The title worked in preview mode; I hope it worked once published. The word ‘back’ should be struck through, albeit anemically. My choice to emphasize looking ahead is due to 2020 – ‘nuff said about that dismal failure of a year.
Since Thursday Doors is on its annual hiatus, and since blog readership on New Year’s Eve is historically low (even the Editor would rather use her “Get out of Editing” card), I decided to yield this space to the reflective brain cells, i.e., the one’s not currently sucked into the Twilight Zone Marathon.
Looking ahead from the perspective of No Facilities, you can expect, well, you know, more of the same. Sorry to those of you who were looking forward to big changes in the new year.
No Facilities, in case you didn’t know, is now hosting Thursday Doors – although, I still prefer to think of it as Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors – which will resume next week. Voting begins tomorrow on the to-be-publicly-selected badge for the challenge and I promise a fair and accurate count, assuming WordPress didn’t subcontract the development of the Poll block to nefarious nogoodnicks.
On the subject of blocks, I will continue to experiment with ways of making the Block Editor a slightly smaller train wreck, even if I have to learn how to use more of its advanced features. Of course, I will try to explain any random success I have in that endeavor, usually on a Monday.
I was thinking, briefly, of a New Year’s resolution not to include math (maths for UK/Canadian readers) on Mondays, but I would fail. Therefore, I will continue to attempt to weave in science and math (see how I snuck science in there) on certain Mondays but will continue to try and improve the way in which I write about those topics. No more ‘trains leaving Philadelphia’ and such nonsense.
I am happy to report that Cheryl’s contract has been renewed, Skippy will still be working part-time and neither David nor I have gone on the virtual wagon. Visiting the bar will remain a Saturday feature and I will play by the SoCS rules established by Linda G. Hill. Speaking of Linda G. Hill, I also plan to continue to participate in her wonderfully amusing One-Liner Wednesday challenge, although I will maintain my casual relationship with the concept of one line.
2021 will include some home-improvement projects, beginning with the completion of my workshop expansion. Then I will have to see what I can do with more, and more efficient space. I hope 2021 provides the opportunity to travel to the exotic destinations of Pittsburgh, PA; Ames, Iowa and a few fun places around New England. I’m not asking for much, but the ability to drive over the border eleven miles north of my house without breaking the law would be nice. Perhaps a visit to New York City won’t be out of the question. I could use a few more doors from lower Manhattan.
In a tiny bit of looking back, I want to thank the participants and followers of Thursday Doors for supporting the transition to my site from Norm’s. While I am at it, I want to thank all of my regular readers for continuing to make me feel good about publishing this blog.
I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year!
Today’s gallery is a collection of photos from 2020. It was hard to narrow this subject down, so there’s a lot of images. These are from some of my favorite posts, with some of my favorite people (and animals) and in some of my favorite places.
Sorry – Sorry, sorry, sorry. I took this yesterday. I’m having cereal today. Sorry
It warmed up yesterday, so we decided to sit in the sun.
CT Rail – The Hartford Line locomotive.
Sign for Crofut’s Inn – date from before 1892
“I could have moved them for you.”
“I love these new decks. This stuff is so warm!”
Saturday morning. Snoopy is in there. I’m guessing she isn’t happy either.
Maddie’s response when I tried to remind her that she’s at my end of the couch.
Not sure what Jinx is eating, but it must be better than an orange slice.
I took the precaution of masking her face. I don’t want Maddie putting out an APB.
Visiting the rhododendron
After one of our recent storms.
“I’m up on the tight wire One side’s ice and one is fire It’s a circus game with you and me.”–Leon Russell
That’s the way we like it.
This looks like a female Pileated Woodpecker. The males have a red stripe on their cheek. To be honest, I don’t see the red strip on the identification website.
i love the reflections.
The canal is the only place around our home that ‘I’ve seen herons.
This locomotive is pushing that train away from me, but I love it.
“Hey. Can a girl have a little privacy, please?”
The honeysuckle is so pretty. It has taken over our fence in one corner, but…
The bar does serve very good chowder.
The back is finished as well.
I am once again able to eat at the counter at Skooter’s. We can’t sit in front of the food preparation stations, and we must maintain a safe distance, but the food is very good.
Chippy, that peanut is bigger than your head.
Close up of the calm flag.
We have had some welcome rain this week.
Going up! This is the scaffold in “crane” mode. I was testing the setup before the actual lift.
There are at least three black squirrels. This one is the boldest.
Target doesn’t seem to have enough backup power to keep the refrigeration units and freezers running.
OK, not quite finished, Those exposed nails will need a dab of roof cement.
John Howells Bourbon (with a little help from PhotoShop)
Not our Smokey, this guy lives at the end of the road.
There were lots of birds flying. I got a picture os an eagle, but he was heading away. I’m not sure what this is, but it’s the best shot I got.
Easthampton, MA. Faith and I agreed that the sidewalk looked a little dicey.
This has been my favorite thing to photograph this fall.
They look good enough to eat.
She is cute, but aggravating at times.
We decided to get a group photo before David and Teagan (and some guests) arrived. L-R Chris, Pam, Mary, Cheryl, Jennie and Marian. Photos courtesy of the characters.
Sky over Hartford on Friday as I was on my way to get a haircut.
Help me! I don’t know how this leaf got trapped behind the wire, but it looks so sad.
“The only dry spot on my porch and you put bags of leaves on it. What were you thinking?”
By the time we were halfway into a 5-mile walk, we were both carrying our vests.
This is the male, looking for food in the river? It’s hard to know. We stayed for a long time, hoping to see them move.
That’s a C-130 from the Air National Guard base at BDL (about 2 miles from here). It flew over while I was raking leaves. There’s no not noticing that plane.
MiMi wanted Maddie and me to know that she wasn’t happy with the amount of noise.
Jinx – strutting his stuff.
Brad, from during his acting days.
We had some heavy rain. This was the first time that this particular puddle was still there in the morning when we were walking.