Mike Valletta

Monthly Archives: September 2011


This season is a far different one here in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills thanks to our friend Irene who passed through in late August. Usually for us, we still have many leaves on the trees come early October. This year, not so much. At least 20-30 percent of our trees have already lost their leaves, and while not exactly an impressive number by any means, it tells a story of what’s happening, and… Read More


In the back of my head, I hear that good old Christmas song “It’s the most, wonderful time of the year!” but it’s not because it’s getting closer to Christmas. I’m in no rush for that. No, this particular phrase of the song very much applies to wonderful colors of fall. In the world, there’s nothing else like it but right here in New England. How could anyone ever want to leave… Read More


They say we should embrace change. We should welcome it with open arms and cuddle it like a cute little teddy bear. Well, I’m not cuddling the new Facebook layout like some cute little teddy bear, and neither are many of you as we all woke up today to yet another change Facebook has created, this time with it’s newsfeed. For those of you out of the loop, Facebook has now customized… Read More

It was a crisp autumn day back in 2009 when I had decided enough was enough in downstate Connecticut and made my way to the scenic hills of northwestern Connecticut, specifically Torrington. Yes, in my twenties I gave everything up and moved to a place where most people would retire to! I’m not one for fast paced living and big flashy city lights. That’s not me at all. I’m not a flashy… Read More


Editors Note: It’s been a while! Due to exciting last minute summer days, and Tropical storm Irene impacting the region, it has been a rather busy couple of weeks. Now, onto the show! It wasn’t long ago that we were practically shoveling snow of our roofs. It also wasn’t long ago that we were thinking of relaxing summer days at the lake. Where oh WHERE did the time go? It’s after labor… Read More