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My cousin Bruce

Bruce and Grace

I haven’t posted in a while.  My cousin Bruce was burned quite badly in an accident on his farm and was flown to the burn unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  Every minute I’ve had has gone towards sending him healing thoughts and visiting with him.

First day in hospital

First day in hospital

Bruce was very lucky, if you can say getting almost 40% of you body burned lucky.  His torso was protected by his clothing so only his head, legs & arms were burned.

A positive attitude from day one.

A positive attitude from day one.

Bruce’s’ head and face, although very swollen, started healing immediately.  And day by day I could see the old Bruce re-emerging.

Bruce 08With the loving care of his wife, the medical staff, and friends and family, he was soon on his way to healing.  The doctors were amazed at his rapid recovery.  I’m not surprised at all though.  Bruce lives and works on an organic farm and leads a very healthy lifestyle.  Throughout his time at the hospital, his wife Grace was making and bringing him healthy food and juices to speed up his recovery.

Grace on the farm

Grace on the farm

I love Bruce so much!  He’s like a brother to me and it scared me so much to think that I might have lost him.  Incidents like this make you realize how lucky you are to have family like him in your life.

Having a good visit

Having a good visit

Bruce wanted to get a picture of the medical team that helped him during his stay in the hospital.  He was so grateful to them for their excellent work and care.  Dr. Nicole Gibran, first on the left in picture is Director of the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center at Harborview Medical Center and was in charge of Bruce.

The medical team with Bruce

The medical team with Bruce

Not only is Dr. Gibran renowned for her expertise in burns, critical care and wound healing, but much to Bruce’s delight, she is the great-niece of Kahlil Gibran, the author of “The Prophet” which Bruce has read many times.  How could he not heal so fast!

After four weeks, Bruce was released from the hospital last Saturday and is now back on his farm to continue recovering.  He’ll have to return to Harborview weekly but for now, he’s just happy to be “back on the farm!”

September 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm Leave a comment

Three Weeks in Wenatchee – Visitors from Holland, Birthdays and Pet Sitting

I had a long overdue extended stay in Wenatchee lately.  The first week we were visited by my cousin Margriet and her husband Han from The Netherlands.  It’s been six long years since I’ve seen my cousin.  In 2006 I met her in Venice and we took a cruise through the Greek Islands.  A trip that neither one of us will ever forget, it was fabulous!  And it’s been even longer since she’s come to Washington for a visit – about 10 years.  As time goes by faster and faster as we are getting older we both realize the visits MUST come more frequently from now on.

On Thursday, the first night they arrived, we went to the Country Club for dinner.  Seated from left to right are – My sister Bonnie’s husband Gary, Margriet’s husband Han, Bonnie, niece Christi & Brent, sister Kathy, Dutch cousin Margriet and me.

Out to dinner with the family

On Friday, after spending the day visiting, we went to my other cousin Bruce and his wife Graces for dinner and more conversation.  The food was fantastic and the organic cherry wine (made by them) was as usual THE BEST!

Enjoying a wonderful evening at the Spencers

Saturday morning we went to Farmers Market to visit Bruce & Graces booth.  Bruce’s son and family met up with us there.  It was a fun reunion for everyone!

Margriet & Han with cousin Bruce

Margriet & Han with the Spencer family

Later that day Kathy hosted a huge dinner so the entire family could come and visit Margriet & Han.  My son and his family as well as my daughter from Lynnwood and her family were able to come, along with all the other relatives and friends.  It was a busy, busy day!

Preparing the meal

Lots of kids, too!

So good to be together again!

Showing Ava a game from Holland

It was so nice to see Margriet & Han again!  By Monday they were heading over the pass towards Seattle to fly out on Tuesday.  The time went way too fast.  Until next time Margriet & Han!  We love you so much!

The following week was my sister Kathy and my birthdays.  Our birthdays are only two days apart and we are two years apart.  My sister Bonnie is the middle child so needless to say we were like triplets growing up and we are still very close.  There’s just nothing like sisters!

To celebrate Kathy and my birthdays we went to the Sleeping Lady in Leavenworth.  My grandson Christian Baker just graduated from high school this last spring and is on his way to being a chef.  He is so lucky to be able to work under the very impressive Executive Chef Kenneth MacDonald.   After driving through the property and seeing deer meandering around, we arrived at the Kingfisher Restaurant.  I have to say I have never had such a unique and delicious meal in a long, long time.  Everything was prepared with local or organic ingredients, and the salad bar was to die for!  It was worth going just for that alone.

Enjoying an evening at the Sleeping Lady with my grandson Christian Baker

The last part of my time in Wenatchee was pet sitting three dogs.  One very comical and energetic Yellow Lab Bella, one soft and cuddly Cocker Spaniel Bentley, and one very old and precious Beagle named Daisy.  Just behind the house are miles and miles of foothills to run around and explore.  Bella tells me in no uncertain terms when it’s time to go.  So off we go every day, Bella and Bentley running all over as I try to keep up with them.  Great exercise for all of us.

It’s hunting season so the pups wear their orange vests

Beautiful view of Wenatchee Valley

Daisy has run the hills for enough years.  She now prefers to stay home and take a nap.

My sweet little Daisy

I’m now in Bellevue pet sitting a couple of other dogs.  It’s always hard to leave the pups I’m staying with but I also look forward to the ones I’m going to.  And I know that I’ll be back another day to walk the hills with Bella and Bentley and give lots of love and massages to Daisy!

November 5, 2012 at 6:51 am Leave a comment