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Addicted to weekends

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I got to admit, one of the best feelings I have is the morning I wake at the start of the weekend. I don’t know about you but I could run through walls just for the fun of it because I have so much energy and excitement over looking forward to some time off.

Now there is a wall I could probably run through. Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve had better weeks at the job that pays the bills so it’s going to be a sweet one indeed. Nothing like having the house to myself this afternoon and blowing the dust off the speakers with a few tunes I haven’t listened to in a while.

That was a change I had to adapt to a bit when my better half retired. I used to wake and open my eardrums up with some classic tunes and some windmill stretches. Now I’ve gotten conservative again. I’ll have to snap out of that mode.

So onto today’s writing challenge. Oh, another one with many possible answers. The question “where do you go when you need solitude?” Solitude is defined – as the state or situation of being alone.

I can think of a few places off the top of my head I go for solitude. The first would probably be my little convertible, top-down, some back roads, and some music. It used to be my motorcycle for a few decades when I was younger. That is real solitude. Getting on that seat and putting on several hundred miles in a day.

Of course, my basement office is probably the most often used place for solitude. Especially in this frigid weather. I hope my workroom becomes a place of solitude in the future when I spend more time than a few minutes a week learning to carve.

My home overall is a place of solitude but as more grandchildren come that will change. The beach on the Maryland or Deleware shore is solitude to me. I could stand, run, lay or just admire it endlessly. Just about any pool on a hot summer day is a place of solitude. Even when there are people around the beach and the pool I can picture myself alone in a very comfortable space in my mind and have solitude. Just give me some warm temps, my shades and a towel or beach chair and I’m in my own world.

At work sometimes I’d go to the roof of the building and just take in the view and a few minutes of solitude. I thought that was strange till I found some others doing the same thing. Always relaxed me.

Oh, my hammock on the side deck during the summer is a wonderful spot for a moment or two of solitude.

Sitting anywhere hand in hand with my better half. I call that one “alone together.” Looks like I have a lot of places to find solitude. Thank goodness because I seem to need it often.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • The more moments of appreciation you have the happier in life you will be.
  • Having a Coke out of a very cold GLASS BOTTLE is like drinking fine wine. So says me.
  • Maryland weather forecast, It was 14 degrees when I wrote this line. We are either going to get a foot of snow or a dusting this weekend. And it could be 60 next week. Got to love Mother Nature.
  • I might have to work on my snow shooting tomorrow.

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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