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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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It’s Green Again

The drive to work today was special because there is a day during each year that you can really notice the transition from grey and brown tones to a bright green. It’s a wonderful site and has made my day. There are so many positive things that I love about this time of year. I know my car will be a bright yellow for a few weeks. Yeah I know the grass will need cutting each week, especially with all the rain we keep getting.

Breeze in the treeze.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Summer and spring are my favorite seasons. It’s going to feel good to get back outside regularly again. I think I’ll get out for a walk tomorrow. I’ve felt good today and maybe I’ll string another day together with that.

One of natures Greens
Photo by Mike Hartley


Random Thoughts of the Day

I’ve driven a stick shift for so many decades I think I have clutch foot.

Realizing how special some people are is a true blessing.

Telling someone they have to change and helping them change are two different things.

So its tax day. Like Mondays aren’t depressing enough.

6 hours sleep in 2 days, not good. I sense a restful Tuesday.

You ever have those days where there just isn’t enough time. Today is one of those for me.


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Sunday forecast

So its raining. So what. The forecast it bright as far as I’m concerned. Started off the day paying respects to my parents. Had company this time. One of my best friends wife’s parents are also interned at Arlington and my better half came along also. It was a nice visit. A little misting rain but nothing bothersome.

Took the time to have a nice breakfast out with my better half also on the way home. We are so looking forward in our lives to be able to do this as the rule instead of the exception.

My forecast feels bright.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Well its back to work before I can spend anymore time in thought about retirement. Hard to ignore when people around you are doing it. Had two friends this weekend tell us that one had retired and the other was only a year off. I’m not jealous, it just takes my mind a little longer to refocus on the task of starting another work week.


Look ahead but live in the moment. Something I’ve not done often enough. Some time wasted thinking about what I could change that had already transpired. Other times I’d be looking so far ahead of myself that I wouldn’t take the time to make the connection to get there. Each day I look at now for some accomplishments.

They might be simple things to most but can be very special. Lots of people including myself take for granted that time we spend with your significant other. A meal together, a walk, whatever it can be special if your thinking that way. Simple things like a call from your children. Those are huge to me.

So this week is more of a focus on living in the moment.


Random Thoughts of the Day

My yard is green and growing, I guess the season has started. The battery goes in the mower tomorrow. Please let it crank over fine.

Sometimes those you do for don’t appreciate it but that isn’t the reason you do it.

I have a feeling this is going to be a good week. And if not I’ll make it one.

It was exciting to see Tiger win again. I know there are a good number of people who don’t like him. But he is good for the game. And its nice to see an old man succeed against much younger competition.


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Satisfying Saturday

Ah, that warm soft sand of the early morning sunrise on the Atlantic coast. Only cooled by the incoming wave. Found this picture and thought about contentment. And I’m very content this evening. Had a wonderful dinner with some lifelong friends. Talked for hours about the transitions we are all making in life. Most are great, some are tough, but we are loving life for the most part.

Give me a sunset or sunrise.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I feel very lucky and fortunate enough to say that. That I’m loving life. I’ve slowly been overcoming a fairly negative attitude about various aspects of life for a long time. And I’m going to keep that change going because it improves the quality of my life so much. Oh I slip, don’t get me wrong. There may be a few things I never get over. But I’m trying.

Life can be tough. It really is sometimes, but most of the time its easy. I’ve stopped taking the simple things for granted. I’m appreciating the wonderful things I do have and not wanting for something else. Well I do look forward to retirement some day from one career at least. It’s funny that I can’t seem to wait for that retirement day to come. But that means I’ll be a good bit older than I am now and that I’ll be giving up something I’ve loved for decades. It will be a tough transition in some ways. But in the mean time I’m going about enjoying each day before then, as well.

A very good friend at work once told me “Make it work for you”. He was talking about the job at the time but its a good way to look at life. Don’t wait for others to make it perfect. Get busy yourself.


Random Thoughts of the Day

I’m looking forward to a special visit to a special place tomorrow.

I’ve got to give this blog more of a commitment each day and improve the quality of the content.

It’s not staying up late with your immersed in something you love.

I wonder who I can help tomorrow besides myself?


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Time to Return

It’s the season to migrate to the shore again. Found some images I hadn’t posted from a few years ago at Bethany Beach that inspired that thought. Maybe some sunshine tomorrow would help motivate me.


Random Thoughts of the Day

Mother nature 1 – Me 0 – I think she spotted my progress and rained on me before I could accomplish more.

I always used to wonder why my Mom had so many magnifying glasses around. I wonder no more.

Think I’ll try going to bed before midnight and see how it feels.


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With a little help from my friends

The day goes by much easier with friends. I think I’ll get out and spend some time with some this weekend. Its been a long week of just work and chores so far and I need to lighten up a bit. And don’t forget about those 4 legged friends. They sometimes are the best ones. Loyal and think the world of you. What more can you want?

