Friday, December 14, 2018

The color of Christmas


As Andy Williams used to sing out each year, "It's the most wonderful time of the year," and this is certainly the case for me.  It is that time of year when the child in me decides to show itself.  I am never too embarrassed to express my joy whenever I hear Santa's rich laughter and whenever I smell the sweet fragrance of pine.  All of those colorful presents, bows, lights, and other goodies dancing before my eyes!

Now that my vision is down to a bare minimum, I use my imagination to help me out.  I imagine all those mysterious colored packages under a huge tree decorated with blinking lights.  I can almost see those colorful lights dancing in my memory and I can practically reach out and grab one of those mysterious packages from under the tree.

Lights intermingled with artificial snowflakes, all kinds of Christmas figures and at the top of the tree?  The shining star!

I must not forget my angel and my manger with the Baby Jesus lying in Mother Mary's arms.  The animals, shepherds, Joseph, and the three wise men.  All fixed in my mind's eye forever.

The toys all come alive in my mind!  Doll houses filled with little people. Furniture, tea sets, and strollers with baby dolls.  Even the racing cars, train sets, and those ice skates dancing just out of my reach.  The skis waiting for me to put them on and the colorful balls and game sets.

Ah yes!  The color of Christmas and I will forever be a child at this time of the year!




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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Little Christmas tree


It was the night before Christmas and in my dreams I slipped lazily and happily into memory lane.  Another time had come and as I stood there, the little Christmas tree twinkled in front of my eyes.  The tree smelled so wonderful!  It gave off the scent of warm pine.  The colored lights danced in front of my eyes as they took turns blinking on and off.

I moved, oh so carefully, towards my little Christmas tree, being careful not to step on packages neatly piled in front of it.  I had to get as close as I could so as to see everything.  My partial sight only allowed me the luxury of seeing things very close up and at best only a few things at a time. Nevertheless, it was enough for me.

I gingerly reached out and placed my index finger on one of the little lights, a little yellow one.  Then I took my time at identifying other colors.  Red, blue, and green. Then I had to take my time at finding a spot where there were no lights.  I found it after a few moments and I held a tiny portion of a branch between my fingers.

Next I looked upwards and found the star at the very top.  I stood gazing for quite some time thinking of the story that my parents would tell me every Christmas: the night that Jesus was born.  What a lovely memory for me.  Then I bent down and felt for some of the packages and finally I made my way to where the manger had been set up.  There I spent most of my time, examining each little figure: Baby Jesus in the arms of Mary and Joseph, the three Wise Men, the shepherds, and the animals.

Ah!  That was a memory of when I was a child and had enough vision to see it all.  Now I can only recall this memory each Christmas and that’s okay for me.  At least I have a memory that I can recall and one that I can cherish forever.
Merry Christmas everyone!

I’m Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you happy Christmas dreams! 






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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas is for me


I have had the good fortune to enjoy many wonderful Christmases, with and without vision and it does not matter!  Christmas is for me.  The smells and the sounds, the laughter and the merry making.

When I had enough sight, I used to enjoy going out to window shop.  To see the bright colorful lights, the flickering candles in the Church, Santa's bright red suit, and streets crowded with throngs of folks of all ages.  I also loved to smell the scent of rich pine, cakes and goodies baking in ovens, and taste the various Christmas foods and drinks.  I also loved to walk in the snow and watch those big white snowflakes race each other to the ground but most of all, I loved to ice skate around those huge outdoor rinks decorated with Christmas lights.

That was then and this is now but not much has changed for me.  True it is that I can no longer see the flickering candles, the colorful Christmas lights, and the big fat snowflakes, but this does not prevent me from enjoying this special time of the year.  My sense of smell is still intact along with my sense of taste and I use my memories of years gone by to help me along.  I focus on the times when I could see and intermingle those memories with the now.  I am blessed!  I am lucky!  With or without sight, Christmas is for me!  I am a kid at heart, playing with my talking games, playing my electronic keyboard, and my Christmas CDs.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, Joyeux Noèl, and Feliz Navidad to you all!

I'm Donna J. Jodhan.  Will see you again in the New Year.



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Friday, December 7, 2018

That's my king! Rico's photo


Finally and simply, finally!  And a huge thanks to Carl for having captured the happy little boy!  Now I am able to share his image with my friends!

Carl took two photos of him sitting in the middle of the yard.  Sue loved the colours of his tail and Debra called him a handsome king!  Mom was pleased with how they turned out.

Though I cannot see what he looks like, I have enough of a description of him to form my very own mental  image.  Rico was always a handsome boy in my mind.

Born on July 09, 2016 to Gladys, his mama, Rico was one of seven little ones and he managed to become a permanent resident of our yard.  Everyone spoils him with lots of attention and gives him food second to none.  His favorite guy is Sanchez who we refer to as his dad.

This is our Rico!

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

There are some minute differences: Facetime and Messenger


When it comes to working with technology, I might as well just join the crowd and accept the highs and lows and this especially pertains to such things as Facetime and Messenger.

For the most part, I have not had too many problems with Facetime, just the odd glitch.  I have managed to keep up with the changes, the new additions, and oh yes!  Messenger!

It took me a while to start using Messenger but in the summer of 2018 I used it to communicate with my friend Connie who lives in Milan, Italy.

It was quite exciting for me as we chatted across the miles and as she put it, she much preferred to use Messenger as opposed to Facetime!  Just one more avenue for me to use when I communicate online.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Taken from us too soon! I will never forget you, Cousin Shaughn


He was my second cousin but you could have said that he was just my cousin. Always there to greet me and share his info with me.  Always there to give me the latest news and to listen to me whenever I complained.  Always there to give his suggestions. In short, cousin Shaughn was probably one of the most likable cousins on my dad's side of the family.

You were taken too soon from us and oh so suddenly and though I was unable to see what you looked like after 2004, I shall always remember your face. Most of all, I shall never forget your cheery voice.

You are gone now but you are in a much better place: with no pain, no stress, and reunited with the family.  I am sure that you and Robert are now planning, forecasting, and hoping that our company is able to ride the waves of change.

Take care and do not forget us.  See you whenever that time comes.

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