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Moseying Through The Flowers

It’s my favorite time of year. Flower time! When we were in Door County last weekend we got to see some of the early blooms and it REALLY is making me itch to get some shrubs removed and some prettier things put in their place.

I talked all about how fun the B&B was, but when we arrived in Door County we were hungry and in need of a delicious steak. We found a cute place called Alexander’s and walked in right when they opened. Good thing too because when we left the parking lot was completely full (always a good sign of the food, don’t you think?).

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If, Ok when we go back, I want to sit in this little alcove area. It was just a tiny room with windows all around so you could look out. I always like to sit by a window but I found myself glancing over to that little room more and more and wishing we were there. Next time!009

We started our meal with delicious salads: a nice assortment of greens, freshly grated carrots, and a garlic balsamic vinaigrette. I still don’t know why salads prepared by other people always taste better than anything I make at home.

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And then… my delicious tenderloin. It was buttery, uber tender, perfectly cooked and chock-full of flavor. It was served alongside potatoes au gratin and sliced peppers and beans. Hmm Mmm I could eat this meal every day and never get tired of it. It was that good.

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After our tasty meal we decided to go for a walk along the main road in Ephraim to collect some extra steps. It was freezing but we managed a 3 mile saunter with a short wind break in one of the nearby trail roads.

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It was quiet and just beautiful. If we hadn’t been so cold we would have kept on going down the trail. It was amazing. The sky was getting dark quickly though so it was good we went back when we did.

About a half mile from our car we walked past one of the frozen ice cream shops. My teeth were chattering and we could really see some darkness brewing overhead. That meant no ice cream for Ali and a faster pace for the rest of the walk.

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Turns out we only got a few sprinkles overnight. The real story was the day after. Now, this happened only a week ago which is even more crazy when you consider that yesterday was 80 and today was 83. Wisconsin weather for ya.

But anyway, Ben and I decided to drive all the way up to the tip of the peninsula. As we began the drive, it began to rain. And then snow. Yes. Snow. I know.

We got out at Gill’s Rock for a picture by the water and neither of us have our eyes open plus my hair is doing some 45 degree wind gusting… Ben snapped the picture as quickly as he could and we ran back into the car and cranked up the heat. Yikes.

It rained… then snowed… then rained some more… then cleared for a bit… repeat.

During one of the clear spells we passed this adorable park. I made Ben slow down because I fell in love with their daffodils.

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I need these in my yard. Stat. I did a little research and now have a pack of bulbs arriving in the Fall. Yay!!! Can’t wait. I’m a sucker for the creamy yellow color.

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One other cool find came as we were winding through some of the back roads in the more rural areas of the peninsula. I remember as a girl taking a walk through one of the state parks and pointing out the gorgeous blanket of 3-petaled white flowers. Mom told me they were trillium and were an endangered flower. I don’t know if it still is endangered but the trip and memory are still there. They were everywhere and so beautiful!

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We stopped at a few shops on our way back home and found a wood-fire pizza place overlooking the water. I love the water glasses! You can see where Ephraim is and Gill’s Rock and then the drive back to Sturgeon Bay which tends to be our lunch time stopping city whenever we’re going to Door County just because it’s a nice distance from Green Bay and tends to be a little less congested than some of the other small cities further north.

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Delicious thin-crust pizza. And the first time EVER we ordered a size small. We’re trying to be a bit more mindful of eating and knew we didn’t really need anything more than this. Actually, it was the perfect size and we weren’t stuffed like we normally are after a dinner out.

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The crab apple trees in my yard are looking incredible. I can smell then from my desk upstairs. It’s so wonderful I can’t even put it into words. There’s something amazing about this time of year. I love the fragrant air. I love the long days. The temps aren’t crazy hot and you have the excitement of the months ahead. Yay!!

Hello Spring. So glad you are here.

Our First B&B

Howdy folks.

It’s a beautiful Monday here in NE Wisconsin. The 10-day forecast is looking mighty fine too! Last week I shared how Ben and I were doing a step challenge determined to beat our friends. We worked and worked all week to not be last. Here are the final results:

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Victory! I have a small blister on my foot to prove it. That was a LOT of walking. Both Ben and I have desk jobs so our walking is severely limited during the day. We’ve been trying to get out for quick walks during lunch (when the weather and our schedules allow). I was neck and neck with our friends until Thursday when I started to pull ahead of them. Ben enjoyed a cushy lead most of the week. Will we do it again this week? I don’t know, lol

I’ve been a perpetual knot of stress lately so we decided to cash in a gift card I received back in 2014 and enjoy a night in Door County. Our gift card allowed for two nights in a Bed and Breakfast but we decided to just do one night and save the rest for another trip in the Fall.

