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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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Looking for that silver lining

Looking for a silver lining in a cloudy damp day. I may have found it in the image below. Of course it was a few degrees cooler today than when I took this shot. The thought for me in looking at the photo is, he will not be denied or deterred from the mission. And that mission is optimism. One that I haven’t always followed. I’m sure you could speak to a few people and some may say I even stray to the negative side. Well ok, more than a few.

Not much competition.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve tried to change and spend more time looking for the right things. To be happy and joyful as possible. It’s not that I ignore negatives, I just look to turn them around quicker, maybe ignore what I can’t change, just make my best effort at making each day better for those around me.

Easier said than done some days.


Random Thoughts of the Day

I think someone realized today that they made a mistake a long time ago with us and that it has cost them money.

My favorite electronic device for this time of year is my space heater.

I feel like I could sleep a week.

Individual #1 is right about one thing. The Chief of Staff will be acting.


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The search is on

OK, I’ve got a few weeks to execute some small and big things. Its time to replace a vehicle so off to a few dealerships to decide on brand and model. We’ve got it narrowed down a good bit already but these are big decisions. We aren’t rich and typically our cars last a decade or more and certainly hit that 200k milestone or close to it before we sell it used for a few hundred $.

Front porch
Photo by Mike Hartley

Then the search for the Xmas gifts for my better half. Always an adventure. I have both success and failure in this endeavor. Most of the years I do pretty good, at least she lets me believe so. I hope I do.

I’m also searching for one of my favorite things. Our Christmas Tree. Yes I’m late, I usually have that done last weekend. But I’ll venture out tomorrow and pick one out. My family gets a lot of joy about seeing what tree we get. I’ve got a bad habit of picking the largest tree possible that will fit in our house. Using several shoehorns I get it in and it always looks great. I love having a lot of space for lights and decorations but also still being able to see the real tree.

I’ll be searching for some time to keep posting here. I’m on that daily cycle now and can’t be stopped. What I’m getting short on is fresh photos. So I got to get my behind in gear with that. And who knows, the few days I do have off around the holiday maybe I’ll write something useful.

I’m thankful for the time and opportunity and spirit to do these things.


Random Thoughts of the Day

I’m so at peace when I’m home.

Its time, time to rhyme, but its late and I forgot to dine, there goes that old mind of mine.

I saw a thread on Facebook of a group I follow because is around where I grew up. Due to a recent passing someone was bring up others in that neighborhood who had passed. I saw a lot of names I knew. Way too many. It gave me pause and reminded me to use each day better again.

You know what is important to parents. Knowing that you made the effort to spend time with them while they were here. So in that thought we will take my in-laws to lunch tomorrow.


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Disappearing Diner

I used to so enjoy having breakfast with my Son at the Forrest Diner along Route 40 after we got our haircuts on a Saturday morning early. It was like the old diner we would go to in Laurel and on trips out-of-state in my youth. I still like Chick and Ruth’s in Annapolis. And while that is called a deli it reminds me of the diner feeling. Actually that is where I took the shot below.

Disappearing Diner
Photo by Mike Hartley

I wonder what type of memories our children will have. For some reason I don’t think they are going to have the substance or feeling that ours did just like our parents probably thought for us. To me a diner represents something. People at the diner used to great each other, because they knew each other. They would talk and disagree and go back to work or home for the evening.

I was going to go all nostalgic but time has gotten away from me again. Actually it didn’t. I just prioritized it well. I had a wonderful dinner with my daughter and my soon to be grandchild. I did a few things at the house and I had to work. And work has been brutal and taking up a lot of time the last few days.

So maybe I’ll finish this train of thought another day.


Random Thoughts of the Day

Remembrances of Christmas’s in my youth are getting harder to come by. I need to go look through some old photos.

I hear a rumor of more food orgies in a couple of weeks.

My senses love the smell, feel and sight of a fresh tree. My back wants nothing to do with a real tree even if it is only the trip from the top of the car to the deck and into the family room.

