Visits and Neighbor Gone

4/26/15 Sunday in Cottonwood, AZ (Verde Valley-TT)

Up and gone early, to make the only English Mass at 9.

church 1 church 2

Lovely, large church but they also seem happy to use incense. Glad the air would clear easily in this church. Loved singing here, the music just carried throughout the place. Isn’t that a great idea, to use solar panels to get energy AND protect cars from the hot sun?

We got some grocery shopping done, getting home near lunchtime. Before we even got the groceries out of the car we got talking with our neighbors (on the far side) Roxy/Brian. They gave us some great tips for places to visit here, letting us know they were going on the Verde Canyon Railroad tomorrow.

Soon after I heard our neighbor’s engine go on I was reminded that they were leaving today, so I hurried to get photos to show you all how it’s been. Then a photo of our view minus our neighbor.

neighbor 1 neighbor 2 neighbor 3

After lunch we went to visit Al/Dixie, campers we met about 3 years ago when we started this adventure! Then our son Joe called, so we had a fun visit with him.

After supper we talked with our other son Justin. Great day for visiting!

Before our night of TV John spotted a rainbow, encouraging me to hurry if I wanted a photo.  A sign of the beauty all around us.

rainbow 1


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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