Rain

10/1/15  (Thursday) in Manteca, CA (Turtle Beach Resort -TT)

It rained all night. At least I heard rain each of the many times I woke up. I’m really glad for the rain, just wish I could sleep better through it. Rough night for John too. So we really took it easy, as we experienced light rain throughout the day. We both actually took that evening walk, then tackled “Mille Borne”. I’d noted the night before that this game was more dependent on luck than strategy and it really proved out that way this time: John got all the luck (Hazard cards to stop me plus 3 of the 4 Safety cards which enabled him to keep rolling out his miles). I, on the other hand, got miles cards but couldn’t get rolling, thanks to the Hazard cards John put on mine. So when he won the game by piles of points we both decided we’d rather play “13”. He won that game too. Just not my night!

10/2/15 (Friday) in Manteca, CA (Turtle Beach Resort -TT) Ambitious Day

THIS morning John decided to clean off Miss Journey’s roof of tree bits and dirt, as well as much of the mud drops left from the wind and rain yesterday on the sides of our coach. Since he was so motivated I couldn’t let him show me up so I got involved cleaning our wood cabinets, a chore I’d been putting off since we left Spokane. By evening John felt he’d had enough exercise but I went walking because mine wasn’t aerobic. During the afternoon and after my walk I spent a lot of time watching Stan Miller art lessons on You Tube. The result: I used more than my allotment of data for this month already (ends Oct. 23). I have thus decided not to post the blog until I have access to good, free WiFi. So consider this the beginning of a blog break. We’re leaving Tuesday (October 6th) for Bass Lake, CA to check out Yosemite National Park.

Goodby from our local Great Heron

heron

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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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