We’ve never been to a B&B before so I wasn’t sure what to expect – but it was so adorable! The place we stayed at had several matching buildings with different room options (suites, multi-family rooms, etc…) but we were in the main house with the “true” B&B. Upon check-in there was a plate of Door County cherry bars to nibble on. Yes. Please.

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Our actual bedroom (which I failed somehow to take a picture of) was itty bitty and I think Ben balked a little when he saw the 15″ TV tucked into the corner of the room. These rooms are definitely not meant to stay in – forcing people to enjoy the other rooms and get more of the B&B feel I think.

We dropped off our bags and walked around to check out the common areas. They had a small indoor pool with a whirlpool and sauna. I didn’t think to check ahead of time so we didn’t bring our suits but we’ll definitely pack them when we return.

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There was a nice sized exercise room that was just off of the pool too. The pool area was really warm and all the guest towels were fluffy and warm to the touch.:)

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Just outside our room was a little seating area.It was filled with all kinds of antiques and the tables were studded with interesting local items you could purchase. There was also a huge window where you could look into the breakfast parlor

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Normally I’m not a wallpaper fan but this suited the room really well. They had lovely music piped throughout the rooms and it had this charming, relaxed vibe to it.

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We continued back into another seating room with a wall filled with books and puzzles as well as a fireplace.

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Fun antiques:

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I immediately was drawn to the puzzle already laid out on a puzzle table. I was thinking that would be a fun way to spend the evening – until I got a closer look at the puzzle:

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That is evil. I wonder how many years it would take before someone actually finishes this! It looked really hard.

It was cold and rainy outside so Ben requested a fire and we plopped down and enjoyed some quiet time. We both had new books to read and we stopped earlier at a gas station for some beverages. With the soft music and the nice crack and pop of the fire, it was a perfect evening.

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Our room had a little whirlpool bathtub and I left Ben to enjoy the crackling fire so I could soak my poor feet after all those steps. I’m not sure it’s practical at all but now if we ever get around to re-doing the main bathroom in our house, I want a whirlpool tub!:)

My only complaint with the room was that the bed wasn’t very comfortable and we could hear the tapping of shoes on the wood floor above us. Luckily, it seemed like everyone retired around the same time so it wasn’t a big deal (they did have really pretty wood floors too. I just loved them.).

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They served breakfast at 8am and we were the first people down and ready to feast. They had homemade cherry granola loaded with pecans and coconut along with cheerios and corn flakes. Beverage choices were orange juice, milk, coffee and cherry cider.

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Once we sat down we were presented with two thick slices of their crumb cake. It was sweet with ample cinnamon and powdered sugar on top and utterly delicious with our local coffee.

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I wanted to try a little of everything and snagged of piece of the warm cherry stuff french toast, a scoop of the cherry granola with yogurt, and a few pieces of fruit.

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Definitely not a low-cal breakfast but it was all so wonderful! the granola was perfectly chewy and packed with flavor and the french toast was incredible. I could go for another breakfast like that right now.

A funny story: as we were eating and raving over the unique food offering (probably what makes B&Bs so fun, right?) another young couple came in and the girl selected…

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just orange juice and a bowl of corn flakes. Seriously, I just can’t. WHY!??? lol

Another cute thing about this place was that you could pick up recipe cards for some of the afternoon treats they would serve their guests. We snagged a few just in case we feel like trying one some day.

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I can’t tell you how wonderful and relaxing that day away was. We left right after Ben got home on Friday and enjoyed 24 hours on a super chilly day away from home. I can’t wait to go back again.

 

 

Stepping up a Notch

Hello walking!

I’m taking my first substantial break of the week to sit down and tell you guys what’s up in Ali Blog-land. I mentioned a while back how Ben and I received FitBits for Christmas and how we have several friends who like to challenge us to weekly step matches. More often than not (ok, maybe 19 out of the last 20 times) our friends have beaten us. I’m not too proud to hide that it wasn’t even close. We were walloped. Utterly and completely demolished. We just don’t move enough. Ben woke up Monday morning and saw his phone blink with the alert that our friends had once again challenged us. I’m still not sure exactly what happened but Ben looked at me and said “they’re not beating either of us this time”. And so the week of stepping began…

A “normal” work day for us consists of anywhere from 2500-4500 steps. If it’s nice and I can squeak in a quick lunchtime walk then I might end up around the 6500 mark. Our friends, on the other hand, average around 8-10,000 steps daily. So yes, not even close.

