From the Desk of Patty L. Fletcher – Update on Facebook – The Blended Lives Chronicles and Team Blue #Blindness, #BookRelease, #Facebook, #TeamBlue

From the Desk of Patty L. Fletcher – Update on Facebook – The Blended Lives Chronicles and Team Blue #Blindness, #BookRelease, #Facebook, #TeamBlue

From the Desk of Patty L. Fletcher – Update on Facebook – The Blended Lives Chronicles and Team Blue

By Patty L. Fletcher

October 7, 2023

Moon Phase waning Crescent

“As the moon doth wane, so do I release.”

Lady Laya MoonWalker

I woke with the dawn.

Blue gave a big yawn.

We snuggled,

We hugged.

We were snug as bugs in a rug.

In the shower I did get,

My anxiety wet.

I washed my fear of change away.

Now, I’m ready for a new day.

Good morning faithful followers everywhere.

I hope this message finds you well.

Here, the coffee is hot. The weather is not, and that’s the way Team Blue loves it.

As you can tell from the poem above, I’ve come to a decision concerning my Facebook debacle. Over the weekend, I’ll be working to collect the names of those I’ll invite to my new Facebook, client duties I’ll need to tend to, and once those things are completed, I’ll be deleting my old Facebook account. Sometimes to rid oneself of a problem, one must simply take out the trash.

It occurred to me last night while sipping a glass of white Moscato there were honestly a lot of things I’m following on Facebook that need to go. However, I am responsible for a group or two, so I’ll need to plan for those as well. It’s going to be a lot of arduous work, but it’s my belief once it’s done, I’ll be relieved. It’s quite possible what’s been going on of late is related to my EX. I’ve received a couple of notes from him via my website letting me know he’s watching and that he plans to make me miserable. Well, EX if you’re reading, guess what? You lose again. You’re always going to lose when you come up against me, because I’m stronger than you’ll ever be. So, in the words of one of my favorite country tunes, “Kiss This.”

Not yet sure what I mean?

Listen here to figure it out.

To all who are following here, if you wish to be included in my list of friends and followers in my upcoming Facebook Universe, please use the contact Patty link at the footer of this page, send me a note with your name and if possible the link to your Facebook timeline and any pages you have and I’ll include you on my list. Please don’t put this info in the actual comment section here. It will be seen as spam by the site, and you’ll be relegated to the spam folder.

Please do not use my email address even if you have it. Please be kindly respectful and use that email Patty link. It will enable me to correlate everything into an Excel sheet so I’m able to keep up with everything.

 

Now that I’ve gotten that noisome problem out of the way, it’s time to focus on the excitement of good things coming.

I’ll be meeting with my editor and illustrator later today. We’re going to hammer out the last-minute details needing taken care of so The Blended Lives Chronicles: Book One Sides of the Order can finally be released into the world. To me, writing and publishing a book is much like giving birth to a new baby. The last months seem to take forever. The anticipation is high, the nerves are raw and there are always idiot voices yammering in the background asking, “Are you sure? Do you really think you should’ve written that? Maybe you’d best reread it one more time.”

Well, I’m done with those voices, and am purging them from my head just as I’m purging people, places, and things from my life.

If you’re interested in following updates on The Blended Lives Chronicles, you can follow the link below to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

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While all these things have been going on, Blue and I’ve been growing in our bond and work together. Chief Seeing Eye® Dog Blue turned 5-years-old on Monday October4. We celebrated by going over to Food City to join Dave Light friend and talk show host of AM Tricities where we talked about Blindness and White Cane Awareness Month. We ran out of time before we’d finished so Dave will be scheduling with me soon for part two.

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When we were through, we went downstairs into the main store and there we ran into a friend we’d not seen in a while, so while we waited for our ride, we spent a few minutes catching up.

I still need to do some birthday shopping for Blue. I want to get him a large, raised dog bed. I’m considering getting rid of the bed I’m sleeping in because it’s absolutely warned out. I’d like to replace it with a single bed, rather than a double, and I want to make it so Blue’s bed can be beside that so we can still snuggle. We’ve hard floors so I feel a raised dog bed would better suit our needs. They’re rather pricey though, so I hope my new book sells so I can send the proceeds to the raised dog bed fund.

