Family and Friends










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Holly still has a ways to go, but she’s making steady progress.  It’s been a long haul.  Visits by family and friends have helped a lot.  As always, Holly’s spirits are good.






Crabtree Falls is one of our favorite hikes in the area, and so it was fun to introduce Leona and Felix to it in the summer of 2019.  And of course John’s companion, Zeus. We didn’t make it to the top, but had a great time anyway.  Leona, as the pictures show, traveled in style!








After our debacle in Venice, and with Holly in a rehab hospital back home for several weeks, we were blessed with visits from my two sons, their wives and kids, and from Holly’s son John and Holly’s sister Constance and her cousin Lonni.  Their company was wonderful, as was all their help with running an extended family.

Note: For some reason, my blog program insists on placing this post out of order.  It should have come after the post about our Venice debacle.

March 2019

With longtime family friends at King Family Winery
Sampling small batch ciders at Bryant Cidery


At Bold Rock Cidery
Blue Ridge vista from Dark Hollow Road



Zinnia Olsen Wood was born early this morning, March 20, 2019, to Megan Olsen and Tim Wood.  We’re all so excited and happy for them!  Her entry into this world raises the number of Wood grandchildren to three, and to five on the Olsen side!  Many more pictures and stories will surely follow!  Zinnia looks sooooo adorable!

Holly and I had a fabulous time… (click for larger pictures)











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