Christmas and New Years’ Greetings, 2005   

 

            Overall, 2005 has been another good year for us. I did have rotator cuff surgery in July and went through the summer with my arm immobilized, putting a damper on the usual range of “Janpark” picnics and activities. Having someone else cut my grass (thanks Mike) was the most frustrating part. I’ve been in therapy since, slowly regaining use of the arm. Compared to the broken back the year before however, it was a minor inconvenience.

            I can’t believe I’ve been retired now for almost four years. I’ve reached the “how did I ever have time to work” stage. I’ve been doing my landscaping (body permitting), literacy volunteer work, making wine, and teaching various courses in wine making and Photoshop. A local farmer is making plans to open a farm winery and I’ve been doing a lot of consulting on that project. On the wine making, with the less than ideal growing conditions in 2004, I was happy to get a gold medal at the state fair and a couple of silver medals in the national competition. 2005 was a great year for growing grapes and the wines are looking promising.

            Elmeda is still working half time at Excellus. She spends much of her spare time quilting and is involved in several quilting organizations.  

            We were all delighted when Michael found a job with his aerospace degree right back here in Rochester, at the former Kodak Hawkeye Plant no less. He’s working for ITT Corporation testing satellite payloads.

            Matthew finally harvested some of the fruits of his academic labors. This summer he received bachelor’s degrees from Univ. of Rochester in Biology and English and from Nazareth College in Nursing. He is working in the Trauma Unit at Strong Hospital. His fiancée Wibke finished her Fulbright scholarship to Emory University in Atlanta and moved back to Germany this summer. They are currently exploring their various options for living on the same continent and we expect some resolution in the near future.

            Mark continues as an electrical contractor in North Carolina when he’s not jet-skiing, four wheeling, or hunting.

            Aaron has started in a new facet of the food industry – managing a vending concession which includes the Rochester airport. It’s a good opportunity  for him with real health insurance and vacation benefits.

            We took a Celtic theme Caribbean cruise on Carnival Lines in January. Getting to enjoy private concerts with our favorite musicians every night was great. Of the ports of call, seeing the Mayan ruins at Tulum was our favorite. We sailed from New Orleans and spent several days touring there just before the start of Mardi Gras – little did we realize how lucky we were to see it then. In November, we spent a week doing historical sight seeing in the Shenandoah Valley. While there, we got to Monticello, Fredericksburg, and DC.

            Be sure to check out all the details on our website, www.elmeda.com.

 

                                                            Wishing everyone the best of holidays,

 

                                                              Jan and Elmeda