10 After Midnight 26 Degrees In the Campbell Kingdom

Just hanging out on a cold dark plate autumn night. Reading, and drinking hot strong black tea. I know… I know… it’ll keep me up and when I do go to bed, I’ll wake up at least twice to pee. I hear ya Momma. She used to tell me that all the time, while she drank a late night cup of coffee. 🙄

We used to sit up late nights, she reading a book or magazine. Me watching whatever she had playing low on the TV or maybe reading a book or magazine of my own. Do any of you remember Young and Alive? or, maybe After Glow? Dating myself again…

I also remember back before those… National Geographic For Children, and does anyone remember the Ranger Rick stories?

As I sit here with my own book to read, and my tea to drink while the wind whistles mornfully round the corner of the house, whispering secrets through the trees, I remember the happiest times of all with Mom. She would read to me. She read things like magazine articles out of Reader’s Digest, and True Story. She even read magazine articles out of the teen mags I brought home just to have the posters. She thought I ought to know about the people on those posters whether she liked them or not. Never mind the fact that she always let me know what she thought, but she also listened to what I thought, and like them or not the posters where on my walls, and the magazine articles were read.

Mom loved Christmas too. I wish I could bake and decorate like she did. She loved to make cookies, and candy. Sure miss her fudge. Not this chewy shit with marshmelow, but real fudge, you know the kind that is sugary and hard? The kind you test with cold water, and put into a glass pan when it is done. When it’s cool you cut it into squares, and let the grainy fudgy goodness melt slowly in your mouth. That’s fudge “Wee ones”

None of us do Christmas justice in our family. Not since Mom has gone. Even with all her problems, sicknesses and all, and even though due to stress she usually always had one melt down during the holidays, Momma loved christmas… one day I’m going to have a Christmas like that. Shopping, old Christmas music playing, decorating and Grand kids…! EVERYWHERE!!! It will happen, and I am going to live to see it is so…

I always hoped it would be here. In this house. I always invisioned this house filled to bursting with family and laughter. I hope one day some family buys this big old house, cleans it up and fills it full to popping out of its seems and studs, with family fun, and laughter.

For now, Campbell and I are getting ready to call it a night. Go to bed, and dream about things yet to come…

“Today is yesterday’s tomorrow, and tomorrow is another day.”

“I know that I’m alive because I can look behind me and see the wreckage of my life”

“Love always, forgive always, forget as much as you dar, and laugh as often as is possible”

Read! Learn! Grow! and…Share!

Happy Solstice
Merry Christmas
Happy New Year!

PS. I have no idea why I wrote this. It’s not at all what I had in mind when I began, but it is what my mind was needing to say…

About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 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. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com Visit: https://pattysworlds.com/ And: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher As well as: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG
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