Belmont Stakes With Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah!

6/6/15 Saturday in Fillmore,UT (Wagon’s West-EA/PPA/$23/night)

This morning I baked granola bars (good for travel days) and we watched “Secretariat”, a great preamble to the Belmont Stakes today. Did you realize that “Secretariat” has held the record time (2:24 minutes) and a record margin-of-victory of 31 lengths in the Belmont (1.5 miles) ever since 1973? Before lunch we went grocery shopping in Fillmore. Local store, so it was a bit expensive. They didn’t have sweet onions, so John asked if more were coming. They explained some were due tomorrow and that they opened at 1pm on Sundays. Hmm. Wonder if that’s a Utah thing.

Our afternoon was rainy. John watched golf while I, based on Barbara’s encouragement, learned how Pinterest works. I’d signed up for it once, but didn’t do anything more because I try to limit the Internet media I get involved with. It is intriguing, so I was pretty involved with it all afternoon. We did take a brisk walk to the nearby golf course so John could check it out. Felt really good.

I made lasagna for supper while we watched the Belmont race. So thrilling!!! Finally a Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. He’s a beautiful horse, with a such a smooth stride and sweet personality as well; not to mention his bitten tail and wrongly spelled name.  As they say, he has to be a super horse to compete in the longest race against much fresher horses and still win. This moment was especially meaningful having just watched the story of Secretariat earlier. I’m also thrilled for the jockey and trainer who worked just as hard for this moment.

After our scrumptious dinner of lasagna, wine, and Triple Crown winner excitement, we watched “Back To the Future III”. What a wonderful day, filled with homemaking joy; cooking, experiencing rain, learning a great visual program and getting a dream (Triple Crown) fulfilled.

In the joy of all horses I share our little neighboring mare and foal:

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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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