Must have been a Tough Year

Had to do a little maintenance to WordPress this morning and notice that I hadn’t blogged for about a year. Oops! We have been busy with family, friends, financial planning, a little travel and plenty of good old hard work at the office. We decided to tackle the storage problem this year; she did most of the heavy lifting, of course, while I was bread winning. She took about forty years of stuff and squeezed it down to about half its original size! The old obsolete stuff has either been shredded, given away or tossed out. Not quite done yet, but hope to be by year’s end.

We had a visit from our friends Linda and Rick recently and wound up watching the new Christopher Nolan film. The sound track was just a bit too loud for my aging ears, but the story was pretty good. Time magazine gave it a long review which I found worth reading.


We had another (off year) election. Not a very good outcome for FDR Democrats this time. Fortunately we have Netflix, so we avoided about 95% of the political ads.

Paul LePage

Lots of folks retiring this year; saw two of my colleagues and a handful of customers walk away. I am still working (and working on my own retirement plan). Investigated a few possible segues to my aging career. Still learning new things (and relearning new things) at every opportunity.


Terrific animated film by talented Korean animators


My day job still holds my interest but not like it did in the good old days. Waiting patiently to see how things turn out. Meanwhile, the financial picture is coming into focus. It looks like we won’t be rich after all. Good thing I never yearned to own a yacht!

Shout out to the California, Ohio, New Hampshire and Massachusetts folks. Highly recommend The Nut Job!


Piano Lessons Over Skype!


The piano recital was terrific this year. I really enjoyed the first Impromptu by Schubert (Op. 142) and highly recommend it. Next we were treated to a terrific set of Brahms Hungarian dances for piano 4 hands. You have to hear it to believe it; even though I had heard most of them before, it’s hard to beat a live concert. What made them extra special in my view is that the lessons were conducted over the Internet with Skype! Amazing!


You’ll have to content yourself with these You Tube recordings (or purchase them) because the recital was not recorded (except in our minds and hearts). Thanks for including me, Irina!

Go Tell It On the Mountain


Photo of the whole crew by Gale Davison

It took Cadillac Mountain to get us there, but the Jerry-Joe-Don reunion was accomplished on a nearly perfect day for it. It has literally been years since we all got together (and much water has passed under the bridge). Gale took this great picture and even managed to be in it!

It’s hard to beat the location (despite the hectic pace and even with rain for several days during the week, we all had a great time). We even had Maximum Meat with Jalapeno Corn Bread at the brewery just before heading back. We got a private guitar concert and I nearly got wiped out on the chessboard. Whew! And now summer is over.

I’ll leave you with one last parting shot taken just before the skies opened up on our last day on the island.


“Foggy Sunset at Seawall” by Don Smallidge (gently cropped)