Friday, December 8, 2017

Forever in my mind: Remembering the Rossi's store


Talk about a variety store that I used to frequent at least once a week and this was the Rossi's store in Montreal.  In fact, there were two of them close enough to where I lived and I frequented both.

Those were the days, as they would say!  When I would simply go in and start to browse.  I would enter empty-handed and by the time I would be ready to leave I would either be carrying an armful of purchases or just something small.

Visually, the Rossi's store held everything for me.  From toys and teddy bears to framed photos.  From clothes to sheets and towels and from stationary to cosmetics and cutlery to kitchen stuff.  Christmas time was always the time when this store went out of its way to sell all kinds of decorations.  From tabletop Christmas trees to ornaments and so much more.

I made my first visit to Rossi's with Char and Chris and many more after this. Then I went with Nella and with Francine.  Then, when I obtained my first cornea transplant, I would make it a habit to go there whenever I could on my own.

Ah, yes!  Memories of Rossi's forever!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

A favorite haunt: Remembering the Bo Peep Restaurant


Ah, yes!  The Bo Peep Restaurant, with its lingering smells of deliciously cooked food, the warmth of its staff, and everything good about it.

I was a regular visitor there and I went often with others and sometimes on my own.  I used to sit and enjoy it all and with functional vision at my disposal it was so very easy for me to spend time there just hanging out and watching the world go by.

I always enjoyed the cabbage rolls, the Ontario turkey dinner, and the roast beef.  I went with friends and even took clients there.  The Bo Peep was so very accessible to persons with disabilities.

The entrances were wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs.  The booths were the same and the aisles afforded great ease of passage.

The staff really knew how to be of service to seniors and persons with a disability.  They were patient and were always so very willing and ready to explain and assist.  I think that many restaurants of today could easily learn from the Bo Peep which closed in 2004.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day. 

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Such treasured memories: Remembering the White Rose Nursery


This was one of my favorite haunts, as they say: visits to the White Rose Nursery and I was so very sorry to see it close.  Oh, how much I used to enjoy going with Mom and Gabriella to choose plants and all kinds of decorations.

At the beginning of planting season, which was in May, we would go there to choose our flowers.  I still remember how very colorful they were, from impatiens to begonias and from marigolds to so many other types of plants and flowers.

We would start outside with the outdoor plants.  Mom would lead the charge with Gabriella and me following closely behind.  She would meticulously choose and then allow us to pack them gently in the cart.  Next we would venture indoors to pick up the plant food and other supplies.

In November we would return to choose our Christmas decorations and, oh, how much I cherished these visits.  There were all kinds of decorations, from ornaments of all kinds and sizes to hollies and poinsettias.

As I sit here writing this, the colors are simply dancing around in my head. All of the sights and sounds of that good old White Rose Nursery are very much alive in my mind!  Oh, how much I miss White Rose!  Another memory for me to cherish and I am sure glad that I was able to take all of this in while I had functional vision.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

A rare and special lady: Saying farewell to Manon


It was so very somber, the day that I had to say farewell to Manon.  I first met her in 2006 when she was introduced to me as my new banking officer. From then until May 2017, she was a constant in my life.

I knew then that I was losing someone very special!  Someone who had so many times gone out of her way to ensure that my needs and requirements were met.

Manon did everything possible to ensure that I was comfortable when carrying out my banking.  She never made me feel inadequate and I sure appreciated her positive attitude whenever it came to ensuring that my documents were properly signed, initialed, and executed.

I would say this: Manon's friendly voice sure matched her personality! There could never have been a more perfect match!  She loved the Canadiens hockey team and so did I.  She loved to laugh and so did I.  She loved to chat and so did I!

Good luck, Manon, now that you are retired.  Stay well now and never lose your happy spirit.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day. 

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

A very special person: Saying goodbye to Radhika


When it comes to exceptional persons, the ones who really stand out for some reason or other as you travel along the path of life, Radhika easily falls into this esteemed and illustrious category.

I first met Radhika in 2011, after she had delivered flowers to me through the Sears Canada, Flowers by Sears service.  She simply grew on me and over the years she became one of my very favorite people.

Radhika was always so very willing to accommodate my needs.  She went above and beyond the call of duty.  She always made my floral arrangements extra special, with colors that she knew that I liked and then she would slip in some very special ornaments.

When I visited her floral shop in May 2017, I simply enjoyed the fragrances of her flowers and I could tell how packed her shop was with all kinds of flowers and plants.

Thank you, Radhika, for having come into my life and a special thank you to your wonderful daughter, Ria.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day. 

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lots of pain: My poor right shoulder


In late December, 2016, I began to experience great pain with my right shoulder and over the next few months it grew worse.  It was even more difficult for me as my right hand was my so-called cane hand.  In short, the hand that I use to work with my mobility cane.

So, I had to devise ways to help myself.  My right arm still remained the captain of the cane, so to speak, but now I had to call on my left arm to help out.  Any mobility instructor who may have noticed my techniques over these few months would probably have cringed and yelled at me, but sorry: I had no choice.

My left arm took over when it came to moving my cane along but the right arm was still there to ensure that things were okay.  Pain or no pain; I still needed my right shoulder to help me.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day. 

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Such a wonderful person: Hanging out with Sue


Hanging out with Sue is always so very refreshing and enjoyable for me.  Sue is probably one of the best guides that I have ever had.  She knows how to guide a vision-impaired person.  She is careful, thoughtful, and always looking for ways to make things better.

Sue is not afraid to try new things, discover new ways, and find solutions to challenges.

She makes difficult things look so very easy.  She is never afraid to say no but always willing to say yes!

She is funny and helps me to see the humour on difficult days.  She laughs so easily and that's my friend, Sue!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day. 

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