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A room with a view

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Yeah a nice big room with a breathtaking view is a very nice thing indeed. But each persons favorite room and breathtaking view is different. My room (the kitchen) is something I found myself staring out of the first time I walked into my longtime home. The kitchen might sound like a strange room to have the best view from but it is here. And that was true of the house I grew up in as a child. Of course that window was very small and you had to lean on the counter over the sink to get a good view. I can remember doing that, my feet not touching the ground for long periods. Looking at woods, wildlife and a stream, behind our back yard. We used to make forts in the woods behind us.

A room with a view.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Today my view isn’t as tough as that old one because I have a nice bay window that I can easily stand or sit at the kitchen table and look out. And again I see woods and a stream and wonderful wildlife. But this view is up high and I’m looking out at a fast down slopping back yard that the woods eats half into and state park behind that. I’m looking out almost mid tree level, so seeing birds is easy. But you can also see lots of deer, fox and endless other creatures coming into and out of the woods. Yes even the occasional large snake.

At difficult times in my life I know I’ve stood there looking out and thought very hard. Stressful situations became more manageable there. I’d either walk away with a plan or just more relaxed or both. I’ve stood there remembering my parents standing beside me asking what I was looking at over and over by that kitchen window growing up.  I stood there and watched daybreak after my Mom had passed earlier that morning and was able to breathe again.

I’ve stood there and asked for help. I’ve stood there and have been at total peace. It’s changed over the years. A home was built-in the court that is up the street and that took some of the woods view on a corner. Trees have grown and trees have fallen. My neighbors have let their lower back yard go more natural so that is different from previous one who used to cut below and tried to extend their back yard into the woods.

Views with snow and ice are wonderful treasures. The spring blooms of buds on the trees. The colors in the fall. The leaves and helicopter seeds gently spinning down from the trees. Squirrels jumping from branch to branch, woodpeckers creating endless holes in this one tree. I got to admit I get excited every time I hear one of them starting to jack hammer away at that tree each year.

I know, I’ve posted some of those views in this blog previously so I won’t bore you again.

I hope everyone finds that view they love and can put their mind at ease with. One that becomes a favorite to spend time at coming to terms and enjoying life from.


Random Thoughts of the Day

My favorite Coke of the day is the first one.

Its Christmas tree day. Love that real tree smell. That feeling of the cold rushing to the floor as I lay below it tightening and adjusting the tree stand. The first few hours where it spreads back out from being wrapped up to get home.

Today I start cranking out beautiful photos from my new printer. Whoops, may have gotten ahead of myself again. I guess I should go take some beautiful photos first.

I can still remember my Mothers excitement at Christmas time. Helps ease the pain of missing her and my Dad at this time of year.

Oh yeah, shopping. Let me get my back side off this chair.

I have been neglect in wishing you all a good day as I do to people I see face to face. But since you take the time to read this far down, have a wonderful day.

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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