A little perspective here, if you look at my FitBit graph you can see the awe-inspiring 20,000 steps. Yes, that’s for an entire week. Last week Ben and I challenged one another to hit 5,000 steps every single day and I found on most days we were substantially higher. Quite the difference from 20K to 50K in steps.

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But this week we’re taking on friends who average 45-60,000 steps in a week. Monday was gorgeous so we both went out for walks during lunch and then went for a walk together just before dinner. It was rainy and cold yesterday but I walked laps in the parking lot at work while it drizzled down rain on me. When I got home I heard the not-so-familiar sound of the treadmill in the basement. Ha!

Ben ate dinner, and then walked around the room while we finished our TV show.

Then we turned on the radio and spent an hour doing laps around the main floor of our house.

Yes, we are crazy.

But it’s working so far because we’re out to an early lead. Ben hit 20,000 steps (first time ever for him) yesterday. What’s annoying/surprising is that our friends have really upped their game plan to keep us from winning. I think they could let us have one victory, don’t you??😉

Here’s my steps so far:

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The challenge goes Monday-Friday so I’m sitting a little over 41K steps in the challenge so far. With Ben’s amazing 20K day yesterday, he’s over 48,000. Our friends are nipping at our heels with 36 and 39K steps. It’s a tight race. And I’m TIRED. Ha

Some fun plant news is that my tulips are up and looking so beautiful! We have had rabbits around but so far they’ve seemed to leave this bed alone. I hope it stays that way because they are so fragrant and glorious! I think this is the best they’ve looked so far.

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I still have some “mystery” things that could be flower or foe and once we remove the shrubs around the bed and expand it, then I’m going to look at thinning things out a little so the flowers have more breathing room. Plus I have a weird “dead zone” in the front of the bed… Not sure what was supposed to be blooming there.

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We have started some yard work. Ben tackled the removal of the first shrub! It was a lot of work and we were careful not to let it injure his back.

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This guy was flanking the right front of the house and was completely brown and dead. The roots, however, were well established and hard to cut through. But victory was ours in the end. I am not sure we’ll really be able to handle removing all the shrubs we want gone but every bit we can do on our own will save some money. The quotes we’ve received for removing some (not all) of the shrubs we want gone were almost $500. Yikes. So we’re taking this one at a time and although we have some pretty gnarly looking holes in the front of the house right now, I’m glad we’re getting going. Time to get to some nurseries to find out what to plant in those holes!!

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Well folks, it’s almost 8 o’clock and Ben says we need a few more thousand steps before we can call it a day. Sheesh! So I’m off stepping. Wish us luck this week.

We will be victorious!!

One Day of Summer

Summer is here a full season early and there is NO complaining in this city! I’m not sure what happened but we went from 50s and windy weather to one day where it hit 80 degrees.

I was ecstatic that the best day of the year (so far) fell on a Friday because I have shorter work days. I’ve been working crazy-long days for the last two-ish months but as soon as the clock hit the usual Friday quitting time, I was out the door to enjoy much needed sunshine.

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I texted my smiling pic to Ben and immediately got one back – he was enjoying an early lunchtime walk! This whole past week has been pretty decent for walking weather. We like it a little cooler so we’re not sweaty when we head back to the office.

Each time we walk, we send out a picture to each other at work. Like below:

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Hurray for much needed breaks in the sun. It’s amazing how a 20 min walk can really help recharge and power me through the afternoon. I’m looking forward to many more this year.

I posted about how excited I was to see crocus blooming in my flower bed for the first time. Well, another first-time bloomer popped up to shine on me. I have narcissus too!

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I’m beginning to wonder if these flowers have never bloomed before because they were:

a) too cramped in the bed

b) not getting enough sunlight

c) not getting enough water(?)

d) all of the above

I actually have no idea what the real reason is. I do know the bed is pretty full of blossoms and our garage blocks out all but the late afternoon sun. I have so many ideas for landscaping but Ben and I have pretty bad backs and bending over is harder and more painful than expected. Plus, removing huge shrubs is a daunting task. We started trying to dig out one and now we have a really ugly root thing exposed. LOL Maybe we need to bite the bullet, whip out the checkbook and hire professionals.

