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Satisfying Sunday


Nothing like getting a jump on a new plan. So why wait for the New Year to kick it off. I got my behind busy today with a 2 hour hike around the hills of Ellicott City and some treadmill work this afternoon. I might even do a little more this evening. I’m trying to take the daily mindset I have with the blog to exercise daily also.

A sad sight. The back of what used to be the Caplans building.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I love taking the path less traveled at times. Ducked down an alley today and my friend and I were amazed looking at the back of this store. How it still stands is beyond my comprehension. As you walk around Ellicott City you realize how many streams converge on this town.

As the sun started to come out on Sucker Branch along Sylvan Lane.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Seems like it’s still going to be a long time for this town to recover again. Just the infrastructure work needed and going on seems huge.

The gap in Ellicott Mills Drive.
Photo by Mike Hatley

Maybe when this house is returned to its Main Street address it will make things a little more normal again.

The log cabin is aloft.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Went to a wedding last night. Thought about marriage and life as I watched a beautiful bride and groom, the daughter of some great friends of ours. I got a very good feeling from these two. I hope that have a wonderful life together. When I look at young couples I try to think about what is ahead for them. Will it be a lifelong commitment that goes by in the wink of an eye because it’s filled with love, fun and new family. Or will it be like an old rocket launch, beautiful at first with bright flames but fizzles out quickly and separation happens with not so good memories that are carried for a lifetime.

I’m not saying that in some cases its wrong to divorce, on the contrary some were never meant to be. Many end for many different reasons and some are very valid. But others are usually because one or both don’t have that commitment over a long period of time. I’ve been married a long time. I’m sure my better half has been unhappy enough with me as I have with her that you could say things might have been on the ropes.

But even with that it wasn’t something either of us would even consider with having children already. That bond of having a family unit was always one thing we both believed in strongly. When a family is started both parents assume a support role. It may have held us together at some rough points. But deep down also there was always love.

It was kind of funny that this morning while I was walking with a very close friend who has also been married a long time about how both of us who have had rough stretches about how in the last decade or so, its been so wonderful and so glad that we are able to enjoy our later years together. That its fun, its time that is appreciated and cherished, instead of sometime neglected, ignored or indifferent about. It’s a great time in our lives.

Enjoyed last nights wedding very much.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

Just because someone says something doesn’t really make it so.

I’m feeling good about this coming year. Hope it works out well for everyone.

When someone loves you, people always wonder what you’re smiling about.

Get ready legs, daily walks are now part of the routine.

I hope a good nights rest is ahead. I’d hate to end the year cranky.

Confidence is very important. Comfort with yourself is a good place to start.

Felt good to make strides on several fronts today.

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.

2 thoughts on “Satisfying Sunday

  1. That photo of Caplan’s! I don’t think I have seen the back of it before.

    • We got behind the buildings on a thin ledge to get that shot. And Kathy thank you very much for the conversation this year. I hope you have a wonderful and safe New Years Eve.

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