Friday, November 8, 2019

A new and exciting experience: Working with Aaron remotely


This is probably one of my most challenging experiences; working remotely with anyone, at best. Aaron is probably one of the best developers/support persons that I have ever had the chance to work with. But still, for me, it always makes me so very nervous.

On this particular very early Monday morning, we got together with me in the Caribbean and Aaron at his post in Ohio. Aaron was so very patient! He guided me to set up Teamviewer and then he installed Malwarebytes for me.

After this Aaron performed all of the updates; from updating Windows 10 to Google Chrome and Firefox. Then he cleaned up other pieces of software for me.

This took two sessions and each session lasted for about an hour. What an experience, but at the end of it all I was extremely grateful to an ever-patient Aaron!

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

A cherished childhood memory: Remembering Stephen in his stroller


He was six years my junior but my aunt trusted me enough to drive him around in his stroller. For not only was I that age but I was also vision impaired and she never seemed to mind me taking him for little rides up and down our hallways.

There he was in his stroller! Very quiet and minding his own little business, so to speak. Sometimes he would be asleep but sometimes he would be drinking his bottle or even humming to himself. He never gave me any trouble and I was always so careful to make sure not to bump into things.

I had two paths to choose from. The first took me from our kitchen, into my parents room, around the bed and out again and then up the hallway to the door of the living room and back to where I started in the kitchen.

The other path would be one where I would travel up the long hallway going past the laundry room, the bathrooms, and rounding the corner past the little area that held the ironing board, clothes baskets, and couch.  Then through one of our larger bedrooms and through the doors to another hallway where there were three more bedrooms.

I stayed clear of going into the bedrooms, choosing instead to drive Stephen in his stroller down the very long hallway. I will say that this was indeed my favourite path. Then back on the return journey to the kitchen.

I don't really know which of the two paths was Stephen's favourite but nevertheless, he enjoyed it all and so did I!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Another interesting experience: Navigating Mom's bathroom scale


I guess that every scale is a bit different when it comes to being able to navigate it in order to know exactly where to place one's feet when preparing to get weighed. For me, I have a talking scale which I find to be just the right size.

There is a bar at the top of the scale that is in the middle of it. I place one foot on each side of the bar and wait seconds to hear the results. I can hear the results in either pounds or kilos.

In the case of Mom's scale, I need to depend on Mom or sighted assistance to get my results. True it is that her scale is quite a bit smaller and there is also a small bar in the middle of the scale at the top of it, but the trick is to place my feet in the correct position or else my weight will not be accurate.

Then Mom also needs to ensure that the scale is on and working before I get onto it. She needs to ensure that the batteries are functioning before we start our weighing session.

Just another scale to learn about.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Frustration! Difficulty accessing my phone messages


Just imagine when I discovered that I could not access my phone messages while traveling out of Canada. I simply could not do it.

I could not even get to the option to enter my password in order to access my messages. So I had to elicit help from my dear friend Gabriella to do this.

I had to give her my password and that was just fine. She did the rest but this was a new experience for me.

She had to send me emails with the contents of each message and it was strange for me to read my phone messages instead of hearing them firsthand. 

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Another challenge conquered: Changing the batteries on Mom's chiming clock


I have to say that I have gotten much better at this task but I still need to take very good care when doing it.

First, I gently remove the old batteries. Next, I insert the new batteries. Then it is time to set the time.

I make sure that I know the time before I start to set the time. There are 3 buttons at the back of the clock, or rather inside the back of the clock. One is to set the hour and so I concentrate deeply on this task. Each push of this button signifies the advancing of the hour re the coordinating of chime to time.

Next it is time to coordinate the chimes to when the clock will chime each quarter of the hour. The trick here for both steps is to know what time is showing on the clock and then to work from there.

I may not be explaining this clearly but I hope you get an idea of what it is like for someone without very much vision to set the time on a digital chiming clock.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

He was sure scared! When Rico ran away


I would consider this to be a very funny experience and it all happened in Mom's yard. Mind you, it was Mom's description that made it even funnier.

We were standing on Mom's patio, enjoying the cool fresh air, and then she saw him! Rico was following some of the neighbours around as they did some work in the yard.

Mom decided to imitate a cat and so she made a loud miaou sound! As she put it: poor Rico simply ran away like a bat out of hell, never stopping to look back!

Mom said that his head was down and his tail went straight up in the air. He simply ran for his life!

Of course we never intended to scare poor Rico but there you have it! I simply allowed my imagination to do the rest.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

No, it was not the first day of summer! The longest day


As a follow up to yesterday's blog, I can also say that it was probably one of the longest days in my life.

It started with me sitting at my computer and waiting for my friends across Canada to start feeding me with a blow by blow commentary on each step to the royal assent of Bill C-81; the enactment of the Accessible Canada Act!

They did not disappoint me! From Albert in BC to Robin in Saskatchewan, and from Anthony in Montreal to Louise in Nova Scotia, they kept me abreast and at times it felt as if I could just reach out and touch the Governor General as she made her way to the Senate to perform the deed!

I could practically hear the silence as those in the gallery waited with bated breath for her to create history! My palms were soaked and I could feel the chills rolling down my back! Then, like a butterfly coming to rest on my shoulder, it was over and it was time to celebrate!

The tears came furiously and quickly and I was not ashamed to let them roll down my cheeks! It  was over and now it was time to sit back and savour the moment.

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