Project Caravan is rolling through Savannah. I am now enlightened to the fact that the world will end, or judgment day, or the rapture, or something like that is scheduled for May 21, 2011. I’m actually relieved to learn this since it’s after May when it gets really hot here, hurricane season starts, and our power bills surge to mortgage level prices. I’m looking forward to this. Think I’ll go spend all my money. No point in saving any more. Hallelujah! Amen and what not.
So long stinkyear, hello 2011! (That’s Twenty-Eleven, not Two Thousand and Eleven – we’re not getting paid by the syllable here).
Some Gull Reef Club record keeping –
Mike brought in the new year with southern aplomb by perfectly smoking us some pork butt, making homemade coleslaw, and bringing us luck with a traditional Hoppin John. Dinner was over 5 hours ago and I’m still full. Looking forward to leftovers and Bears tomorrow.
I read some, but not as much as a normal year. Fortunately for you beachcombers, that meant I skipped my book reviews. Since this is record keeping day, here’s the list anyway:
The Dark House, I.A.R. Wylie
A Master Hand, The Story of a Crime, Richard Dallas
Dead Men’s Money, J.S. Fletcher
The Mind Digger, Winston Marks (short story)
Dubliners, James Joyce (started but too dull to finish)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie
Envy, Sandra Brown
Who Cares? Cosmo Hamilton
I spent a lot of my free time working on my genealogy. Mom’s side has been pretty tough – all Italian immigrants, and unless/until I learn Italian and how to navigate their records, I’m at a deadend about 3-4 generations back. Dad’s side is much more WASPy and I’ve got us traced 7-8 generations back. I can’t pinpoint yet if I qualify as a DAR, but I can say portions of my family were here before the Revolution, rejected slavery, helped settle portions of the Midwest, and fought on the right side during the Civil War (sorry folks, the South will never, ever rise again). I’ve managed to do all this without throwing money to that grossly overpriced ancestry.com (which still tempts me with its primary sources, but I’ve resisted so far).
The house went through some very needed upgrades this year, including a complete strip and repaint of the front porch, tear-down of the dangerous old shed and a new, non-dangeous, one in a new spot (making way for a backyard patio and picnic table), and the downstairs bathroom is usable again and looks damned good. Mike did 99% of the work, and he did a great job. He’s working on rehabbing the office next. Meanwhile, we’re living room furniture shopping and will be updating the living room.
We also had a great string of out of town guests come through during the year. We love visitors! Hope you make it here next.
That rounds out most of what I want to remember about 2010. Wishing all of you a peaceful and prosperous 2011!