THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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We got to spend some family time this weekend and there is nothing more rewarding to me than that time together, enjoying each other’s company. The sun is setting quickly on the day and our return to the workweek and responsibilities are upon us again. But I have some nice things to smile about and reflect on and hope for because of it. I guess that is why I’m so happy and relaxed right now.

Sunset over the Potomac yesterday. Photo by Mike Hartley.

I feel for families that don’t get a chance to spend extended time together. Ours is limited also with everyone actively earning a living and raising children. Our summer vacation together is on hiatus this year and we will instead spend lots of time ogling our coming grandson. So this weekend was a chance to have a few days together. A short trip from home but far enough that it felt like a getaway.

I guess having the time to maximize every opportunity to do something with family is what I look forward to most in retirement. The days with no schedule conflicts on my end to navigate, just a “sure, we can do that” or “we’d be glad to babysit” or “you got time for a spur of the moment dinner together, sure we do.”

But I haven’t retired and work starts shortly. So let me make myself a print of that group shot of all 8 of us to look at throughout the evening.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Don’t spend your time on the things that go wrong in life. Use that energy to create things that go right.
  • I missed tonight’s sunset. That bothers me.
  • This is going to be a busy week. Sometimes you can just tell in advance without even looking at a schedule.
  • I need to start looking for a new computer.

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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