Merry Christmas to You!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Rejoice in Snow! Just Rejoice!

It’s Here! The end of 2016 draws very close. It is hard to say whether or not this has been a forgettable year, or an unforgettable one. I lost two cousins, Bobby Welch and Rubin Brown. Both awesome people whom I dearly loved.

I saw two good friends get married, my son retire after twenty years in the military, and two of my children move to new states. Everyone survived. All four grandchildren are healthy, so yes indeed, I have plenty to be grateful for, plenty to say thanks for.

My book club survived its first year. What a wonderful bunch of ladies I happened to luck onto there. Blessing! My writer’s group is awesome too. I have learned so much, and met so many wonderful writers to network with and learn from. I got to travel too, only one National Park this year in Nevada, but I also had trips to Virginia, North Carolina, and Utah – twice!

My mother continues to amaze me. She will be 97 in less than a month. She was the eldest of seven children, and the only one to survive. I credit her Welsh blood for that, that and the fact that she never smoked, and drank very little. She still plays a smart hand of Rummy, beating me half the time, and the rest of the time she keeps sharp with Solitaire and crossword puzzles. You go girl!

I don’t need any presents under the tree this year. A sign of my age, I suppose, but also maturity. I have finally learned what I truly want, and it cannot be wrapped in pretty paper.

I got in my first snow-shoeing for the season. Awesome. I usually go on trails, but this time we cut our own trail through National Forest, tried to identify animal tracks, and had a spectacular time. We lucked out and had a beautiful, sunny, warm day. Couldn’t ask for a better way to spend Christmas eve day. Merry Christmas everyone!img_1695

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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