Archives for August 2011

Of Corn and Computers

Breaking news of the day: I ate corn! A friend dropped by to visit this afternoon and brought with him a bag full of freshly picked corn on the cob. It had occurred to me on the drive up here that the opportunity would probably come up to try corn again, and it did. I just couldn’t resist giving it at least a little try.

Fresh corn

My allergist had advised me to cut out corn for several months in hopes that it would lessen my sensitivity to it. Since it had been about that long, I figured that now was as good a time as any. It doesn’t get any better than eating it hours after it was picked! It was SO good!! So far I’ve had no problems. I’m maybe a little itchy around my chest and arms, but nothing major. It’s hard to tell if that’s only my imagination. I think I’ll give it a few days and try it again before we head home.

My corn

In more important news: Jesse finally has his new computer! We have been planning this purchase for quite a while now, he was so excited when it was finally time to go to the apple store.

Purchase

We have been watching our budget very closely these days. We are working very hard to save money and not spend money spontaneously. Our goal was to get ahead a little in the business account and then earn enough on top of that to pay cash for the new computer.

BoxOpening box

With all the programs Jesse usually has to have running at once, the laptop would often have a hard time keeping up with him. I know he was frustrated with being slowed down by his computer, but he was determined to stick with his goal. He wanted to prove to himself that he could be wise with his money unlike he used to be.

New computerHappy Jesse

I’m so proud of him for EARNING his new computer before purchasing it. I had one very happy Jesse after making that purchase. We decided it would best if I drove home from the store so that he could play with it on the way home.

Jesse's office

It turned out to be great timing that we were able to make the purchase right before coming to Grandpa and Grandma’s house. He’s been able to set up his entire office here and work like he would have at home. Plus that means the taptop is now free for me to be able to use. Good work Jesse, I’m glad you’re happy with your new purchase.

Busy, Busy

Today has been such a busy day. In fact, I began writing this post hours ago and I am only now getting back to finishing it. We had several visitors stop at different times, two of which were the home health nurse and the physical therapist. None of us got too much sleep last night so we were all struggling a little to get through all of the activities of the day.

Last night Jesse and I went for a walk down to the end of the driveway and back. It’s the perfect distance for an evening stroll. The silly, stray cat followed closely behind us the whole way. I think it thought the purpose of the walk was to bring it food.

Driveway

It was “freezing” last night. Well, at least for this Floridian! The crisp, cool air feels nice, but it sure gets chilly in a hurry as soon as the sun disappears. I bought this new jacket at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago. Mom and Ashley almost talked me out of buying it because they thought it looked like a space suit (and because it was about 100 degrees outside at the time), but I liked it so I bought it anyways. I’m glad I threw it in the car to bring it along. It’s nice and warm and blocks the wind well.

Me walking

I just had to sit out in the sun for a little while this afternoon. It was a perfect sunny day and the perfect temperature. I set out a towel and relaxed in shorts and a tank top. It was nice to be able to do that without sweating to death. There is no way we can enjoy much time outside at home this time of the year.

Sunny day

While I was soaking up the sun, Jesse finished up almost all of the mowing. That is… until he broke the lawn mower. Luckily, great-uncle Danny happened to stop by at just the right time. After a quick trip to pick up the needed part they got to work and got the mower fixed “right quick.”

Broken lawn mower

Grandpa used to own a John Deere shop so he knows everything there is to know about fixing them. He was close by to supervise the work being done.

Fixing lawn mower

This evening aunt Linda came over with some new book shelves for the living room. We worked quickly to organize things and clear some floor space. Hopefully it will make it easier for Grandpa to get around with his walker while he needs it.

Linda cleaningNew shelves

It’s been a very full day so I hope that we will all be able to get some good sleep tonight.

Home Health

Berry tree

Yesterday afternoon we had a visit from the company that will handle Grandpa’s home health care. The visit went well and the nurse who came was very thorough. It looks like they will start coming twice a week to check on him and help him with some of the things it’s harder for Grandma to do for him since he’s twice her size.

HouseSipes

At the recommendation of his doctor, Grandpa has discontinued taking a couple of the medications they had him on. It has made a huge difference after just a couple of days. He is more alert and less confused during conversations. His strength is coming back too so he’s been moving around the house a little easier than when we first arrived.

BarnOpen farmland

Grandpa didn’t have quite enough energy to make it to church this morning. We decided that it might be better if we stayed home with Grandpa so that Grandma could still go. She liked that plan so we hung out and had lunch started by the time she came home.

White flowers

My allergies have been under control for the most part. Being in an older home always bothers my nose a little, but the fresh, clean, country air seems to help balance out any dust I’m breathing. Most of the farm is growing soy beans this year. Upon arrival I wondered if breathing soy bean air would give me headaches like eating soy does, but it hasn’t been a problem even though there are soy beans as far as I can see.

Soy beansSoy fields

Earlier in the year there was a section of wheat on the farm too, which was already harvested. There are tons of corn fields as we drive around. My three worst allergens are all around me. I suppose it only makes sense that it’s all anyone is growing since I’ve now learned that those three ingredients are in everything.

Water pumpFlowersBird house

We realized that we forgot to bring our camera. It’s disappointing to have such a great backdrop for picture taking and not have our camera. I did bring the camera charger and the cable to unload pictures from the camera onto the laptop… which obviously aren’t of much use now. At least my phone takes good pictures.

SunflowerPretty sunflower

The home health nurse gave us some homework that we plan to take care of during the week. We already tackled a couple small items last night. Our main goal will be working on clearing some of the tight corners around the house to make it easier for Grandpa to walk around with his walker. But today we are just resting again and enjoying the beautiful weather with a nice breeze.

GrapesGrape vines

Happy Sunday. 🙂