Happy New Year!

A person should not watch a sad movie while they are taking down Christmas decorations, and perhaps, one should do it all at once rather than a little at a time as I have been doing. Better, I think, to get it all over at once. It is not taking them down and cleaning and putting the family pictures back up that causes my melancholy. Rather it is packing away the treasures I love, because they bring so much joy into the dreary winter, and some of them take me far far away, back to my childhood.

This is my last blog for 2017. I wish you all peace and prosperity in the New Year. The end of a year that went so quickly could be a sad note too, but I choose to look forward to the new, a new year, a new garden, a new grandchild, finding an agent, all the possibilities out there. My mother turns 98 in January. Wow!

Okay, I take back the “do it all at once” advice. Shesh! I got down the outdoor lights in an hour and a half. The ground is frozen now, so getting the snowmen stakes out was much tougher than hammering them in. I thought I could do the rest of the inside in half a day. Whoa ho ho, not a chance. I forgot that sage advice I gave last year about inviting a friend over. Perhaps I have too many decorations. I never have those thoughts while I’m enjoying them up, but I sure do when I take them down.

After all the trips up and downstairs, I’m not bothering to get on the treadmill. The surgeon said I’m good to go, which is nice, but I seem to be suffering from high blood pressure now. It’s always something. Back to the doctor I go. My grandmother started having strokes in her fifties, and I don’t want to go that route. The nurse put it nicely. High Blood Pressure is insidious. Lovely.

and so 2017 went. We are on to 2018!

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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