The photographer who took the portrait of Mrs. Hoge that I included in her online obituary is a family friend that we met through Connie’s beekeeping. Every year, Connie would hostess a New Year’s Eve open house as a birthday party for me, and the photographer would give me one of his nature photographs as a birthday present. I didn’t have the open house this year, but the photographer and his wife stopped by to visit and give me another nature picture.
The photographer also served on the Forestry Board with Connie. Every year, the Forestry Board tries to determine the champion trees in the county, the largest specimen of each important species. Back in 2008, it turned out that one of the champion trees was hollow, and he took this picture of Connie inside the tree.
I was looking forward getting down to CPAC at least for Saturday this year, but I’ve got a massive cold and haven’t slept well for the past couple of nights. I going spend the day resting instead.
The contracting task I was working on last year was over at the end of August. I had some time off coming, and I took it. And then I decided to retire. (I was about to turn 68.) A colleague who runs a small consulting firm with contracts at Goddard has asked me to join his firm, and I’ve said, “Yes.” I’m starting this morning with the job title of Chief Engineer.
There’s now 26 inches of global warming in the yard here at Stately Hoge Manor, and light snow is still failing.
Here’s the latest National Weather Service forecast modeling for snow depth for a reporting site that is about 200 yards from Stately Hoge Manor. The site is on the back slope of the ridge about 50 feet lower than our house.
The average depth of the global warming in the front yard is now 19 inches.And there’s more on the way.