Monthly Archives: December 2015

My Biggest Accomplishment in 2015

You are probably expecting something momentous with that heading. Or mind-boggling. Or really spiritual. Or …

But …

Here it is …

I gave up all sweeteners in my tea and coffee!!! Yay me!!! Way to go, Pat! Continue reading

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Santa is Watching … drive carefully

Currently I live in the St. Louis metro area. It isn’t the worst area for rush hour traffic, but it isn’t the best either. The other day I had a doctor’s appoint on the complete other side of the metro area. I live in the Metro-East and the appointment was the extreme other side.

And I got out of the appointment at the thick of rush hour. Continue reading

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Amazing People

I am lucky. I’ll be you think you are, too. I know some amazing people.

I know people who take pictures like this:

barn with gorgeous clouds

You can click on the picture to go to her website and see more beauties. Continue reading

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Almost Christmas!

I was pondering this morning … 16 days until Christmas.

I’m not normally a super stressed person and this year I have helped myself out a ton by doing the majority of my shopping in October. It was wrapped by the first weekend of November. So now I can sit back, do a few extra things, go see lights with my grand-kiddos and just enjoy. Continue reading

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Book Signing Week!

Yes, indeed. It is book signing week. This Saturday, December 12, 2015 I will be signing copy of my children’s novel: Caitlin’s Summer Adventure at Words of Wisdom Christian Bookstore in Swansea, Illinois. Continue reading

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I want my cell phone back!

I currently live in Illinois where it is unlawful to talk on the phone while driving. At least if it is not hands-free.

When one’s hands are free, they are available to do other things. Why have the officials not thought of this?

Now with hands unencumbered by phones we can eat more messy foods. Is a phone more dangerous than a sandwich whose filling is spilling out with every nibble? I ask you!

eating while driving1

Or how about the hot cup of java whose lid is not on securely? If I was having a good chat on my drive, my coffee might sit there until cooled to a drinkable temp. Now, with my hands available for sipping, I attempt the coffee sooner. If the lid goes flying, the hot drink becomes a hazard, and things go crazy at the wheel. My phone would have been much safer.

coffee spilling

Now we have the option to spread some schmear on a bagel while driving. Safer than a phone? Puh-leeze.

Need an aspirin? I have an entire hand free to dig around in my purse, inspecting each item I remove, piling the contents onto the passenger seat and rooting in the bottom for a stray pill once I find my container is empty.

Safer than a phone?

No, I do not want a hands-free phone option, even though my son is insisting I get one. With a phone in hand, I can set it down if a trucker is making me nervous, or I see someone applying mascara and want to get around them safely, or I need to merge and squeeze left two lanes within a quarter of a mile. How does that work with a hands-free option? I can say “hang on” but that often goes unheeded.

On top of which, my commute is my best chat time. I can’t cook dinner or do laundry, I can’t write a book (or read one), I can’t vacuum or scrub a toilet. I’m just sitting and driving. I can get caught up, deliver messages, follow-up on stuff, or get details about an upcoming event.

What a time saver! What a lovely double duty!

I just want my phone back. In my hand. Ready for chat time as I drive.

Can I?

Please?

I’m hearing a NO very loud and clear.

Patricia Meyers
Empty handed driving stinks

 

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A New Chapter

Sometimes we long for a new chapter in our life for what feels like ages. Other times it pops up before us like a beautiful vista after cresting a hill. That is where my husband and I are.

At a new chapter. A new beginning. A fresh adventure. Continue reading

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