Moving Day

8/3/19 – Saturday

Justin and his family as well as Joe were vacating their condo this day, heading home. They were on their way by 9:30 am. John and I moved into their place and checked out of ours, since our week ended on Saturday while theirs didn’t end until Sunday. They all needed to get back home sooner and we’d paid (in credits) for all this condo time, so we thought why not give ourselves another day? A day of rest before driving home the next day.

This was a bit different in that no one would have done the housekeeping before we moved in, but it worked out just as well. We could strip the bed we’d use and they’d bring new sheets, along with new towels and kitchen towels/dishcloths.

Besides TV, napping and reading we visited the little “Museum of the Yellowstone”. Very reasonable price ($5/senior), good exhibits and movies.

Homeward bound

8/4/19 – Sunday

We were on our way by 8 am (Montana time), getting home around 3 pm Spokane time. Nice, having the chance to put things away and go grocery shopping.

In sum, this was a wonderful family time. All those hours driving in Yellowstone National Park gave us even more opportunities to enjoy one another. John and I are hoping to get the family together for another big trip in about 5 more years to celebrate our 50th anniversary.

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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