RETIRED, AT LAST!!
Part V

3/10/14 - Another winter is slowly coming to a close and I'm going to be glad to see summer's return again.  This hasn't been a bad winter at all (so far?) and we've only had one "snowstorm", and that wasn't much more than a light dusting that disappeared in a few hours.  Still, it will be nice to roll the bike(s) out again and do a little motoring around the Pacific Northwest again.

We had some sadness here recently - our dear friend and neighbor, Retia, passed away on 2/28 and will be buried tomorrow in the cemetery very close to the neighborhood.  She had been ill for a while, so her passing was not a surprise, but it's never easy to accept the loss of one we care for.  RIP, Retia - we will miss you.

I'm still involved with the Fire Department and enjoying every bit of it.  Although I'm backing down on the firefighting side, I have taken on a new role - Fire Commissioner.  I'm replacing one of the Commissioners who resigned a couple of months ago and will be finishing his term of office (2 years).  There is a lot to learn and I'm trying hard to get up to speed.  Meanwhile, I'm still participating on the firefighting side, attending meetings, and staying current with my EMT certificate.  This is busier than I planned to be in my retirement but I find the activity gratifying and enjoy contributing to the community.  Maybe when my two years are up I will learn to relax.......

The grandkids continue to grow rapidly and it has been a joy watching them develop.  Isabella is on the Honor Roll this year and I know Max will soon follow suit - he's a very bright boy.  Bill and Lauren have done a great job of raising them, and everyone comments on how well-behaved they are. 

7/19/15 - My entries are getting further apart!! 

There hasn't been too much to report in the last year or so.  Everyone is well, the dogs are still both with us, and retirement continues to be enjoyable.  We did make it back to Italy last September (see Trips) and that was great, as usual.  I am still involved with the Fire Department and am running for election to a full term as Fire Commissioner.  Although I dearly enjoy the job, I hate campaigning, so it has been a challenge for me to place signs, etc. 

The grandkids continue to grow at an alarming rate.  Izzy is now a teenager (13) and is very slightly taller than Teddie.  Max will hit his teens in about a year and a half, and he is smart and sweet as ever.  Two very good kids.

I bought a 2002 Goldwing earlier this year and then sold the 1993.  The "new" one has a bigger engine, sportier feel, and handles well.  I rode it to Reno about a month ago (Alan and I took a trip) and it did very well.  I'm still riding the Harley around the Peninsula, but the Wing shines on the long trips.  Also, I traded the '11 BMW 328i for a new '14 BMW 328d last year and have been enjoying the improved fuel economy.

We had another very mild winter this past season.  Only one snow, and that amounted to just 1/4" that vanished by late afternoon!  Now we are in the middle of our typically mild summer and the weather has been great!

I wish I had more to offer this "blog", but I've quit writing about every little thing that happens around here, and we've been fortunate to have no major catastrophes occur this year.  I'm hoping my next entry will have more of the same.

11/9/17 Good grief - has it actually been over TWO YEARS since I added to this?!! Oh well - checking the stats, it seems no one actually reads any of this, so it's no big deal. Regardless, I am going to attempt to quickly catch up on the past two years.

Pets: We lost Sandy back in December of 2016 and that still hurts. She was the best dog I ever had, but had deteriorated to the point that she was living in constant discomfort and confusion, so we made the difficult decision to have her put to sleep. A month or so later we adopted Chico, a rescue poodle from Mexico, and he has helped fill the gap left by Sandy's absence. I still miss Sandy a lot, but Chico is a wonderful little dog and his antics help ease the pain of Sandy's departure..

Fire Department: I'm still on the Board of Commissioners (won my election bid two years ago) and have about 4 more years to serve. It has been a challenge, what with difficult personnel and Departmental issues, but I still feel involved and hope I can contribute to making this a good, stable, and efficient Department. Meanwhile, I have been cutting back drastically on my Firefighter activities and have all but given up my bunker gear. After 10+ years, I find it hard to let go, although I do intent to continue my EMS activities as long as I can.

Travel: We have not been back to Italy in a few years now and miss our friends. We had hoped to go last summer and bring the grandkids with us, but that did not work out, so now we're unsure when we will make our next trip. Perhaps next September - we'll see. Meanwhile, Teddie travels back to Texas about once a year to visit her Mother and brother, and I do the same to New Jersey to visit my Mom and my sibs. Otherwise, we're very content here in Sequim.

Motorcycles: Since my last entry, I sold the '02 Gold Wing to Alan and bought a '14 Gold Wing at the Harley Dealer's. Later I traded my '13 Harley Heritage for a slightly used (200 miles) '15 Harley Road King. Finally, I bought a '98 Honda Valkyrie on a whim. So..... there are now 4 bikes in "Mike's Bike Barn" (don't forget the '77 Hondamatic 750). Been on lots of brief road trips, including our 2nd annual "2 Gen Ride" where Bill and I took the Harleys on the Cascade Loop. What a great time!

Airplane: After all those entries about getting back to it, I'm embarassed to say that I STILL have not completed the little airplane. In fact, I've spent very little time on it these past several years and am beginning to wonder if it will ever be done. Seems like I always have another project capturing my attention these days. Maybe that's just an excuse; I don't know. Right now the bulk of the kit has been relocated from the hangar to the shop so it will be closer to work on. Also, I've rented out space in the hangar for a fellow to park his plane, so there's no room for my little Challenger there at the moment. Stay tuned for further developments (or lack thereof).

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