What’s Next?

The daffodils I planted last fall are poking up a couple of inches high so far. I love the bright yellow sunniness when they bloom. Green salvia leaves are also pushing through, but they have declined to reach for the sky just yet. I think they are cautious about the possibility of more snow. Wise choice.

With the warm weather, I have been raking up the last-to-fall leaves, dead-heading the fountain grass, and in general – doing the yard’s spring cleaning. I’m good for about a large trash bag a day. I’m also moving gravel out of my soon to be flower garden. It went well until I ran into a dead rabbit – one of the two fellows my granddaughter named. I’m so glad she wasn’t with me when I made that discovery. Out on the farm, some things like death and mice were a fact of life. This is one of those times when I’m glad the torch has been passed to the next generation.
Have you ever dealt with an HOA? (home owners assoc.) They are so common now, in fact, you can’t build a subdivision in Colorado without an HOA. For someone who lived out on a farm/ranch their entire adult life, they make a body bristle at the need to ask permission to do something to one’s own home. I totally see the need for them, especially in cases where people’s actions can make the entire neighborhood lose value, but not everyone’s ideas about beauty are the same. Suffice it to say, pick a neighborhood where your kind of pretty fits in.
I love the tall ceilings in this new house, however, there are things to consider if you ever live in such a home. For instance, if you are used to hanging your pictures at eye level, you will find a large gap between the top of the picture and the ceiling. Also, I bought a new fixture to go over the dining room table, but didn’t realize I needed to find one with two feet of extra length in order to hang down at the normal height above the table. I could have an electrician rewire it, but that would probably cost as much as a new fixture, so …. I’m a little frustrated on that one. I will have to see which way the wind blows. So far, I haven’t been inspired to do anything about it, except frown when I look at it. Not helpful. and so it goes….

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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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