Good Feelings

More shoveling, more writing, more dreaming about gardening. I detect a pattern here.

I tried to kill my printer today. Not intentionally. I just tried to add paper at the exact moment is was taking in another sheet and it grabbed the entire quarter inch stack and squealed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! until I got it turned off. I had to tear apart one sheet on the inside, but managed to get the rest out. It reluctantly agreed to print when I turned it back on, but not without one final squawk. I certainly hope there is no lasting damage, and I won’t try that trick again.

Writing is going good, really good. I think it is true that going through grief makes a person a better writer, and for me, I also needed time to sweep the cob-webs out before I saw the stronger voice. I’ve been at this a long time, but the difference now is palpable, and exciting!

This week I am volunteering with middle-schoolers, a whole species unto themselves. I actually love the age, and I certainly admire those teachers who work with that energy level day after day, year after year. It might kill me. Teachers certainly don’t get paid enough.

I feel very empowered at the moment. I fixed the snow-blower all by myself. After our eight inches of snow, I picked up a large rock going down the sidewalk. The sheer bolt sheered off (by design) and only one auger on one side worked after that. I got out the instructions, knocked out the old bolt and put in the new one. There are two patios where I can’t use the snow-blower, so I still get plenty of exercise hand shoveling, but I’ve got to say, running that thing is a lot of fun. I now understand why my husband used to love repairing things himself, even when he had employees that could have done it. Fixing something like that gives you a great feeling.

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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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