Preparations have begun for a month in Florida and a new grand baby. Not the packing, mind you, but the preparation that comes before the packing. I have addressed all of the Christmas card envelopes, made a list of what to take, another list for what to do before I go, another for those left behind, and finally, I’m trying to think of all the year-end tax stuff that will have to be in the pipe-line when I return. Sheesh!

I have decided NOT to take my knitting project with me, an afghan I have been working on for seven months. Besides the fact it would take up an entire suitcase, I am slightly hesitant about one almost four-year-old grandson’s ability to drastically change the scope of the project in less than one minute. My novel and a new children’s book project will go along for the dull moments between mid-night and 6am.

This is only November and January is already full. What is amusing to me as I think about my schedule, is the fact that even as I get older, I like having plenty to do ahead of me. I used to think it was funny when my dad would complain about too much work and then complain when there wasn’t enough. It was a monthly occurrence. Now I get it. I want to be able to travel, do my own thing, set my own schedule, but I like being busy and I like structure. Like all other facets of life, it comes back to finding my balance.

Lately, I’ve been weighing the pros and cons of moving closer to family. I have made a list and I have to say, being close to family far outweighs most of the negative aspects like packing and moving. Some things that I think are huge considerations, others don’t think a thing of. I tell myself a house is a house is a house and I can find a nice home anywhere. I tell myself this when I look around this beautiful place I have been blessed to live in for the past eight years. It had great potential when we bought it and a lot of work has gone into it, inside and out, since then. It is a home for a family, though, and being here by myself just doesn’t cut it anymore. Decisions, decisions.


About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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