December 2011 –
well – summer ran & winter’s on deck – big dent in woodpile already – few carloads hauled from backyard to curbside & upstairs to side porch – short walk to woodstove – tightened up a bit for another year – life somewhat compressed to proximity – comfy chair, dining table & desk with laptop all within 10” – plenty of windows for bit
of solar gain – papermania & 214 saw summer out – visit from hurricane Irene in September – little impact on montague, but across the river in Shelburne falls & not so far north in Wilmington Vermont there was disastrous flooding – mariab meeting moved from Shelburne falls to grey matter in Hadley – headed to Allentown first week of October – zach turned 27 on oct 6, met him in new Brunswick for dinner after allentown – hosted family here on Columbus day for food & apple picking at dole orchard – pioneer valley book & ephemera fair in Northampton went well – full slate of dealers & strong attendance – winter fired major warning shot late October – foot of snow took down trees all around – montague lost power for 48 hours – many nearby towns waited a week – Halloween was not usual – took a booth at boston book print & ephemera fair at the castle in mid-november – had not done that show in years – strong crowd & treated me well & even strolled to the hynes for the abaa show after setup & saw more friendly faces – westwood branch of masi family hosted thanksgiving – zach was with mom’s clan in Ithaca – brought zach & edie to nephew’s wedding following Sunday at willowdale estate in topsfield – hello December – garden bout done except for some hardy collards – canned few dozen quarts of tomatoes, freezer full of corn, beans, pesto, modest crop of winter squashes & apples in cold storage, few peppers still in the fridge – stew season –
kale soup, chili, Mediterranean stew – zach nailed 3 rotations in orthopedic surgery then set up camp at Monmouth medical center in new jersey for 4 less strenuous rotations bout a block from the beach – ran in Philadelphia marathon for second time – has applied for residencies in orthopedic surgery & is available for interviews –
mariab meets Monday in Sudbury – managed to fill slate for election of officers to take over next year – renewals go out soon – usual unusual here – large lot of cookery from tracy law, oldtime seller from upstate ny – he’s in nursing home, stock being sold by lots – moved ‘beverages’ to separate category – few other new headings – hope you find something – gotta get this to eagle & then see about
wreaths & other seasonal considerations & yes, next catalog – undoubtedly my last offering of the year, and it was not a bad year, so let me take the opportunity to thank all for your time & patronage & wish you festive & fulfilling holidays & a fine year
ahead . . .
at your service –