Two rooms of painting and caulking baseboards and trim are done. Woot! Woot! Then I took off for a marvelous couple of days visiting friends in Colorado Springs. Good friends, good food, a great new adventure on a UTV, and a cactus skeleton to take home for the yard. What more could a person want? The weather was warm, really warm for February, which is going to frustrate me to no end when winter returns.

It turns out buggy-ing is a hoot. The UTV climbs up rocks like a mule. The only trick is making sure your left boot is actually on the brake when you’re going downhill. The right foot needs to be pushing the gas – which actually slows it down too. It took a couple of descents before I got the hang of it. There is a trick to a really steep uphill climb too – but I wasn’t driving anytime we hit one of those, so I haven’t experienced getting that right or wrong yet. I liked the challenge of driving, but I really enjoyed being a passenger more, because then I got to look at all the neat stuff in the area we were in, both the scenery and the rocks. In fact, that area is rocks, rocks, and more rocks, a landscapers dream.

We explored an old homestead/cow camp, mostly made of stone. Most of the fences were scrub cedar posts, some set by being surrounded by stone. One thing was for certain, those people led a hard life. As if ranching back then wasn’t hard enough, those guys had to be stone masons too.

I am so ready to begin work in the yard. It won’t be long now.

Perspective in the young adult novel that I’m writing is a challenge. I have realized that I like to jump around, so I’m breaking some rules. Not sure that will work, but what doesn’t work gets the delete button come revision time.

and so it goes… img_1773


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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