Sunday, August 10, 2014

It's a Milestone

Hello good readers.  Today is a milestone for Der Bingle.  Today I left my 40s behind and zoom into my 50s, feeling great and excited about things to come.  (pause for accolades and toasts).

I'm excited to be approaching the holiday season again, when the blog will come back to life with all the merriment and joy of the years gone by.  And, it's also back to school time, which nowadays is meaning fewer activities than ever before.  Oldest Bingle child is now a fully employed pharmacist.  Elder Bingle Son is beginning his second year as a teacher and coach.  Middle Bingle is starting her second year at college, leaving only the youngest two at home (a high school Junior and a 7th grader).  So, instead of the flurry of back-to-school, it will almost be a respite.

And that's good for you dedicated readers of Merry and Bright.  Until sharing season, I hope to get several posts written, about a variety of topics, including:

  • update about a concert held here at my house this Summer by an outstanding local musician
  • reviews of a terrific new (to me) artist that I discovered on Kickstarter
  • updates on some Christmas-related hobby activities
and more, including (hopefully) a major (to me) event that will be fulfill a lifelong bucket-list goal.  It'll take time and focus, but I have the dedication.  The talent may be questionable in pursuing this project, but I'm determined to complete phase I.

No, in case you're wondering, Der Bingle will not be singing. 

I'm also hoping to use my time smartly and do some genealogy work, and some painting.  I did one painting a year or so ago, using a Bob Ross video as a guide, and darned if it wasn't decent.  So I want to get back to putting out a few more Louvre-bound paintings :-)

That's it for tonight.  Keep your eyes on Merry and Bright over the next few months.  I hope you enjoy my musings.


  1. Happy Birthday, Der Bingle! It's a great decade. :)

  2. Hey, Bingle. Happy B'day (belated)! I got a little over a year before I join you on the other side of 50.... Hope you had a great celebration!

  3. Welcome to the Second Half! It's even better than the first!

  4. Nice post my friend! When I turned fifty it was wow now I'm old. Now i'm like come on retirement. Looking forward to your holiday posts and always a get together with you during the holiday season.

    1. And, a pre-holiday get-together at the screening of "Jingle Bell Rocks!".

  5. Thanks for all the birthday wishes everyone!