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For granted

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One of my great failings in life is periodically taking my better half for granted. And I realized I’ve been doing that in regard to not taking her many places in a while. Of course, the recent pandemic has also put a damper on that activity but there are a ton of things still available to do and I got to get busy proposing some again.

I did better Thursday morning taking her to the EZ Cafe for breakfast which we hadn’t been to in some time and then did some shopping together at Clarks. Also scheduled some time away before the end of the year at a quiet place we both love. Somewhere we have been meaning to stay for some time now and finally decided to splurge. Well, the splurge might not seem that way to some. For us, it’s a splurge.

So if you have been taking your significant other for granted in any way. Correct course, get busy and do something. It only takes effort. There is a ton of places to visit and have a good time at. And sometimes it’s just a matter of spending more time together doing simple things.

Life is short and I’m living more in the present now. I’m using more time to create each day. What I get done around the house and yard is what I get done when I get it done. I’d rather be playing with my Dremel tool. Or writing or photographing. Maybe playing with my granddaughter or sending my kids something interesting to read.

The other day I had a doctor’s appointment. Instead of hustling home, I went for a cruise. Not a long one but it was a beautiful morning and the top was down and the sun was out so what the hell, I went for it. One of the great pleasures of driving is when you have no place to go in particular and no timeframe to get there.

Cloud imitating building. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I had the thought of letting my hair grow again and went several weeks beyond my normal haircut time but I just don’t like that interm period between short and nice very long. So it’s cut once more.
  • One of my favorite atheletes of all time has been Derek Jeter. He is now in the Hall of Fame and rightfully so.
  • Wow, the kickoff of the NFL season is here. So even though they don’t use it anymore I had to listen to “All my rowdy friends are coming over tonight.” (the old MNF lead in song) I can remember singing that infant daughter at the start of Monday Night Football. She would get so excited. And then fall asleep.

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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