Not A Great Way To Start The Day

Children are the rainbow of life. Grandchildren are the pot of gold.

We got a late night/early morning call from Sarah and Jon is back in the hospital undergoing another surgery for the diverticulitis situation. He was in severe pain and apparently the joint broke loose and his insides were being filled with bad stuff…the surgery is to clean it all out. We got an update mid-morning and the surgery is over but he will have to use a coloscomy bad for 3-6 months.

Sarah and Jonathan in their new home in New HAmpshire

Did You Know? A colostomy is an opening (stoma) in the large intestine (colon), or the surgical procedure that creates one. The opening is formed by drawing the healthy end of the colon through an incision in the anterior abdominal wall and suturing it into place. This opening, often in conjunction with an attached stoma appliance, provides an alternative channel for feces to leave the body. 

We are blessed as he is otherwise healthy so he will get through this and his wife is wonderful and his mother is near by. He will be fine!

We worked on the dreaded puzzle for a while and again made progress. Another week and we will have it completed. Sue continued reading her book and I went to the garage for a bit to check out my latest toy…a Makita portable radio…ruggedized because I always bump, drop, or water the nice plastic one and it needed a vacation.

Fits into a jacket pocket…simple to use!

It was approaching lunch time so it’s off to the back yard grocery store and the corn maze. The corn is looking good and we have only another week until it will begin to get over ripe.

Into the forest I wonder…what dangers lurk in the tall grass? Snakes, dinosaurs, albino alligators?

Well…there were many ears to select from so I searched high and low for the best looking ones which would be just like me…tall and plump!

The silk being dark golden brown is a dead giveaway!

Reaching in, I plucked two beauties from their stalks and with a 180 degree rotation the snapped from the stalk and dropped into my hands! The stalks, husks, cobs, and tassels are all edible, as in they won’t poison you, but I don’t know of anyone who actually uses them in cooking.

Did You Know? Each and every corn plant has both a male and a female flower. The tassel sits at the very top of the plant and produces the pollen. The ear of corn with the silk then is the female flower. When the wind blows, pollen from the tassel will shake loose and fall on the silk. Each strand of silk is connected to a different seed on the ear of corn. The pollen makes its way down the silk to pollinate the ovule and develop into a seed. When left to grow naturally, a corn plant will pollinate itself. To produce a better type of corn, different strains of corn are mixed or cross-pollinated.

A little snip here and a little snip there we have corn ready to be cooked!

We use the nippers to chop off the top and bottom of each ear

They are almost ready to come inside.

Snip snip…we done!

After cleaning off the top (to make sure any worms are gone) and the bottom (to eliminate the hard stalk) the corn gets transported into the kitchen where the remaining husk is removed. We used wax paper and drop them into the microwave…two ears is about 3 minutes on high! The outcome is wonderful!

We had leftovers which are just now getting good! The chili chicken is hot as can be and everything else was wonderful! Pour the wine and let’s dine!

After lunch we did chores…always something to do around the house! It’s my time to listen to Dr. Laura in Siris/XM Channel 111. We use Alexa to get her as we have Alexa’s all over the house so we do not have to move a radio!

Dr, Laura always provides the best advice and today she reminded us (and anybody listening) that:

Off to the Phoenix Club where we danced until 9:30 PM and met with Bob & Donna plus many others. Great fun!

Returning home, we watched the last of Gilmore Girls… now we are going to watch ER as we have Hulu Plus (no advertisements). Tookies at 11:00! Good night all!

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Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet loving my best friend and wife, having fun, learning, and passing on helpful things to others.
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