Next Time

Warmth and sunshine are melting nature’s spring blizzard dump into a mushy slushy wet mess. However! I am never one to disparage good moisture in a dry climate like Colorado. Now, I’m not saying it can’t come in the form of warm rain (I’ve never actually felt warm rain except in the shower) but rain so often comes fast and runs off instead of sticking everywhere and melting in. This latest heavy snow is everywhere, so all of the high spots are going to get a chance to soak in some of the benefits. Nice! And the kids and teachers alike got a snow day. Can’t beat that.

The crazy weather didn’t prevent me from going downstairs and painting. I did the ceiling in the morning, and the walls in the afternoon. All done and I didn’t have any back spasms. Victory! The new exercises are definitely helping. I’ll wait to do touch-ups after everything else is done. Next is setting the tile, then putting the new cabinet in.

Okay, carrying boxes of tile is heavy work. It is all downstairs now, waiting to be set. I vacuumed the room next to where all this remodeling has been happening and then had to take apart the vacuum and clean its insides and filters out. Mensch! I changed the furnace filter (it was almost black) and will look at it again when we finish. There is a little glow at the end of the tunnel and I am starting to get a little inkling of excitement. There are a lot of steps yet to take, but at least we’re constructing now instead of destructing.

Here’s a handy tip a neighbor mentioned to me – after I finished cutting down the ornamental grass in my back yard, leaving a great big mess. Take some duct tape and wrap the grass into a tight bundle BEFORE you cut it. Cutting will be a little harder, but you can push the blade through the bundle BELOW the tape and cut a little at a time if need be. Once it’s off, you only have to stoop over once to pick up your bundle, rather than multiple times for all the scattered mess like I had. Wonder if I’ll remember that next year?

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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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