Stay Cool

Yesterday was filled with little mundane chores that actually make a person feel good when you add them up. One was re-organizing old Badger Book files and finding a new place for the files that make them easy and accessible and NOT so easy to ignore. A second was making new stickers with my new web-site URL address,, to go over the top of the out-dated web-site inside the children’s books I have on hand. The new URL address has includes a store to purchase Badger books, and here’s a BONUS for you: They are on sale this summer!

Today’s chores include dusting the house (ugh) and fertilizing the garden plants. Housekeeping is something I am getting better and better at ignoring also. While it was cool this morning, I deadheaded roses and watered the pots. It’s supposed to be a scorcher today, so I’ll do inside stuff in the afternoon, and fertilize this evening. That’s the plan, subject to constant change and whimsical flights of fancy – or one of my kids call.

The daily swim lessons are done. We plan one more trip to the pool to show off for his parents, a horse-back lesson for my granddaughter, and some rock painting, and maybe a trip to a park or a hike. Then I am off to a tiny family reunion, followed by driving across the country in the middle of a hot summer. Whew! Who planned this?

All things come out in the wash, my mother says, sometimes a little dingy, but that’s life. Take a deep breath, I say, because no one gets out of this life alive. We might as well enjoy the journey, it’s all we have.

Stay cool, everyone, and smile. It costs you nothing and reaps huge rewards.


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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