8/25/14 Monday in Lebanon,PA (Hershey-TT)

This morning, after my usual routine, I did light housecleaning, scrubbed the shower and used Oxi Clean to get stains out of our Corian sink. Then I realized the dinner we had planned needed to be prepared and started cooking in our slow cooker. In the afternoon John stayed inside to watch his old TV shows as I went outside to absorb the sights, sounds, smells of nature. Ah. After reading awhile I had a very strong urge to take a nap, so I did. Funny how I want/need naps and John doesn’t but that’s how we’re built. Up in time to get supper ready.

For our evening entertainment, we enjoyed a campfire built by Betty/Dale. I prepared for the mosquitoes with spray and long pants. I think they only got one bite. We had such a good time-it will be hard to leave tomorrow.

From my photo archives: Gettysburg

getty 1 getty 2 getty 3 getty 4These are just a few of the monuments erected there.  They help you understand the whole battle as you tour the battlefield (using a CD in your car).  Our favorite part was the Cyclorama; a huge mural painted on the wall of a circular room.  The lower parts included actual (3D) artifacts.  We tourists would stand on a mounted area in the center as they relived the battles there, using small lights on the “map/mural” to guide you in what was happening.


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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