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In the meantime, I am enjoying these beauties! I hope to find a spot for a bumper crop of daffodils too. When we were growing up, we had a huge strip along the side of our house and every May we’d bring in a big bouquet to our teachers at school. Mom would rubber band a damp paper towel around the stems and then place inside a baggie so they’d stay wet but not dripping as we walked to school. I would sniff them the entire way and more often than not would end up with a slightly yellow nose from the pollen.:)

I did manage to slather sunscreen and get 90% of the weeds cleared out of my garden beds. I don’t know where all the pricker plants came from but they REALLY love my garden soil! I am a little low on dirt so I’ll need to toss a few more bags in before planting. We have our seeds purchased and it’s a few more weeks yet before we’ll get our plants purchased from our local organic farmer. In the meantime, I’m slowly prepping the beds and weeding so it’s easier on my back.

To top off our “summer in spring” day, we had burgers on the grill with my family and enjoyed a delicious dessert. What says summer like strawberry shortcake?

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The strawberries aren’t quite there yet and still have a bit of that off-season bitterness but I found some delicious raspberries that I halved and tossed in. Voila. Perfect.

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And then I went and did this:

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Is there any way to fix this? I think I may have terminated an almost full can of whipped cream. Whoops.:)

Today was back in the 60s and Ben got the lawn mowed while I tackled some weeds around the garden. I’m hoping for more of this 60s/70s type weather because that’s where I love to be. There’s something so wonderful when you can be outside again. Love, love, love it!

 

The Winding Road of Recovery

Happy Sunday Folks

I wanted to pop on and share some hilarious(?) news. It’s been a challenging time with Matt’s recovery hitting snags and also dealing with a horrible project at work. Sometimes you can get (well, I can get) so wrapped up in the stress and the worry that I overlook signs that could relax and ease my mind. Ever have that happen to you?

Well… Ben and I are now entering our 4th Spring in our home. I can’t really believe the time has gone as fast as it has. Every year I eye up the chaotic flower bed in the front of the house and try and rip out the weeds while saving anything that looks potentially like a flower. Usually that means the grass gets calf-high before I rip it out. Whoops.

I identified years ago a large cluster of tulips, a rapidly-spreading bleeding heart, two daylilies, bell-shaped blue flowers, and some recent Asiatic lilies that managed last year to avoid the chew of the neighboring fauna.

and then this year… something new…

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I have little clusters of crocus! This is amazing because in year’s past I’ve seen the odd two-tones leaves sprout up and I’ve left them untouched but they’ve never ever bloomed. This year the same 5 spots sprouted the cluster of leaves but they actually bloomed.:-)

I’m thrilled! It makes me also very afraid to weed anything in the garden ever again!! Ha ha.

It was a chilly and rainy weekend. We managed to get the first mowing of the season done yesterday but today we stayed indoors and let the rain drizzle on down. Alex injured his ankle a few months ago and has been babying it while he rehabs (which isn’t easy for a guy who is always on the run). But this past week he was officially “back” to the machine we all know:

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Who DOES that!?? I think my record was 19,000 steps when we were in LA walking all over for the World Games.

Then in the cold 40s and drizzle, he picked off his first half marathon of the year. Not his best speed but a great sign that he’s recovering well.

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Alex and some of his running pals are getting stoked for their now-annual 50 mile relay in a few weeks. They are ready!

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I’m getting antsy about this upcoming week of work. I’m starting to feel like the stress is getting to be too much for me. Ever work with someone (or more than one person) who makes you feel like you’re doing a terrible job no matter what you’re doing? Someone who robs you of all your confidence and makes you worried and paranoid? That’s me right now. It’s an exhausting place to be. I’m hoping things can calm down in a few weeks and Ben and I can steal a day away for a long weekend somewhere. It would be nice to have a break away.

But for now I’m hanging in there. I have my lunch all prepped and bagged so it should be easy getting out the door tomorrow. Mondays are the worst for getting up and in the office on time so anything I can do to help shave a minute or two is a good thing.😉

Wishing a fantastic week for all that exceeds expectations. May your weeds sprout beautiful flowers too. Tee Hee

 

It’s Been a While

Hi everyone,

I’m sorry it’s been such a blogging hiatus. Have you ever been through a period of time that seems to simultaneously fly by and never move at all? I’ve been fixed in this odd paradox of dread and worry over my brother’s health concerns while trying to manage the back-and-forth visits and being busier than I ever have before at work. Of course, all at the same time. I haven’t been this busy in the office for maybe 2 years. What are the odds? We’ve been managing the long drives and I’ve chewed through my cell phone data plan at an alarming rate trying to keep things afloat in the office with everything that was dumped on me in the last month. And do it all with a smile.:-)

