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Thinking ahead

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Good day, all. A wonderful day and a sad day. A painful day and a healthy day. You can have the best and worst and still come out OK.

Only a few more months. Photo by Mike Hartley

In this postThinking AheadSunday DinnerRandom Thoughts of the Day

I’m thinking ahead to having a few hours off tomorrow. Of course, I have a night of work before that but what the hell, a little daydreaming of what to do with the time. I really need to finish that shell carving after spending a few hours on it earlier and making good progress.

I’ve got to get out with the camera also and being the sun should be out I think that is a good thought to pursue. And I think I’ll take a gift card out and get some carryout for lunch. I should get some exercise and oh yeah, remember to eat right. And I’m going to do some reading also because I’m enjoying a few books. I haven’t read much in my life, but I think I’ll try to make it part of my future. I know each year I blog I read more.

Sunday Dinner – We may not eat every dinner of the week together, we try, but Sunday is always the day where the family will be. It’s down to just the two of us at home now but still both of us every Sunday like clockwork. It’s a special dinner night. My better half usually plans something good. Sometimes I’ll be grilling out in good weather but she really does the special ones and a majority of them.

From the time I get up till I pull up to the table, I anticipate the meal. And most of the time I don’t even know what we are having till midday and sometimes not till I smell it cooking. And oh boy does the home smell good on Sundays. I’ve always looked forward to it.

It’s funny how it’s changed over the years. Newly married and romantic times just looking into the eyes of each other. Then the children’s years where you feel like a goalie catching food thrown between the kids. And then they grow into young adults barely able to sit still. Then there is the appreciation for that home cooking after they go away to college and then return home. All of a sudden they are taking their time and getting their fill again. And as I said earlier now we are just back to the two of us. It’s nice and relaxed, We express thanks for the food. We usually look at each other and smile as we talk and share a laugh or tough issue. It’s not rushed anymore.

Family meals together are important. Real important. It’s that few minutes together, the conversation, the laughs, the question, and answer update when the kids were home. The games they would play. the likes and dislikes for certain foods. The looks at Dad for chewing too loudly. I miss a full table but I still love having a partner to share that special meal with.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I hate to see our country looking like an armed camp. How embarrassing, at war with ourselves.
  • Change with a purpose is motivational.
  • When I can’t get to what I want to, it’s time to evaluate what I’m spending my time on again.
  • It takes time to create a good post. Sometimes a little and sometimes a lot.

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 “Thinking ahead

  1. Great post!

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