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Get your line in the water

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Come on folks, the sun is about up and its time to get your line in the water. For me today, that means taking a casual spin in the convertible, after I dry off the morning dew on it. You see I just gave the beast a bath last night and would like it without water spots this morning. Might seem excessive for some of you, pampering a car that is. But this is the first car in over 3 decades that I really like, enjoy and sort of prize in ways.

Fishing between the goal post.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So I keep it clean and shining as best I can. Yeah it’s also my daily commuter, so that is rough on it but that is life. But back to putting your line in the water. Whatever it is that floats your boat, get up, get out and get at it. The only work I’m doing today is putting that mower back in the shed and locking it up. Other than that it should be a day of enjoyment to lead me into the work week.

Something that when I’m sitting there mid-week, and about to lose my mojo, that I can draw from and say ahhhhh, that is why I do this. And after 3 days of yard and home work and chores, I’ve earned a day of rest. And like the gentleman with the fishing pole in his hands in photo, I’m looking for contentment. And fishing is an excellent way to find that but today its going to be on the back roads, maybe snapping a few images along the way, a warm embrace for my better half, a phone call to the kids, touching base with my best friends who are away (no distance can divide us), and finally planting my behind in the hammock at the end of the day for a nap.

The hard part will be staying away from this computer. I’ve had several creative ideas for post just sitting here this morning and I’ve decided to write them down and not let such a beautiful day outside go to waste. Not that I don’t love blogging, I really do. The more I write each day the more I think about missing the opportunity I had for decades to do it. Just lacked any confidence and will to do it. But now I’m just like a kid in a candy store.

I’m ready to move to the next step, and not just share the daily rant that races across my mind. Or the random topic inspired by a photo I’ve taken, which make up about 99% of my post. I read so many gifted people, post that just flow with thought, emotion, drama, life, laughter and sometime just cause you to pause and think. Short stories or longer pieces, it’s the quality of the words. Sometimes its just a few lines that can stick with you or inspire you.

Ah what the hell, who am I kidding. That kind of step takes time, patience, research, thought, many drafts and most of all talent/skill. And I still lack the time for that so what the hell. I’ll continue to plug along and practice till I find my talent under a yet un-turned stone or stumble on it by accident. So have a good day all and best of health to everyone.

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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