About Pat Williams

CyberCletch Founder, Team Builder, Tech Lover, Social Media Communicator, Driven Explorer, Blogger, Compassionate Entrepreneur, Dormant Realtor, Mother, Balance Seeker. This is my personal blog. You can also find me on my other blogs: CyberCletch LLC - YOUR Marketing Management Team, Real Estate Tourist, TheStickyFloor, and CanadianaConnection, or on Flickr, Linked In and Google+

Resolving to Have FUN!

Resolving to Have FUN!

Sue came to visit me a couple of days after my boys went back to Michigan. We planned to spend the rest of the holidays on the beach and celebrate the incoming New Year together. For those of you who don't know Sue, she gifted Caesar to us, and I learned how smart and manipulative standard poodles can be! I wish he was still around to travel with me. Unfortunately, the weather stopped cooperating that week and the temperatures were not conducive to sunscreen and swimwear, but we found other Continue reading

The Beach at Panama City Beach

The Beach at Panama City Beach

When I first arrived in Panama City Beach I knew I would have lots of time on my hands to walk the beach, write, and relax…. after my daily allotment of work. In my mind, I'd already put myself on the beach with my computer working from my sandy, sunny office location. Think about that… sand and sun… known by their more realistic names: grit and glare. It was a nice dream. I worked on the beach all of twice, and instead took my breaks there. I'd walk from my campsite across the road and Continue reading

The Front Porch

The Front Porch

Occasionally, I'd take myself out for dinner, usually after a long workday. One place I returned to several times, was recommended by a local. The food was good, and on nights they had live music, that was good too. I wasn't uncomfortable dining or having a drink solo, because the staff actually talked to me when I pulled up a barstool. I took my kids for burgers while they were in town and when Sue came to visit we spent New Year's Eve there. She got to watch her football game which Continue reading

I’m Dreaming of an Expectation Free Christmas

I’m Dreaming of an Expectation Free Christmas

When you grow up in an area with four seasons, as I did, there are things you expect to do at certain times of the year.  When I was a child, summers meant a couple of weeks camping in Northern Ontario among the lush forests and Canadian Shield rocks and lakes. All our Halloween costumes were loose in case it was cold the night we went Trick or Treating, and the Easter bunny always brought us chocolate, which we promptly ate for breakfast.  My brothers and I expected these things.  It was a Continue reading

Raccoon River Campground in Panama City Beach

Raccoon River Campground in Panama City Beach

Sometimes the best laid plans get thrown out the window, and such was the case with an expected visit by Shawna and Alf to Richmond, VA. I was looking forward to seeing them for a quick one night stopover while they were enroute to a camping vacation on the Eastern Seaboard in North Carolina. They had their sights set on sandy beaches and nothing else mattered. Until Matthew. Hurricane Matthew roared up the Florida coast, dropped record rainfall, flooding North Carolina, causing road closures Continue reading

Crazy

Crazy

I hadn’t decided if I’d lost my mind. I needed time to determine that and so far, there hadn’t been any. I left Richmond, Virginia, on Thanksgiving and was officially addressless. And single. At 51. Now I was driving south to the Florida Panhandle with visions of sitting on the beach trying to establish my current state of mind. I made two stops on the way down to visit relocated friends from a time that seemed forever ago when I think back to being married, while simultaneously feeling Continue reading

Fresh Squeezed Love

Fresh Squeezed Love

During my drive south, I passed a family on the side of the road. Their car was pulled over, doors wide open to a fallowed field where it's previous inhabitants were dancing, jumping, and waving their arms. Dad was looking on with a face that radiated happiness at the pure joy he was seeing through his children. At first I thought they must be city dwellers experiencing their first visit to the country... touching the land from which their food is grown. Then I realized, we had just passed Continue reading

Traveling Leaves You Speechless…

Traveling Leaves You Speechless…

...Then turns you into a storyteller. Continue reading

60 Interesting Facts About Michigan

60 Interesting Facts About Michigan

This came to me via email from my wonderful Commerce neighbor, Karen. I had saved it as a draft but never published it. Since I'm heading to Michigan to see my boys today, I thought it was an appropriate piece to share. Detroit is known as the car capital of the world. Alpena is the home of the world's largest cement plant. Rogers City boasts the world's largest limestone quarry. Elsie is the home of the world's largest registered Holstein dairy herd. Michigan Continue reading

