Of Baseball, Bicycles and B-Towns

Two things have encompassed about 90% of my energy over the last two months – the house search and baseball.

After Doreen landed a job in town Montpelier, we decided to try to buy or build a house in Montpelier.  We would wait until Spring and then find something in time for our lease expiration in August.  Easy peasy!  Only not so easy – one of our top priorities is energy efficiency, whether achieved through a newly-built Passive House or an existing house that we can retrofit.  And we are finding that land is hard to come by (and expensive), and the houses are big and old (and expensive).  We’re having a hard time finding something that fits our needs.  It’s frustrating.  And the rest of the story is suited for it’s own post, sometime after we have had some success.

Outside of the house search, there is baseball.  I’ve taken up with a senior men’s baseball team, the Montpelier Monties of the Vermont Senior Baseball League.  Since the start of the season in May, I frame pretty much everything in terms of baseball. “I banged my knee!  I hope it doesn’t affect my game on Sunday!”  We only started winning games a couple of weeks ago, but it’s been a blast.  And this also deserves a post of it’s own. Continue reading



Following the opening weekend of the Green Mountain Film Festival, Doreen and I still had four movies to choose.  Duly enthused by the first two shows, we eagerly delved into the schedule to find which movies interested us that would be shown at times we could attend.  Our choices were made a bit easier by the fact that some flicks were already sold out.

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I am familiar with March in Vermont.  Every year from 2006 – 2013 I spent a week in Montpelier to work on the Vermont chapter annual budget.  March weather varies greatly year to year.  Sometimes spring makes an early appearance, other years winter maintains its icy grip.  One year downtown Montpelier was on a flood watch.  Every year there seems to be gray skies and dingy gray snow.  And some years I was lucky enough to be in town during the Green Mountain Film Festival.

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Our desire to see all that Vermont has to offer has been delayed a bit by travel and other responsibilities, but this weekend we were free to set out and explore.  We consulted the weekend events section in Seven Days, and discovered that it was the annual Vermont Open Studio weekend, during which Vermont artists (as the name suggests) open their studios to guests.  Not only is this a great opportunity to meet artists and view their work and learn about their process, but it was also a perfect excuse to See Someplace New.

Late Saturday morning, armed with a printout of the map and guide for Windsor County we pointed the wheels south, toward Woodstock, a town that a colleague of Doreen said we should check out.  We planned to start our tour with a group show at The Collective.  As we drove a drizzle turned to a steady rain, which became a pour for most of the afternoon. Continue reading