Bob and Inger's 2016 Christmas Letter

The New Year began with a visit from
Bob's daughters Jenny and Kate and
their families (minus Kate's husband Pat
who had to go back to work).   Cursor
over picture for a candid photo.
2016 was a year of R & R, repair and recovery.  Bob had two major surgeries, a back operation in February and a
hip replacement in July.  Both operations were successful and Bob is back to his usual activies.   However, for most
of the year we were focused on
Bob's recuperation and not our recreation.  Photo ops were limited.  
The only traveling we did this year was to our place in Santa Fe.   In September  we
continued Bob's rehab out there.   Took several hikes and did a lot of walking around
town.   Above are pictures from the trail in Bandolier National Monument.   
We spent a day exploring the Valles Caldera.  About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the
13-mile wide circular depression now known as the Valles Caldera.  The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows,
abundant wildlife, and meandering streams. The area also preserves the homeland of ancestral native peoples and
embraces a rich ranching history.  It is the nation's newest National  Park; 89,000 acres purchased by the government in
2001 for $103 Million.   
We came home in October in time for Inger's brother Erling's 80th birthday.  A gathering of his siblings and their families.
It was wonderful to see everyone.   Put cursor over the picture to see Erling and Sandy Onsager  
Inger's  children Chris and Kirsten came for Erling's birthday.   We had several days to enjoy their company.   Bob cooked some lobsters.
Erling and Sandy Onsager
We stay busy volunteering, reading, walking, entertaining, bird watching and gardenting.   Bob is back to his bowl turning and woodworking.
Our families are well.  We are grateful for our health and our family and friends.   We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
       
With love,   
Bob and Inger
Life as we knew it ended in May when we adopted two
kittens.  Brother and sister, we named them Fritz  and
Phoebe. They entertain each other - lots of horseplay.