Greetings Loyal Airmen, well Valerie and the Air Chief are back in Colorado from our 8 day trip back home to see family. We said we take some photos, so without further ado, some of our wonderful memories.
Upon arriving in Manchester N.H. early evening, we then went to a really nice restaurant with all of Valerie’s wonderful family. Going around the table starting at left is Gus, his wife Barbara (Val’s older sister) then Val, the Air Chief with hat on, across the table Andy with wife Sandy (Val’s younger sister) then Addy, Desiree and Val’s brother, the baby of the clan, Ronnie. To say a good time was had by all would be an understatement.
Leaving Manchester the next morning, we drove to the beautiful Maine seacoast town of Wells Beach. It was one of the last few sunny days we’d see during out trip. After checking into our resort cabin, we walked down to the beach and snapped this selfie.
Next up daughter Michelle and her husband Chris joined us at the beach for dinner of delicious seafood, clams, scallops, haddock, shrimp. Need we go on. After our meal we walked out on to the pier where Michelle snapped the pix of the Air Chief & Val against colorful maker-buoys and then set her cel phone down to snap the group shot. We had so much fun together.
The next afternoon it was the Fortier clans time to gather. Brother George and his wife Anne joined us along with our sons Kevin and Scott. We ended up at Billy’s Chowder House for even more seafood. From left to right above we have brother George, son Kevin with the beard, oldest son Scott, the Air Chief, Val and sister-in-law Anne. Again such a great time enjoying each other’s company after so long a time of not being able to travel.
After George and Anne left, Val snapped this pix of the Air Chief and his boys. Sad to believe that it had been seven years since we’d seen Kevin. He’s doing super and managed a supermarket in Massachusetts, while Scott works for an on-line retail fashion boutique headquartered in San Francisco from his home in Conn. As we live with son Alan, the only one of our children we didn’t see was youngest daughter Heather, who lives in Chicago. But the Air Chief plans on seeing her in Sept after the Windy City Pulp & Paper Con. Was really rough saying good-bye to the boys. Hopefully won’t be so long till we see them both again.
The next day Valerie went off with daughter Heather to have a girls’ day, while the Air Chief did some writing on the new Brother Bones novel in the works.
Sadly by then the weather along the New England Coast had turned foul and by Sat, when we went to Michelle and Chris’ lake home in Acton, it was cold and rainy. But that never stopped us from gathering indoors. Chris had the grill going outside and we had a wild and woolly Memorial Day gathering. So once again Michelle set up her camera to grab this group shot. Left to right, oldest granddaughter Kristi, behind her is Kristin and her youngest Natalie, behind her is her husband Steve, next to Steve is second granddaughter Chelsea holding Steve & Kristin’s Nathan on her lap. Michelle, the mother hen down front, Valerie behind her, the Air Chief peeking in and finally Chris.
Look the weather may not have been what we wanted but in those 8 days we saw our family. The Air Chief and Val even had breakfast with our cousin Elaine and her husband Dennis, who, as it turned out, we’re staying only a mile down the road. We hadn’t seen Elaine in almost forty years. If live has taught the Air Chief anything at all it is that family is by far the greatest blessing God gives us. Whereas with Valerie and yours truly, he gave us the best families in the world. AMEN.
We also want to thank our Airship 27 Production partner, artist Rob Davis for holding down the fort while we were gone. Rob fully assembled and released writer Fred Adam Junior’s fourth C.O. Jones thriller, “Hometown U.S.A.” See cover above. Rob did that cover and all the black and white interior illustrations. Jones is a World War II veteran trying to get by as a private eye in the late 40s, who seems to trip over supernatural things when on a case. This one, like all previous three books, is now available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. As ever, Loyal Airmen, thanks so much for your continued support.
We’ve also mentioned this new book from Moonstone in the past few months. Well we’re happy to tell you it is now available for sale at their store on-line. The Green Hornet by Mel Odom is great and of course we contributed the back-up I.V. Frost yarn. We do hope you’ll check it out.
And there you have it, Loyal Airmen. We’re home and it’s back to the routine of creating and producing quality pulp titles. Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you back here next Friday.
Ron – Over & Out!