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An early start

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There is an old expression I believe saying “burning the candle at both ends.” I was feeling like that at the end of Friday. Not from the day itself but the past few weeks/months. So I went and looked up what Google had to say about it and found this. That phrase was coined by the American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay in 1920. It comes from her poem “First Fig”: “My candle burns at both ends; / It will not last the night; / But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends– / It gives a lovely light!”

I had fully planned on staying up and just having a few minutes to relax and watch some NBA action, maybe do a post for the day, charge the camera batteries and finish setting up a studio shot. Well, all that went by the wayside when that flame at both ends met in the middle. At least I got a nice night’s sleep but I feel like I didn’t use the time wisely. Of course, that wouldn’t be truthful because my body has been sending me urgent rest signals for a while.

Rest! Photo by Mike Hartley

But Saturday I was back on track. Some hard work in the heat, some celebration with family, some good food, some sports, some shared love. What’s not to like about a day like that?

Well, some might say the HEAT is not to like. Personally, I can’t relate to that because I tolerate higher temps than most and I can cool down quickly. That is why I keep a garden hose outside. I would much rather sweat than shiver. I would rather get in a hot car and put the windows down for a few seconds to air it out than wait 5 minutes shivering for the heater to start pumping warm air and another 5 minutes so you can see through the frozen windshield.

You want to talk HOT. Photo by Mike Hartley

I rarely run the A/C in the car. I ride around the summer with the top-down baking. My favorite outfit is gym shorts and flipflops. I don’t have to spend time putting on layers or boots. If I get wet in the winter I might lose fingers or toes. If I get wet in the summer I say bring it on. If I’m shoveling it’s usually for a few minutes during the summer not for the hours during the winter.

The thought of going out in the cold turns me off while warm temps make the outdoors attractive again. Daylight is short in the winter which is depressing. Warm summer nights with late sunsets and libations in hand. If it rains in the summer no big deal. If it rains in the winter and temps are right you have a disaster.

All I know is I’m celebrating the season I’m most comfortable with. So this fine Sunday morning I think I’ll take a ride and capture a few new images before the chores take hold and starting the job that pays the bills tonight. I hope everyone has a great day.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • It’s wonderful to have so many friends. It’s a lot of work keeping up with so many friends. But it’s always worth it.
  • My riding mower makes the noise that attracts the cicadas. A new challenge in cutting the yard.
  • I like making prints for others. Time to increase that activity.
  • I’ve discovered that cicada’s also like the sound of a leaf blower and string trimmer.
  • I love sharing a meal with my whole family. Sharing it out at a restaurant was a special treat. This was a great weekend.

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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