Getting by with a little help from my friends. Just happened to be listening to Joe Cocker version of that when I came across this image.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Hope its a good start for your day as it is mine. Multitasking and making progress. I’m preparing the tools of war with mother nature. She has many advantages but I have JD. Yep an old John Deere that just keeps on keeping on. I have to look up when I got that but its got to be 20 years old.

Yeah its got a tire I have to pump up once or twice a month. But it still runs well. Of course I’ve probably just jinxed myself and it won’t kick over this year. We will see later today if the rain holds off. I hope its ready because we are back to full-time cutting this year. Due to some health issues a few summers I had to hire a service. The last couple years I’ve been doing it every other week and having the service (and I use that word service very loosely) do it every other week. Well we parted ways last year and I’m the YARD MULE again.

I’m kind of looking forward to it. There is some solace on sitting on a tractor for a few hours mindlessly chopping grass and thinking about life or just leaning back and looking at the sky or feeling a breeze. No cell phone, no email, no having to keep an ear peeled for the better half.

Of course you have those scorcher of triple digit days but I still love the heat. But we won’t worry about that for another few months. Next week will probably be the first week it needs cutting. That will give me a few days to get some weed and feed on the ground. I haven’t used that in years because we have well water out here and I worry about putting those chemicals on the ground. But then I see a tanker truck of chemicals pull across the street and with a fire hose they start the full yard treatment. That is seeping down in the same water I’m drinking.

And being the yard is looking a little wild again I think I’ll do the front and sides. The back is a lost cause being against the woods line. I just cut it and don’t worry about weeds. I don’t obsess about the yard like I once did. It is what it is. I put half the effort I used to and it still looks good. Not the best but it isn’t a competition.

Well only 2 hours or so of dryness left so let me get my behind out of this chair and back to work. But first a bit of perspective.

I remember sitting at the window recovering and thinking about how good it would feel to be able to be out and cut the grass again. To be strong and healthy enough to do it for many years ahead despite my increasing senior status is what I yearn for now. It used to be a chore. Now its kind of symbol of being back to myself.

No, I didn’t forget about adding my Random Thoughts. I’m going to do another post later.


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Pizza for breakfast

Pizza for breakfast. Why not, I like pizza. And what really is breakfast? Just kidding, I love breakfast food but was too lazy this morning and threw a pizza in the oven for breakfast. OK, I’ll make up for it, I know it wasn’t the wise choice. Neither was the Coke I washed it down with but what the hell, it was tasty.

Was going to go out and shoot today, but it was pretty cloudy. And I’m a bit from 100% so maybe some studio work. I did lift the camera above the windshield yesterday and grabbed a sunny shot leaving Westminster MD yesterday.

Main Street Westminster.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And sometimes when you look along the road you might find a something interesting looking back at you like an Easter Island head with bunny ears attached. Sorry its blurry, was doing about 40 mph at the time.

Sign of the season.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I have a lot of competing priorities. So many that it makes me feel like I have that ADD. Who knows, maybe I do. I kind of hop from one thing to another. Almost like I do each day from post to post. No plan just going with the days flow.

My drafts folder is a good indication. I think the count is up over 200 now. Time to do some house cleaning and finish off a few ideas. I’m going to try some thing a little different this quarter. I’m going to see if I can complete 2 post a day and have a few dozen I could use when time is short.


The daily question on Pointless Overthinking today was – Which are the Top 5 things you love about your daily life? My answer below.

Just waking up, interacting with family and friends, appreciating the days I’m feeling good, enjoying the arts (reading, music, photography) and finding some humor in each day.

They only asked for 5 but I really wanted to add catching a second gear here an there.


Random Thoughts of the Day

I liked the days when I used to worry about something being wrong and nothing was. I’ve learned you can’t always count on that.

Trust and honesty seem to be in short supply now. Wish I could bottle and market them.

Its going to be a late one tonight.

Music sometimes saves me from the negative attitudes.


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Find your path

If your lucky, you run across people who inspire you. I’ve been fortunate enough to run into many. Sometimes it’s just a simple jester, to recognize an event or occasion. Others its taking time to help people with significant things. But it can also be just a gift of time and support. Of course there are those that also help with their wallets. Helping total strangers as well as friends and family.

Take those steps.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I like to think of myself as someone who helps, gives time and money. Who takes time to listen and try to assist. I’m far from perfect at it, but I try as often as I can. And when I do, I forget about my issues of maybe not feeling my best or not having all the retirement options or the bills to be paid this month. It allows me to feel good and not totally wrapped up in myself.

I’m going for a visit here on Sunday.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Its going to be a good weekend. I don’t care if its going to rain a bit. I just want the opportunity to do something for others and myself also. Balance is good.


Random Thoughts of the Day

Looking into the eyes of a baby is the definition of innocence.

The few bad drivers ruin it for the rest of us.

Two class acts D Wade and Dirk retired from the NBA this year. Lots good players retire. But good people like these go on and by their actions mean more to the game than all the points they scored, which are many.

Keeping up with what is going on in our country just takes the life out of you some days.