Hot, Hot, Hot

9/20/15  (Sunday) in Nicolaus, CA (Lake Minden RV-TT)

We went to St. Boniface Church for Mass. Small building, very talkative group inside. Nice to see real community going on. Their music was performed by one woman who played the piano and led the singing.

In the afternoon I wondered aloud when would we need to make reservations for the two COE parks on our schedule. John apparently was thinking about the same thing. As we got talking we realized that we were staying there to visit a couple National Parks: Sequoia and King’s Canyon. In March. We looked up the snowfall/temperatures. Oops! The most snowfall (on average) fell in March: 40 inches. Thus we got busy reconsidering our plans. It took most of the afternoon, but in the end we changed our current fall plans to include these parks, and put our current fall plans over in the slot where those park plans were, in the spring.

The wonderful part of staying in the Central Valley of California is it will be HOT in the summer and fall. Predicted high today: 97. Our voltage dropped yesterday at suppertime, today it dropped to 109 at 2 pm, so we turned on our generator, to protect our A/C unit from struggling at that voltage. It worked hard, managing to keep us down to 84 degrees, for over 4 hours. Just a couple more hot days, then we’ll be moving on.

We watched the Seahawks play to end our very hot day. The game did not end well. C’est la vie.

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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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