Merry Christmas 2013 from the Lazy Brewer!

On December 25, 2013, in Family and Friends, General, by Mark Ranes
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

So another year has gone by.  Life is still good!  Life at work this last year has been trying. The school district Brenda and I work at is financially challenged and on the brink of collapse. The struggle has put friends at odds with each other and we’ve seen some really amazing people flee the district. Change is coming like a freight train, so hopefully we’ll get back on track this spring, and next Christmas will see our district refocused on what we do best – educating children. My contract at work was extended by six weeks each year, so that has helped offset the cut that is inevitibale to Brenda’s salary. I’ll miss the time off in the summer immensely, and as I get older, I appreciate my time away from work more and more, but the extended work year will help boost my qualifying salary as I get closer to retirement.

Life has been busy lately.  I’ve brewed a several times recently, and I have a brew planned for next week. Brewing has become a simple, relaxing process in the last couple years where I rarely screw something up. I’ve become more of a solitary brewer and that’s OK. I still enjoy brewing with others, but life lately sees me sneaking in time to brew, so planning out the social aspect of brewing is a challenge.

Today I’m surrounded by family and friends, and we’re relaxing and sharing what life has offered us. Our health is good, we have wonderful friends who share our passions, and in general we celebrate how well off we really are. In the words of Dave Matthews, “Eat, drink, and be merry. For tomorrow we die.” I’m approaching life this way:)

In honor of the season, share a quality ale with someone you love!  Merry Christmas from the Lazy Brewer!

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Merry Christmas 2011 from the Lazy Brewer!

On December 25, 2011, in Family and Friends, by Mark Ranes

Merry Christmas!

So another year has gone by.  Life is still good!  Today I’m surrounded by family and we’re relaxing and sharing what life has offered us.  Like the rest of the world, we’re feeling the pull of finances but still we make the best of what life offers and count the blessings of what we have.  Our health is good, we have wonderful friends who share our passions, and in general we celebrate how well off we really are.

I’ve been absent here lately.  Life has just been busy.  I’ve brewed a couple times, made some cider for the first time and have a brew planned for next week.  Last night, three kegs blew at our annual Christmas Eve feast, and I now have no pale beers that I like to drink on tap.  It’s time to brew!  More on this brew next week.

In honor of the season, share a quality ale with someone you love!  Merry Christmas from the Lazy Brewer:)

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Merry Christmas 2010

On December 24, 2010, in Family and Friends, General, Stuff..., by Mark Ranes

Merry Christmas!

This has been an interesting year.  In general, it’s been a good year.  I have a wonderful family, amazing friends and all of the things most folks associate with “the good life”.  Here’s to an even better 2011!

Life is good!

Merry Christmas to all of the Lazy Brewer’s readers.  Open a special ale and share it with someone you love:)

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Merry Christmas

On December 25, 2009, in Family and Friends, General, by Mark Ranes

Merry Christmas!

Another year is on the horizon, and it’s time to reflect on everything that is good in my life.  My family loves me and puts up with all my eccentricities, and I’m truly blessed to have some of the best friends in the world. I have a fun and challenging job. I get to travel to places that feel like home. I get to enjoy wonderful ales on a regular basis.  Life is good!

Merry Christmas to all of the Lazy Brewer’s readers.  Open a good ale and share it with someone you love:)

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