THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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I woke with the feeling of being rewarded for the first half of the year of hard work and stress. I was off on a week and a half of vacation and the place I’m in now as I return to work today is just fine. Spending time with family and friends and of course, my better half is the most rewarding thing for all that hard work.

Things are looking UP. Photo by Mike Hartley

If anything this past week or so has reminded me to be more optimistic and look for more fun along the way with the people I love. This means making more plans and minimizing chores and work. Hell yeah, such a simple solution to life.

Nothing like a piece of driftwood to catch my eye. Photo by Mike Hartley

It also reminded me to appreciate the simple things in life. A view, a walk on a beach, sitting around a fire, watching birds fly, listening to waves hit the shore, or on a porch watching a sunset. We took two short trips of 50 miles and 150 miles each way and we were in heaven. No traffic jams, no canceled flights, or TSA lines, not a fortune spent. Nothing but a good time all the time.

Let your fun take flight. Photo by Mike Hartley

I didn’t finish that collage I had started so that will be on today’s agenda. And if it stays dry some more sanding outside on a few carving pieces. But first to bring me solidly back to reality, the push mower and the backyard hill.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Exercise I’m told feels better over time. I guess I’ll have to test that adage.
  • There is a very persistent black snake that was trying to get into my house. So I get the rake and put him back in the yard and what does he do, go into my shed. Well, thank you Mr. Snake for giving me the incentive to clean my shed out.
  • It gets disappointing if you are operating on everyone else’s schedule too often.
  • Sometimes the less said the better.

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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