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Plans change

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I wanted to do a little shooting Tuesday but decided to spend some time with one of my best friends. I look at these meetings as very special now that we are getting older. After knowing each other for so long there is complete easiness in communication and deep respect. Also lots of joy, humor, and laughter, but sometimes some deadly serious life issues.

It sounds like I’m headed back to the Orthopedic office for the poorly functioning wing. I’m hoping I don’t need another surgery on that side. This body already is well into the double digits in surgical scars. But hey, what’s a few more to keep functioning. Luckily I haven’t developed a need for replacement parts.

Lets try flying the same direction for a change of pace. Photo by Mike Hartley

Oh, the days, those not so long ago, planning whose house to visit in what sequence and time for holidays and birthdays. This is the first year holidays and birthdays won’t be celebrated with parents. This will be a tough week because it’s Mothers Day and 2 significant parent’s birthdays. And each subsequent birthday or holiday or anniversary will be different. Plans change.

I guess we are now the elders in the family and so the cycle continues. Both my better half and I will be visiting the resting places or our parents this weekend. Our families gave us some really good examples to follow. Were they perfect, nope but they were very good people. So the bar is set high for us to improve on and we will do our best.

Time for thought. Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m sitting here listening to some of my favorite tunes and appropriately the song “Time” by Pink Floyd came on. I remember that surround sound at Meriwether. No wonder my hair stands on end when I hear some of my classic rock. It seems like yesterday when I hear it and it makes me feel so young, but hell, it’s almost 5 decades ago.

And it’s time to stop obsessing about time. You got to live. And that means rest and relax sometimes. But at the same time, I want to live every minute to the fullest. It’s funny saying that and at the same time thinking about going out and doing yard chores. How is that living life to its fullest? How is cutting the grass living? Well, it’s all part of life as it is now. At one time I would spend extra time for that home and garden look, not that I ever got there but now it’s just keeping it presentable.

And I thought cutting the yard today would be boring. Little did I know I was going to get a wave from my granddaughter each lap around the yard. I wonder if I can rent her each time it needs cutting, it sure did make it more enjoyable.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I can’t help but feel disappointed in some of my local government agencies recently.
  • Breaking a sweat feels good. A shower feels better.
  • Kind of interesting that the older we get the less we like change but that is the age at which most of it occurs.
  • Well, let’s get this weekend started.

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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