THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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Questions answered. It was a weekend that began with a few question marks in regards to the homestead. Would the battery take a charge and would the engine turn on the tractor over if it did? Would I make it through the push-cutting part of the job without a lot of pain? Would the wounded wing behave? Would I be able to spot the box turtle before I hit him?

The answer was yes to all and the grounds look nice. So the season of yard work is off to a strong and successful start this weekend. My better half also does wonderful work with gardens so I’m proud of how the place looks to start this season.

Most all our neighbors use landscaping services. Photo by Mike Hartley

Lots of those big industrial mowers have double the mowing deck size of my old rider of 38″. I’m just happy that after more than 2 decades it’s still starting and finishing the yard strong. But watching those guys descend on the neighborhood got me thinking.

My 2nd mancave. Photo by Mike Hartley

It’s interesting to me how the industry has changed. When I grew up everyone cut their own yard or had one of the neighborhood kids do it. And that was a competitive business among the kids. Now companies roll up in trucks and trailers and people not of the neighborhood roll in and in a few minutes have the place cut trimmed and blown.

I had a try at a few of them when I had some health issues for 2 seasons. One was very good and the other was very bad. I wish the neighborhood kids still cut lawns. Then again we don’t live in a big neighborhood but you would think there would be some enterprising youngster around. I guess not because none have made themselves known in many decades.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • My car is red most of the year. Except for April and May when it is turned orange by pollen.
  • Hard work feels good. Well, most of the time it does.
  • Beef Brothers on Rt 40, had a really good meal from there. Oh yeah, can’t forget Ernesto’s the week before.
  • Looking forward to accomplishing a lot this week. I at least put the cameras to use this past week for some good family and people images. I hope to keep that going which reminds me, let me go recharge the battery in the Nikon.

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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