A Day For Conversations

10/6/14 Monday in Gloucester,VA (Chesapeake Bay RV Resort-TT)

A bit of Chesapeake Bay RV Resort

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Light housekeeping this morning, then some Internet work while John watched his morning TV shows: Good Morning America and Kelly and Michael. He did help with a couple little projects: spraying lubricant on our squeaky bathroom door hinges and earlier he’d tighten the screws in a plate that holds our shower head. Little things can make a big difference. We had planned to clean the RV’s roof (they let you wash your rig here-for free), but the wind had come up when we were ready, so we ditched that idea for today.

I called a couple RV dealerships asking if they had the sort of RV we were looking for. One had a 2009 Winnebago Vectra (40′) with only 5,000 miles on it. Not a good thing with a diesel engine. Pristine condition, the salesman said. John wouldn’t even go to look at it, largely because it has a Cat engine and the low miles, plus its age. Another dealership noted that there are few 2010-2013 rigs for sale because people are still using them. Well said.

In the afternoon we went for a walk in the lovely sunshine, meeting a sweet couple walking their dog. We had a nice time sharing thoughts with them as we joined our walks. Later, as we neared our rig, we met a young couple at their rig, on the “Cadillac” site (the one I invited you all to come for – on the river). Fun talking camping and RV ideas with them, then on to home. Here John called his mom, so we had a great time talking with her (almost 91 years old), then our son called and we talked for some time with him. For the rest of our afternoon we read books we found at the camp book exchange. If you like gambling (I don’t and I still loved this book), you’d have fun reading “Thirteen Against the Bank” by Norman Leigh. It’s about a true story where Norman and 12 people he chose, then trained, played his roulette system at a casino in Nice, Italy. They actually “broke the bank” there, that is, ran the tables until they had to stop to get more chips/money. He even explains his system in detail. All legal. It’s not really workable with only one person, so that may be part of why he’s not worried about sharing. It happened in 1966.

We proceeded to stay up very late, until midnight. John wanted to watch the Seahawks (they won) and I wanted to keep reading my gambling book! We’re actually capable of changing a habit pattern here and there.

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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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