Peaceful Valley, North Carolina…  Thanks to our hostess, Natalie, earth-mother extraordinaire, who loaded up the tables with food, provided the scenic views, and welcomed us warmly to celebrate her mawmaw’s 80th birthday party…

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The birthday girl held court for her 5 children, her only-surviving brother,  4 nieces/nephews and their spouses, 2 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, plus a dozen or so shirt-tail relatives, many of whom drove 6plus hours to say, “I love you.”…

Family…it’s not always this pretty, so let’s enjoy the times when it is.  I hope I have as nice a celebration on my 80th.