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A little balance

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Winters best invention – The Indoor Pool.

In the last few years my better half have been lucky enough to have taken a day in the late fall or early winter to get away for a night and stay at a nice hotel. We might drive a few hours. Its usually in Maryland. These are a wonderful breaks from the pressures of the season. Time to relax, talk, share a good meal, go to bed together, wake up together, have peaceful breakfast, take long walks on trails or the beach, stand and look at water, stand and look at the sun, let life slow back down and if we feel lazy some room service. And the best thing about going off season and odd days you can get some wonderful rates.

We usually only take a night, sometimes two if its been a good year. And that is all we need. Well that’s all we can splurge on and it still works for us. I know its helped our marriage. Sometimes just taking that day together, away from everything normal and looking the other person in the eyes and listening to their thoughts and dreams and issues is very easy when its just you two away from all the distractions. Each time I feel like I fall more in love with her. Each time I’m so thankful I’ve been given this time and ability to do some things like this.

Last year I forgot my swimsuit and I cursed myself. This year that won’t be the case. Nothing like a swim in a nice pool in the middle of winter.

Dreams of water.
Photo by Mike Hartley

On some days I really miss my pool. It gave up the ghost a few years ago. It was a lot of work. Let me repeat that first one, IT WAS A LOT OF WORK. It was a lot of money I didn’t have to maintain it and repair it and upgrade it. And I wouldn’t change a minute or penny of it because it provided the family with a little joy every now and then.

We miss that activity. Kids in and out, wet towels and bathing suits laying around. Endless inflatable rafts to trip me up. You know come to think of it I never fell in by accident in all those years. Talk about amazing luck.

Random Thoughts

My raking today has discovered a new squatter on my property. Well actually he is below ground and tunneling like nobody’s business. I must go in search of solutions because he is making a mess. Went all the way down the edge of my sidewalk and then under it into the garden and then back into the yard for his imitation of a corn maze map. I’m going to have to consult my list of options and get advice from Larry, Moe and Curly of course.

Life is a series of test. Some test get your full attention and you wait to breath easy or have your breath taken away.

Had another nice meal at Town Grill last evening. You know its the kind of place where I was sitting inside and couldn’t remember if I locked my car and didn’t even panic or worry one bit. That is what I like about this part of the county. But even that is changing.

Today was a morning filled with laughter.

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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