Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Beginnings

7 years into the construction of the Onondaga Cutoff, it's still very possible for new beginnings.  38 years into life, new beginnings are not just possible, but actually happening!

While mostly focused on the model railroad, this blog would be incomplete without mention of my daughter Susie, and in that light I'd like to introduce my baby son to the Onondaga Cutoff community.  Theodore Ellis Abeles was born healthy on December 27, 2014 at 8:41 a.m., weighing 7 lb 8.5 oz, and 21 inches long!! 

Teddy is doing well, and so far the process of getting him established seems to be a bit more fluid than was Susie's arrival home.  Experience matters, and so does having an amazing wife and mother in Kristen!  Susie, too, is amazing in her ability to accommodate change.   Having to suddenly share Kristen's attention is a challenge for her, but through our consistent effort to prepare her and her amazing positive attitude, Susie was very excited for the baby's arrival.  Sure enough, she is very excited to have a little brother - and doesn't hesitate to show it!
As far as the Onondaga Cutoff is concerned, here's a token layout photograph for you all of the Island Yard, Phase II of which is now complete, including wiring. A backdrop will follow here, connecting to the backdrop on the main layout, which will help to tie the whole thing together.  Admittedly there will be less progress than we have been used to for the next few months- the schedule is packed full of diaper changes, bathtimes, mealtimes, and general house cleanup, in addition to plenty of time spent playing with Susie and holding Teddy. 

Happy New Year to one and all!


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