So blogging has, unfortunately, been on hold. It’s hard because anyone who blogs knows that it takes months (sometimes years) to establish a blogging base and community and if you stop providing content you lose all of that effort. But, as Ben so often reminds me, I blog first and foremost because I like doing it for me. With all that, here’s what’s been going on behind the scenes of my little world…

I mentioned before that dealing with the hospital has been nothing short of a nightmare. I couldn’t dream up the things we’ve gone through. It’s horrifying and appalling. We’d hoped after several conversations with some of the dept heads that things would be better once the process got moving but instead we would up with so much more misinformation and a lifetime of ramifications Matt will have to deal with as a result.

Major surgery in the best of conditions terrifying. You pray constantly, try and distract yourself, and “think positive thoughts”. Really, what more can you do? Ben and I took three vacation days to be over with the family for surgery and immediate recovery. We had everything packed up the Monday before surgery and left right after work. It was a five hour drive and with one quick dinner stop we arrived in Minnesota at 9:30 pm. The whole next day was spent waiting. We had Matt’s processing appointment at 10 am and would have to sit and wait until his surgery at 5 pm. That’s a long time to wait in a hospital before anything even begins to happen.

Matt’s surgery was the latest planned surgery of the day so once he was actually wheeled down to the OR we were able to spread out in the family lounge and wait without any other people there. We watched Wheel of Fortune, put together a puzzle, and kept family and friends posted via email.

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We were told to expect a 90 minute surgery and waited and waited and waited. By the time 8 pm went by we were all beyond exhausted and cranky from worry. Finally at 9:30 pm we were able to go and see him. There’s a lot of things I could say but I owe poor Matt a little privacy. He’s really been through the ringer on this. We stayed and stroked his arm and I was able to track down some paper towels to wipe the dried blood that was all over his non IV’ed arm and hand. Matt wasn’t coherent enough to really talk to us so we left at 11:45 pm with the nighttime schedule in place of who would stay at what time.

The next morning Matt was up and more alert but couldn’t really talk. He was very puffy from all the fluid they pumped him with during the surgery to test the kidney functions. I could tell though that although he was in a lot of pain he was really relieved to have the surgery behind him.

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While we were chatting we got word that a huge snowstorm was coming through town. Ben, Alex, and I were going to head back early the next day (I had some “important” meetings come up at work that somehow couldn’t happen without me). We kept a worried eye on the radar and soon realized that we wouldn’t make it home in time unless we went today.

I tearfully said goodbye to Matt and we took off during the beginning of the storm. Our hope was to keep ahead of it enough that the roads wouldn’t be too bad. Meanwhile we received random pictures from Matt of his first meal and I cried for almost the entire first half of the drive because I didn’t want to leave him so soon.

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Poor Ben had to try to keep me distracted and also deal with the increasingly poor visibility and road conditions. We left during rain and then it crossed over into sleet before turning back to snow again. Here’s a picture of a farm field we passed and you can see it looks more like a lake:

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The 5 hour drive took almost 8 hours but we made it back in one piece! Wouldn’t you know it, all those people who had those pressing meetings ended up not even coming into work the next day because of the bad weather. Sigh.

The first couple of days were really long. I was working 10-12 hr days and then coming home and chatting with Mom and Matt about the recovery. There was always some new challenge that we hadn’t been told or made aware of and nights were spent researching, ordering, and helping with whatever we could do from home.

Matt had a major setback the Saturday before Easter and we drove back to be there with him. He stabilized and then we drove back late Easter Sunday. I have zero pictures for about a week and a half because I was just too exhausted to even take a picture of my coffee cup.:-) It happens.

Boy is Matt one brave guy. I so admire how calm and brace he’s been through all of this. It’s incredible and I can’t imagine doing half as well in his shoes.❤ What a fighter.

 

Mom and Matt have been staying in a transplant house a few blocks from the hospital. Some transplant patients are allowed to stay there during their initial hospital recovery and it offers a full kitchen, private bathroom, and a place where the patient and caregiver can stay in a safe and sterile environment. Post-transplant, the immune system is completely suppressed so the new organ is given time to settle in and not be rejected. So it’s critical that the patients be away from anyone with any kind of illness.

Each patient gets a shelf in the fridge so they can complete the strict dietary guidelines required. (Matt & Mom had the top shelf) It didn’t look like some of the folks were doing much cooking at all. lol

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The transplant house is brimming with baked goods that people from the community bring in. I find this so heartwarming that folks would bring in casseroles, lasagnas, and plenty of treats for these people. Most of the food Matt couldn’t eat but Mom said it was a morale booster to know that strangers were thinking of them during a really difficult time.

