Well, winter is setting in and we are getting ready for the inevitable cold weather and snow. The tractor is fueled up and sitting where I can get it out if we have 3 feet of snow, and the garden is put to bed. The new geothermal heating system is keeping our house warm, for the first time in 17 years we actually have a warm house. It's a wonderful feeling to be comfortable and not freezing or wearing 10 layers of clothes when sitting down at the dinner table.
We survived the tropical storm Sandy much better then we expected. Usually, when there is even the slightest breeze, we lose power. Of course, now that we have a generator, the power stayed on during the whole storm. The wind blew and blew, but the lights remained on. We were very happy about that!
During the storm, since we did not lose electricity, I was able to record the whole next CD, Hope Resides. This CD has been written about, and in the midst of, a new life. Life with Alzheimer's. Linda's parents have settled in and we are all adapting to the new way of things. Even my music has adapted. Since the studio is in the house, the recordings were intermixed with dogs barking, foot steps, people talking, and my mother-in-law clapping (she is my second biggest fan). But, I was able to squeeze in some good takes when suddenly it would become quiet or late at night. My wife did what she could to try and quiet the household, and for that I am eternally grateful.