#WeekendCoffeeShare (June 23, 2019)

A lot has been floating through my mind today, but until I decided to participate in #WeekendCoffeeShare again, I had no idea how I was going to convey my thoughts into a blog post.

Like last week, I’m having a cup of green tea as we catch up. I love green tea, more so than coffee. I must say though that I’ma bit addicted to coffee. I drink it more to get energized or out of habit than because I truly like it.

If we were having coffee (or green tea), I’d share how I’ve been doing with respect to finding a living facility. On Tuesday, I had an appt with the care consultant for a facility with my current care agency. Because he isn’t in a position to decide whether I’m a good fit, I’ll have to wait for him to discuss my case with the behavioral specialist and manager. He said he’d call my support coordinator next Tuesday, but wasn’t sure whether he’d have any news by then yet.

Because I wanted to remain active, my support coordinator has been contacting some other agencies. We started with the two national blindness agencies. Bartiméus has living facilities about an hour’s drive from my current home. Visio’s living facilities are all at least 90 minutes away. Visio was the first to return my support coordinator’s call and I have a meeting with them next week.

My husband was a little sad, as he thought I want to live in Visio’s facility that’s nearly a two-hour drive away. Of course, I want to be as close to my husband as possible, but I didn’t know how to go about finding a suitable living facility. My support coordinator is going to contact other agencies closer to my current home next week. These are not for the blind, but oh well.

If we were having coffee, I’d also share about our house-hunting experience. The visit to the house on Tuesday was okay, but after reading some reports on it, we decided not to go for it after all.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that my husband and I had lunch at a pancake restaurant today. I had a pancake with blueberries, while my husband had one with raisins and bacon as always.

If we were having coffee, I’d also share that the screen reader company finally called to let me know I could get a new version of JAWS, my screen reader for Windows, covered by health insurance. It is also about time for a new Braille display, he said, and they could let health insurance pay for both in one go. This means that after an eighteen-months-long wait, I may finally be able to get a PC with Windows 10 and the screen reader I love. Of course, I already have a Mac and hence I told the company rep I had to think of it.

My husband was critical at first. He asked which I’d get rid of if I had to choose one: my Mac or a PC with Windows 10 and JAWS. I said I’d get rid of my Mac. I mean, I’ve had it for nearly half a year and still struggle to use it. Other blind people say that’s normal, but I really don’t want to spend that long getting used to a computer. I mean, that’s how long it took me to get used to my very first PC! So my husband offered to get me a laptop with Windows 10 and all if he can have my Mac.

I have been thinking it over and the only thing I can do with my Mac that was a pain on PC was using a good feed reader. Then again, I can’t get used to the way Safari works on Mac, so if I want to actually interact with feeds, I’ll still prefer my iPhone. I no longer use my PC, because it has two broken keys and its Windows 8.1 won’t properly update.

Anyway, I’m going to call the company rep to let him know I’ll go for getting the Braille package as it’s called tomorrow.

If we were having coffee, I’d also share that it’s incredibly hot outside. In the coming week, it’s forecasted to get to 35 degrees Celsius or more. That’s no fun, as we don’t have air conditioning at home or at day activities.

The coming week should be exciting. Tomorrow, the day activities staff are taking some fellow clients and me to a local park and having lunch at a restaurant there.

Next Thursday is my birthday. I love it each year. We are going to eat at an Irish pub with my parents then. My sister and her husband are coming over for a visit on Saturday.

How have you been?

12 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (June 23, 2019)

  1. Sounds like you’ve got quite a lot of challenges in your life as well! I hope they find you housing in the area you want. And good luck with the computer! Mine died recently and I’ve been stuck using a computer from work that isn’t very good compared to what I’m used to. I have to buy a new one. Fun times.

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    1. Oh that sucks. My husband initially thought he could install Windows 10 on his old laptop, but then he realized with how much I use a computer (at least, I did with my PC), it may be better if I buy a new computer.


    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes. The reason I think things over so much is that I’ve had too many living places that didn’t work out. Besides, I’ve been on this journey to find proper care for 12 years.


  2. I really hope you’ll be able to find a suitable facility for you to live in that will be possibly close to your husband. How great that you’ll be able to get the PC with the screen-reader. That’s why I was always apprehensive of the idea of getting a Mac for myself, even though Apple claims their products to be so accessible for everyone. It always seemed way more complicated than a PC to me and I guess I’d have to be an IT geek to have patience for it haha, it has to be easily usable first and foremost for me, and I think for most people. How awful you have it so hot. We did to for a couple weeks and it was really horrible for me, and now we’re going to have another heatwave apparently at the end of the week, so I’m enjoying the cooler temps as long as we have them.

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    1. Yes, you’d pretty much have to be an Apple lover or computer geek to have the patience to get used to a Mac. I don’t care for any particular brand and the only reason I chose iPhone over Android is that indeed it’s more accessible.

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  3. Hi Astrid, It does sound like things are moving forward and that you’re being wise and diligent about the details. On the other hand, I hate dealing with new computers and having to work so much, just to be able to do what I used to know how to do. I hope the rest of your life is stable so you’re not struggling with too much change at one time. We like it when you have the bandwidth to join us for our virtual coffee each weekend.


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    1. My life currently is relatively stable. The reason I’m getting a PC again is because it took me forever to get used to the Mac and in this sense, switching back to PC is a less significant change.


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