SIPS OF WINE FROM THE GRAPEVINE – HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA DECEMBER 24, 2023 – MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE FROM TEAM BLUE IN TENNESSEE

SIPS OF WINE FROM THE GRAPEVINE – HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA DECEMBER 24, 2023 – MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE FROM TEAM BLUE IN TENNESSEE

Purple grapes hang from green vines which frame the upper half of the image. A translucent white banner provides the backdrop for a scripted font that reads "Holiday Extravaganza" at the top. Below, stylized white text reads "The Writer's Grapevine" with smaller vines under the lettering. Two stylized foxes dance playfully in the grass. On the left is a white fox, coiled in the air from a jump. It has a cream colored coat with a white belly, gray socks on all four feet, and a fluffy tail. On the right is a red fox, landing on its front feet, with back feet still in the sky. It has an orange-red coat with a white belly, fluffy tail, and gray socks on all feet.

SIPS OF WINE FROM THE GRAPEVINE

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA

DECEMBER 24, 2023

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM TEAM BLUE IN TENNESSEE

BY PATTY L. FLETCHER

MOON PHASE WAXING GIBBOUS

Merry Christmas eve from Team Blue in Tennessee!

We’ve had a busy day. It began at 5:30 with a quick trip to the bathroom for me and Blue bumbling into the bedroom for a snuggle and then the two of us falling back to sleep in a heap of love.

Later, when we’d awakened and I’d dressed, we headed out for a morning walk. The sun was just rising, and, in the distance, I heard church bells ringing.

Back inside from our walk, I sent Blue to his crate to wait for his kibble, and then set about washing up last night’s snacking dishes.

Once that was done, I poured a cup of food in Blue’s bowl and called him to me. He came at a run but sat when I told him and waited until I said, “OK Take it!” Then, he began to inhale.

Later in the morning, we attended the “ACB Presents the Daily Schedule call” in the ACB Community. I love starting my day that way. I get to have coffee or tea with my friends every day. Who can say that?

“What’s that? Oh, it’s just in a Zoom Room.” Well, let me set you straight. Yes, it’s in a Zoom room or in my case, Clubhouse. But any one of those people would come to my immediate aid should I need them, and some have done so multiple times. Very few of them have I ever met in person, but I count them all special and some more than others.

Once the call was complete, I set to the task of reading and answering email. I also had two blog posts to post.

Two strong cups of tea later, my inbox was manageable, the posts were up, and I’d scampered through Facebook. Blue was ready to go out and so was I.

In the afternoon, I worked on my manuscript. I’m up to Chapter thirteen in book II of the Blended Lives Chronicles. This book is a bit darker than the last in some ways and more fun in others. I love dark humor and horror. Mix in a little Paranormal Romance, Sci Fi, Fantasy and some politics on the side and you’ll describe it all.

This time, however, rather than being told in several points of view, I’m writing in third person and the only first-person accounts so far have come from the journal of High Priestess Lady MoonWalker and there may be others whose entries find their way in as well. I made no conscious decision to do this. I just started and it sort of happened. It is true what is said about the characters taking over.

There are a few dark parts, but isn’t it said some place, “It’s the darkness that makes the day seem so bright” or something like that?

There are also some very romantic and at times steamy moments.

I’m getting a little brave but keeping things within reason.

Once I’d written enough to satisfy the muse, Blue and I found our way out into the sun. It was so neat sitting in the swing in the 60-degree weather playing Christmas tunes on my phone. I was not dreaming of a white Christmas and am not disappointed at all. Sorry snow lovers, no sympathy here.

I’ve just come from a virtual tree lighting ceremony. Each person who attended got to share and describe a decoration they had to hang on our tree. Each person raised their hand and one by one the tree began to fill up with ornaments.

I shared a snowman from one of my many batches of Patty’s Pottery. I described the texture of the piece as being swirled with round swirls and lines. It is a shimmering white glaze a friend said when the Christmas lights hit it the glaze breaks into multi-colored sparkles. There’s a picture here which also contains other decorations such as candy canes, stars holly leaf and stocking. My apologies for no descriptive text. These pics were just taken. Many of the decorations are glazed in a chino glaze which does as describe above.

