I Begin

I started my first day of driving by playing the alphabet game and made it all the way through the alphabet before I had gone forty miles, except for the letter Z. Then I thought I was in real trouble until a big Zoo sign appeared out of no where. So much for that game passing some time. I downloaded some books, and I’m trying to listen to them, but honestly I prefer music. I get to sing along.

Have you ever wondered about coincidences? At the hotel in Lincoln NB where I spent my first night, I met a couple in the elevator coming from where I am going – and they were headed back to Colorado. They live in the same city I moved from last year. That was pretty amazing. The second time we met in the elevator, we just laughed like old friends.

It isn’t hard to notice that the more trees there are growing where people have not planted them, the higher the humidity is. Being from an arid place, I notice things like this. If the temperature wasn’t in the nineties, it wouldn’t matter so much. Drip. Drip. Drip. By the Way: Iowa gets the prize for nicest Rest Areas. They really know how to do them right with wi-fi, refreshments, and most surprising, educational and artistic architecture. Way to go!

As soon as I got to Lake Minnetonka, I went out on the dock and sat watching the water. That’s what I’m doing this morning, while I write. A loon just floated by. I can’t wait to get in the bass boat and get out on the water. What a luxury it is not to have to get in the car and drive.

It rained for much of the night, so the humidity is high this morning, and the water and sky have a similar grey cast. Like the loon, fishermen are already at it on a neighboring dock. The day has begun. To start mine, I sat on a deck chair and my seat is now soaking wet.

and so it goes…

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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