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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
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Saturday, September 11, 2010

{HOME SWEET HOME}

Sweet it is; especially for having your true love HOME again. 
Now already for the 4th day home, after the discharge from the Heart Institute, following  his open heart surgery on September 3.
He's in extreme good condition and healing well. Of course with the help of some opiates for suppressing the pain... 
After all he's been opened up by cutting through all of his ribs, and that has to heal. The incisions in his left leg where they took the vein grafts for his 4 bypasses, they must heal too. 
So glad that the temporarily pacemaker, inserted through his groin area, could be removed too on Saturday a week ago, for it proved to be of no need after surgery.
So grateful for living in such a great country where we have access to the best medical care. 
Especially on a day as today, 9/11 where we remember all those that were not so fortunate in 2001. 
We are feeling blessed for living in this nation, as new American citizens. Pieter just had turned 17, on April 23 and I myself will turn 17 on December 3rd... 
It's like getting a second chance at LIFE. 
Now for Pieter it has even far more meaning. So glad we lived here and not in the Old World, in The Netherlands where access to medical help is far more restricted and you must deal with waiting lists... that might have you end up in heaven instead. 


Even our birds have very romantic dwellings of their own...
In the back you see our gazebo.
Click on photo to enlarge for better view.


View from our Veranda, see here: {French Floral Pillow Set and our Gazebo}, through the screen door with Victorian gingerbread from Vintage Woodworks. Click on the two hyperlinks for more views from our Veranda and also here: {Tuesday May 4, dinner with friends}
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Let's hope there is a new Outlook on Life for Pieter; after his healing time...

Photo from Pieter taken before this ordeal, from our balcony...


15 comments:

  1. Liebe Mariette,

    Pieters unvorbereitete und unvorhersehbare Operation hat mich sehr nachdenklich gestimmt. Viele Dinge nimmt man täglich als selbstverständlich und denkt immer, dass sich nie etwas ändert oder man selbst nie betroffen sein wird.

    Du hast vollkommen Recht. Es ist nicht nur ein großer Glücksfall, dass ihr in einem medizinisch sehr gut ausgestattetem Land lebt, sondern auch, dass der Eingriff innerhalb weniger Stunden erfolgte.

    Ich möchte für mich diesen Fall gedanklich gar nicht durchspielen.... Aber eure Geschichte hat bewirkt, dass ich für mich die Reißleine gezogen habe.

    Pieters Schmerzen werden vergehen; die Erinnerung wird bleiben. So wie an den 11. September. Ich denke, das Gefühl und der Verstand lenkt nach einem solchen Ereignis in die einzig richtig Richtung: nach mir komme ich!

    Das wird auch Pieter für sich umsetzen. So zäh und tapfer er jetzt ist, wird er sich dennoch Gedanken über das Heute und die Zukunft machen.

    Ich wünsche euch beiden ein schönes spätsommerliches Wochenende und Pieter eine stündliche Besserung und Genesung!

    Ganz liebe Grüße und beso

    Tine

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  2. Hi Mariette, as I am glad that your husband Peter recovered and that all beyond was a success! Thank God. You are right, you live in a nation where its citizens resiben great medical attention. The most important thing we have is our health and life. To beautify your home with as much detail as the gazebo and relaxing your gardens to relax and continue giving thanks to our Lord for all blessings, greetings and blessings to you and your spouse, Rose Marie

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  3. oh je , liebe Mariette,

    da ich weg war habe ich das alles garnicht mitbekommen...ich bin froh zu hören, dass der Eingriff gut verlaufen ist, so große Operationen machen mir immer ANgst...Gut , dass Du positiv denkst...und der Blick in Euern Garten ist so schön...
    Wünsche Euch alles erdenklich Gute für die nächste Zeit ,
    ganz lieben Gruß,
    SAnne

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  4. Liebe Mariette,das ist wunderbar das es ihren Mann wieder besser geht,so eine Operation ist eine Belastung,wunderbar was die Medizin alles machen kann.Alles Gute für Peter,und liebe Grüße an dich.Edith.

