Friday, April 18, 2014

Home again

We be home (to our home in the city)! Rainbow pic is from yesterday from Rachel's room in the hospital. Virus/infections appear to be under control and retreating - YAY! Latest (experimental) chemo is doing good things thus far: counts are up and blasts are down. Let's hope this is a continuing trend.

Earlier this week I took the shuttle from the hospital to the clinic. Walked a few blocks to the apartment. Rode my bicycle back to the hospital with some stuff from the apartment. My multi-modal errand commute. So urban. :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Montlake Neighborhood

Another sunny day, another walk about the neighborhood. I tried to come up with a theme: little hidden pathways, or pretty porches with flowers, but I couldn't settle on anything so just snapped a pic here and there just to get a feel for the area.

The neighborhood of Montlake has some beautiful old houses. Some are quite grand with intricate details, others are more modest, but quaint. Most of the yards are beautiful and the ones that are not, are generally overgrown, hidden jungles that are almost as pretty as the landscaped ones, and certainly interesting in their own special way.
One of the few houses that was not hidden deep in the greenery and flowers.

Pretty hillside yards. There are houses there somewhere.

Funky bicycle art floating amongst the trees

Post your favorite poetry

Sometimes it's liking walking through a floral tunnel

Cute little swing along the sidewalk

I still had some time, so I decided to check out the path along Lake Washington that crosses Marsh and Foster Islands.
Walkway connecting Marsh Island

Calm water under the 520. No kayaks today.

I figured it would be a quagmire this time of year, but found the trail to have a fresh layer of bark dust that for the most part kept the trail dry. Nice! I hadn't been down this way since last summer.

Wetland just off the trail.

Looking back toward the hospital and Husky stadium

Montlake cut

Back to the Medical center for hospital coffee and Haagen-daz. Couldn't wait to get the photo before taking a bite!

A few more pics just because I'd rather end with pretty flowers than half eaten ice cream.

According to blogger this is my 300th post. How about that!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Stroll at UWMC

Yep, by the title you can guess we are back at University of Washington Medical Center. Rachel has BK virus, a complication for transplant patients. It will resolve itself with time, but causes painful muscle spasms that need stronger pain meds than we can provide at home. It seems to me that it's completely unfair to have complications due to a transplant that didn't work in the first place. Yet another speed bump on the way to 2nd transplant.

Friday was lovely in Seattle and I had to stroll along Montlake cut on my way to the caferteria. This is the backyard, so to speak, of UWMC. Our room usually overlooks this space, but this admission has us located on the opposite side of the unit with a boring courtyard for a view.
Behind UWMC along Montlake Cut
Last summer I took some photos of this interesting tree.

Sometime later I found this tree laying on it's side, a victim of a passing storm. Today I see that they've added a new replacement. It will be some time before this little baby is as grand as its predecessor.
Pretty spring flowers blooming all over. (Some might say weeds.)
Lunch time for the local wild life.
A few more pretty scenes along the water.

Even a little moto content...Sweet Ninja 500. Older but in great shape. I sure miss my Sam!