Monday, September 21, 2020

An important message from Donna Jodhan


A beautiful little girl with Down Symdrome smiles while looking up at the camera with painted hands. Each finger a different color. A small splotch of paint on her nose. A desk full of different colored paints beneath her.


I am just happy that I can share my positive power with you today and I hope that, in some minute way, some of it rubs off on someone out there!

Yes, fall is here and yes! It's time for the trees to start turning colours and for the squirrels to start gathering their nuts!

Now it's time for us to double down and increase our efforts to stand together! It's what we know how to do best!

My quote for today is this one:

"Survival can be summed up in three words - never give up. That's the heart of it really. Just keep trying."-Bear Grylls


As part of my contribution to promote positive power, I will be posting positive messages to my personal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

and invite visitors to check out my online store at www.donnajodhan.com

along with my subscription libraries.


My subscription libraries contain very valuable tips on home and garden along with yummy recipes for the culinary enthusiast! I want to help make your at-home isolation experience as pleasant as possible.

Thank you and stay safe.


Friday, September 18, 2020

Not for me: Ordering online


The Covid lockdown has certainly increased the popularity of online ordering, be it for merchandise or food. For me, as a vision-impaired person, it all depends on how accessible and navigable the different websites are.


Obviously, some websites are friendlier than others. Then one can use those growing number of mobile apps to do the same.


Call me a chicken at heart but I prefer to avoid ordering online if I can, choosing instead to use either the phone or the assistance of my sighted friends. Sometimes I do indeed get adventurous and give it a whirl.


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


If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com


There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids, with their wide eyed smiles and infectious laughter, is secured forever.


Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and @author_jodhan

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

It was not my day! When the pot spoon fell


And my oh my, what a hassle it was for me that day. The pot spoon did not just fall, it splattered its contents far and wide.


It fell out of the pot as I was taking my pot from the stove to my sink. The pot spoon spilled and splashed its contents onto the stove, onto the floor, and onto some of the doors of my kitchen cupboards. What a mess to clean it all up.


I am afraid that it took me quite some time to locate the spills and splashes and then to clean it all up. So, what did I learn out of all this?

I need to hang onto the pot spoon when transporting my pot from stove to sink or counter.


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


If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com


There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids, with their wide eyed smiles and infectious laughter, is secured forever.


Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and @author_jodhan

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Just another painful exercise: Finding the chips

This is yet another very interesting challenge for me as chips normally do not make any sound when they hit the floor. Or, I should say that they do if I hear them fall and that would be if the noise level around me is low.


So, if I don't hear them fall and pick them up at once, I normally find them either when I step on them as they lie on the floor or when I wipe off my kitchen counters or kitchen table. Truth be told, it is much easier when I find them on my kitchen counters but if I am not careful I can also create a challenge for myself if I bat them off of my counter or kitchen table onto the floor.


It is such a hassle for anyone, sighted or vision-impaired, whenever you step on fallen chips, crush them with your foot, and then you need to pick up the crumbs with a dust pan. For me, as a vision-impaired person, I need to make sure that I get all of the crumbs.


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

 

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com


There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.


Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan

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Monday, September 14, 2020

An important message from Donna Jodhan


Ten different hands come together to form the shape of a heart. Representing unity, diversity, partnership, connection, support, teamwork, and togetherness.


My goodness! It is the second weekend of September and I am pleased to continue my words of positive power. I thank the many ones who have taken the time to encourage me to keep on

going.

Today, I am all for doing some good and well-needed housekeeping. Not the one that many of you may be thinking of, but the one of putting my mental house in order.

I can share with you that it sure helps to lighten the load, take a huge burden off of my shoulders, and reestablish long lost friendships and just start all over again.

So, here is my quote for today:

"Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can't change." Author Unknown


As part of my contribution to promote positive power, I will be posting positive messages to my personal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

and invite visitors to check out my online store at www.donnajodhan.com

along with my subscription libraries.


My subscription libraries contain very valuable tips on home and garden along with yummy recipes for the culinary enthusiast! I want to help make your at-home isolation experience as pleasant as possible.

Thank you and stay safe.


Friday, September 11, 2020

It only gets easier: Running errands down to a routine

Thanks to Covid-19, I have been forced to be more disciplined when running my errands. I have a shot at this activity once weekly, and with Stephanie's wonderful help it is much easier than expected.


I make out my list beforehand, as I have been doing for years now, but the big difference here is that I am only going to buy what I need. In addition, I make sure to not spend too much time lingering in the supermarket.


We have split the running of weekly errands into two separate types of activities. One week we go grocery shopping and the next we do the pharmacy and visit the bank.


Stephanie and I walk quickly up and down the aisles. She is extremely attentive to detail and she is very used to my price range, my preferences, and so much more. We social distance and use our hand sanitizers as often as is necessary.


