In truth, 2014 was a pretty good year for us. It had to get better with an opening like it had: rolling in from 2013 a month after losing mom to multiple myeloma and a year of pretty regular trips down to her place to help out. Last year, I said, "I've never paid much mind to the "whole new year, whole new future" line of thought, because a year is just a convenient way to mark time. We could use Julian Days, but month/day/year is shorter. I'm going to deliberately delude myself a little and allow myself to think I'll get a new start when the calendar turns in a few hours." And 2014 did get better.
2014 was the year we finally did something about a course of action for coming retirement, or at least a semi-retirement switch from full time work. We built my dream shop onto the back of the garage. There's not a time I go out there that I don't think how great it is. We added a Grizzly milling machine to it in October and within the last two weeks, in and around the Christmas rush, we got the lathe in place. I owe y'all a post on that, but it has been a busy couple of weeks. I've barely checked it out in the simplest operations, though, so I don't have much to say at the moment.
While moving into the shop I discovered a problem with my aluminum boat, but all's well there, too. I patched it, put in a battery disconnect switch, and then put it up for sale in the classifieds at work pricing it as "motor and trailer with free boat included". A young software engineer I kinda know showed up at my desk once the ad had been appearing for a couple of weeks and bought it. I made sure he understood about the problem and that he might have to spend some time working on it and he still wanted it. I think we' re both happy at how that turned out. Yeah, I replaced it. I should put up some details on that, too.
BTW, the rod I posted about when I was building, and then when it snapped in half during its first 15 minutes of life, is still in limbo. I complied with MHX's requirements, sending in as much of the rod as I could with all the purchase details. I'm hopeful they'll replace the blank, but I'm still out about $50 in other parts, not to mention spare hours over about 6 weekends to build it. If they don't... I might just go find a good production rod.
We took our trip of a lifetime last summer. Not only a trip of a lifetime, but I think it was a life-changing trip. It certainly changed my perspectives on a lot of things.
We spent Thanksgiving with my brother's extended family and went down this past Monday (12/29), too. We're running short of family these days, so those are special days. I suppose running short of family is just part of being the elders, but I'm sure not used to it. I wonder if we ever do get used to it.
So, yeah, it was a good year for us. Looking at what I think of as highlights of the year looks like a bunch of "conspicuous consumption", but it wasn't all like that (except for maybe the fishing rod). A lot of planning and saving over several years led to the addition and the shop tools. A lot of projects were completed and a few were started. I have much to write about without even thinking of the economic roller coaster we're all on - and that's currently going through a relatively calm period.
That picture reminded me of my department's Christmas party we had...LOL!ReplyDelete
Am very glad 2014 turned out well for you, and may 2015 be even better!