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And here I thought I was going to have some time to play with my hobbies. I was just kidding myself with the projects we have going and just the overdue maintenance needed on the homestead. I’m finally getting the siding cleaned. I haven’t had the big ladder out in a while. So long that a bird had a chance to build a nest on it.

I still had time to grab a shot or two of visitors to my back yard. It was my favorite family again. Mom, Dad and young-in. Photo by Mike Hartley

But the result yesterday is that I feel good about the work accomplished because it shows some tangible results. For instance, we decided to take up some carpet we have had down forever in the living room and hall. Not that it was bad, my better half just wanted to go back to the hardwood floors underneath the carpet.

Even a simple task like that is a lot of work but the floors below do change the look of the house. They will really look nice when sanded and sealed again. But as I told her I really don’t like it because I can’t sneak up on her anymore with the quietness of the carpet gone. It’s like taking the high grass away from a hunting cheetah.

Dad is always aware of me first. Photo by Mike Hartley

Today was more chores like grass cutting and some more work on the recently exposed floors. I tried my hand at cooking some stuffed pork chops with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and mozzarella cheese. They were good.

Like yesterday I’ll pick up the camera and try to capture something to use here. Like this crew below, totally devoid of social distancing and no mask in view except for that white mask in the middle.

Photo by Mike Hartley

Doing battle with Mother Nature. She is a formidable foe. But I have a full 5-gallon tank of gas for the mower and another gallon for the string trimmer. I ran out last week and she laughed at me. I had to retreat unfinished in defeat.

I know my family doesn’t like it but I like doing some physical work outside during the summer. I take more breaks to appease them but I’ve discovered I also need them especially on hot days. So I’ll try to be smart with their assistance and guidance but still get the exercise. Because these tasks are also rewarding when things look good after the effort.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • It’s shark week.
  • The wasp thought they were slick with their latest nest. Now they are slick with Raid.
  • Think about how special friendships will feel when you can hug that person again and get together and totally relax. You know, what we once used to do on a regular basis.

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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