Merry Christmas from the Bolams
Written by Kath
What a busy year … full of ups and downs but we made it.
Last year we started the year with our puppy Joey having knee surgery. This year Daisie’s eyes were red and inflamed with an infection. It lasted 3 months with daily hot washcloth treatment, meds, and tender loving care. She even had to go to the doggy ophthalmologist and was quite a trooper!
We fit a lot of adventures into this year … 4 different weeks of camping at Farragut State Park, three trips to Washington, one trip to Arizona, 7 Fishing trips, 3 walks for a cause, Bloomsday, and 3 trips to Silverwood. We had two sets of friends come to visit and lots of friend and family support throughout the year.
(Pictures of Farragut, walks, Bloomsday, and Washington trips)
Bob got to go fishing with our son Brian 7 times in between all of our other adventures. Our grandson Marcus joined him on the trip that the truck got a flat tire! Brian hand built two fishing rods for Bob during the year. Brian says Bob is a much better fisherman when he uses them. Bob says he is very very proud to have handmade rods made especially for him by his son!
Our friends Kim & Jim came in August to camp with us at Farragut and again in December so Kim & I could photograph eagles at Lake Coeur d’Alene. All four of us get along well! We even went on the Santa Cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene with all the little kids that were on the boat!
My friend Lora came over to hike with me in September and we ziplined way up high over Kellogg, Idaho. In November, when I went to help my mom, Lora came to visit us there too!
The Bolam’s Express sold this year after 3 years on the market. The new owner loves having her and took her out to two events. She performed really well for him. This made us very happy and relieved!
Along with all of these things, we had several home projects going on including 1) putting a new roof on our home, 2) getting a new vinyl plank for our bedroom floor, and 3) we extended the back of the shop so the trailer fits in the shop without putting up the wall Bob had built. It’s much easier to close the garage door when you get home rather than build the wall when you are tired! We did fix many things that weren’t working quite right like the radio in the car that disconnected calls, the lawn tractor that only went straight, and the trailer refrigerator that only worked on electricity, not gas. Bob can hear better since we replaced his 10-year-old hearing aids. He has been amazed to hear what road noise sounds like in both of our vehicles or the click of my mouse across the room!
We updated Bob’s drone and my camera and big lens … we are both excited about all the new features on both of these items!
Bob keeps busy with many projects. He spends lots of time finding the exact right item he has in mind. Most of these things have made life better for us. Usually it is for something that could be improved or something he has always wanted!
I continued painting this year. Each painting takes a bit longer and they are looking much better. I even had a couple paintings people could not believe wasn’t a photograph! I only did 20 this year. It’s hard to paint when you are busy with other things or a bit stressed. I hope to pick this up again next year. I am still a Children’s Village volunteer and love it when I get to go play with the kids or go on adventures with them.
Our grandson Marcus Bolam graduated from Washington State this year. He is finishing up his last credits this week. Next May his sister Katelyn Bolam will graduate from Boise State. We are really proud of them for pushing through and finishing this step in their lives. Sam Lant is also pursuing his dreams taking classes, going to auditions, and many other projects.
One monumental thing that happened to me this year was finishing Bloomsday, a 7.2 mile walk we have done several times, and staying healthy! Last year’s Bloomsday ended with a horrible asthma attack and 7 months of extra inhaler recovery but this year I giggled and laughed and succeeded thanks to my friend Wendie and her son Brison. I cried at the finish because I could cross that bad memory off my list. I called my mom, my cousin Sharon, and my step mom Linda after I finished. All three ladies worried all year that I was going to have another asthma attack. I’m glad I called them because two weeks later my step mother passed away suddenly. We spent a lot of the year working on her estate. We are getting there … right now the house in Arizona is up for sale. I miss her very much.
The stress from working on the estate and cleaning out yet another home was hard. I was lucky to have the support of my husband Bob only a phone call or text away. That made those 8 days in Arizona more bearable. After that trip, my two Idaho moms Donna and Sharon, friends Lora and Kim, and my husband Bob circled around me and gave me a big “love hug”. They are still supporting me and I love them even more for it and appreciate them!
We hope that you are all doing well or if you are in need, that you will have friends and family to give you a “love hug” also! Life is better when we all work together to support each other!