THREW Mikes EyEz

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I hate stubbing my toes before I sit down to write. It makes it very hard to concentrate while my toes are throbbing. About 10 minutes before that I twisted my left knee. This is not a good start for the lower left side of the body for an early Wednesday morning well before sunrise.

I guess that the old adage is probably true – No Pain-No Gain. So off to bed, I went after a hard night of work and injuries.

Out the Door Today

I didn’t get far out my door today. To the side patio in fact for this shot and to the mailbox and trash out. Other than that just busy inside the house. I still ache from this morning, the toes recovered, but the knee is worse. Another reason I didn’t venture out. I figured the clutch activity needed to drive wouldn’t do the left knee any good.

Tomorrow out the door will certainly be further away than 20 feet from my back door. Photo by Mike Hartley

The last worknight of the week is ahead of me. That will leave just over a handful of weeks of work left. A very strange feeling. I can’t remember being out of work much over the last five decades. Maybe a day or two in between jobs at the most. And over that span, I’ve only had 4 jobs, 2 of which spanned 47 years.

I wonder if I’ll be wearing a path around the house and yard. With it being winter at that time I’ll be held back from putting a lot of miles on the Miata. I feel a bit nervous about it already at times. The first task will be changing my sleep cycle. No small task after years of flip-flopping from nocturnal to daywalker each week.

I’m going to incorporate a workout from day one and do it daily from then on. That should help with some of the nervous energy.

It’s going to be strange. I had a life-altering event when I got to work from home full-time for the last few years. That was 12 hours a week I wasn’t spending sitting in the seat of a car in traffic. It was a win-win for both the company and me. I was able to give them some time on the front and back side of my shift and be more flexible. They got a fresher and sharper me each day.

But getting 45-50 hours back a week, I can’t imagine the feeling. Even vacations never came close to the feeling of being retired I expect. Most of the time work came with me on vacation. Just the options on what to do with all that time is an overwhelming thought at times even with all the plans I have.

I hope to relax and be a little less hyper. A better diet is also in the plans. But till then it’s life as normal. I have to get some grub and sit down at mission control.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • A photo you think would look better in a frame won’t. A photo you know looks good will look better in a frame.
  • When the weather gets cold it takes me twice as long to stretch out in the mornings.
  • I’ve driven over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge many times, in cars, trucks, motorcycles, and convertibles. It never used to bother me much at all but as I’ve gotten older I feel my grip on the wheel tightening. Didn’t notice it till the last few trips home this year.
  • I feel the need to watch some comedy, I need a few laughs.

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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