That was the first jigsaw puzzle of 2022, gifted to me by a friend.
In 2022 we are almost-empty nesters. Nellie is still living independently a few miles away. Danny left the Army in 2017, signed up for a business degree at Adelphi University, and graduated at the end of 2021. He was living at home with us for most of that time, but in mid-2021 moved to an apartment of his own a third of a mile away.
My workload hasn't changed. I still do my weekly podcast and monthly diary for VDARE.com, supplemented by occasional articles and book reviews for print outlets. Rosie still works as a Medical Billing specialist.
Here are some photographs from these years. Clicking on a picture brings up a bigger version.
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|• January 1st 2022: As prescribed by immemorial tradition, Danny placed that one pesky last piece for me.|
|• January 25th 2022: New year, new life. This is Michael Joseph DePinto IV, 4 days old, with his grandpa …|
|• … grandma …|
|• … and Uncle Danny.
Yep: looks like Sir Winston Churchill.
|• In solitary splendor.|
|• The great snowfall of January 29th, 2022. We got eighteen inches. I had to do a lot of shovelling; but Basil came out to help.|
|• Mother and child, Michael now 17 days old.|
|• Late April 2022: Rosie & a posse of girlfriends escaped for a weekend at Myrtle Beach, SC. Cue Cindy Lauper.|
|• May 23rd 2022: The nuclear family at Danny's graduation ceremony.|
|• America the beautiful: two exceptionally goodlooking guys at the Derbyshires' July 4th barbecue.|
|• Baby Michael will be christened July 17th.|
|• Baby Michael's great day. He is actually christened as Michael Joseph, the same forenames as his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. So here, a few moments after the actual July 17th christening, are me, Rosie, Michael Joseph IV, Nellie, and Michael Joseph III.|
|• Mike III's family threw a great garden party for us all after the christening. Here are Nellie, Mike III, and Mike IV with the cake (which was delicious).|