Ken in the Morning and a Kenneth in the Afternoon

10/22/14 Wednesday in Advance, NC (Forest Lake-TT)

Ready for another quiet day, John cleaned our front end cap (windshield) and while doing that he met our next door neighbor, Ken. As they talked about RV issues I was inside working on the blog, then typing up our maintenance checklist, wondering what I was missing (in their conversation). I got busy with an item I noticed was up for cleaning: heat pump/ac filters and microwave filters. When I got out to join them, they were just about finished talking. I asked John, did you find out what he’d recommend doing around here, what year is his RV? Nope, just RV antennas.

I called the RV dealers I’d found on the Internet yesterday. One had a couple RVs he wanted to show us. So after lunch we decided to go check them out. Plus John thought maybe they’d have a cup holder to replace the one that he’d broken a few days ago. Before leaving, we enjoyed another good conversation with our neighbor, Ken. This time I was there to ask MY questions.

Our Rand McNalley GPS got lost as we arrived in Mocksville (crazy name, I’d say), but my Waze (phone app GPS) did just fine. The rigs were very nice: 2013 Tiffin Phaeton (40′) and 2013 Thor Tuscany (40′). The big problem for me was that they both had a bathroom in the rear. Something about all that plumbing (especially when they add the washer/dryer weight) at the rear where the most effect is felt from “rodeo” roads (as we call them), bothers me. We’re noticing that they’re putting refrigerators and washer/dryer sets in slides sometimes. That weight in a slide makes me nervous too. I’m not an engineer, so it would be good to know what they would think about that. Those 2 rigs also cost more than we could afford, at least the Tiffin was $209,000. Oh, yes, our salesman was Kenneth!  The best news: we found the perfect replacement cup holder!!

Back home we relaxed with TV and books.  John of course installed his cup holder.

Isn’t our lake lovely in the morning?

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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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