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Where will the mind wander

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A great week so far. I don’t know if it’s just my optimism of some temps in the 80’s here for the first time in many many months. I’m soaking up some rays because I’ve spent some time outside and it feels great. I took a ride in the Miata with the top down for just a little over an hour the two warm afternoons and that really made living worthwhile.

Blooming good ride today. Photo by Mike Hartley

So where will the mind wander? Well on that ride it started out thinking about parents. I took a ride past both my home and the inlaw’s old homes and neighborhoods. That had a nice feeling to it. I would always look forward to visiting both so just that familiar streets gave a sense of calm.

There were some back roads and some highway time put in. There was Main Street in EC and the business district on Rt 40. Some ballfields at Wallace Park and some agricultural fields on Folly Quarter. There were a few exotics out cruising. A few people testing limits flying down Rt 29. I wasn’t in any hurry because it was a total pleasure cruise. And I’m rarely in a hurry now for much of anything.

Perfect weather and a beautiful time of the season for gardens and trees.

Another thing my mind wandered to this fine Friday was my neighbor was going through a Karen episode this past Wednesday. The nice thing though is I couldn’t understand one word of what she said. But she was excited, and still is I believe. She found out where the property line really is and she is very unhappy and from what I could tell still doesn’t believe it. Even after it was all staked out she was trying to tell me where it was. It cost me for the survey, but every penny was worth it just for seeing how pissed off she was.

I guess she wasn’t happy that they have to move one of their homemade building which is on our property. Oh yeah, they have to move their animal pen which is about 10-15 feet into my property over a 30-foot length, and oh, their garden out front into my property about 15 feet also. I started to throw the trash back but told them I wanted it off my yard. I doubt any of this will be done without county intervention which I sought out today.

This has been coming to a head for a long time now and the battle has been joined. Zoning and Licensing/Permits were contacted today. Animal Control gets a call and all the video I’ve shot on Monday about the birds being on the loose every day. This weekend when mowing the front which includes that garden. Also next week I call the EPA about the runoff into the stream behind our home.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Nature is surely doing some trimming this day. Luckily we have only lost power once today for a short bit.
  • I’m working on increasing the fun hours of the week.
  • Just lost a fairly large tree out back, the wind snapped it right in half.
  • There is no greater joy than a young child’s joy.
  • I know I’ve been slacking here. Some reasons are good, but for a few days, I’ve been lazy also.
  • I’ve been attending lots of live concerts this past year. Yeah, it’s YouTube videos of my favorite bands playing live, but the feeling is still great. And now with Merriwether opening again this summer it’s time to R&R for real.

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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