Fun With Friends

11/3/14 Monday in Advance, NC (Forest Lake-TT)

So cold last night that our car was covered in frost. They’re predicting rain (90%) on Thursday, our travel day, so we called ROD to change our arrival time. We are now leaving Wednesday for Sycamore Lodge (ROD).  When it warmed up enough to melt the frost on our car, John changed our outside water filters out for new ones (one for sediment and a carbon one for smaller bits).

We walked to the mailbox to mail our postcard to the grandchildren but it was still full of received mail that had been there since Saturday. Sheesh. So we went to the office to ask them to mail it but they were closed. In the morning? When we got back to our site I checked the bathroom notice. Starting November 1st the office is open Tuesday to Saturday. Ah.

Our big excitement for the morning was grocery shopping in Lexington, managing to also find a mailbox there to mail my postcard. Finally. How a simple thing can take up lots of time…

After our lunch of hot dogs in tortillas (yum!), we went for our daily walk with Karen/Jeff. Each time they introduce us to another neat place here. Naturally we played cards next. Karen won at “13”, then I won at “Golf” again. We split to do dinner, then got together for another game of “13”, which Karen won again! Such fun sharing stories.

Back in our coach we watched “Dancing With The Stars”. So lovely, so entertaining. Maybe it’s the Lawrence Welk Show for today’s Baby Boomers…..

A view from our walk today to another fishing pond behind the office.

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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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