August 31, 2016

Adirondack Summer

Hello friends! How are you? It has been a while and I have a ton of blog reading to catch up on. I hope you had a wonderful summer. Our summer was filled with lakes, ponds, nature...and a few unexpected days in the hospital.
Let's begin with the fun stuff. We explored several quiet ponds by kayak. We set out to explore the quieter side of the Adirondacks this summer. And I think we achieved that.
One of my favorite parts of the summer was hearing the loons call as soon as we slipped our kayaks into their pond. There was a loon family (a male, female and 2 babies) on a pond close to our house. We respected their privacy as much as possible, but I couldn't resist taking a few pictures with my zoom lens. The first evening that Billy and I encountered them was a time I will never forget. I couldn't help but think of John Muir's words, "the clearest way to the universe is through a forest wilderness."
We explored some fun places in Vermont.
We are mostly shielded from the news when we are upstate, which turned out to be quite a blessing this summer. 
We did have an unexpected trip to the hospital in July. Billy was told he needed emergency surgery for an attack of diverticulitis, but instead ended up hospitalized with IV antibiotics for a few days. He is feeling much better now, but he will be having surgery in September. He has suffered repeat attacks over the last 15 years and it is time to deal with it (hopefully) once and for all.
Back in the mountains, we spent our 20th wedding anniversary visiting a waterfall.
My mom and her husband spent a few days with us along with my brother and sister-in-law. Here we are all cleaned up and on the same boat my brother got married on 18 years ago.
And here we are hanging out on the trail in the woods.
And of course there were many days spent on Schroon Lake. Dogs included.
I have to admit that I truly enjoyed the break from home decor. In fact, the only thing I decorated all summer was the mantel at the cabin to include some of our pictures and items collected over the course of the summer hanging from a piece of driftwood.
I am back and refreshed with lots of new inspiration. We came home from upstate and I was itching to get back to work on our house. I immediately switched our upstairs living and dining spaces. And we built some new shelves. I will post pictures soon! We have plans to finally tackle the ceiling in our kitchen. And I will definitely be adding some fall decor. But first, we need to get the kids back to school and Billy through his surgery.


  1. How lovely to hear from you again Courtney!

  2. Great to see a post from you, Courtney! Sorry to hear that Billy is having health issues but hopefully the operation will take care of it. Your photos are beautiful. So nice to be able to truly get away and enjoy nature. Your family looks so happy and relaxed...and those goldens are precious as always! My kids start school on Tuesday - back to reality! Glad you enjoyed your summer!

  3. It looks like a beautiful place to spend the summer. Best wishes for your husbands speedy recovery.

  4. Helloooooo Courtney. So glad to see you back posting. Great that you have enjoyed the family this summer. Love seeing all the pictures. OMG how our lives parallel with our guys. Terry has repeated problems like your hubby for a few years and they finally went in and did surgery and he is doing great. Wishing great success with your hubby's surgery next month. Have a great rest of the week.
    So fun to see you having a great summer.

  5. Looks like the perfect way to spend the summer (except for the hospital)! I am glad your husband is getting it taken care of...I had a sudden perforation from that, with subsequent surgeries, and it is sure better to get the surgery done when you are doing well.
    Beautiful photos! We just bought kayaks for the lake...really looking forward to using them!

  6. Welcome home!! Looks like you had a great summer, and Middlebury is just fabulous - we had dinner at the Middlebury Inn one Valentine's Day a few years back - so lovely!!

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