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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Commercial Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Mother's Day and Missing In Action

First off, a few words since my final posting shortly before 8:00 PM on my Pieter's 94th Birthday.
By 10:15 PM while brushing my teeth, I got the most excruciating pain in my left chest, mainly from the back area and also front.
Barely could breath.
Pieter got up and brought me to the local ER.
They did a Nuclear Stress Test on Monday around 11:00 AM and 24 hrs later got the results as being negative and no blockages.
Got discharged on Tuesday afternoon.

Called 911 at 6:00 AM on Thursday and by ambulance (same lady that took me to ER on February 21) to the local hospital.
Got a very active and alert doctor and after a CT Scan of the Spine area he ordered the Air Evac Lifeteam to transfer me to Savannah Memorial University Hosptial.

We got 3 x start problems warning — so off I came from this helicopter and another, bigger one got ordered in.
Enough time for having a CT Scan with contrast done to get more insight in the tear in my Aorta (in the back as it crosses from the chest into back and then down to legs to supply them with blood.
But it took me till Friday afternoon to press for the results of this final CT Scan—it did not transfer to Savannah.
But finally they had insight and the Vascular surgeon decided on Saturday afternoon to do a Stent Graft in my Aorta through my groin area both sides.
Surgery went well and I have been for 6 nights in ICU and then got sent to another room.
My Pieter came with a driver on Friday,  still being in lots of pain and in the unknown...
A 3–hour drive one–way. 
Rough on all of us and I felt constantly so exhausted.
Yesterday my Big Sis did come to pick me up!
Such LOVE is a good life elixer and makes you feel ready to fight.
My first quiet night home in a comfy bed was pure bliss.
Had to take my pain meds, strong ones... but they've helped me.
Typing this after breakfast on my lap—quite an accomplishment!
Sorry for no visiting nor commenting or replying....
Need to REST
Thanks for your LOVE and PRAYERS!

 Mama Thelma, the biological Mother of our adopted daughter Liz was a most pleasant lady.
Since we found her after Pieter's lecture at the 12th NAMC in Vancouver.
Just one of her special cards
From Vancouver
One of her special writings
2002 May 14

Hi Mariet Pieter & Spooky
I want to thank you for those two wonderful home video tapes of your beautiful home and the gardens. I watched it twice... Once by myself, and once with my kid sister (youngest) Ginny, we both enjoyed it, so much.
You have quite a spread.
I watch the before and after tapes! And you have done a fantastic job on your land.
It's just marvelous, beyond words, what else can I say...
Your house inside is gorgeous I might say, you do have a lot of precious, costly things...
Did you buy them at different places that you have worked at, and on holidays?
It's just spectacular the whole house.
It's always nice to have good friends like yours too...
It always helps when you're feeling down and out, (Don't you think so).
My son James and I are going to the Inland for the long holiday to visit my oldest sister Dorothy, maybe spend a couple of days with her. Get away from Vancouver for a while. Besides there is nothing really exciting going on around this old town.
Today, you won't believe it, the sun has come out to smile at us, but it's too cold to run around in shorts... usually every other day it rains and rains.
Well, my dears I really don't have any exciting news for you, except that my health has improved a little and that makes me happy, and now I'll have to close with all my regards and love, hugs and kisses to all including your beautiful Spooky.
May God bless you all.
With love,

Mama Thelma
Mama Thelma wrote the above, the day following Mother's Day.
Previous years I even got Mother's Day cards from her—meaning a lot to both of us!
She thanked us for taking care of her daughter and for giving her a Royal Academy education.
Yes, we both lived quite frugal in order to manage that, but feeling proud for having done so.
Loyalty has a deep meaning for both of us.
An entire box, filled with letters and cards from Mama Thelma, we passed on to Liz and therefore I no longer have them... only this one I had left.
Did not have a scanner yet, at the time we passed those letters on to Liz...

Related links:
{Our Daughter Liz} | previous post by me


  1. Thank God, you're at home! After what you've been through, being at home will strenghten you and bring you to a swift recovery. Thanks to Peter and your big sister you're soon return to your usual daily schedule.
    Hugs and blessings to you!

  2. So sorry to hear of your illness. I hope you recover quickly . Glenda

  3. In my prayers you are Mariette. So thankful for the speedy response. God Bless you and he has! Rest and Heartfelt Wishes for a speedy recovery. Hugs Betsy

  4. Oh, I am so overjoyed with this positive update, Mariette!!! Rest, take your meds, and continue to get better. I'm praying for you and Pieter!

  5. Tanti auguri,è andato tutto bene.Riguardati un abbraccio.

  6. Good heavens, Mariette! What a terribly challenging time for you. I'm sending healing prayers and Light and wish you a speedy, full recovery.

