Hot Again

5/1/15 Friday in Cottonwood, AZ (Verde Valley-TT)

The heat’s not fun but it was exciting to see that our swimsuits had dried overnight! It always took about 2 days for mine to dry. Now to try to keep cool. I only have one wash load, so maybe we’ll stay cooler today. Worked on transferring/organizing April photos onto my computer all morning. I took over 1,000 photos this past month!  I guess we’ve been pretty busy.  John went to the cool clubhouse and did online fun things. He’d gotten up too late to work on our roof.

In the afternoon we were REALLY lazy. First we walked to Bill/Theresa’s rig but they weren’t home, so then we stopped at another neighbor, Willie/Kim. They invited us into their air conditioned trailer and we visited for some time. They needed to drive to Jerome so we split. At home, for a switch, I watched my taped DRV shows while John went outside and watched his TV shows.

Because of the heat I didn’t want us using the convection and induction methods to cook our fish, plus we’d heard how good the campground restaurant was so we treated ourselves to dinner out. Neat, not having to dress up- just go in shorts and sandals. It was excellent battered cod supper with coleslaw and french fries. Great price for what we got too. In addition there was a couple playing great, classic western music. We even danced before leaving. It was getting pretty dark, so we needed to get walking our ½ mile back to Miss Journey. The moon is almost full now.

I have a number of spring flower photos that I’ve saved for a non photo sort of day like this. Since we’re many days and miles away from Oklahoma where they were taken, I’ll share them now.

flowers 1 flowers 2 flowers 3 flowers 4

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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