Have I ever mentioned how important sunshine is to my disposition? I’m sure I’m not the only one who requires actually seeing the sun occasionally in order to have a ‘sunny’ demeanor. For me, the two go hand in hand. I realize that I am picky, since I don’t like for the temperature to go much over seventy five degrees, but I like sunshine in abundant quantities, and we have not seen that golden orb enough lately.

The weather app on my phone promised sunshine. It lied. For a few hours yesterday, I got all excited and worked in the yard until my back ached. Looking at grey sky causes instant moping. I make myself trudge from chore to chore. A snail’s pace is a good description of my enthusiasm when the weather is like this. Blah blah blah.

The weather won’t stay this way long, I know. It will heat up and I’ll have to turn the AC on. Ugh. I love open windows, but then, I don’t have allergies. I know that is something to be truly grateful for. That and the fact that my house isn’t flooded.

The pictures coming out of Texas – Texas mind you – not a state along the Mississippi River or the Missouri or the Ohio, but Texas of all dry places, those pictures are heart breaking. My prayers go out for all of those suffering the fate of a house full of muddy, smelly, awful flood water, snakes, and debris, and especially for those who have lost a loved one in this flood.

My thanks for whoever it was that started the Red Cross. I’ve said this many times, and I’ll say it again, if you ever feel you wish you could help and wonder how, the Red Cross is my number one choice to donate to. They are there every time a devastating emergency happens, flood, or fire, or or or. Thank you Red Cross, and thank you to everyone who’s donations make their work possible.

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 released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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