From the Desk of Team Blue – Just Before Sundown #Blindness, #Community, #DisAbility, #GuideDogs

From the Desk of Team Blue – Just Before Sundown #Blindness, #Community, #DisAbility, #GuideDogs

From the Desk of Team Blue – Just Before Sundown

Monday – Earth Day April 22, 2024

Moon Phase Waxing Gibbous

*Note*

I wrote this earlier today and then was called away from the computer before I could post it.

I am sitting here at my desk, the afternoon sun warm on my face. I’ve all but closed the shades overtop my desk but a bit slips in through a slot at the bottom.

The air drifting in through the open window is a cool contrast on my skin, as the sun also fights for purchase with its warmth.

Blue is asleep on the foot of my bed after having a long day at the vet. He got his bath and his nails clipped. They checked and cleaned his ears, and he got a good report.

The big deal today on that front was when we arrived at the vet. Blue has a bit of separation anxiety when it comes to my leaving him somewhere. He was always a bit iffy about it but after I had to leave him for ten days to have gallbladder surgery, he doesn’t quite trust the process again.

This morning however, I spent a lot of time petting and talking to him. I said, “Listen Blue, you’re mother’s baby boy. My pride and joy and nothing shall ever come between us. We’re bonded you and I and It will stand the test of all time, and nothing can change that.

You must have a bath. Much as I love you, you’re starting to smell – well – doggish. If we want to be able to put on your harness and go about town to the Senior Center and everywhere else, we want to go, you must be clean like mother must be clean.

All morning, I kept to our normal routine. I’d made certain to have things ready to lay to hand at a minute’s request and everything went smoothly getting out the door. That can be chaotic if I have a memory laps and cannot find something I must have before leaving. Thanks to my using the long winter days to train him, Blue is helpful with finding keys, cane, phone, and backpack but it’s best if I have everything ready to go.

When we got to the vet, it all paid off. He stood from the floor of the van when I asked him and when I removed his harness, gave him a kiss, and nudged him forward into the waiting hands of the attendant Blue went without a ton of trouble. He wasn’t overjoyed about it, but he didn’t fight it either. So, as you can imagine, I’m quite proud.

A day to celebrate to be sure.

Just now, I was digging through emails when I came upon one that stopped me in my tracks. I’ve not read such an honest and sincere message from a reader in some time. This one stopped regular business flat and made my day.

I smiled a real smile. As real as the smile I smiled for Blue earlier when I picked him up from the vet.

This reader is one who has taken the time to read my first work, Campbell’s Rambles How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life and then Pathway to Freedom Broken and Healed How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life Second Edition. She gave me great feedback about what she enjoyed concerning both books. It was refreshing. Now, she wants to know like several others when the next book in that series is coming out.

I wrote back to her and explained as best as I could about what has taken place in my writing life since the writing of that book.

I explained that I took a year off from that trilogy to begin the first book in The Blended Lives Chronicles series. Sides of the Order was published in Oct of 2023 and has done better than expected. After a lot of feedback, and a better wine store was found, the writing of The Blended Lives Chronicles a Battle of Choices commenced, and before I knew it a year went by and the second book in that series was done.

Now, it’s at the proofreader’s and may be back at the end of April or sometime in May.

I’m also working on an old manuscript which began its life as a series for my blog. Each chapter was a kind of short story, yet it was a series as well.

I finished it but it needs a ton of work to become a book.

I must say that the second book in the Pathway to Freedom Broken and Healed Trilogy, The Raw Truth, is, as the title proclaims, and there-for hard to write.

I am working on it.

I hope to have it out either at the end of 2024 or the beginning of 2025.

I will do my best.

In the meantime, I thank everyone for reading my work.

It does my heart good when readers write to me. It’s the fuel which keeps me going. Please do write me about anything you’ve read of mine, any time.

May Harmony find You and Blessid Be.

*** Please indulge me and enjoy my newest bio below. I’m readying to change my bio on Amazon and your opinion on this one would be great.

Thanks and take care.

Love and Wags,

Team Blue.

A photo of Patty L Fletcher. Patty stands in a hallway just outside her office. She wears red pants and a white short sleeved t-shirt with the word “Fierce” written on it in black letters. The bottom half of the word has a darker gray background behind the letters.Patty’s salt and pepper hair is a medium length and reaches just below her shoulders. Behind her is a room with her desk and an open laptop and it sits beneath a window against the wall.

About Patty L. Fletcher

Updated April 2024.

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.

Patty is quite involved with The American Council of the Blind – ACB and its community.

She’s a member of Guide Dog Users Incorporated where she serves on the GDUI Election Candidacy Task Force, and the membership Committee.

She works with the Audio Description Project by serving on the ADP Performing Arts Committee.

She has also recently joined Blind Information Technology Specialists (BITS). Another special affiliate of ACB.

Though she’s not yet found her place there, she is learning things from their informational content.

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, which have recently been reconstructed and can all be found in Patty’s Worlds.

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.

Learn more at the links below.

All full length published works…

https://www.amazon.com/stores/Patty-L.-Fletcher/author/B00Q9I7RWG?

Anthologies…

Midnight Roost: https://books2read.com/MidnightRoost

Visions: https://books2read.com/VisionsAnthology

Poetry Treasures 3: Passions: https://books2read.com/VisionsAnthology

Blog…

https://pattysworlds.com/

Facebook…

https://www.facebook.com/

Instagram…

https://www.instagram.com/

LinkedIn…

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/

Goodreads…

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8431191.Patricia_L_Fletcher

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *