Friday, August 28, 2015

Card making


My dear friend, Denise Sanders, introduced me to this concept late in 2014 and since then I have purchased the cuttle bug along with the necessary cards, various packages of different stickers, and the folders with the various designs on them.

This is going to be a new concept for me and something new to try. I am looking forward to it and thus far Denise has been coaching me via phone all the way from Kelowna.

Card making is going to give me the chance to use my hands, my imagination, but most of all, the opportunity to make special cards for special folks. Can't wait to get started.

Ah yes! Card making! Something new for me to try. Something new to learn! A new way to use my hands and sense of touch.

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

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There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Problems with Facebook


I have now become a regular visitor to Facebook but it has taken time for me to get used to this website. For the most part I use the mobile version because I find it easier to navigate and it appears to be more accessible to blind users.

Of course, no one should ever expect any website to be perfectly accessible. That would be asking for a pie in the sky dream. However, one can only hope that it is navigable enough.

There are still problems with Facebook but I must say that the problems are much less than they were about a year ago. I would say that one has to be patient and work towards finding ways to navigate Facebook. There are always going to be problems, but that's life.

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

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"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

When the bag spilled


Oh boy! What a problem this was for me the morning it happened. This time it was the bag to my vacuum cleaner but I can tell you that I have learned a great lesson.

It was my normal Saturday morning cleaning day and time for me to vacuum. I had taken out my vacuum cleaner and had just finished vacuuming. Then I had decided to empty the bag.

I started to do this as usual. I had removed the bag but somehow my hand slipped from the bag and lo and behold! The contents spilled helplessly onto my kitchen floor and there I was, left to clean it up all!

After swearing to myself for a few seconds, I stood up and went to fetch the hand broom and dust pan. Then with great care I returned to the spot where the spilled contents were and gingerly sat down on the floor. Then I found the spilled contents.

I placed the dust pan as close as I could to the pile of dust, then with brush in hand I gently pushed the dust into the dust pan. It took me a few minutes to ensure that I had gotten it all.

The good thing is that when the bag spilled, I was holding it in my hand as I sat on the floor. Because if it had fallen from my hand while I was standing, then who know what a bigger mess that would have been and even more difficult for me to clean up.

Lesson learned. Hold on to my bag more firmly the next time around.

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

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"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Friday, August 21, 2015

When the steam cleaner quit on me


Yes, it did quit on me, and how did I know this? There were several indicators but once again my senses of smell and touch came to my assistance.

I had taken out my steam cleaner to clean my floors. I had filled it with water and detergent and had fitted everything into their proper and respective spots on the machine and then away I went.

I plugged in my machine and turned it on and then waited for it to start making the customary shushing sound but after about 30 seconds there was no shushing sound. I waited another 30 seconds and all I could hear was the dull sound of the machine as it vibrated.

Then it was time for me and my fingers to go investigating. I ran my fingers down the length of the machine and stopped at the water receptacle. It was hot but not overly hot. I continued down the length of the machine and inspected the rest of the components and all seemed well. I then decided to turn off the machine and then turn it back on.

Nothing happened at first. No shushing sound but then something caught my attention. The smell of something burning and that was it. Something was wrong with my poor old steam cleaner.

To confirm my suspicions I called my Super and as soon as he turned it back on he noticed a flashing light and this indicated that the power supply was not working properly. I was correct; my steam cleaner had quit on me. That's what you get when you can't see a flashing light and your other senses have to kick in to help out.

All's well that ends well.

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

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"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

When the smell of coffee saved me


Let's just say that, indeed!, the smell of coffee saved me that day. You see, I was wiping down my kitchen table after breakfast and it is a good thing that I was sufficiently alert and awake that morning.

As I wiped around the table with my damp cloth, I smelled the sweet fragrance of coffee and something told me to stop for a moment and feel around on the table and lo and behold! There it was! My half full cup of morning coffee.

It was not too close to the edge of the table but chances are more than good that had I not paid attention to the smell of coffee, I would surely have knocked it off the table, and then? A whole new chore for me to deal with: cleaning up a cup of spilled coffee and making sure that I got all of the liquid on the floor.

I guess that as a blind person, I need to make sure that I remember where I put things at all times. A difficult task you may be saying? Yes, but I need to do my best.

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"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

When the mop went missing


Looking back at this incident I can definitely smile at it now but at the time it sure gave me a run for my money. I have to admit that patience was the order of the day.

It started out with my taking out my mop and filling its bottle with water and mixing in some detergent in preparation for doing my mopping. It was shaping up to be a regular Saturday morning and time for house cleaning and everything seemed to be going well until it happened.

I placed my mop in a specific spot near the door to my bathroom and went to get a glass of water and as I was walking towards my kitchen, the phone started ringing.

It was my best friend calling me from Montreal and I spent about a half hour with her on the phone. Then when I put the phone down I returned to my cleaning chores, but alas! I could not find my mop.

I spent the next 15 minutes searching high and low for it. I looked everywhere trying to retrace my steps but no luck. Then just like that! I literally stumbled upon it.

As far as I could piece things together, here is what I think happened. I simply forgot where I put it and then when I went looking for it after my phone call I must have searched in the right spot but each time I felt around I kept missing the good old mop standing there waiting for me to find it.

A lesson in frustration and patience but at the end of the day all worked out to my relief.

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

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"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Friday, August 14, 2015

Fishes in the fountain


I was never really able to see them but I sure used my imagination to pretend that I did. There were all kinds of fishes, from the pretty gold ones to the sizable fresh water sharks and many in between.

Maybe at one time I was able to barely see them but I depended on Mom to describe them to me. I could just imagine them swimming around, leaping into the air, and racing each other around in the fountain.

At one time I was able to see ducks and geese swimming in the lakes if I drew close enough to the edge but I don't think that I could do the same for the fishes. Still, however, I always enjoyed standing close to the edge of the fountain and imagining that I did. Ah, yes! Fishes in the fountain!

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

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This is a personal message from author Donna Jodhan
"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"