We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A happy flock of Robins descended on ye olde HQ and stripped all our our holly shrubs and trees of their berries. (Photo above is Robins eating old apples.)
Our church was half-full on Christmas Eve. I believe many people were there online (we stream our services). Covid fears.
A friend gave an ageing relative a voice recorder for an oral history. It's not exactly a present except that it is an opportunity for the relative to hand down a gift of the past. Inspired us to do that with my father in law - he's an Irish shanachie and can tell all of the old stories. My life stories would be dull...
Yes, the old guy has COVID but it has not been bad other than the quarantine his residence requires. I assume omicron because he is triple-vaxed. Picked it up in some pub or restaurant. Can't keep a good man down.
Our wild and crazy NY Eve event was supper at a Thai place. I had 2 glasses of cheap Chardonnay with some max-hot Pad Thai with shrimp.
Taking advantage of the slow week, we got our boat fully-registered and legal at the DMV. They were nice. We were already registered as a US Vessel by the Coast Guard, but needed that too. Paperwork.
Ever tried building Legos 8 1/2 level? Not easy.
Our Christmas gifts were mostly tickets - Met Opera, Carnegie Hall, NYC Ballet. Oh - boutique hotel rooms too. Nice. I was afraid that my wife would give me a new iphone, but luckily she didn't. Have I mentioned that I love visiting NYC?
I saw in the Orvis Christmas catalog fly rods costing $1500. Fly-fishing is a beautiful hobby but I do not need that.
Bulldog and I need to plan a Maggie's urban hike for 2022. This planning will be tough because we have already covered so much interesting territory, in rain and shine, over the years. We'll also plan a family+friends mountain hike - everybody wants to do Breakneck Ridge again (except Mrs. BD who has never loved rock scrambling)
Lovely birds. Everybody always lauds cardinals at Christmas because they stand out against the snow, but I have a self-imposed superstitions against cardinals as harbingers of bad luck (borne of my years of commuting to and from work ... whenever I saw one flying across the road, it seemed like another row with yet another recalcitrant grad student). But robins are workaday birds, always there (even in wintertime southwest Ohio), and always cheerful, and years ago, a pair of them liked to sit on our roof until the dogs were let out, and then fly over their heads taunting them. Happy New Year to everyone.
I hope your friend's aging relative records interesting facts of his life soon. When our son was in late grade school his assignment was to interview the oldest grandparent he had and write down their story. My 95 year old grandmother, his great grandmother agreed to talk to him on the weekend as we saw her on Wednesday for a visit with another relative. Luckily she had told him a few interesting things about her life as she died that night. Fortunately when we explained what had happened to the teacher she was understanding and let him write down some of the things she had related to him on Wednesday. One never knows when their time will be up.
Urban hike 2022: Isn't it more about getting together with the Maggie's readers? Would it be so bad to have to go back to where you've already visited? Is NYC really that small? Those are all just questions. I have no agenda except that I really do hope to make it this year! A couple of times we've come close, but we've never made it to the Maggies Farm Urban Hike yet...
My church was shoulder to shoulder every pew, and spilling into the narthex, at the early Christmas Eve vigil. There were 4 more that night and I'm sure they were as crowded. Our two priests are busy people.
We had a New York strip roast for Christmas. $9/lbs at Aldi. It was very good. We ate on that thing for days.
NYE was my wife's turn to stay all night at the hospital with a relative, so it was just me and the 2 yr. old to ring in the new year. The older ones were in the country with grandma. I cooked some udon noodles and shrimp, max-hot. I heard fireworks from 11:30 to 1:00. It made me smile thinking about the New Year's Eves of my wilder days.
I took vacation days all week, but still never made it to the DMV even though it was on my to-do list. The truck's tag expired in November. Oops. The late fee will probably be more than the $24 tag.
In a previous house I had a big holly tree right outside the front door. It produced bountious amounts of berries. One year we had a hard freeze, then a thaw. Apparently this caused the juice in the berries to ferment.
The robins went nuts on the berries, eating their fill and getting drunk.