Valves

Well, I got home from my trip and started in on all the things that need to be done in order to catch up. Some of them are one time things like going to the bank, picking up flowers for my daughter’s birthday, oil change, etc. Then there was turning on the sprinkler system. Despite the fact that mother nature likes to keep sending us shots of cold and snow, our area is desperately dry.

It seems like I always leave one little valve partially open, and this year was no exception. I have to go into the basement to turn the water system on outside, but fortunately, I can see the valve system through a window in the lower level, so the shooting water was obvious. Up the stairs, find the open valve, close it, then back down and try again. Second time was a charm, and all of the sprinkler heads seem to look ok for the present. I haven’t heard any major bubbling or spraying noises from the drip-line. Fingers crossed, maybe it will all be good this year. The system is on anyway. But, of course, getting that done was followed by waking up to snow the next day. 

Weeds are coming in droves. The dry winter didn’t slow them down one bit. My asparagus is up and growing. That is certainly welcome. My purple azalea bushes are in full bloom. So lovely. The furnace humidifier is now functioning. The fix was so simple, it made my blood boil that I didn’t figure it out by myself. Such is life. Next time I ask a friend to help me, I’ll be sure to watch each step so I know what to un-do later. Geesh.

Art work for the cover of “Rhyaden” is completed. The map is almost complete. This is getting real folks. I’m looking at a fall launch. Tons to do before then, but I’m confident it will all get done. I’ve certainly had wonderful people helping me put it all together. That’s probably the best part of all.

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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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