That was the first jigsaw puzzle of 2022, gifted to me by a friend.
In 2022 we are almost-empty nesters. Nellie is still living independently a few miles away. Danny left the Army in 2017, signed up for a business degree at Adelphi University, and graduated at the end of 2021. He was living at home with us for most of that time, but in mid-2021 moved to an apartment of his own a third of a mile away.
My workload hasn't changed. I still do my weekly podcast and monthly diary for VDARE.com, supplemented by occasional articles and book reviews for print outlets. Rosie still works as a Medical Billing specialist.
Here are some photographs from these years. Clicking on a picture brings up a bigger version.
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|• January 1st 2022: As prescribed by immemorial tradition, Danny placed that one pesky last piece for me.|
|• January 25th 2022: New year, new life. This is Michael Joseph DePinto IV, 4 days old, with his grandpa …|
|• … grandma …|
|• … and Uncle Danny.
Yep: looks like Sir Winston Churchill.
|• In solitary splendor.|
|• The great snowfall of January 29th, 2022. We got eighteen inches. I had to do a lot of shovelling; but Basil came out to help.|
|• Mother and child, Michael now 17 days old.|
|• Late April 2022: Rosie & a posse of girlfriends escaped for a weekend at Myrtle Beach, SC. Cue Cindy Lauper.|
|• May 23rd 2022: The nuclear family at Danny's graduation ceremony.|
|• America the beautiful: two exceptionally goodlooking guys at the Derbyshires' July 4th barbecue.|
|• Baby Michael will be christened July 17th.|
|• Baby Michael's great day. He is actually christened as Michael Joseph, the same forenames as his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. So here, a few moments after the actual July 17th christening, are me, Rosie, Michael Joseph IV, Nellie, and Michael Joseph III.|
|• Mike III's family threw a great garden party for us all after the christening. Here are Nellie, Mike III, and Mike IV with the cake (which was delicious).|
|• For the 2022 Labor Day weekend we took a vacation in the Boothbay Harbor region of southern Maine. Rosie is a keen gardener so a big attraction for her was the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Here she is communing with a lovely patch of "black-eyed Susan" sunflowers.|
|• A curious feature of the Gardens is
the five huge wooden trolls scattered around
in them. Says the Gardens' guidebook: "These trolls were built on-site in 2021 with Danish artist
Thomas Dambo's team and help from Gardens' staff and over 150 volunteers. They took around two
months to create."
Each troll governs some aspect of the forest trees. Here is Rosie with Lilja, the youngest troll, in charge of the scent of the blossoms.
|• You can't go to Maine and not bring home a lobster picture. Here I am with a framed champion in
the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
(No, the buoy isn't growing out of my head. I just couldn't be bothered to do the necessary picture editing.)
|• Highlight of the trip: the Cabbage Island clambake! The clams were just a side dish, though. It should really be called a lobsterbake.|
|• We brought one lobster home for Michael Joseph|
|• Grandpa, Basil, and Michael Joseph IV.|