Plans for the End of the Year

It’s hard to believe October is half over and we’re staring the end of 2020 right in the eye. Not that it’s a bad thing. 2020 has been horrendous and it can’t go soon enough for me. You may feel differently–but I doubt it.

One thing that will end with 2020 is my retirement. Sort of. In an unofficial way. No, I’m not going back in the classroom. I’m doing something different, something sort of entrepreneurial. I’ve applied to become a licensed notary and hope to earn some money as a signing agent. Lots of home refinance going on, and increasingly the signing of those refi agreements are happening with mobile notaries. That’s me.

Why, you might ask, when retirement was going so well? It’s a long story, but honestly, my wife is working her butt off from home, and I feel like I need to be doing more. So that’s the plan. I can work as much or as little as I want, so not a standard 9 to 5. There’s some getting ready and I’m working on it.

So 2021 will likely be different. But until then, I’ll be painting away, and trying to sneak in some games too. I continue to meet Dave Demick for my weekly board game. But with the cold weather, Dave Schueler’s excellent “day on the lawn” series will come to an end. I’ve made some tremendous changes in our garage, ordered some LED lights to brighten things up, and I’m searching for the right space heater or two for gaming in my garage (a first ever.)

Time to set some painting goals for the rest of the year. The only thing driving my purchases are Spanish and American ships of the Spanish American War era. There are lots available from War Times Journal and Brown Water Navy. I really like their work and enjoy painting them. My goal is to finish 40 ships for this project by the end of the year. I have a bunch in the pipeline, and I’ll acquire more as the year goes on.

Raiden A6M3 Hamps on the painting table. Hoping I might finish these in the next few days.

I’m also dipping into my big ol’ pile of planes. Right now I’m interested in painting planes for the WWII in the Pacific, both sides (of course.) No need to buy a lot, I already have plenty that need paint. Once I get going, they paint pretty fast. My goal is to paint 50 by the time the calendar is exchanged for a new one.

A dozen mounted archers from Old Glory that will add to my Lion Rampant goodies. There’s another dozen where they came from.

Finally, there is my bread and butter, 28mm figures. I have a bunch of little bits I’d like to wrap up, beginning with some mounted archers for Lion Rampant. I have 24 of those guys, and I hope to have them all finished by the end of the month. After that, I’ll focus on some AWI Brits that were unfinished for our Retreat From Concord game a couple of years ago. Those need to get done. After that? Not sure, but I have plenty to work on. My goal is to finish 60 figures by year’s end.


40 1/1250 scale ships

50 1/300 planes

60 28mm figures.

Lots to do, and I plan to enjoy every minute of it.

2 comments on “Plans for the End of the Year

  1. Jonathan Freitag says:

    I will be following your year-end project progress. Returning to work after such a brief retirement? In these uncertain times, it is understandable. Good luck.

    • kgsmyth55 says:

      Thanks Jon. I think if we lived in normal times I’d still be living the life of luxury, but we don’t. I really don’t think I’ll be able to get started in my new career until about the first of the year. I hope my wife can join me in a couple of years and we’ll do it together. Hope you are good and all is well in the Palouse.

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