Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's a Long Way Back Home

Happily, Adam came home today. After seven days in the hospital for him, and 21 hours of driving for me, we're thankful to be tucked back in our little house. 21 hours of driving could have gotten me to Colorado, which is a slightly disturbing thought. Anyway, I learned all the interesting sights along Hwy. 17 and 43, a nice rural drive off the beaten interstate path. I thought I'd share a few of them with you -- some of the oddities you'll never see if you stick to the interstates in your travels:
Must be Yogi Bear's cousin, Sarah
Funny name for a convenience store -- sounds vaguely Amish, except they sell cigs and beer!
Many little churches line the back roads here. This one seemed sweet.
Vanceboro, a little town on Hwy. 17, has pick-your-own strawberry farms nearby, and a festival.
You can enjoy an ice cream cafe here in an old building.
Or satisfy your traveling hunger at Vera's Diner.
Many fields are Kelly Green with spring.
This town must have my all-time favorite name -- "Shelmerdine."  Isn't that fun?
I'm often tempted to do whole posts of memorable church signs. This one caught my eye all week.
Dr. Who fans -- what does this old structure look like?
I bet all the pigs are excited when they're brought here, right?
Something tells me the palace ain't what they think it is.
Some fields aren't green; they're stripped and ugly.
Anyway, this morning Adam jumped through all the hoops to get himself discharged. This included getting dressed -- yay! Clothes feel good after a week in the hospital.
Then the nurse came in to change the dressings on the wound, and to show me how to do it at home. She removed the knee immobilizer (which Adam will be wearing for weeks still), and she began cutting through the ace bandages and the thick dressing.
I'll tell you now -- I'll post a photo of Adam's stitched up knee at the bottom of this post, but I'm warning you ahead of time that it's not a little wound, and it's not really stitches; it's staples. So if you don't like looking at a Frankenstein-like piece of flesh, DON'T LOOK. Okay? Don't say I didn't warn you. But first ... here's the sicky after finally getting home, finally getting up the stairs, finally getting comfortable after eating dinner. He's exhausted. (So am I.)
He snoozed for a bit under my stripey blanket. So sweet.


Okay ...

Now ...

Here's the photo ...

You may not want to see ...

Click away now before it's too late!

Are you really sure?

Three ...

Two ...

One ...

I told you so.


  1. Looks like my knee after total knee replacement (I had it done on both knees about four years ago). I was so happy to finally get the stitches out. OUCH!

  2. Pig Palace! Hilarious! Yes, I'm sure they feel like royalty.;) So glad your sweetie is home now. Bless both of your hearts! Praying for comfort and a quick recovery, M.K. Lori

  3. I don't get grossed out by medical photos. Interesting how they use the staples, not unlike what Pug Daisy had on her belly. You take care. Settle down and just care for your sweet family. Now it's time to take a breath.

  4. I've been following this saga and am glad to see humour is creeping in as things get better. OK, the knee is gruesome now but my untrained eye can see the doctors did a good job. Maybe your hubby could take up a new hobby while he rests......knitting, crochet?

  5. I know you both must be SO relieved to be home. My mom was recently in the hospital for almost a week, and it was so much less stressful once we were able to be home.
    It's cool how you took photos of the things you saw on the 'back roads' that most travelers will never see. :D those green fields are gorgeous!

    Keeping you guys in my prayers!

  6. Ouch! Poor Adam but glad he is home. What a lovely lot of sights to have spotted! I like the stone Dalek too! X

  7. Groan, groan, groan. May Adam's wound and everything heal more swiftly now that he is at home. Your stripey blanket is a sweet comfort for him.

    God's blessings on you both ~ Love, hugs and prayers ~ FlowerLady

  8. Loved your little backroads tour! Shelmerdine is a pretty cool name, much like the teeny historic area here named Shoofly! Glad your hubby is home. Blessings and peace to y'all there!

  9. You are SO funny! I made it through the photo. You are so kind to give plenty of warning. I think the one structure in your photos was a silo of some sort, but I never watched Dr. Who, so I'm not sure what you were going for. Love all of the small town pictures. Looks like my neck of the woods. I was thinking that sweet little church may have been a converted gas station! Looks like you finished that stripey blanket just in time. It was made for such a time as this. Hugs to you. Get some rest, girl!

  10. Oh gosh! I've been away from blogs too long. I had to read down the page a ways. I'm sure glad that Adam has come so far from the accident. May God continue to bring healing and a grateful attitude. God bless.

  11. Well you certainly found a lot of interesting signs/buildings on your journey. I chuckled at the Pig Palace (most likely they wouldn't like the actual place).
    Wow that is some wound, do hope it heals quickly. I think the staples would gross me out if I have to have them. I'll go for regular stitches any day.

  12. Oy! Well, I like that he gets to cuddle up with the special afghan! I enjoyed the road side sights. Glad you got to, too.


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