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Olson & Son Hopyard
Father to Liam, Husband to Karin, Home-brewer, Olson & Son Hopyard owner. Writer, speaker, and advocate for the families of children with special needs.
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 24
Two months from today. Beer, food, live music and a good time. If are reading this then you’re invited. Mark your calendars. The third annual Hopyard Field Day is coming.
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 24
A little morning time spent in the gooseberry patch. Can’t wait until next spring when we are popping open bottles of that gooseberry wine. @…
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 22
It’s lucky for me that hop plants, once fully established, are hearty enough that they’ll push through pretty much whatever. With Liam’s two hospitalizations this spring, the rampyard hops didn’t get the care that…
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 22
This is the first year I’ve grown any lettuce lettuce. Not the first year I’ve attempted to grow lettuce mind you, but the first year that I’ve grown any lettuce. There’s something awesome about going outside and…
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 20
Well would you look at that, both Olson boys made it out of bed today. @ Hasbro Children's Hospital
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 20
As the old adage goes, ‘the footsteps of the farmer is the best fertilizer’. Well, on our little “farm” the footprints include the wheel treads of Liam’s wheelchair. Without him at home for so much of our spring it…
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 18
Quick update time. Yes Liam is still in the PICU. After four days of being in a “wait and see” mode of consults and “gut rest”, this morning alionsmom and I demanded a more active plan for the day, and imagine that,…
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 16
Some dads golf on Father’s Day morning or maybe they fish. Me? I got away from the hospital for a few hours to prune tomatoes and plant some more peppers (hots). Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads and out there.…
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 15
My night to stay in the hospital with Liam but I made it home for a bit this evening to water the gardens and the purple pea pods are poppin. @…
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 15
In an effort to make sure we didn’t know which of us was his favorite (although, c’mon, we all know it’s his Mom) Liam figured that if we spent Mother’s Day in the PICU, then we better spend Father’s Day weekend…
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 13
In what I believe was August of 1995 me and this group of knuckleheads say at the old old Lupo’s. Tonight we got together at The Narrows to see them again. Basically we are all old now, band included.…
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 12
Thank you for an incredible season. Watching and talking about your playoff run got us through a tough spring. (The photo is a few weeks old from when Liam was still in the hospital) It hurts like hell…
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 10
Dealing with a crazy spring of family stuff himself, lead grower is killing it with the south yard this year.
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 9
Pea season is only here for a month or so, better enjoy it while it lasts. @ Riverside, Rhode Island
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 8
The short and stubbies of the cascades. Swipe to see the longer leaner leaves of the centennials. @ Riverside, Rhode…
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 8
Had a pretty damn good day out in the yard. @ Riverside, Rhode Island
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 8
Nothing better than that summer evening walk for a lemonade and then hang in the gardens. Photo by alionsmom of course. @…
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 7
If you can manage it, I highly recommend that you avoid having to give your kid twice daily injections, but you do what you have to do for your kids. If we do it right, Liam doesn’t even flinch so I know I can say…
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 7
Dragons tongue beans waiting for that morning sun to get to them. @ Riverside, Rhode Island
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Olson & Son Hopyard Jun 6
Kind of a gloomy morning but the peas finally started popping. @ Riverside, Rhode Island
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