Birthdays and Basketball

I made plane reservations to go to Florida for my grandson’s birthdays. I have to admit, I have reservations about my reservations. With all of the crazy things going on in the world ( i.e. Ebola and terrorism), it is tempting to bury my head in the sand and not go anywhere. The problem with that option is that my grandsons live in Florida, and nothing is going to keep me from my grandchildren. So far, I have been with them for every single birthday, and I don’t intend to stop that tradition.
The weather has been so warm, I am watering the lawn and trees with the hose to get rid of dry spots. Next week promises cooler weather and a possibility of rain. I hope so, but I’m not counting on it. I just hope we have a nice Halloween evening. I bought a truck load of candy for the neighborhood kids. I put up cob-webs and decorations like never before. Well, I never before had neighbors who could see the decorations, so it would have been a useless effort. At any rate, this has been a fun fall.
Taking a break from the computer screen, I happened to look around and see the dust that has accumulated lately. Evidently, the light has to be just right to highlight the intrusion. It seems hardly possible that it’s already time to spring clean.
Living on a farm, there was never time to spring clean in the spring, so a thorough going-over became one of my winter time projects. That and planning the garden, new crop varieties, tax preparation, sifting through the government programs and guidelines for farmers, and convincing the banker to let us try again.
The best part of winter was the high school basketball games. (Really, it wasn’t cleaning the house!) Those games were the weekly coming together for families and friends, served up with hot dogs, and watching our kids grow up in front of our eyes. Each year, it was hard to believe the end of the season came so quickly. Hmm, maybe one of the grandkids will play basketball.

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and 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, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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