My blog will be five years old in November 2016, and currently I focus my posts on life as a retiree living in West Howard County.
Topics? Include gardening, cooking, volunteering, and eating and drinking locally produced items. Add to that whatever catches my fancy at the moment.
It’s different out here. Pick up truck. Four wheel drive. Snow thrower. Tractor, leaf vacuum and various other power tools not present in our lives until almost twelve years ago, when we moved here after 23 years in a townhouse. I noticed there were not that many west county bloggers, when I discovered hocoblogs and started reading what local writers were saying. I suppose more than anything I want this blog to talk about life in this part of the county.
We live on what could be considered a farmette, a few acres in the rural residential part of Howard County. I had a garden, sort of, since the trees are blocking the sun these days, and I have abandoned it for a community garden where I volunteer. There is a meadow out back, now adorned with a radio tower for my husband’s hobby. Our neighbors occasionally have escaping animals like the goats below, and yes, there are also chickens, and hawks, and fox, and deer.
Retired almost seven years now from a professional highly stressful management career. I spent 30 years in Federal employment, starting as an engineer doing ocean research. I bounced around all over suburban Maryland, DC, northern VA, including a stint at the Pentagon, mostly doing Naval research for laboratories. Using computers to model the ocean. Those types of things, until I got too old to do at sea transfers to ships and submarines, and became a policy writer. My commute meant I never really got to enjoy the beauty of Central Maryland. Now, I am making up for that. It was fun, however, particularly those times traveling the world, and seeing things the average traveler doesn’t get to see.
Included in that past were long interesting field tests, like the one in the picture above. I am in the picture, taken by my boss. A visiting sub surfaced a bit close to our camp, and we got to walk out and check it out.
I love my new life, as a volunteer, a gardener, a foodie, a locapour and a locavore. I have my own hobbies and I support my husband’s amateur radio hobby. Gardening and radio are what really drove us to buy our property here, after 30 years of living in Columbia. Different place. Different priorities. Lots to experience. What’s not to love?
So different than what I saw and did growing up as a city girl in West Baltimore, in the 50s and 60s. Amazing how much the world, and us, have changed in sixty years.