Moving on – to Columbus, TX, The First Day of Spring

3/20/15 Friday in Columbus, TX (Colorado River-TT)

You wouldn’t think it was spring, with the very dense fog here and winter sprouting in the NE. Our jacks were slow coming up again, but we’ve learned to hook up our towed car as we’re waiting. On our way before 8:30, in the fog, naturally. Once again, we brought up the little radio with I-Pod and (something like bringing your umbrella so it won’t rain) our dash I-Pod worked! The other good news is that the traffic in Houston was moderate so by staying in the 3rd lane from the left most of the time (when we had 3 lanes we went into the 2nd from the left), it was smooth sailing. Whew! The drivers here love to pass on the right as much as on the left. Not good to experience in an RV.  By the way, the traffic is light in these images because we were past a major part of Houston.

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We saw bluebonnets and orange wildflowers along the Freeway. Yay for Spring in Texas.

Arrival time: 11:30. We were all set up by 12:30 and enjoyed our egg salad lunch then. I ran a load of wash then when it was ready to dry (translation: whiny noise), we took off for the HEB store in Columbus. I’ve mentioned how much I like HEB grocery stores before. They’re only in Texas, have great prices (apples at $.77/pound), wonderful produce and super deals where, if you buy something you get several other complementary items for free. This time we needed 2 packets of Taco Seasoning. By buying those we got a free packet of Grillmates Marinade. Plus the Taco Seasonings were on sale! They use mostly Texan grown foods, so they’re fresh. They even make fresh guacamole and tortillas in some stores. Needless to say, when entertaining the thought of finding a stationary place in the South, I’d consider Texas, especially because of HEB.

Our good luck was still with us because as soon as we got home the rain started. It just kept on pouring, but we were happy reading/watching TV until our fish supper. I took a nap afterward to make up for my lack of sleep last night and to be able to stay up for Gonzaga’s NCAA game vs N Dakota. I have to say, N Dakota played hard. Our guys weren’t at their best in our opinion, so they won, buy by about 10 points. They’re seeded #2 (not #3 as we erroneously reported earlier), but we’re concerned if they can win their next game. They need to be on top of their game for their next opponents, Iowa, whom they’ll play on Sunday.

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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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