Blog Break Until August 2nd

6/16/15 Tuesday in Spokane, WA (HOME!)

I slept very well (John not so much). Because our air conditioning wasn’t working, we’d left our bedroom windows open for air. Well, lots of sunshine poured in as well, which helped keep John awake after 4:00, so he was up before 5:00 and I soon followed. We have SO much to do. He got busy getting everything out of Miss Journey’s basement, vacuuming, then deciding which items we didn’t really need to return there. I cleaned the coach’s refrigerator, then vacuumed the house. Needless to say, we were hopping with chores. Then Justin, Lily, and Gabe showed up! More fun, another lunch, then I played games with the kids while John and Justin talked guy stuff. When they left we swept out the garage. These were areas Justin had his things before he moved them out just 2 days ago-Sunday. Other than that, the house looked so neat. Well, we did have piles of mail/magazines that had been saved for us to go through. We went to Lowe’s for a fuse for the air conditioner. They didn’t have it, but Home Depot did. When John got it in, the A/C still didn’t turn on. We got busy with more moving things (there is a yard sale of our neighborhood in a couple weeks), then I noticed we were getting cool air! We called to let the heating company know (we’d made an appointment for repairs). They explained that the A/C has a 5 minute delay built in, that’s why it didn’t start when we turned it on. John (and a neighbor) thought the bearings were going bad, so we’ll let them come make sure it’s all okay. Lots of visiting with our neighbors as they stopped by to welcome us back. We enjoyed a marvelous visit with the neighbor who’d done so much for our place while we were gone, Connie.

Off to splurge with ANOTHER meal out, at Red Robin, where our other son, Joe works. Great food, the BEST server!

Back at HOME we watched the NBA Finals. Yay!! The Golden State Warriors won. They deserved it. Sorry that there were so many injuries crippling the Cavaliers, but maybe next time.

Since our life will be focused on family, friends, getting our two houses and our two bodies all serviced and ready for another year, I’m taking a blog break until we leave again August 2nd (or thereabouts) for our exploration of the West.

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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