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Where Everybody Knows Your Order

I love traveling. My husband and I just went on a 3,257 mile road trip. We stopped in Manteca CA for 3 days. In Sparks NV for a day. In a teeny tiny town in Wyoming for a day of work. Then on to Colorado Springs CO for 4 days. We headed back home through the mountains then through the incredible beauty that is Utah. Oh how we loved it.

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Things are looking serious!

Oh dear … things are getting serious around here. There are stacks of boxes and bins for the moving truck.

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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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What Encourages Me

Seeing people do amazing things encourages and inspires me. Hearing a testimony about someone conquering their fear or disability or insecurity and finish something awesome lights a fire in me. Meeting someone who is simply “doing it” absolutely challenges me.

Do you know anyone like that? Have they spurred you on?

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24

I came in contact with www.No41.org through my daughter-in-law. I sat and read every word on their website, then I read their blog entries, then I stared at the pictures of those lovely ladies that have had their lives completely changed because of one dreamer and doer: Tara. Continue reading

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Phone Charging Can Be Tricky …

I sat on the floor at the Las Vegas airport near the only outlet I could find. People were lined up to my left, on my right was a post that provided me a little back support. I tried to keep my feet tucked in and not get trampled as travelers rushed to their gates or to the slot machines located very near my spot.

Most airports have charging stations. My sister and I traveled together just three months ago. We met in Dallas, sat at a charging station and got caught up on life happenings. No charging stations here. I suspect they want people to take advantage of the slot machines. That makes sense. Continue reading

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Travel Therapy

I haven’t traveled as much as I would like, but I have been to 40 of the 50 states and two other countries. I know … I need to work on that. And I plan to do just that.

Even so; I absolutely love to travel. I love meeting new people, trying new food, seeing new sights, enjoying different foliage and climates. I love it. Every bit of it.

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My husband calls it aquatherapy

I love water. I love looking at it, hearing it, and smelling it. I can sit on the beach and stare out at the water and listen to the waves forever. But we don’t live near a beach. We do, however, live near The Mississippi River.

Not quite the same. But it is water.

Dani at the lake
Photo credit Megan Meyers

This picture is my granddaughter. The feeling that picture exhibits matches the feeling in her Nana’s heart when standing by water. Of course she is extra cute snuggling her doggie. Continue reading

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How The Hecker Are Ya?

I told you I like road trips that involve coming across little towns. You can read that one here. Within an hour of the town where I live, there is a little town named Hecker. Actually, it is a village.

Hecker water tower

It makes me smile to think of an address that reads Hecker, Illinois. I don’t know why. It just does. I have told my husband repeatedly through the years that we should live in the little town named Hecker. Continue reading

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3 Things We Found in Every Small Town

Well, almost every one. And we looked.

Last summer we decided to go on a back roads vacation. We spent but a few miles on an interstate. The rest of the six days’ trip was back roads, little county roads, and lovely scenic drives.

It was fantastic. We stopped at diners named Joe’s and Mel’s and Ruby’s. We took side roads to see the town’s library and city hall. We took our time. And we loved it. Except for the night we could not find a hotel. Seriously. It took three towns to find a pillow for our heads. Continue reading

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