Sea Day

4/20/19 – Holy Saturday

Again we both exercised first thing. We also splurged on laundry. We stuffed their bag, getting lots done for just $20 sending it out in the morning, receiving it that evening. We saw another Test Kitchen event on chicken tacos. My stomach was upset after breakfast this morning (I thought maybe it was due to the undercooked poached egg I had) but that didn’t stop me from taking advantage of a great sale. We’d noted that in our excitement in New Zealand (and frugality) we’d never bought anything to reflect our visit. So I bought 4 t shirts showing Australia and New Zealand (2 for each of us) for just $20 plus a lovely gold laced shawl (kimono) for $10. We watched a movie as well.

Because our dinner table is set at 5pm and Mass is usually celebrated then, we just can’t make both. Dinner won out. At the beginning of our cruise no one would join us so a few days ago the maitre’d arranged for us to sit with a couple with a similar issue. They were Australians with very heavy Scottish accents (Elsie and Jim). Having moved to Australia when they were in their 30’s, they just couldn’t shake their accents. So with that on top of their age (80’s), they also muttered and spoke softly. It was a challenge hearing them but we still had lots of fun. We learned a number of Australian things like that biscuits (with tea) are what we call cookies, mostly. They call going between Australia and New Zealand “crossing the ditch” (the Tasmanian Sea, often rough). They also love Vegemite. Apparently a thick spread they like to put on their morning toast. It’s very dark. They said most people don’t like it. It became popular during the World War. We spotted it sitting at the Lido (buffet) counter but never felt up to giving it a try. Anyway, this was their last day, they were leaving Sunday for home-just a short ($2.50) train ride from Sydney.

More string quartet music at the Lincoln Center Stage, then a Polish performer who played classical music on the xylophone and piano. Definitely ready for bed after that.

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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