My world is decidedly askew this week. I am exhausted every night, and it certainly isn’t from physical labor. I believe it is the angst over what is happening downstairs, and the lovely dust all over the house (there is absolutely no point in dusting until the job is done – but I did it anyway). If I had stopped with the original idea, I would be cleaning up and setting the pinp-pong table back up by now. But oh – no, I came up with idea #2, so we are just getting started.

Demolition day. Big black bags of debris now sit in the garage, waiting to be hauled away, when or how I don’t know. The next steps are more positive, which is good, but there are still a couple items that I don’t have a clue as to how to solve yet, such as a light fixture that is off center (yes- that too bothers me), what to do for the back splash, etc. etc. They will all come together or get ignored eventually. In the mean time – angst! Again – first world problems!

Oh wait a minute – maybe it’s politics that is giving me angst. Did anyone else feel like they were watching the Republican party implode the other night during the debate? I’m not kidding. I looked up how many political parties there have been and are in the US, and it is staggering. I had no idea – or at least I forgot how many existed, past and present.

I stopped counting the disbanded parties when I reached 50. Do any of these sound familiar? Some of them did to me. Some of them are hilarious. The Federalist Party rang a bell, as did the Whigs, the Liberty Party, and the People’s Party, all gone for almost two centuries. I don’t remember the Democratic Republican Party (how well would that work now?) the Nullifier Party (but I know some who would like to nullify the current candidates), or the Toleration Party (we could use some of that).

Of course, I’m in favor of my granddaughter’s party – The Muskrat Party – first and foremost, but I could come up with some other names. For instance, I didn’t see the Respectful Party on the disbanded list. That would be a nice one, or the Common Sense Party.

and so it sucks…

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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