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Matt’s 31st birthday fell in the middle of the week and unfortunately we weren’t there with him. We attempted some Skype video chats with Matt/Mom and Alex/Dad so we could sing happy birthday and watch him open his presents.

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The biggest excitement so far is that Matt’s neck IV was finally able to be removed. Matt said it was horribly uncomfortable taped all around his neck and side of his face, plus the old tubes that were no longer in use were smelly (eww). And, of course, showering was a challenge when you can’t get any of it wet!

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I don’t think I realized just how big that needle was until I saw it removed! Yikes. Yes, Matt was ecstatic the day they removed that!

We’re now coming up on 4 weeks post surgery. The water retention is now gone (Matt gained 9 pounds during surgery – all fluids!!) but we’re in that tricky stage of trying to get the right combo of meds. You wouldn’t believe how many he has to take.

Each day I pray for quick healing and less negative side effects. I think most people assume once you get a new organ you are “fixed” or something but his previous issues combined with the new medication cocktails are going to be a lifelong worry. He caught one of those nasty bacterial infections in the hospital and we’re focusing on fighting that now. Don’t get me started on that subject!

But though the days and weeks have felt long and exhausting for me I know they’ve been much worse for Mom and Matt. Mom’s been with Matt every minute since the transplant and has been doing all the caregiving these past weeks so she’s seen and has had to deal with all of the things that have happened up close as well as be the moral support Matt’s needed.

We’re getting through, one day at a time. I think we could all use a vacation and some relaxation time though! It’s been pretty stressful and I’ve been feeling light chest pains on especially difficult days. Not great but just means I need to find a way to breathe more through this process.

So that’s what’s been going on around these parts. We got another little snowstorm on Friday and I think all the birds and flowers are confused about it. All of last week was overcast and gloomy and I think a lot of people are feeling the effects of Spring not being here yet. I could use some warmer weather and clear streets – a short walk during the lunch hour at work would really do me some good – but it looks like we may have one more week to go.

Thanks for sticking around. It’s been a heck of a month but we’ll get through!

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Welcome Distractions

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I still haven’t fully adjusted to the daylight savings time change – it’s tough getting old and missing out on that precious hour of sleep.😉 It’s been looking sunny outside but it’s windy and in the 40s so there isn’t much we can do. I’m waiting for the ground to soften up a little more before starting to tackle any projects.

We got up this morning and were welcomed by a thick layer of frost. It was really beautiful twinkling in the morning sunrise…

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This past week has been filled with lots of random and putzy things – basically anything to offer a little amusement and distraction at home. We’ve rented movies, I’ve cleaned all the bathrooms (twice!), and I’ve even started three baby blankets for expecting friends.

The start of blanket #1:

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We’re on the clock waiting to find out when my brother is going to get his new kidney. It’s a process I wouldn’t wish on anyone but I’m thankful Matt has a loving family to get him through this. We’ve got all the “plans” set, our bags are packed, and I’m working extra hours both nights and weekends to get ahead so I won’t be behind when we’re at the hospital.

Ben’s been a rock – and doing little things to keep me upbeat and from going insane with worry. He’s been leaving random sweet pictures for me on my phone:

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And sending me funny screen shots from his latest video game:

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(you don’t see Alison spelled correctly much anymore!!)

All in all, we’re doing as well as anyone could in this type of situation. I’m praying continuously and am doing my best to stay positive. I had been spending some free time working on those blankets and watching an older TV series on netflix – but had to stop because one of the main characters is in renal failure and needs a new kidney. What are the odds? A little too close to home on that one – I’ll save the rest of the series for later!:-)

We’ve been trying to cut back on dining out but we went for nachos and margaritas this weekend and it was just delicious. I’ve been on a major nacho kick lately. Maybe I just miss Mexico. Ha Ha I’m still in the hunt for that perfect work-from-the-beach job.

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So I’m still struggling with finding time/energy/etc to do more frequent posts. I feel bad blogging so little but our days are so repetitive and boring right now. Plus, with all that’s going on it’s just a lot of stress that I don’t really like writing about. My fervent hope is that this all gets done SOON and goes AMAZINGLY WELL so things can go back to some sort of order.

In the meantime, I’m taking deep  breaths and sending my best to all of you. Have a wonderful week – start it out strong and make it a week to be proud of!❤

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