Saturday, July 2, 2011

In Which We Look At Houses And Connor Loses A Tooth

It's been a week since Connor has had any seizures and he seems to be feeling pretty good right now!  I'm so glad that this round of good health has lined up with our vacation; he's been having a blast with his relatives and seems to be loving every minute of the time he's spent here.

We couldn't go out on the lake today because there's been an outbreak of toxic blue-green algae, which apparently can do glorious things to people like poison their livers.  So instead of hitting the water we hopped on the golf cart and went to look at the open houses in the area. 

Jeremy and I like to walk through houses that are for sale sometimes, not because we're interested in buying (and we are never, ever selling our house so we're not going to be interested in buying any time soon) but because it's neat to see what other people have done with their houses.  Most of the houses here are in close to the million dollar range, so they are really, really nice inside.  It's neat to see how other people lay out their homes, and right now I'm looking at their porches and gardens to see if there are any ideas I can incorporate into our space back at home.  We didn't stay out very long because it was ridiculously hot outside, but we managed to see three or four houses.  Some of them were pretty neat-- one even had a separate apartment built just for the owner's train collection!

What they didn't have, of course, was accessibility.  One of the first things Jer and I look at in a house now is how hard it would be to convert it into a wheelchair accessible home, and it's amazing how few homes have that potential.  Personally I think that any home-- especially one constructed in the last few years-- should be constructed with the idea that eventually the owners are going to become, you know, old.  And of course it isn't only old people that need accessible homes, as our family can certainly attest to.  But really there are so few homes that even have the potential to become accessible without tens of thousands of dollars of remodeling.  It's kind of short-sighted of our society to build them that way, in my opinion.

In other news, Connor lost his second bottom tooth today!  So now he has an adorable gap-toothed grin.  He's spending a whole lot of time sticking his tongue out right now; I think he's trying to figure out where the heck his teeth went.  Jeremy told him that his teeth were falling out because he has leprosy, and his nose will probably fall off next.  Then he sang Connor a little song about leprosy that he made up on the spot.  Jeremy is a great dad like that.

I made sure Connor knew that he did not have leprosy and his nose would not be falling off, of course.  But I didn't do it in song form, so it wasn't as well received. 

Mommy is No Fun. 



leah said...

Yay for a seizure-free week (and for a new tooth)! Tooth fairy, be generous!

Our area is filled with older homes (by "older," I mean built-in-1800) with steep, narrow staircases, etc. There has been a rush of building patio homes (single level homes with very small yards) that are entirely accessible - it just seems smarter to make homes usable for a long duration of time. Our house has three levels (a split level from the 1970's) and would be horrible to convert to an accessible house - if we needed accessibility, we'd have to move.

MFA Mama said...

Bwahaha, leprosy!

Julia O'C said...

You guys must do a lot of laughing in your house because you're both hysterically funny!

Sean and I *love* to walk through open houses for the same reason you and Jeremy do. It really is a lot of fun to see how other people live.

Sorry about the death-algae...but it still sounds like you're having a blast!

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