What? No Internet?

I woke up to no Internet. How quickly did our lives change to this type of electronic dependence? Having no Internet would not have mattered a decade ago. Now it does.
Brutal weather has ravaged areas in the midwest. I am so sorry for those whose homes have been destroyed and their lives upended. I can imagine and yet I’m sure my imagining doesn’t even come close to the depth of feelings evoked by such devastation. Once again, I remind people to give to the Red Cross.
Well, I did it. I finished the flower bed. My granddaughter and I bought a second round of soil, hummus, and peat moss, came home and toted it around to the backyard. We dumped it, spread it, raked it, and mixed it in, then planted the bushes and flowers. The bed could use another ten bags of soil, but that isn’t happening yet, maybe later when I’m not feeling these twinges in my back.
Peat moss helps make an acidic soil loved by some of the shade-loving plants I am putting in this particular garden. It also is light and fluffy and makes a great mound of soft landing material for a child to jump in, spread around, and use to get themselves totally dirty. When I noted that her mother was going to love me when she saw how dirty her daughter was, my granddaughter responded after a moments thought, and I quote, “I bet my momma got this dirty playing outside at the farm.”
You can’t fight that kind of logic.
My artistic granddaughter also put her touch to how we planted the yellow pansies. I was going to put them in a row following the curve of the edging between grass and flower bed. She decided a smily face would be more appropriate, and I have to say, it looks darling and far more interesting than what I was going to do. What a lovely, non-electronic day we had.

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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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