Happy Thanksgiving!

11/27/14 Thursday in Wildwood,FL (Three Flags-TT/MA)

Such a glorious sunny day. It’s so easy to feel thankful on a day like this – for our family, friends, health, and this life on the road. The hardest part of this life is not being near family for the holidays. We plan to be in Spokane July 2015, so we’ll be spending our family time in the summers instead of the wintertime. It’s that spending time that counts in the end.

Sleep-in, lazy morning as I made our cranberry salad for the campground potluck at 1 pm.

I got a swift reminder of something to be thankful for: eyesight! As I stood up (before our potluck), the lens fell out of my glasses. The plastic line that holds it in had broken. Hmm. It has been almost 2 years since my last prescription, about 4 years since I got new glasses. Besides eyesight, I am really thankful for having a spare pair of old glasses. I am REALLY nearsighted. May not be typing much for the blog until this is resolved.

Three Flags sponsored a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, providing the turkey, potatoes and gravy while we all brought a side dish or desert. What a large group and what a spread!!! We had a great time, meeting new people and visiting with friends. For our afternoon we relaxed at our coach, then had a late and light supper. Life is good.

Here is a glimpse of the pond created by our 6 inches of rain.

pond 1

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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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