Thursday, April 10, 2014

Not The Iliad But Certainly An Odyssey!

As you all have probably figured out by now I have been on another one of my walk-a bouts. Two weeks of travel all over the state of California visiting family and friends, attending a baby shower, working a health clinic and playing with grand kids. Chris stayed home for the first part of my journey to take care of the homestead and the animals and then he drove to meet me and work the health clinic with me. The two of us have covered a lot of ground in the last two months and I don't mind admitting I'm pretty tired and ready to stay home for a while.

By Nserrano (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

First stop for me was Los Angeles the land where I was raised and where most of our family and friends still reside. Our oldest son and his family live outside L.A. and so I get to be Mimi while I'm here too. I was so happy and excited to be attending the baby shower for my God Daughter Katie and she loved the ruffle flannel quilt I made for her little boy due in just two more weeks.

Of course whenever I'm visiting the home place I squeeze in as much time with friends as I can but there's never as much time as I would like to see everyone. We'll be back in the summer for a family anniversary party and a Dowell Family reunion is planned for late summer so I'm not worried about the clan, I know we'll be gathering soon.

By Andrew Garrett (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Chris met me for the next stop, Coachella Valley - the California desert outside Palm Springs, to work in a four day health clinic sponsored by California Care Force. You can click on the link to find out more about the organization and what the clinic accomplished. We worked two days of the four day event. I'm not as young as I used to be and find I just can't stay on my feet that many days in a row an more. (sigh*)

On to San Diego to see our youngest son and his family. His daughter Paige will be two years old in June and will be receiving a baby sister as a birthday gift. She would probably rather have a puppy, we'll see how all that plays out. In the mean time I get to be Grammy and share bath time and story time and play dollies. Her new obsession is changing diapers on all her babies and we went through a lot of diapers while I was there - sorry mom! 

Did you notice that each of my sets of grand kids call me by a different name? Don't know how that started but I have to keep track of where I am and answer to the correct name depending on household. Hope when I'm gone they'll all know who they're talking about when they talk about me!

It's so hard to say good-bye to all my sweet babies but I am glad to be sleeping in my own bed. For those of you who may be wondering it's an 11 hour drive from San Diego to Georgetown, that's with necessary rest stops only, no meals. We stagger in like a couple of drunks and kiss the ground of our driveway when we finally make it home I can tell ya and we vow to NEVER do it again. But then we always do because we miss our kids and love our grand kids and we always have fun when we're with them. I'm done with laundry, I've picked up the dogs from the boarding kennel (they were not best pleased about their little vacay) and I'm ready to settle into the spring chores. So tell me, what's been going on with all of you?

Until next time,


  1. I enjoyed reading about your travels.The ruffle flannel quilt is beautiful! I know what you mean about it being good to visit but great to get back home. Recently I was out of town for a week of training with my work and the next week on vacation. I felt blessed and happy for the opportunities but also happy to be back in my own bed. I was tired of eating out too. There's no place like home!

    1. You are too right! We rarely eat out so it seems like such a treat but it gets old fast and I end up longing for my own simple family meals. I'm back in my place and sleeping sooooo much better, all is great and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again! :)

  2. I momentarily forgot you were traveling---and sure enjoyed reading about your traveling and visiting family. The baby quilt is adorable! and enjoyed the photos too. I also loved your remark about staggering home, kissing the ground and being thrilled to be back home safe and sound! :o) It's these jaunts that make us appreciate home so much. What's been going on? Just go out and look at your weeds! It's happening here too!!! The sewing room is finished if you want to hop on over and take a look. Lots of outdoor stuff is what's happening for us right now----

    1. Gasp**** the weeds are knee high! This is the time of year when there's so much to do both inside and out I don't know where to start. Your new sewing room is marvelous, a place for everything and everything in it's place. You must be so very happy to be done with this project and have the workman out of your space. That's the worst part for me - strangers in the house, ugh!


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