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Chill if you can

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Been working outside a bit today and its smoking hot. I’m trying to be smart about it and pacing myself. Lots of breaks and rehydrating. I know I might have mentioned this before, but its a treat to be able to do physical work again. I had a great example that lived next door. Lou was a builder who did manual work into his late 80’s. I’m just glad to be healthy today myself. And sweat in the eyes used to elicit a curse, but now its a smile.

Photo by Mike Hartley

So it’s a Friday and a wonderful one at that. A few minutes to write, edit some photos, work on the new photo site and still get the other chores going and accomplished. As I sat here and wondered what I would do and accomplish if I had another 50 hours a week to write and do some photography and artwork? Excitement and wonders of what could be came over me, then the rush of reality. If I’m honest with myself I have to find a way to be more productive. I have to be a better finisher. I have to work harder at these crafts. And I should do that now which should set me up in 5-10 years when I retire to be in a good pattern to just continue and have more to show for it.

Well, then again, one has to live. So have yourself a beer. Pour your partner a glass of wine. Maybe enjoy the sunset. I’ve got to go put the mower away, bring in the tools and close the shed. My reward, a shower. No problem at all. Any day with peace and happiness is a good day. Who knows, maybe I’ll get out and try a few night shots this evening if it stays dry.

I hit the trifecta today. I made my wife, daughter and daughter in-law happy. The annual spa/lunch gift certificate. Men, treat your better half or significant other. Turf Valley has been good I hear.

I believe we are soon going to test that old adage that good triumphs over evil.

The good thing about yard work is that you can see progress from your efforts.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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