Incentives

Ahhh – going to the dentist. What a necessary evil – and we have to pay to do it. Sometimes I wonder how that system got so backwards. After the check-up and cleaning, it took me two hours to hang a heavy painting over the mantle by myself, hoping all the while I didn’t drop it and break the glass. This particular picture is the only one that got shattered during my recent move.
I’m making all of these little last minute adjustments because I have company coming. The visit itself will be over in the blink of an eye – it’s always that way when the kids come – but the buildup, cleaning, and moving things around until I’m satisfied takes weeks. Good thing I do get company, or else I might never clean! My mom says wait and clean after they go. Well that wouldn’t work for me. Why would I bother cleaning after they leave? No incentive. I’m definitely an incentive-based house cleaner.
I experienced another computer crash. Fortunately, this old laptop has already been replaced, and even more fortunate, my son-in-law was again able to rescue all needed documents off of it – just in case something wasn’t backed up properly. That last one is a real possibility with me. I know there was eight pages of writing that I didn’t want to lose. My fault. I should back-up the novels every time I write, but I get lazy when it comes to technology.
The cold rainy weather has put my outdoor project off till next week. I am knocking down a stone wall that used to surround a hot tub but now only serves to block off my view of half the yard. I was bundled up and ready to go, but the stone mason called and said the day was only good for ducks, not masons, so that was that. I guess I’m not the only one who is incentive based.

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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 is scheduled for release in Nov. 2018. National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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