From my Book of Shadows – a Look within a look without – Where Did the Time Go?

From my Book of Shadows – a Look within a look without – Where Did the Time Go?

I found the following piece in the folder I created for possible blog posts.

I can’t believe how much time has gone by since my having written this.

Prince Edward is gone, Blue and I are both a year older and much has happened since these long ago days.


From my Book of Shadows – a Look within a look without – Where Did the Time Go?

Sunday January 30, 2022

Moon Phase Waning Gibbous – Mercury Retrograde



I sit in total awe at the fact in another day and half, the first month of the new year will be gone. I looked up from the daily tasks of living and declared, “Holy cow! Where did the time go?” I used to laugh behind my hands at the older adults who said that. I’m not laughing anymore.

I’ve been looking back over the past three years of journaling I’ve done. Some sporadic, some regular as sunrise and sunset.

It’s breath-taking to read of all I’ve been through and see the work I did to bring me to this place and time in my life.

If anyone had turned the pages of time forward just a tad and shown me what was to come, I’d have said, “That script belongs to some other more deserving soul.

Yet, here I am, in this wonderful, snug apartment. My own little hide-away hut. Finally, a true sanctuary in which to relax from the day’s pursuits, joyous and weary. It is warm and cozy in Winter and cool and quiet in Spring, Summer, and Fall.

We came to be here just before the Autumn Equinox. This gave us a taste of hot, warm, and wintry weather and allowed me to learn what I needed to know so I could manage in all climes. I’ve had to make a few variations throughout some of the more severe Winter storms and cold but overall, all my preparing paid off in spades.

Today, is a Sublime Slow Sunday. We had company until 9:00 last evening. I’ve taken to having one of my older neighbor gentlemen over a couple times each week. He is fun to talk with. More fun yet, to just sit back and sip my wine whilst listening to him tell stories from his youth.

He’s old enough to have seen several significant historically political events. Our opinions on Political subjects are similar enough that we can talk educated Ly with one another yet different enough to allow a bit of free flow debate.

Last week, I mentioned having him over to my assistant and she began insisting I needed a boyfriend. In the first place, that’s a high-school term. Secondly, currently, I’ve no interest in dating anyone.

My neighbor is someone I enjoy sharing a drink and good conversation with and nothing more. He may be convinced to join me at the senior center when the weather is a bit better. He doesn’t wish to drive but doesn’t get up early in the mornings during the seriously cold months but for now, our arrangement is nice.

I’m always amazed at those who feel sexual escapades must take place at every encounter.

Personally, at this time of my life, it’s quite irrelevant to me.


Monday January 31, 2022


I left off writing this yesterday afternoon, with thoughts of possibly returning to it later in the evening. However, between dealing with my beastly furry overlords, getting totally caught up in a book, taking a long walk in the afternoon sun and enjoying some time in quiet contemplation I never returned.

Earlier today, while in an ACB Community call the question “name three words which someone would use when describing you.” was posed.

Though I didn’t choose to answer the question myself due to having things I wanted to say which had nothing to do with the question, I noted that some had a real problem answering the question.

“Why is this so uncomfortable for folks?” I mused as I waited for my turn to talk.

After the call, whilst out enjoying a romp in the blustery sunshine with Blue I concluded that we’re taught from such an early age, “Don’t toot your own horn. Don’t be a bragger.” And all the other pish posh junk concerning ourselves that we’ve learned not only that it is wrong to talk positively about ourselves but that we shouldn’t even think it.

Of course, when this causes us to become anxious or depressed, we spend tons of money and time on going to a therapist who works tirelessly to undo all the work those idiot voices did over the years.

It is my opinion that all this nonsense could be avoided if we’d just teach people who are of child bearing age not to be so dim.



About Patty L. Fletcher






Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue.


Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.


Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn.

She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast.


Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled.


Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom.


Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country.


Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.


Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer.





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