Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Sorry for the dearth of posties this week. Ol’ Robbo has been busy getting back into the swing of things at work after his Christmas week hols languor.

Anyhoo, how about a little domestic this and that?

The big nooz is that Eldest has got herself her first full-time post-graduate job! She’ll be starting shortly as a teacher’s assistant at a Montessori school. (Not Mrs. Robbo’s, but another one aways up the road.) The idea of following Mrs. R as an acolyte of St. Marie of the Blessed Educational Method has been bubbling around in her brain for a bit. This job will allow her to get her hands dirty, so to speak, and decide whether she wants to go back and get full certification. (If she does, the school might even help her out financially.)

Middle Gel is back on campus this week. She was home for no more than a flying visit over the hols, then went with her scuba club down to Flariduh on a dive trip. The thought of her driving non-stop from the Virginny Tidewater all the way to the Keys (taking turns at the wheel with others, of course), and then driving back, is both alarming and exhausting. One never stops being a parent no matter how old they get.

And speaking of flying, Youngest has her ticket to go back to school in a couple weeks, Ol’ Robbo having finally and firmly put his foot down that no, she was not going to drive across the Appalachians in the middle of winter, dammit. Here’s hoping she has more actual in-person classes this semester. (She only had one last term, a bio lab.)

Suddenly, the possibility of achieving empty-nest status has reappeared on the horizon.

Meanwhile, today was taking down decorations day here at Port Swiller Manor, although I plan to keep my creche out until February 2nd. I am happy to report that none of the tree ornaments managed to smash themselves this year, even though I detected two stowaways just as I was about to hoik the tree up out of its base. We now commence our annual tradition of continually finding leftover pine needles up through Labor Day.