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Me 1 – Mother Nature 0

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I took no prisoners this weekend in the yard. In the last few years, I’ve been very slack on managing my back yard which is half woods and half lawn. The woods half was winning big time and doing a land grab not seen since WW2.

I have thwarted Mother Nature and her attempts in this with power tools, rakes, pruners and a lot of sweat yesterday. I had enlisted my son for this task but we are keeping apart, I don’t want to chance contact. Plus he is doing something really important now also. His better half and he are fostering a dog. She is so cute. But he did say he is looking for a workout so I might let him hack away at a few things in the near future. We still would stay apart. I could throw him the key to the shed from the deck and pretend I’m General Patton directing the 3rd Army.

I was pleased with the massive progress I’m making. I’ve also discovered some more work to do because of some erosion I hadn’t seen before. It felt good to get out in the yard again and do some very physical work. Think I’ll get out there a few days later this week myself again.

Nice cut. Wished my lawn looked like this.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Sometimes plans change. Most everyone is in the midst of changing plans for the future. Some making minor adjustments and some find themselves living day to day. From the next day to the rest of the year to even retirement planning. There is going to be a lot of painful adjustments. But in some ways, it could be a time of great opportunities. I don’t mean right this minute, just do what you need to do to stay healthy and keep others healthy.

But the reality is the other side of this might look different. How we shop and consume is changed. What we shop for and consume will change. The people we get things from might change. I’ve thought for a long time this country needs to get back to making things again. This might be one of those triggers.

One thing that is in our face now and could be for some time to come is the gap between rich and poor will grow. The number of poor will grow. The middle class seems to be losing ground. I wonder how much longer that gap can continue to grow without breaking?

I hope there are numerous opportunities for people to learn new skills and new businesses and flourish again.


Random Thoughts of the Day

  • People have too much time as evidenced by the increase in friend requests through Facebook.
  • Caddyshack is a good movie when things are too serious.
  • It is so easy to drink too many Cokes in a day.
  • Tried to keep it light and easy 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.

One thought on “Me 1 – Mother Nature 0

  1. I enjoyed reading your article especially about working with your son. Your back yard could be a wonderful time for you two to get through this virus concern. Plus with his help your impact on the backyard will be greater and even more special. Its a project the 2 of you have done together. I miss the days when my son and I would do projects together. Keep up the good work, I enjoy reading your insights.

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