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Saturday signals

What a great day. Grand dog is visiting and getting a few chores done. Relaxing is one of them and that is going fairly well. Grabbed a shot below at the Pink Cabbage yesterday after a bite to eat next door. It reminded me of this weekend, a little caution on either side and full speed ahead in the middle. I was going to try to get up to the Fairgrounds but that is looking iffy. Probably just make a donation and skip the relay part.

Pick a bucket and roll with it.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m very glad we finally stopped by the Town Grill at Foster Country Store on Rt 144 and Triadelphia road. I think I’ll give it a shot for breakfast this week. I’ve been looking for a new place to stop in the morning. But anyway lunch was great and I love the service and small feel of the place. Plus is prompts me to take a ride down Triadelphia road, which is a nice cruise.

Yep and its good.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I love the back roads of Howard County. But its troubling to see every space continued to be filled. Speaking of that we went past Wallace Park the other day and lo and behold that beautiful field on the left that seemed to go on forever is being developed it appears. When will it stop? Anyway I’ll let you know how breakfast is here soon.

Town Grill
Photo by Mike Hartley


I’m counting on a day that the body is all on the same page.

Pushing myself to learn more than I did today, and each day.

Can you smell what Mother Nature is Cooking?

Thoughts to those who just need a positive one.

And that’s all she wrote for this post. Whoops, I guess that should technically read “That’s all he wrote for this post.”


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I see you

Nature is a cat and mouse game. And animals are much better at it because they practice it because they live and die by it. Awareness of your surroundings. As humans we get to relaxed I believe. We don’t have to worry in too many cases about other animals attacking us, but we are not aware enough about each other. Yeah there has been black bears in the area. I’ve come across a copperhead or two living next to the woods. But I find much more danger in humans. Just get in your car if you don’t believe me.

Yep we got a bead on each other. Photo by Mike Hartley

Yep we got a bead on each other.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And while it’s against my normal nature to distrust people right off, I’ve also learned about survival. For instance if you’ve ever been in major cities at night, you’re much more in danger than you know. There are hunters out there. People hunting people. There are people out on the roads who are one second away from road rage. And it’s just not cities, it’s everywhere in between the vast spaces to suburban neighborhoods.

No matter where you live there are such random acts of violence that it’s all in the odds or circumstances. Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t live in constant fear of this stuff. I don’t even think about it much. I don’t feel the need to walk around armed yet, (but that thought is getting more frequent). But it gets harder to ignore with all the stories in our local areas. I’m wondering if it’s actually increased or just reported in a way now that its more immediate and in video. I think it’s a bit of both really.

So you do things that minimize risk. I used to enjoy walking around DC at night. Not anymore. I used to be much less tolerant of other drivers. Now its how much space can I keep between me and the rest of them. Yeah I’m working on that tolerance issue also. But even in my own neighborhood. There was a break in up the street last month. I’ve heard people down the street recently letting some live rounds loose towards the woods which I’m not crazy about at all. I’ve got new neighbors I don’t know well. I hope to remedy that soon.

I guess my only point is to learn something from our wild friends. Because there are a lot of “wild” people who don’t value life, so be ready and aware, no matter where you are. That’s why I like speaking to people by simple greetings like good morning or hello, maybe have a good day. And I don’t mind speaking first. It’s the ones that don’t reply or look at you wrong that you need to worry about. Then at least you know who to keep your eye on. And trust your gut, that is something nature has provided us all. If they feel wrong, they probably are.


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Pineapple on board and Friday thoughs

I know the rules about banana’s on a boat being bad luck. But how do pineapples rank? Saw this one sitting on the dash above the wheel and wondered what the protocol is? Maybe its part of a fresh Pina Colada? Maybe just back from a trip to Hawaii. Of course from Maryland in this size boat that isn’t likely. Maybe a new good luck charm. Regardless its about time we start planning the next trip for the Allview Yank’em and Crank’em Fishing Team. I’ve seen our favorite charter boat “Wound Tight” has been pulling in some nice catches.

Pineapple cruise.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I wish our crew had stumbled on fishing earlier and I wish we all had the time to go out often but those weren’t the breaks. But as they say better late than never and the few we have been on here in the waters of Maryland and off the coast of Florida have been great. A day without phones, chores or work. Just fishing, fun, laughter and memories. Maybe that is why it’s so popular.


This is a fine day to start the weekend with. So let’s get stepping Maryland and make it one to remember. Each day is an opportunity not to be lost. Yesterday was fun and we just powered through some issues. I’m looking forward to many special times this weekend. Each little thing I can do, each moment with my better half, children and friends.

Just some sun and the two most important flags to me.
Photo by Mike Hartley


If the truth doesn’t win out, our country is doomed. And we all must be open to the truth. We have serious problems in the country and world to address and what were doing now isn’t meeting those challenges. We need to get to the truth, practice the truth, respect the truth, and start moving forward.

Asking some people “if they think” is a waste of time because they don’t have the answer.

Oh crap, just remembered today is lawn cutting day.

If the pace of events doesn’t slow its going to put fiction books out of business because reality is really stranger than fiction.

I must practice giving back this weekend. That is if I can overcome this back pain. Have a great day all.


