-right when the parade was to start. The place was packed, no parking to speak of. We got separated. They found a spot but John hadn’t and we found ourselves headed out of town. He just wanted to get home at this point so that’s what we did. When we arrived, because I still wanted to enjoy some of the “party” I said I’d take the free bus. I waited a half hour for it, then watched it fly on past our stop. I asked the campground lady what was that all about? She didn’t know but thought probably the bus was full so they didn’t figure it made sense to stop. Well, I wasn’t that willing to wait another half hour for another “maybe I’ll stop” bus. I called Lily to let her know I’d decided to not go. She suggested I drive, that there was better parking availability now that the parade was over. After considering it I thought I’d be just as well off going to the lobster pound she recommended since I surely had missed the parade and the main thing for me then was the seafood festival. So at noon we found the “Down East Lobster Co.” . It’s the first one on the right of Hwy 3 on the Trenton side of the bridge as you go North (from Mt. Desert Narrows campground). The food was very good, but the deal and food were much better at Shain’s of Maine Ice Cream. Can’t wait to get back to Moody Beach for that. Here the lobster roll was $15.99 – it did have more lobster. There it was just $5.99. I was thrilled they gave us lobster eating instructions as the tray cover!

lobster 1 lobster 2 lobster 3 lobster 4 lobster 5 lobster 6

After lunch I got talking with Ian and asked if he had any ideas for cleaning off the grease drops left on the inside panel of our door. He suggested Thompson’s Water Seal. But that’s for wood, I said, this is vinyl/plastic. He assured me it works on everything. I was suspicious but tempted..finally relenting. Wow!!! It did work. It blended with or cleaned the grease marks and now the whole inner door looks like new, just a shade darker. I would never have thought of that.

This afternoon John read his Louis L’Amour books with a Hopalong Cassidy Marathon (tv) in the background while I read Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar”. What a great writer! The best expression of a mind sinking into depression, almost managing suicide and its struggle to recovery I’ve encountered. A must read if you have any interest in that topic. This book also gave a small biography of Sylvia Plath who several years after the success of her novel (largely based on her own life), succeeded at suicide.  So very sad.

In the evening we taught Ian and Lily our favorite card game, “13.” We all had a good time, although Ian is determined to get better. Hey, Ian, there’s a lot of the luck of “the hand your dealt” in the game too!

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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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