Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Unbelievably Hectic

That would be the only way to describe the last four months here on Dogwood Lane. One would think that living in the country would mean a peaceful, slow paced kind of life but that just has not been the way the way things have worked out this summer. Those of you who have been long time followers have noticed my absence in the blogosphere and have wondered what had become of me so let me re-cap for you:

MAY saw me afflicted with a case of the shingles. Not something I wanted to broadcast or particularly wanted to write about. Yes, I did get the shingles vaccination about five years ago but unfortunately I am one of the unlucky 30% of the vaccinated who are destined to get the pox anyway! It's over for now but it did make for an uncomfortable, in fact painful and debilitating month.

JUNE was a glorious, happy month celebrating the birth of our darling grand daughter Eve and the second birthday of big sister Paige. I was away from home for three weeks attending to those momentous events. So blessed.
JUNE also saw the kitchen re-model about which I have written quite a bit. If you're tired of hearing about this kitchen I'm sorry but you can't be half as tired as I am. This project just goes on and on. You know how one thing just leads to another? It's a domino effect where as soon as I think we're finished another must do renovation rears it's ugly head! Truly, I love how the whole thing has turned out and I THINK we're done at last. I have some nice side projects coming up to tell you about. 
JULY was taken up with more home renovation and a much needed time out for a wonderful family vacation. Our three sons, their wives and children joined us in Mammoth Lakes, CA for a week of hiking, pool lounging, swimming, boating, laughing and just being together. It was a wonderful, relaxing time. Even 6 week old baby Evie joined us on our hikes! Can you see her little head peeking out from her mommy's front pack?
lft to rt - Jody, Claire, Owen, C.P., Zack, Josiah, Josh, Jedidiah, Chris, Liam, Megan, Eve, Paige
This trip was the highlight of my summer! There just is nothing better than spending time with my family and it's a rare event that brings all of us together. An entire year's planning went into this vacation I can tell you.
On the trail to somewhere great!
AUGUST has brought the usual land management challenges and preparations for the annual Dowell Brothers visit.  My husband's four brothers, two nephews, one significant other and a long lost male cousin made the trek to Dogwood Lane to practice some backwoods crafts and make some family recipes which include gutta and buttermilk pie. What you may ask is gutta? Gutta is a German dish made from ground pork, beef and oats which are boiled together and then fried. Their mother made it all the time when they were growing up and they have a fondness for it. Needless to say you cannot buy gutta in any store that we know of unless you live in Cincinnati, OH. It's very popular in Ohio evidently, where they have gutta festivals. Go figure... Anyway, lot's of testosterone and lot's of laughs flying around for a few days. We really enjoy it when the Dowell boys are in town!
jft-rt nephews John & Jake, husband Chris, cousin Tony, brothers Steve, Mike, Tim, & Larry, friend Suzanne
This finally brings me to today. A new day in a new week. Chris and I are planning a BIG trip in a couple of weeks but for now we're home and back to a our regular and slower routine. What has your summer been like? If it's been anything like mine you need a break!!

Until next time,


  1. Sounds like a busy but most enjoyable summer. It's always a blessing when you can spend good quality time with family. I hope you are feeling much better and I also hope you have a wonderful BIG trip with your hubby.

    You have been missed!

  2. Thanks so much Jeanna. This summer has been extreme and I have been extremely tired a lot of the time but I do think I've got it under control now. LOL we'll just have to see won't we?

  3. You poor thing! I had shingles about 2 years ago! Horrible!!!!!
    Don't get it again!!!!!

    1. I don't plan on it!! Seriously it put a big dent in my plans for the month of May and almost derailed the baby/grammy train.

  4. You have had a very busy Summer! Love the family photos, and I'm glad your feeling better. I'm excited for you and your upcoming big trip! Keep us posted. Your grand babies are adorable!

    1. The Big Trip is almost here and I'll tell you about it soon. Sorry to be criptic but I'm not supposed to say anything more yet so...

  5. Aughhhh but what blessed memories you made (well except for those damn shingles!! UGH!!!) So glad you had a great summer and that your family trip turned out so well. Funny how this kind of business comes in waves...it is kinda exhausting I agree.

    1. Since the brothers left last week all I've done is laze around and now I have to get into high gear for the next adventure. I seriously don't know what I would do tho if I didn't have anything to do, probably go quietly nuts!


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