Happy New Year!

Facebook changed the need for writing,

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So I struggled with these tidings

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Now my New Years Resolution

is to write, keep in touch and enjoy!

December 2012

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Thank you all who took the time and spent the money to send me the picture cards I so enjoy! In a few days I’ll be taking down all of 2012’s memories and putting up 2013’s.

Life here in California is moving along. In April of 2012, I finished up a friends kitchen remodel and was telling her I was going to take a few months off to finish up my garage-to-apartment remodel, and then really focus on finding a full-time job. 3 weeks into my “retirement”, while trying to get a 2 x 8 ceiling joist into place, I got a call from the HR department of a local IT company. They were looking for Project Managers and wanted to know if I was looking for employment! One phone interview, one in person interview and one week later, I was in a new job. It’s a good fit with benefits!

Just to keep my fingers in the remodel pie, I’ve been slowly remodeling my garage into a one-bedroom apartment. Slow going only working on the weekends, but eventually it will get done. I’m considering it my long-term retirement strategy!

I eased into the big 5-0 this year by attending as many parties as I could held in my not so distinguished honor. The first was 3 months before the “big day”, in CT with many friends and family. The latest was here in CA with the other friendly bunch. I figured that I have a year to spread out all the festivities before it’s no longer relevant and I’m going to take advantage.

I went on a few road trips this year, but only a few! With the new job limiting my time off, and gas prices limiting my spending habits, I managed to squeeze in a visit to the William S Hart Park and Museum and the Kimberly Crest House and Garden. William Hart was an actor in black and white westerns. Kimberly Crest House was the former home of the Kimberly/Clarke heiress. Two California homes in two entirely different architectural styles!

One of the things I did when I got laid off was to take golf lessons. My dad tried to get me to play when I was younger, but I was young, and figured golf was for “old people”. Well, now I’m one of those “old people” and playing softball just hurts too much! I get together frequently with some of the ladies and we play. It’s such a good time, I wish now I had taken it up when I was younger. We play once month now, but we’ll play more when the time change allows for after work play. I can see my game improving. It is not to the level where I can make a living at it, but at least I don’t feel I need to wrap my clubs around a tree!

Thank you for thinking of me during this Holiday season. I’ve been really remiss in my writings to friends, family and blog. I guess that’s as good a New Year’s Resolution as any!

I hope this letter finds you safe, happy, and healthy!

Love you all,


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