I saw the most fitting headline the other day.  “The Presidents distrust of intelligence expands.” That explains a good bit now doesn’t it.

I wish I had seen Genesis, especially in the 80’s. There live concerts looked like fun and I’m discovering and rediscovering some of their music.

I must be getting old. I actually missed a shift today. I may have to adjust my retirement account for transmission work if that trend were to continue. And no I’m not going to drive an automatic.


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I’m so discouraged

What is the first thing I read today. Another article about “Not eating raw cookie dough.”  Well that is just great. Go ahead and ruin my holiday season with that news.

No really I’m very encouraged. Looking forward to accomplishing much in the next several days. As a matter of fact I have a grin like the guy below.

I think I saw a puddy tat.
Photo by Mike Hartley


Random Thoughts of the Day

Deadlines come and go. But the paper always goes out.

I miss my parents. I miss them greatly.

Someone named Individual 1, is in some deep S**T.

I’m feeling a lack of respect. Good thing I respect myself.

I can’t wait till that fresh-cut tree smell fills the house.


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Balance to yesterdays cold weather photo

Thought I’d throw up a few warm weather shots to balance out yesterdays Ice photo. I looked around for a few older photos I hadn’t used here to make up the post. They helped my attitude. They helped me escape the thought of the work week and imagine vacation time. They took me to a relaxed place.

Warming thoughts.
Photo by Mike Hartley

These shots were outside one of my favorite places to eat in Ocean City, which is Fagers Island. Its got me thinking about the first day of spring which is only 99 days away. I can’t wait. First because of the warm temps. But the first day of spring is also a special birthday in my family.

Rainbow over Fagers Island.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve been very disappointed lately in some professional matters. Now do I just put up with it or do I make a change?

Imitating Sunset.
Photo by Mike Hartley


Random Thoughts of the Day

I like using a red pen.

Sleep is not over rated.

There are a number of people who try to make you feel you don’t count. They are only effective if you let them be.

After today I’m going to be in much better spirits no matter how I feel physically.

Respect is a two-way street. That lesson is about to be taught.


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Are you ready?

Could be a rough winter ahead. The cold temps started early. At least this snow and ice is south of our state today. Well at least my part of it. I hope that we actually have some rude weather. Much more likely I can work from home that way. And working from home and taking two and half hours out of the car is a nice thought. Oh that two and a half hours is a smooth commute.

Not driving in this.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m not letting the anticipation of the coming work week get me down today. Just going to power through it. I do have a couple of wonderful things planned. Like a dinner with my daughter. Some holiday shopping. I’m also going to try to make some time to start doing some holiday light pictures around the county. Did a few this weekend but kind of experimenting so far.


Random Thoughts of the Day

I need to touch base with some friends I haven’t heard from in a while.

Sometimes its possible to send strong messages with Silence.

I’ve been putting off going to the animal shelter too long. Time to make a donation this week.

Heated seats are the best. But I’m upset that I froze my behind off for decades without them.

You know when you put some things off, that you really think need doing, you find out if they were really important to rush being done in the first place.


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Honoring Service

I support Wreaths Across America. They will be laying wreaths at Arlington Cemetery next Saturday Dec 15th at 8am. This holiday season and Memorial Day weekend, these grounds seem to look so special and to me the most beautiful besides the fall when the trees provide color to the vast rolling hills. But they are very different. Memorial Day invokes a great sense of pride and almost a smile. Christmas evokes the loss of family, very special memories and tears.

A week from today.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Maybe one of these years I’ll get down and help with the laying of the wreaths. I thank the many who volunteer on these cold December days.


More Random Thoughts of the Day

Working my hardest, on relaxing.

I think my cell phone is more charged than I.

My children are teaching me. Of course they have been since birth. I’m just so glad I’m open to learning from them.

I’m already anticipating Sunday breakfast. Think I’ll have a glass of OJ before bed to quell the cravings.