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Its time

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I guess with a high temp of 50 degrees and the low dipping into the ’20s the next few days, it’s time to put the shorts and flip flops away. Always a depressing thought and action for me.

Goodbye till spring. Photo by Mike Hartley

So onto a winter season, we go. I know, we are a month away officially but once the temps get below 60 it’s winter to me. Despite this prospect, I’m in fairly good spirits. For the long term, forecasters say it will be a mild one here in the mid-Atlantic.

Those worn hardwood floors under my feet in the photo have all been sanded down today and it looks wonderful. Once the stain and sealer are on it will look great. Then the molding and the job will be complete. I’m more of a carpet man myself but I’m willing to go with this change because it makes my better half so happy.

She really does have a very good decorating sense and concepts and it always looks much better when she makes changes. She talked me out of doing the refinishing job myself. It would have taken me too long to do all those floors and moldings. I would have had to rent or buy a good size sander. Having it completed in a few days is the way to go for a job like this. We will be a day moving everything back in and hanging everything up again once we get the all-clear on the clear being dry.

Maybe I’ll try that move Tom Cruise did in that movie Risky Business with the socks sliding across the floor.

I was able to spend a few hours with my Son on Sunday and it was great. I’m so afraid things are going to get to the point where we won’t see each other for a while again. I hate the thought of that. It broke my heart the first time and I’m sure it will again when I can’t see my children and grandchildren.

For the first time this football season, I came out on top of my son’s and I head to head contest. I will probably return to the pasting I’ve been receiving all year next week. Sports have always been a good connection for us. For a few minutes, each week where we trade emails of our picks, text a few times on who’s ahead, and then someone gloats at the end of the day. We talk about our favorite teams and players. We hit a few games here and there.

Football season leads us into our favorite, College BasketBall Season. It would be nice to see that but it appears football will even have a tough time finishing so my optimism is guarded about basketball. This may be the first time I don’t see a Maryland game in person in decades. Maybe I should pull the ball out of the closet and shoot a few hoops myself, I know I could use the exercise. I thought I heard the treadmill laugh at me when I passed it the other day.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • The definition of a poor loser is being redefined daily.
  • You know what I like. When I hand someone a photographic print and then look intently at it for a while and without a spoken word I can feel their happiness. I think I’ll get busy making more prints for people.
  • What if the scales you weigh yourself with came with sound effects?
  • Work through it or nap through it. Whatever works for you.
  • Uh Oh, I need to order more ink.

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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