Merry Christmas
Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:42am

3227 Deer Run Rd, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Christmas 2016
It is time to write the annual Christmas letter. Where has 2016 gone?
We enjoy Christmas letters from others and are looking forward to hearing from you again this year. Trust all is well and happy in your home.
This has been a stressful year for us. We are doing as well as we can for our age of 81, just moving more slowly as arthritis and a few more aches and pains have slipped up on us. Don had a full right knee replacement last March that took a lot of energy to recover. Thankfully his knee has healed up well. Don's major health problem now is severe arthritis and neuropathy especially in his left ankle but he is able to walk with a cane. Mary, who lives in northern Virginia, came home for a few days when Don had the operation. Because Marshall, who lives in Beltsville, MD, is a federal employee, was able to spent three weeks helping Amy while Don was in the hospital for four days and rehab for two weeks. Amy has been Don's daily care taker and trying to keep him doing his exercises. (He hates to do exercises). It was necessary for a good recovery of his knee. We planned a trip to Branson last September, but we decided that would not be a good idea. Oh well, maybe next year!!
Both Marshall and Mary were with us for Thanksgiving and they plan to be here again this Christmas. We have enjoyed a lovely fall and have not had any major snow yet. On Thursday, December 8, the weather turned very cold with a few snowflakes. We have to stay in during snowy weather. We are hoping this will be another mild winter.
Trust all is well and happy with you and your family.
Donald and Amy Elson

    • And Merry Christmas to you too Amy!Kristi, Fri Dec 23 8:21am
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      • Merry Christmas to all our family. Carole, Fri Dec 23 8:36pm
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