The 2012 Blichmann / Bond Family Holiday Newsletter
to a novel edition of the Blichmann / Bond Holiday Newsletter – one
actually published beforeChristmas.
How about that? And yes, Christmas Eve is technically “before
Bob:Bob is still doing the super-commute thing,
working with Caterpillar in Sumter, SC during the week and spending
weekends back at home.
This year he
took on the project of digitizing all the historic Blichmann family
slides, figuring that should be done before time faded them any
further, as some were over 50 years old. He unearthed lots of
good memories in those 4000+ photos. Next up: the Bond family
collection, which will be even bigger. Both fathers were avid
Leica shutterbugs. The Bob & Betsy slide collection will be
child’s play by comparison.
It was a quiet
year in both his music and bicycling worlds, with the exception of
some late-season track cycling at the new Giordana Velodrome that
opened up across the border in Rock Hill, SC.
and the rabbits: No major career
changes for Betsy, either, this year. But...
mastermind the total renovation of our kitchen and master bathroom.
This included lots of demolition, so she was kind of “camping out”
at home for the summer. That means sleeping in a guest room (the
Fabulous Flamingo Room!), cooking out of an old microwave in the
garage, etc. But both rooms turned out great, and now we have
the world’s most strangely shaped hall closet.
She had success
with surgery on her bad thumb/wrist - for De Quervain's
tenosynovitus - and is now back knitting in earnest. So
that’s a nice life improvement. “Knit smarter, not harder.”
Paul graduated from Clemson with his Masters Degree in August.
He’s currently working down in Charleston, SC, doing nephrology
research at the USC School of Medicine. Recent interests seem to
include giant TV sets, old school hip hop, and beer brewing.
(for those in the know. AKA Bart, Nart, etc) Now a senior
at UNC Chapel Hill, studying biology, chemistry, and environmental
types of things while working as a Zone Manager at the student
athletic complex. Summer was spent up on Cape Cod, working with
the Harwich Conservation Trust to improve trails and wipe out nasty
invasive species. A couple of solo backpack trips rounded out
an adventuresome year. The picture is with one of the new, giant,
fungus things that popped up in the yard. Nart was, needless to say,
Fresh ski tracks, or ski tracks of any flavor, were NOT cut in 2012.
Maybe in 2013… We did spend a week up on
Cape Cod in June, staying a great Irish B&B. It was
nice to experience temperatures in the 60’s for a bit in the midst
of a hot NC summer.
made several trips to visit family in MI, including one road trip
where Bob’s car blew up in Charleston, WV. The good news was
that we got to ride in a big white tow truck, a big bright pink
taxicab, and a little black
rental car. The other great thing was having Moses fix the car.
Really, the place was run by Moses. He sells cars too.
Parents:Bob’s mom got moved into a very nice apartment
at a place called Victorian Pines. Betsy and I are jealous. She even
managed to sell both her houses - no mean feat in the current economy
of the Far North.
mom is still in Michigan keeping busy with the AAUW, book clubs
and cooking clubs.
Here’s to a
great New Year! Hope to see you all sometime in 2013.
In the spirit of the giant fungus mentioned above, we continue on the "Stuff found in
our yard this summer" theme. I couldn't get
a good photo of he weird mushrooms we found growing in one of the
A cool tiny immature milk snake on the back deck.
That's a standard size brick.
A six foot tall weed, right in front of the house.