A group of ceramic objects

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Here I sit with a cup of tea and Blue snoozing at the foot of my bed.

I’ve chocolate to hand and a ham cooling in the kitchen. So, for now all is right in my world.

Merry Christmas.

May Harmony find You.

Blessid Be.

*** A Christmas Present…

Excerpts from The Blended Lives Chronicles: Sides of the Order I

About the Book…

The cover is a deep, candy apple red, with the title, The Blended Lives Chronicles: Sides of the Order at the top in white text. At the bottom is the author’s name, Patty L. Fletcher, also typed in white. Above the author’s name and below the title of the book is a white skeleton key, taking up about 3/4 of the cover space.

The spine of the cover features a white crescent moon on the top left corner of a white number one roman numeral. Below that is the title of the book, followed by the author’s name at the bottom of the spine.

Lady Laya MoonWalker is a well respected author and magazine owner and a high priestess in the magickal community. After a drawn-out battle with the forces of dark magik, she has come into her own. She lives and works on Planet Korponious, where she is the owner and creator of an Interplanetary Magazine called “Blended Lives Chronicles.” Her mission is to blend the lines of race, creed, and disability that separate so many and to elevate the recognition of the training and ability of Service Animals of all kinds to a new level. She has just been accepted into the Blended Lives Federation and now hopes to continue her work in a way like nothing known to her before.

Laya has created allot of wreckage along the way through her dark journey into the light, and now she wishes to set this to right. She has just received her best break ever. Frank Prince, the CEO of The Blended Lives Learning Center, has invited her to the Celtic New Year Convention and Witches Ball as a reporter to write a story on the progress of The Blended Lives Planetary Federation. She will be their guest speaker at the opening ceremonies.

When Laya arrives at the Celtic Convention, she finds herself face to face with an old and dear friend, Blended Lives Learning Center Instructor and member of the Order of the Night, Derrick Gibbous. As they begin to connect, causing old sparks to reignite, they are tossed into a nasty battle from which not everyone will escape. People are not as they seem, and not everyone supports the side for which they appear to work.

As their love for one another grows, so does the battle. Despite everything, Laya and Derrick are determined to see their work to unite beings of all kinds succeed.

Excerpts…

From Chapter Three: The Decision.

As he reached the door to the secret meeting chamber, he thought, Because, once again, I’m being a selfish bastard, but I love her.

Suddenly a premonition of pure evil struck. Derrick was gripped with the urge to turn and run, to grab Laya and King and take them far away. He wanted to shelter Laya from all the danger his loving her against The Order’s wishes could bring. He took a deep breath to calm himself as his hand fell upon the door. The handprint recognition released the lock, and he pushed his way through.

From Chapter Six: Blocked.

As he concentrated on the skyway ahead, my emotions swirled, the storm raged, the flow of traffic became more intense, and a nondescript hovercraft slid unseen behind us.

From Chapter Seven: The Order’s Betrayal.

“Is Randall corrupt or is he just pretending to be to get more information?”

Terrence turned to answer, but before he could, an explosion rocked the transport.

“What in all Hells?”

Derrick glanced back and saw a craft bearing down on them. “Jeez man, go! Go! They’re going to catch us. They’ve already blown a hole in the back.”

As Derrick reached for Laya, a bright blue flash blinded him, and he suddenly could not move. A moment later the transport was falling. As it went down, Laya began to scream. “Nooo! Derrick! Help me!”

The transport hit the ground and burst into flames. When Derrick and Terrence crawled out of the wreckage moments later, Laya was gone.

“Where is she? What have they done? Gods, do they have her?” Derrick started back to the transport.

But Terrence, grabbing his arms, stopped him. “You can’t, man, it’s gone. She’s gone. She wasn’t in there. That light, it was their transporter beam. They stunned us and took her right out of your arms. I’m sorry.”

Derrick, looking up, had just enough time to see the Order’s transport leave the atmosphere. Then, flames reached the fuel tanks of Terrence’s transport, and an explosion ripped through the night.

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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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