It’s been a busy six months for me, full of projects that sometimes only tangentially related to my train hobby. When I look back over the the past six months to take stock of what’s been happening in my life, I’m pleased that I managed to tick so many boxes in such a short time.
Starting in early June, I presented at NERPM and had a great time with friends I don’t see very often. I took a trip to Alaska at the beginning of July, and when I got home, I started a two-summer renovation project to update the landscaping of my property. By August, I had finished a first draft a novel that has been underway for a long time, and in September I started working on the unfinished space in my basement in anticipation of a layout expansion. In October, I presented at the Chicagoland RPM and once again met up with long-distance friends for the weekend. Approaching the end of November, I now have the walls finished and painted in my new layout space, and I’ll be able to put the basement back into a useable state while I finish the last structures for International Paper plant and start planning and building the layout expansion.
Daylight Saving Time ended on November 4th, which approximately coincided with the salting of our roads due to sub-freezing temperatures. My hobby car has been put to bed for the season. The dog gets walked before dinner instead of in the evening. Some days, I feel like my exposure to the sun is about equivalent to what I got between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. in Alaska, back in July. With the convergence of the dark Canadian winter driving me indoors, and the completion of my cozy new layout space, I anticipate there might be more to share on this blog in the coming months. In the meantime, here’s are some cell phone snapshots of the past six months.