Sunshine Needed! The cold is one thing. Rain is one thing, a good thing actually, unless you’re flooding. No sunshine is unacceptable. I need sun, brightness, the uplifting energy and happiness that comes with the sun.

The million little things to prepare for winter are getting done. Writing is getting done. The query letter is – never mind. It’s harder to write than the 85,000 word novel, which is fun to write, exciting, a challenge, satisfying – everything a query letter isn’t. ugh.

My granddaughter and I decorated for Halloween. Mrs. Bones is sitting on the front porch, wearing her hat and scarf, lit up with spider lights and surrounded by jack-o-lanterns. We also boiled cinnamon sticks in water, filling the house with the lovely aroma of cinnamon, experimented with two different methods of cutting up whole pineapple, and played several games of rummy. Pretty nice afternoon.

Speaking of spiders. They are invading. I woke up to fog, looked out on the lawn, and a new web (wasn’t there yesterday) covers a portion of the lawn. Weird. I’m used to vertical spider webs. What are they catching in the lawn? You have to give them credit for being industrious. I wish I had that kind of energy. Perhaps the lack of sunshine is spurring them on to new endeavors this fall.

Rather than turning the furnace on this fall, I’ve been enjoying a fire every morning to bring the temperature up in the house. So peaceful and comforting. Oh, as I live and breathe, there is sunshine coming through the window. I think I’m going to go outside and just sit and soak it up. Who knows how long it will last. Glorious sunshine.

Well, that was nice, fleeting, but nice. Reminds me not to take sunshine for granted. Perhaps it was a tease, a harbinger of more to come. One can only hope.IMG_2892

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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