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 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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