I borrowed this picture of ice on Lake Superior from Bill. Check out his pictures from his visit to Duluth this week . It looks like it was taken in the arctic somewhere. Bill always has some fantastic pictures on his blog. Every time I see great shots like this it makes me want to learn how to be a better photographer. All I've ever done is point and shoot.
This week we've been having a mild thaw with temps in the mid-40's. My mileage for the year is way down compared to other years. I'm back riding to work everyday after taking nearly the whole month of February off from work to take care of Susan. With a nice sunny, warm (relatively speaking) day I was inspired to take a long way home today. Something I haven't been doing this year so far.
What a coincidence it turned out to be. I came through downtown on the Lake Walk. The first warm days like this brings out the winter hibernators and the Lake Walk had quite a bit of foot traffic. I was riding along dodging walkers not really looking at people and my brain goes.....CLICK.....there's Vito and Patty. By the time I realized I'd just recognized some people I was already past them. I turned around and Bill greeted me with an enthusiastic, "Hi Doug". We had never met before, but I've been reading his blog for many years now. It's one of my core group of blogs I read every post. He has posted pictures of himself many times on his blog. That's how I was able to recognize him. As for him, he knew I lived in Duluth and was keeping an eye out for an orange bike. While I had no clue he was in town. It was completely by chance that we were both in the same spot at the same time of day. The chances of him running into me, and me recognizing him in a crowd must have been slim to none.
We chatted for a bit. At home I refer to people that blog about bikes and bike adventures as my blogger friends. Meeting Bill reinforced the "friend" part. We'd never met, yet we could talk at ease as if we've been friends for years. I know little about his life other than what he portrays on his blog, yet we had a conversation as if we saw each other all the time. We talked about bikes, He asked how my wife was doing, I asked how his dad is doing now that he's home from the hospital. Some one walking by and over hearing our conversation would never know we had just met for the very first time. It fascinates me. I may know more about Bill and have more in common with Bill than many of the people I work with everyday at my job.
Anyhow, Bill and Patty are friendly, nice people and it was great to be able to meet them both.
I haven't posted in awhile so I thought I should give an update on Susan. It's great news. The treatments she received 6 weeks ago in the hospital worked, her blood levels have returned to normal. She went back to work yesterday, starting out part time and eventually returning to full-time as her strength comes back.
She's still struggling with the many side effects of the medications she's taking. The massive doses of prednisone have caused high glucose and triggered diabetes. She now has a glucose meter and is taking insulin daily. It will be another 6 weeks before they can ween her off the prednisone. At that time her blood glucose levels may or may not return to normal.
It's been a rough ride. She's been through a lot in a short period of time. We're very thankful her bone marrow is once again making her own blood.