Win Some – Lose Some

I worked in the yard. I went to the store and bought birthday cards. I spent an hour fixing the printer, and I cooked a lunch with more than three ingredients, all in an effort not to write. I even paid a bill. Yet, here it is, my computer and the story awaits. By the way, on my last blog, I spent an hour trying to upload some pictures of Goblin Valley for you. The web-site wouldn’t let me, though I’ve done it before, so I gave up. So sorry but this time it worked.

There were a couple of small victories recently, small yet empowering. I fixed two images on my web-site barbaratyner.com all by myself. Not having to pester my web-master means a lot to me. Figuring it out for myself feels so good. The second one was figuring out why a gutter downspout was not working correctly and kept the wooden trim behind it constantly wet. If you ever have to put on gutter elbows, be sure they are put on correctly – yes there is an upside down/backwards way they will go on just as easily as the right way. They are crimped to make the corner, so on the inside, one way the crimps let the water flow right on by – and the other way the crimps block debris and eventually clogs the gutter.

This is the second elbow I’ve found on backwards on the house. Both were found because of clogs. Coming off this particular elbow, a short stretch ran parallel to the ground before turning into an underground black plastic gutter pipe. I sawed off three inches of the black plastic so now it runs downhill before going into the ground. No more backing up and leaking on the house trim. Yay! Now I suppose it’s time to go around the rest of the house and see how many more elbows are upside down. The “professionals” had a 50/50 chance on each one of them.

Just for some reality, I tried to take the mower blades off to be sharpened, and I didn’t have the strength to budge the nuts. You win some, you lose some.

I’ve reached that time of year when I don’t care if the plants in the pots die, or if there are some weeds in the gravel. Must be fall. Autumn colors are the reward for my efforts earlier in the season. Time to sit back and enjoy.

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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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