Kayaking in Alligator River National Refuge

Kayaking in Alligator River National Refuge

I love kayaking, gliding along in the water so close to the surface, without the noise of engines is so peaceful. I especially love how that allows me to come face-to-face with wildlife. Today, that wildlife could be alligators! When Coastal Kayak called early Thursday morning to confirm a tour to Alligator River that afternoon, I was ecstatic! They wouldn't take people for kayak tours amongst alligators if some of their tourists were eaten.... right? We met DJ, our guide in Kill Devil Continue reading

Pea Island

Pea Island

A short drive over a long bridge took us to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge known for its abundance of waterfowl.  We took a short hike over to the beach area. The land had obviously been under water during the storm as the sand was still very wet and, in places, quicksand-like.  I'm glad I still have my flip flop and that James was there to pull me out! There were an abundance of shells.... more than I've ever seen on a beach in one place. It seemed to be a favorite fishing Continue reading

Bodie Island Light Station

Bodie Island Light Station

The Outer Banks were notorious for shipwrecks and pirates.  Turned out it was a great place to hide for those who knew how to travel the waters.  Several lighthouses were erected to help direct captains through or past the challenging shoals of the area. At the northern-most end of the Cape Hatteras Seashore is Bodie Island Lighthouse, well recognized with its black and white design. We paid our $8 fee for the privilege of being able to climb the 200 stairs to the top.  Tours are well Continue reading

Swirling in Sea Foam

Swirling in Sea Foam

What many guests will appreciate about staying at the Sea Foam Motel is the convenience of being able to walk to so many services! Restaurants, Tanger Outlet Mall, souvenirs, convenience store, recreational activities and Jennette's Pier which was a fabulous backdrop for our pictures. We hiked along the beach well past the pier, cameras in hand. I was particularly enamored with the sea foam! The motel name seemed even more fitting. I'd seen foamy water before but this foam was more Continue reading

OBX Escape

OBX Escape

What I love about living in Richmond Virginia is that in a short few hours you can entirely change your view. A couple of nights away from normalcy is often the best prescription for what ails you and a beach view is equivalent to vitamins by intravenous. We were specifically looking for something affordable that overlooked the beach. Something that rivaled everything we love about the Sea Vista Motel at Topsail Beach. But closer. Easier to escape for a couple of days when we needed it. We Continue reading

Roads

Roads

I love this song and thought I'd share before I head out on another road trip. This one is special because my boys will be with me for two weeks. Look out Vancouver Island!  Here we come!   Roads Written by Tebey Ottoh, Sebastian Thott, Didrik Thott, Carl BjörsellThere are roads, in this life that we all travel There are scars and there are battles where we roam When we are lost, or wherever we may go They will always lead you home There are roads, that have led me to Continue reading

Why I’m At Home on the Road

Why I’m At Home on the Road

In the past year: I sold my house on the river and moved into an apartment 1/4 it's size. Sold almost everything I owned, except the basics that would fit in said apartment. Saw my youngest through his first year of university. Said a sad goodbye to my 13 year old, four legged friend, Caesar. It was definitely a year of changes, although it's always sad to let all these things go, I've chosen to focus on the gratitude & celebrate the success of my experiences. I kept our family Continue reading

Gluten Free Stuffing for Turkey or Chicken

Gluten Free Stuffing for Turkey or Chicken

This stuffing based on an old family recipe passed down from my Great Grandmother. We grew up calling it "dressing" instead of "stuffing". I've also changed the recipe slightly over the years by including apple and cranberries. Recently I've begun to make it gluten free and it tastes just as good as the regular version. The recipe has been taste-approved by my two non-gluten-free kids. Ingredients 1 Loaf EnerG White Rice Loaf (Gluten free) 1 tbsp olive oil, dairy free butter or butter. Continue reading

Whoooooshhhhh!!!!

Whoooooshhhhh!!!!

Whoooooshhhhh!!!! Did you feel that? Nearly a year just went by with all the adrenaline, expectation, hair flying, air displacement and let-down of a subway train going straight past my platform. This was a year, in which there were many endings, a few beginnings, some ups... and multitude of downs. At times it felt as though I was hanging onto a rocket by my bloodied finger nails, terrified I would spiral off in mid-air. Things have finally come to a stop and like a child who can never Continue reading

Red-Tailed Hawk Visit

Red-Tailed Hawk Visit

Had this beautiful juvenile Red Tailed Hawk hang out on my deck for a half an hour. He seemed he was drying his feathers. I say "he," but after some investigation, there doesn't seem to be a way to distinguish male from female when flying solo. He could very well be a she. Either way, our hawk seemed to enjoy being watched and did a little strutting for our benefit. As soon as we walked away from the window he flew away. Continue reading