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  5. Dearest Mariette!!!!


    I am SO sorry to hear your news!!!!! What a terrible scare!!!!! GLAD to hear that Pietre is home with you!!! Please pass on my very best wishes to him for a very speedy recovery!!!!!!!!!!! I suppose the only think to say is, you were lucky to be in a place where help was at hand straight away!!!!!!!!!! I will stop back later, only really wanted to send you my love and to say that I am thinking of you - this is in response to you comment this morning, have not even looked at your post yet - just wanted to say this quickly - will be back later!!!!!

    All the VERY very best and lots of love!!!!

    Nicolaxx

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  6. Nice to meet you Pieter! Gelukkig gaat het de goede kant op!
    Groetjes en nog wat beterschap,
    Nicole

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  7. Hallo Mariette und Pieter,
    schön dass ihr wieder vereint seid und alles gut verläuft.
    Mit den besten Wünschen,
    Johanna

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  8. Hoi Mariette,

    Fijn om te lezen dat het steeds weer een beetje beter gaat met Pieter. Het is ook niet niks wat hij achter de rug heeft! Hij boft maar dat hij jou heeft om hem te verzorgen.

    Mooi om te lezen dat jullie zo blij en trots zijn op jullie nieuwe 'vaderland'.

    Een mooie zondag!

    Lieve groet, Madelief

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  9. Dearest Mariette,

    So wonderful to hear that Pieter is recovering well. God has blessed you with a loving husband, and with such a beautiful home. I love the gardens and gazebo. Your home is so delicately decorated. A reflection of the beauty of your soul.

    (((((( hugs ))))))

    Doris

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  10. Hi, I'm shamefully late nonetheless I'm glad everything's turning out fine, your words about the Old World's health system are sadly true (while people here think quite the opposite about the US one). Love so much your home and your pictures are simply amazing! A bear hug and my best wishes to both of you, thanx for visiting MKPK,too.

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  11. ♥ Olá, amiga!
    Passei para uma visitinha...
    ♥ Boa semana!
    Beijinhos.
    ♥Itabira
    Brasil♥♥

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  12. Liebe Mariette, was für eine schreckliche Zeit wenn soetwas unvorhergesehenes eintritt und man nicht weiss wie es endet. Zum Glück ist alles gut gelaufen und das dein Mann schon nach 4 Tagen wieder nach Hause durfte ist wirklich unglaublich, nach solch einer schweren Operation, aber ich bin mir sicher das Du die allerbeste Krankenschwester überhaupt bist und deinem Mann die Wünsche von den Augen abliest!! Ich bin froh das er sich auf einem guten Weg befindet!! Ach und deine tollen Fotos eures Hauses, ich habe Dir ja schon meine Begeisterung zu eurem wundervollen Pavillion geschrieben und auch zu dem sooo großen Teich, wie groß ist euer Grundstück eigentlich? Man hat das Gefühl es ist unendlich!!!!
    Lass mal wieder von Dir hören und ganz herzliche Grüße an Dich und deinen Mann
    Marlies

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  13. Liebe Mariette, ich bin ja so froh, dass es deinem Mann wieder besser geht und er die Op. gut überstanden hat!!! Ich wünsche euch beiden, dass es auch weiterhin prima aufwärts geht!!! Und danke für die wunderschönen Vogelhaus-Fotos - das ist wirklich ein Herz-erfreuliches Anblick, der gewiss auch Pieter gut tut!!!
    Herzlichst Traude
    PS: Danke auch für deine ermutigenden Worte zu meinem/ unserem Buch! Ich wußte gar nicht, dass du ebenfalls eines geschrieben hast! Bei Pilzen bin ich ein bisschen vorsichtig, ich bin nicht wirklich damit aufgewachsen, kenne die Unterschiede leider nicht gut genug - doch Kräuter und Bärlauch sind für mich ebenso wertvolles "Sammelgut"! :o)

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  14. Hello Mariette,
    I am so happy to hear about your sweet Pieter and his very strong recovery! Your love for him shines strongly in your posts:-)
    Bella

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