Door Nails

Deep snow blanketed my lawn and flowers. It was wonderful moisture, but there are many broken branches in the trees around town. I lost one apple tree to the weight of the snow. It literally broke in half. After two days of rain and snow, there were 3 1/4” of water in the rain gauge. It just kept coming. I put buckets over the tomato plants, but I’m afraid some things are going to ‘bite the dust,’ ‘buy the farm,’ die, and soon will be ‘dead as door nails.’ I understand a lot of sayings, but was unfamiliar with where that last one came from. What is a door nail? Aren’t all nails dead – so to speak?

Here’s what I found. Nails were hammered through doors to add strength – in the old days, more recently for decoration – and the pointed ends that came through on the back side were hammered down so they couldn’t be pulled back out (clenched.) This rendered them useless to be used again – hence ‘dead.’ Remember, those were the days of recycling. Anything and everything metal was used as many times and as many ways as possible. Just thought I’d pass along that nifty little tidbit. I’m trying to find positivity as I look out on the frozen landscape I was mowing two days ago.

A weekend of fun is the perfect segue back to work. I am ready. There is much to do on the book, the cover, the title, marketing preparation, etc. I have some trip planning to do too. Can’t forget that. Happy summer everyone. School is almost out for the kiddos. I will see my grandsons soon. Before we know it, I will be lamenting summer being over. It happens so fast, but that’s the way it goes…

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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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