Category Archives: Life Happenings

When something goes “viral”

What does it mean for something to go “viral”? It means it spread like wildfire through the Internet. Basically that is it, correct?

If that be true … then we should have heard of it, read it, seen it, whatever the case may be.

If that be true … then we would likely have been impacted by it, stirred, inspired, outraged, made aware; again, whatever the case may be.

If that be true … then it should impact our daily life. Continue reading

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Remembering Stuff

I love the word stuff. It’s a funny and fun word. It sounds “full.” Not really onomatopoeia, but sort of … if you say it right. And it can relate to anything:

“I have too much stuff.”Stuff2

“I like you and stuff.”

“Wanna go out and do stuff?”

“I’m stuffed!”

You get the idea.

Currently, I am remembering stuff. Memories of our life here in the St. Louis area. People. Moments. Times. Events. Craziness. And stuff. Continue reading

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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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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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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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Saying Thank You

What a thing to say — thank you. It’s not hard, but then sometimes it is, for a variety of reasons.

But it is a lovely thing to have said to you. Thank you — whether it is for a kind gesture, a gift, a thoughtful comment, or anything done whether big or small. Continue reading

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