Sometimes people write and ask how they can support our effort. If you look at the last link in my bio, you’ll learn how. Let me be clear, I’m not begging for money. Just answering Reader’s questions.

Well, that wraps it up for today. Blue and I are itching to get out into this wonderfully cool autumn day, so Thanks for reading.

Have a Scintillating Saturday.

May Harmony find You.

Blessid Be.

Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms.

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’S BLINDNESS…

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.

WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS…

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.

WRITING GOAL…

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

Patty is also a published author.

Books by Patty Fletcher

Pathway to Freedom – Broken & Healed

Bubba Tails

Campbell’s Rambles

The cover of "Pathway to Freedom". 
A garden with rocks and pebbles, surrounded by grass and trees. To the left, a bench sits below a tree with a seated dog silhouetted on the grass in front of it. An ethereal glow of gold and green shines through the middle of the picture with the title of the book written in fantasy style lettering in darker gold and with black shadowing.

Pathway to Freedom – Broken & Healed

In this, the first book in her memoir trilogy, Pathway to Freedom – Broken and Healed: Book One – How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life, Patty shares how her decision to gain complete independence with the help of ‘The Seeing Eye Guide Dog’ school in Morris Town, New Jersey, reveals to her a glimpse into worlds she had never before known existed.

Once home from ‘The Seeing Eye’ she soon begins to realize all is not right in her world.

Watch your step as you journey down the pathway with Patty and Campbell, for there are many obstacles along the way. There are triumphs and tribulations, tears and fears, but through it all that forever guide by her side, King Campbell works tirelessly to keep her safe from harm.

Reviews

Powerfully raw at times, the author’s words never shrinks from expressing what needs to be told. By way of her own story, Ms. Fletcher urges readers to pay attention to their own hearts, to protect their own spirits, and to blaze their own trails. – JM

 

Pathway to Freedom Broken and Healed: Book One How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life Second Edition, by Patty Fletcher is the author’s own story about courage and determination, as a blind person and a woman, and the intense love and trust between human and dog. – TH

 

Bubba Tails

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In this magical and love-filled tail, King Campbell, Super Seeing-Eye Dog AKA Bubba travels to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of learning to become Seeing-Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save her so she can fulfil her destiny?

Reviews

Wow! I loved reading this! What an amazing story about an incredible journey. This is about a journey from The Seeing Eye, Inc. in New Jersey to Kingsport Tennessee, but is also about the journey of a loving owner, and her special canine companion. – SL

 

This is a sweet story, chock full of educational information about the training of guide dogs and also magical, whimsical details about dogs and puppies wishing, dreaming, singing, fearing and hoping for the future, doubting themselves, and working together to find one of their own and bring her home safely. A great teaching tool for kids and an entertaining piece for adults as well. – BB

 

Campbell’s Rambles

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This is the story of how the author obtained her first guide dog, Campbell, from The Seeing Eye™ in Morristown, New Jersey: what motivated her, the extensive training she had, the special relationship she developed with her trainer, and the good friends she made.

Once she returned home to Tennessee, there were many new challenges to be met and overcome, including domestic abuse. All that was in addition to her chronic conditions of bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia.

With honesty, courage, and humor, Patty Fletcher tells a remarkable story of personal development that is sure to inform, entertain, and inspire others, both blind and sighted.

Legal Notice: THE SEEING EYE and SEEING EYE are registered trademarks of The Seeing Eye, Inc.

Reviews

I really enjoyed this book! Patty Fletcher is a great writer. She shares in a vulnerable and authentic voice about not only getting her seeing eye dog, Campbell, but about her life. – WW

 

Ms. Fletcher paints a vivid picture of her experience in training for a guide dog under difficult personal circumstances. A must read for those contemplating the move from a cane to a guide dog, as well as those interested in the physical and mental obstacles faced by the blind. – LD

 

CONTACT…

Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

 

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Walk alongside Patty and Chief Seeing Eye® Dog Blue on the Pathway to Freedom.

 

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