Star Wars in 3D and Earthquake

1/7/16 (Thursday) in Palm Desert, CA (Palm Springs-TT)

Thought I’d let y’all know we were still alive. Hope you’re enjoying a great New Year. It’s still been a quiet life, with visiting friends, playing cards, watching TV and reading. We got to enjoy some natural hot springs (all over Palm Desert) with friends at Sam’s Family Spa. A beautiful campground with a beautiful pond, large swimming pool and 4 natural hot springs pools. Ahhhhh.

Recently (Tuesday) we saw the new Star Wars movie in 3D. Great show, but my biggest thrill was the massive, comfy recliners we got to lie in as we watched. First time for us – 3D and those recliners. IMHO the 3D was fun, but not worth the extra $3. The recliners may well be worth it…. By the way, our friends, who first said they were going and invited us to join if we wanted, decided on this Discount Tuesday show for the cheap tickets. Only when we arrived did we all discover that it was the 3D show, costing $3 more. We didn’t want to wait until 1pm for the regular (cheaper) show, so we splurged. After our fun times with Star Wars we went across the street to Red Robin for John (and Cathy’s) free birthday burgers. Naturally Neal and I got to get our own yummy burgers. FUN!

The next morning, as we were quietly talking in bed at 6:42am, the coach shook. Hmm…earthquake? There are trains that rumble nearby but they never were this strong. Later the news assured us that yes, there was a 4.5 earthquake at Banning, CA, about 40 miles.

It’s really been either cold or raining lately (you’ve seen the mudslide and water full road reports on the news), which is a large part of our quiet lifestyle recently. It has also brought snow to the nearby mountains. Here are images shot from our campground.  Naturally there are still clouds hanging over the mountains.



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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