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Off and running in May

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A flying start to the month, pretty much the whole cycle. One mixed with a little work and a little fun, as all days should be. But also the elation and disappointment highs and lows that life sometimes brings. The work part thankfully is around the homestead. Those winds created quite a mess of sticks, branches, and whole trees. Yep, one of the neighbor’s trees fell onto our yards. Our back yards go into the woods and he doesn’t cut his lower back like I do which is no problem but I’ll have to clear the top part of the tree that is on my side where I still do cut my lawn. I have a few trees in the far lower back that I’ve let go back to mother nature.

There are as many views of how one should take care of their property as there are people. We have a significant variation in this small neighborhood alone. At the entrance to our neighborhood is what I call the Halfway House. As you can see it’s halfway torn down. Rumor says it’s just been sold and I’m guessing someone is going to finish tearing it down and build anew. We have small homes and small mansions along with most things in between. Just across the street from this are million-dollar-plus home homes being built. Not good for me, just going to raise my property taxes.

It’s a mixture of different views, different nationalities, different beliefs, and different perspectives. I was going to say “you know, just like the rest of the world”, but no, it’s not really that way in some areas and that is by design in most cases.

I think I’ll start this as a photo project this week. Homes in the Hood. I need to get out and walk a bit and get that heartrate up so why not elaborate a little more on the diversity and delema I’m faced with next door.

I was hoping to start the week off in good mental and physical shape, hopefully, the body will recover tonight and the PT tomorrow will get me back on track. Mentally we will see but the outlook is not promising. One can’t be on top of the world all the time anyway.

Trees and Clouds in Red

Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • How does one not move when music is playing?
  • I wonder if those birds of prey circling over me while I mow the backyard know something I don’t?
  • Had a great dinner at Bolder food/drink on Rt 144 near Mount Airy Saturday evening.
  • Setting boundaries can be a good thing.
  • Those days that you feel distant from someone can be unsettling.
  • Sometimes you can send a message without saying a word.
  • Maybe rain on Monday is appropriate.

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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