Watercolor Time; Generator Starts While We’re Home

9/25/15  (Friday) in Manteca, CA (Turtle Beach Resort -TT)

We watched coverage of Pope Francis speaking to the UN. Such great whole world ideas. Ideas for us all to think about and try to put into action. I got some more wash going and John got the bugs off our windshield.

As we were making lunch (using the microwave on top of the A/C while the dryer was running), our generator started up. Well, at least we were here this time. I’d just checked the volts/amps and they were fine shortly before the generator kicked in. So after John checked the surge protector, noting that all was fine, I stopped the generator. All we can figure out at this point is that we might get a spike (earlier in the day I’d seen our voltage meter had read the voltage was high even though our coach readout didn’t show that), so the surge protector ends our connection with the pedestal power, then the EMS (Energy Management System) notes we’re using lots of energy off the battery and starts the generator. Nothing like an extra vigilant surge protector and EMS.

This afternoon I painted. Yes, I had a good time painting watercolor all afternoon. The dam has broken, in large part because of those watercolor lessons I gave Janet and now having time available because we’re not exploring the area. John spent this hot afternoon at the lodge, using their free WiFi to read online magazines.

Supper was a wonderful rendition of our La Jardin dinner last night. Mmm good. Plus I have more leftovers for tomorrow!

As I was taking garbage over to the dump, I got talking with our neighbor, Connie. She said she was about to go on a walk (now that the sun was down) and I said I’d love to join her. We had a great time sharing as we walked. I was pretty sure John would be happy watching his TV shows and not getting dragged off to walk. Such a wonderful day, full of watercolor and conversation.

One of the Great Egrets from yesterday’s time at our backyard at the river.

egret 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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