  7. Servus Marietta, ich wünsche dir und deiner Familie alles gute und viel Kraft.
    Liebe Grüße aus Wien

  8. Dearest Mariette,
    Keeping you in my heart with love.....xxx....suzi

  9. Huh! I was really worried when I didn't hear anything from you! I thought one of you was sick. Fortunately, you got help and are now home.

  10. Hello Mariette, Please rest up and recover soon, but don't do anything sooner than you feel you are strong enough to. You know you have the combined good wishes of all of us pulling for you! --Jim

  11. Hi, Mariette!
    I'm so relieved to hear from you! I was thinking of sending a FB message to Maria, from Ristorante di Maria, to see if she knew if something had happened to you or Pieter.
    I'm sorry that you had to go through all of that, but thank God you are finally home and resting with your dear Pieter.
    Maybe all of this was caused by the stress with the accident... who knows?
    I hope you are feeling better each day and Nuno and I will be praying for you.
    Lots of hugs to you, Pieter and the kitties!

  12. Gosh Mariette, I'm so sorry you are going through this. I'm glad you checked in. I was getting concerned. Both 2023 has been a rough one for you - I sure hope and pray the days and weeks ahead give you healing and recovery. .

  13. Dear Marietta, I'm praying for your full recovery. May God show his love to you and Pieter in a special way at this time and may our Blessed Mother watch over both of you. Father Seán in Ireland.

  14. I was worried when it went so long between posts and was praying and hoping you were ok. Please rest and recover. I had a good mother's day much better then I expected

  15. Joyful news, Mariette!!!
    Rest and mend fast, my dearest friend.

    Hugs and blessings

  16. buona guarigione,un abbraccio.

  17. Hello dear Mariette. I feared that something had happened to you, as I was always looking for you and saw nothing to indicate that you had been here. I really, really wish you the best. I will ask the universe for you with the certainty that everything will get better.
    Do not forget to eat well and believe that you will be fine.
    with love

  18. Lieve Mariette,

    Het is niet niks wat je meemaakte.
    Pas goed op jezelf en veel beterschap!

    Ik brand straks een kaarsje voor je, een lichtje uit het verre Nederland.


  19. Mariette, I'm so sorry you had so much pain that night. I hope you are feeling much better. Sounds like you had good care and treatment. I really do love old letters and notes. It gives us comfort when we are feeling down or healing from something.

    Have a happy May week, Mariette. Thinking of you.


  20. Ciao Mariette, mi dispiace per quello che ti sta accadendo, ne so qualcosa io da un paio di anni, ma fai come me...non mollare!
    Un abbraccio.

  21. We were so concerned when I realized you were not posting - knowing now what you have been through make us realize more than ever that you, and Pieter, are true fighters and survivors of the incredible kind dear Mariette. So very sorry you were hospitalized and had to undergo that surgery. . . . . .and pray from hereon out 2023 will only improve and you will be up and around soon. Meanwhile take it easy and be very careful.
    Sending get well wishes and thoughts. Hugs, Mary & Bob XX

  22. I somehow knew something was going on - was so worried about you. I've been praying this whole time that whatever was going on God would be watching over you. I'm so glad there were good doctors to finally figure out the problems. My goodness, you must rest as much as you can and not worry about trying to hop around the internet visiting all of us. Love the splendid card Thelma sent to you back them... so very sweet. I will continue my prayers for you (and Pieter) as you continue to recover. God bless you, dear Mariette! Gentle hugs!

  23. Hallo Mariette,
    Dat is even schrikken. Hopelijk ben je inmiddels weer op de goede weg met je gezondheid. Doe het rustig aan. Het bloggen komt wel weer. Lieve groet Willy

  24. Liebe Mariette, alle guten Wünsche gehen zu dir. Ich wünsche dir eine gute und
    schnelle Genesung. Positiv denken ist die Devise... eine herzliche Umarmung für dich
    von Viola

  25. I have been absent from blogging lately, and and did not realize you have been going through all this, dearest Mariette!!! I am sorry to read about your problems and surgery, but of of course happy to know you are back home and feeling much better. Take care of yourself !
    Hugs and best wishes for a very prompt and total recovery, dear friend!

  26. Olá, Mariette, mas que coisa!! Estou sabendo agora, vim ver se já tinha postado alguma coisa,
    postagem nova! Mas dei com esse quadro de urgência, estou aqui lamentando por tudo que você passou. Mas agora já está em casa, que bom! Depois do acidente com a bicicleta, agora mais essa complicação.
    Deixo meus votos para que fique boa logo e sem dores!
    Um abraço e carinho pra você!
    Abraço ao Pieter, também.

  27. This post was a while ago. How are you doing now?

    "Previous years I even got Mother's Day cards from her—meaning a lot to both of us!"

    That is a wonderful outcome for what must have been a difficult decision. God bless you for caring for her (and your) daughter.


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