Gonzaga Wins Game With Iowa: On To the Sweet Sixteen!

3/22/15 Sunday in Columbus, TX (Colorado River-TT)


There seems to be a trend in Texas Catholic churches: the outdoor light just comes through stained glass windows.


When we got back home, we stopped to share a few words with our neighbors, Sandy/Roger. They have an annual site here. Sandy said because it’s in Texas in this particular county, they can stay in their site 365 days of the year. They can’t put permanent things on it, except a storage shed. She assured me that her garden is all easy to take apart. Do you recognize the coach in the second photo?

garden 1 garden 2

garden 3

In the afternoon I worked on my new watercolor paintings blog (www.patriciaelserwatercolors.wordpress.com) and posted on my regular blog. John watched TV. The sun finally came out, so we took a walk around the campground. On our way back we saw the “hog catcher” towing a trailer with a cage on it. Sure enough, inside the cage was a wild hog. This one was a medium size, I think, coal black with long fur. Wish we could have talked to him. Yesterday the manager here told us that he’s quite an entrepreneur. These wild hogs root up the ground and are dangerous, so Texas lets anyone kill them. However, this preserve is private property and guns are not allowed on it. Thus our manager (and others) ask the “hog catcher” to trap and take away the wild hogs that appear on their land. This guy has over 300 acres of his own land. He lets these hogs loose on it, then charges people to hunt them. He gets paid twice and gives to both parties. Great deal, I’d say. Naturally it went by too fast for me to get a photo.

When we were back home I settled in with my book, John with his golf and Nascar races, then John spotted the deer. They’d come to graze in “our” side yard! When our air conditioner came on, they skedaddled away.

deer 1 deer 2

We had early dinner so we could watch Gonzaga vs Iowa play at 6. It was a fun game to watch. Our guys played their game and won by 18 points. This was especially exciting because it’s the first time in the last 6 years they’ve made it to the Sweet Sixteen. Actually, Gonzaga has made it to the NCAA for the last 17 consecutive years. Tied for the sixth longest streak in history. That’s been incredible. Yet ever since 1999 when they were in the Elite Eight, they’ve only made it to the Sweet Sixteen 5 times before this. But the last time was in 2009, so this was very special.

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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