Birds and Bears

I can’t say that this will be the easiest June my family has gone through. One branch said goodbye to beloved friends and a beautiful home, drove across country with two small children, two large dogs, one cat, and a big trailer full of what they need to get by with until they find a new house to live in. The upside for me is getting to see a lot of them this summer before they head farther west.

Then I turn on the news and see what the refugees from Syria or Iraq are going through, and I get a little perspective. My kids have all their possessions, a home to go to, a job, and they aren’t being chased out by bombs or AK47s. They’ll be fine.

BB the baby bunny has branched out. Rather than sitting close by where I can watch him, and eating just grass, he has discovered the yard is big (for him) – and full of flowers! He loves them. Oh joy. I’m sure the vegetable garden will be next.

Bit by bit, I’m making progress with my novel, “Compass Point.” What a process, and I have to be grateful for the gift of perseverance. This novel has some of my dad’s stories in it, and I want them told well. There is a ways to go yet, but I’m getting there. If I didn’t have so many interruptions, such as tennis, friends, family, grandkids, kayaking, and gardening, I would get this done much faster. Oh shucks.

No hummingbirds have stopped at my house, but I drove to the mountains to visit friends, and I saw numerous hummingbirds, and a small cinnamon colored bear as a bonus. I guess that will have to do. With all the flowers I’ve planted, you’d think a hummer would come by, but they seem to be of a different opinion. Maybe next year.

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 is scheduled for release in Nov. 2018. National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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