So ... to the off television topic stuff. Between really feeling horrible and the bitter cold this past week, I don't think I took any photos at all. That's a first in years. What I did do for this week's post is go through photos I've taken during 2017 and pick out my personal favorites, one for each month. Then I threw random photos I took of Vincent the Cat just because he's such a big part of my life.
To be honest, I won't be sorry to see 2017 go away. Between the political landscape disharmony, my increasing dissatisfaction with my workplace, declining health and more ... it's not been a good year for me. For years I had planned to retire this year. Health insurance costs, not a benefit for retirees in my company, have made that impossible. Maybe in 2018 I'll have some way to get out of the rat race.
I even had more problems on the blog this year than in the past. I was about ready to throw the towel in on it with the Big Brother blogging this past summer. I find it ridiculous that people get so hung up on the show that they feel the need to turn their vitriol on "fans" of cast members they don't like. Sheesh. Not only was there controversy, but BB used to be my summer cash cow. I once got paid good freelancing money to cover the shows and live feeds. Neither the ads revenue nor the donations make the work I put into it worth the headaches I had this past year with it.
I am grateful for the friends I have, the roof over my head, enough money to live on without worrying that there will be more bills left than month to pay them in. I've certainly gone through worse financial years in my life. I've also gone through worse personal loss times in my life -- flashing back on decades (scores) of years ago when I lost my parents five months apart. So, it hasn't been a good year for me ... but, in many ways, it hasn't been the worst year of my life, either.
I hope 2018 is a better year for everyone!
My train home arrives in Bridgewater as the snow comes down. I must have left early that day because it was still daylight! I probably headed out early due to the snow.
Historic train wheels captured in a sculpture at the Somerville Train Station.
After snow cover went and before new snow cover arrived, this is a shot of the main building at the Plainfield Train Station.
A hawk on the stadium lights at the TD Bank Ball Park in Bridgewater. He seemed to be watching the game.
The coolest looking potato beetle (or false potato beetle, not sure which) posed for me at the Bridgewater Train Station.
Making eye to eyes contact with a starling.
I took so many photos of the Plainfield 4th of July Parade that it was hard to pick just one. So, I picked none. Instead, I went for this photo I took of one of the painted utility boxes in Plainfield. This one is at the corner of Watchung Avenue and East 4th Street.
Gull on a lamp post on North Avenue in Plainfield.
The marigolds in planters at my workplace were fun and colorful to photograph.
Yep, like birds, the trains and train stations are repeating photo fodder for me. This was taken as the sun was setting at the Bridgewater Train Station.
What year would be complete without a moon shot from me? This one is the Full Beaver Moon.
The great escape from the rat (pigeon) race. I envy that bird.
And then there's Vincent ...
He isn't always sleeping, mind you. But it's easiest to photograph him when he is!