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A great day

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I don’t know why I chose the title, a great day. I was and wasn’t extraordinary at the same time. A number of unrelated events made it special. For instance, I was out mowing this morning and wishing I was out riding in the 2 seat fun machine instead of this chore.

Thankful for a sunrise and sunset in my life today. Photo by Mike Hartley

Just then I made a turn and looked straight at the window in the family room. For some reason the memory of me looking out at someone cutting my grass for the first time after my first cancer surgery many years ago. And that memory reminded me to be thankful for the opportunity to cut the grass each time. Not just being here, but physically capable and out and about.

Then some special moments with my grandson. Discovery, joy, eating, and of course the game of grabbing Papa’s glasses and many more. Some more chores and then a few minutes to relax.

There were some warm hugs from my better half and my daughter-in-law and a nice talk with a new neighbor.

Now a few minutes to create and make a few prints for some friends.

Maybe I’ll put the top down and take that ride late tonight.

There is a great deal to be learned by listening intently. I got away from this, but I’m returning to this style because it’s much more revealing. Especially when you ask the right questions.

We have a very interesting new CTO – Chief Technology Officer at our company. It will be interesting to see the changes he will bring and believe me there will be changes. I’ve worked in IT/Publishing for almost 5 decades. I think his reign might be the most dramatic of all of them.

Well, at least that is my first impression of him along with a number of others. In some ways, I wish I was sticking around longer to see it from the inside but I’ll have to live vicariously through word of mouth from people still there after I retire.

I used to love riding a motorcycle. Probably one of the most relaxing and exhilarating experiences of a lifetime. A nice warm day like today would have been perfect.

My son is a chip off the old block. He calls the other day asking if we have the spare crate for his young dog. We looked and said no. He calls back today asking if we can double-check because he can’t find it. I look again, (it’s kind of big and hard to hide) but I do bend under beds and into closets and into the basement while on the phone. No luck again. I hear him pause and say, “Maybe it’s in my car”. So he wanders out and yep, it’s in there.

I told him my friends would give him a penalty shot of liquor for something like that. I said I’ll take a snowball for the wild goose chase and making me get on my hands and knees looking for it.

I finish this day searching for the right words for an old work friend who lost his life partner. Thinking how lucky I am and at the same time scared to even think about what he is facing.

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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