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Windows

I’ve shot a lot of windows. Some have been good ones. Some boring as hell I imagine. Then again every time I think I post something blah the opposite seems to happen. I guess that is life, beauty is in the eye of the beholder I’ve heard said before. I wasn’t even going to use this shot but was in a very peaceful mood. I’m appreciating life today for a few reasons. I’ve passed another cancer check. Elation and relief.

Window treatments
Photo by Mike Hartley

Regular test make this a repetitive cycle. Interesting thing its like it doesn’t get more normal or routine. It’s almost like Russian roulette. It’s almost more unnerving each time. But I’ll take the victory this time and hopefully many more. And I’ll think and remember those who fight much harder battles than mine and live or pass. So hopefully I’ll get out to the fairgrounds this weekend for that relay for life, make a donation and maybe do the survivors walk just to take pictures of some of the local fighters.

I’m grand dog sitting this weekend or I’d stay out there all night for the event. Maybe next year. But that treat of dog sitting for my Son and Daughter in-law is a real treat. I hope to try some portraiture work with my better half and her.

Grab a seat and a treat.
Photo by Mike Hartley


I think that last robo call for a Windows scam broke the camels back. I will be talking to my better half on maybe ridding ourselves of the lan line.

All the talk today makes me think of one phrase.   “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do.”

Current events make you realize how putting a good “TEAM” together is to success. No matter if you playing for a NBA championship or trying to run the USA.

I’m trying to be patient and peaceful but people keep pissing me off. Good thing its a passing feeling that probably could lead to physical problems if I let those feeling persist. So its patently obvious that perpetuating that poor practice is psychologically unjustified way to proceed. So now that I have my principles together, I can go out and play.


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So I’m not a Monday person

Yeah, another Monday and its also a gloomy one to start so the only redeeming fact so far is that my work week is one day less this week than normal. And I’ll take that as a positive sign of things to come. But in looking at the “to do list” I find myself wanting to escape that reality before even starting to tackle it. I feel like I had a mini vacation and in some ways I did. And I want it to continue. But life goes on and you have to go through some tough stuff to appreciate the good times.

It’s Monday and it won’t take much to piss me off.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Actually there is much to feel positive about. Had a recharge of seeing my children. I’ve made it to the ripe age of 60 last week. Getting some plumbing issues addressed. Ready to find some more good deeds to do. About to get back into the workshop for some engraving work being we might have a few days of overcast weather.

I’m trying to remember there is always something I can do or turn to stay active and challenged. It’s fun and motivating to have something to look forward to doing each day. So if your job has lost its luster or you just don’t feel challenged there just find something that does and let that drive you.


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Top of the morning to you

A real weekend is when you add a day of vacation at the end of it. And boy am I glad I did. And as my best friends would say, “Hell Yeah” or “Yeah Buddy” and maybe, well I can’t go on with the rest of them even though they are funny as hell. And what a beautiful start to this Sunday morning. Time to make the best of the sun and get outside. I think some exercise would help. Probably some chores though will get in the way but we will try to minimize those.

The sky still looks more impressive.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Can’t believe I missed a few days of posting this past week but all work and no time make for a slack excuse. OK enough guilt. Onto great things and wonderful times. Yep I caught myself again slipping into sweating the small stuff. When I was on my way into work the other day and realized how lucky I am. Normally the drive is the dreaded part of the day. And I love to drive just not into and out of D.C.  I’ve been doing that for about 20 years now and the number of times people have tried to kill me with their car are too numerous to list. And if you don’t think I’m serious how many of you have had to have your roof cut off to get you out of the car.

So I did a quick reset in my mind. I thought about my friend saying his knee was so bad that he was having trouble with a clutch. That would be disastrous for me being I love driving a stick. Then I remembered being cut on from surgeries where I couldn’t even drive for weeks or months. So I enjoyed every mile of the ride. Glad I was healthy enough and enlightened enough to enjoy, relax and appreciate what I had the opportunity to do.


The new definition of “lit.” Tiger Woods latest video. He doesn’t need a swing coach, he needs a life coach.

The violence won’t stop till we change minds.

Stress can be a killer. Please find ways to relax, it will help you live longer. Now only if I could listen to myself.

Don’t you just love how we all escape into the fun stuff every day and ignore the really tough stuff.

Working is a means to an end. Creating is a beginning that never ends.


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Maybe this will help

Seems like the sun is a bit slow in start mode this morning hanging behind some high clouds. All I have to say is get your behind to work and keep lighting up things like this. Then again, be careful out there, that sun can peel the hide off you. Sunscreen my friends is the key to enjoying the outdoors. And a hat if you’re older and thinning on top is helpful.

I haven’t worn hats since I was a teen playing baseball. Well maybe a bit when I was coaching little league but that was a long while ago also. Now I have two favorites. One made for one of our first fishing trips after our friend Dan passed, with Allview Yank’em and Crank’em Fishing Team on front and “In Memory of Captain Dan 2014” on the back. The other is a white hat with a Maryland flag over imposing the Blue Crab design from my daughter.

Light is a wonderful thing.
Photo by Mike Hartley


Stop, drop and roll is what you do when your old.

My front door is at its happiest when people are coming in.

Confidence and Contentment = When you know your children will be better people than you.

You know, it’s a good thing to keep having birthdays.