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Almost time to start taking the ornaments off the tree. Seems like I just started putting them one. The day I started I got the reminder to make sure the “special ones” are up and displayed. After almost 40 years of marriage together we have a few more ornaments than we can use. Even with the big tree I get and the one in the basement.

Photo by Mike Hartley

Some items like our kid’s first ornaments from births and ones they first made in school or ones from our parents that were part of their trees for decades. A few sets or series of ornaments that are our favorites. That is the special part of every tree. I love seeing everyone’s interpretation and sometimes history on the tree at holiday time. I like making our tree different every year.

I love the smell of a fresh-cut tree. We also have a smaller artificial one in the basement. I hope I’m well enough to go get that live one each December for a long time to come. And even though we might not celebrate every year at our home, it’s going to be decorated well because we both enjoy it. Of course, my better half is the far superior decorator and the place is really nice with the touches and items she brings to each room.

I guess I’m just a little sad the season came and went so fast. But its always like that when you have a good time. So till next year Christmas and New Year.

My how life changes. I just thought of something I have to add to the bucket list. I want the grandkids to bury me on the beach on our family summer vacation. I know its a few summers off but the idea of that just popped in my head this afternoon. See, even during winter, I can have warm summer thoughts that put a smile on my face.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Friendships are getting together, laughing, sharing, helping, remembering and planning. It’s also fun to add some good food and drinks.
  • A short but successful day. Some rest, some fun. And finish strong with some work.
  • It’s hard to smile about a rain-filled 2-day forecast. I guess I could practice some foul weather photography.
  • Why I chose to start my Friday off with the dentist appointment is beyond me. I might want to consider the checkup from the neck-up.

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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