Her guiding techniques are second to none and her descriptions of packages, cans, tins, and boxes are superb!


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


If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com


There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids, with their wide eyed smiles and infectious laughter, is secured forever.


Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and @author_jodhan

And like me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/donnajodhan and at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Revival of a long lost hobby: Playing the piano for Mom


This has always been a wee bit of a challenge for me and maybe it is because she is probably my most outspoken critic, for a better description.


For some uncanny reason Mom can always spot my errors as I play and always has suggestions for improvement. In the normal scheme of things, not too many of us like to be criticized so maybe it is why I feel this way.


Some time ago as we continued to labour under the lockdown of the Covid virus, I managed to play a bit for Mom during one of our FaceTime sessions and for the first time she did not comment on my playing although I am very sure that there were some glaring errors in my mini recital.


Nevertheless, for my part I enjoyed my time playing for her.


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


If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com


There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids, with their wide eyed smiles and infectious laughter, is secured forever.


Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and @author_jodhan

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Thank you so much Karen Maurer: Happy music with Karen


These were such happy days for me! Times spent during afternoons or in the evening after supper making happy music with Karen.  We would often get together in the living room of Penfield House at the Montreal Association for the Blind.


I found it to be so much fun! It was relaxing and Karen was always so very willing and ready to accompany my piano playing on her recorder. Karen was tremendously talented and could play any melody to accompany me. She even composed a nifty little tune for us to play.


When Noreen passed on we gave a concert in her honour for the staff of Penfield and it was packed. We managed to play 20 songs and oh how we both enjoyed it! Yes, happy memories of playing music with Karen!


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

 

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com


There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.


Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan

And like me on Facebook at

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Monday, September 7, 2020

An important message from Donna Jodhan


As part of my contribution to promote positive power, I will be posting positive messages to my personal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

and invite visitors to check out my online store at www.donnajodhan.com

along with my subscription libraries.


Hi there and welcome to September. I am going to start my power of positive thinking for this month by taking the lead like this.

I'd like to start thinking of a way to leave a gift for the next generation! What could it be?

Financial security?

A world with less hate and more peace and love?

A world with more forgiveness?

Well, all of this but here is my surprise gift as seen in this quote!

"If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself." Charles Schulz



My subscription libraries contain very valuable tips on home and garden along with yummy recipes for the culinary enthusiast! I want to help make your at-home isolation experience as pleasant as possible.

Thank you and stay safe.



Friday, September 4, 2020

The best way to stay sane: Only listening twice daily



I know that Covid-19 is hard on us all but as a person with a vision impairment, there are those additional challenges.


Social distancing is extremely difficult, especially so because I need to ensure that I follow the rules. Self isolation is next but I use Facetime to help me bridge the communication gaps.


So what do I do in order to stay sane? I just listen to the news only twice daily and I find that this helps me to stay sane, stay on track, and find time to think, breathe, and more.


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


If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com


There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids, with their wide eyed smiles and infectious laughter, is secured forever.


Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and @author_jodhan

And like me on Facebook at

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

She is such a wonderful neighbour and friend: Communicating with my neighbour Sandra



She is such a lovely person and has so much to share, communicate, and more. She is my neighbour across the hall and always has time for me.


Sandra listens, gives her opinion, but most of all she does not treat me as if I am just another vision-impaired person. She knows when to offer help and she knows when to stand and wait for me to ask for her assistance.


She sets my clocks when the time changes. She is my eyes, reading the odd piece of mail or writing out a cheque for me. She reads labels on jars and bottles to me and she has now become my photographer whenever I ask her to take pictures with her iPhone so that I can send them to Mom across the miles.


That's my neighbour, Sandra!


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


If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com


There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids, with their wide eyed smiles and infectious laughter, is secured forever.


Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and @author_jodhan

And like me on Facebook at

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Discovering new friendships: Enjoying my chess games with friends across the miles


This is probably one of the best ways that I have found to help me cope with Covid-19 and I can tell you that it is a fantastic way.


Ever since I attended my first chess break tournament at Windermere England in 2014, I have had the good fortune to stay in touch with and play against some super players and friends.


I'd like to thank Mark Kirkham for having stuck with me ever since we met last year, 2019. Mark has helped me to develop my game and to gain more confidence. He has helped me to toughen up my approach and find ways to stay longer in the game.


His puzzles have also helped me and I have also managed to stay in touch with Denis Warner. We are all vision-impaired chess players, simply having lots of fun and learning a lot.


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

 

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com


There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.


Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan

And like me on Facebook at

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Monday, August 31, 2020

An important message from Donna Jodhan



As part of my contribution to promote positive power, I will be posting positive messages to my personal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

and invite visitors to check out my online store at www.donnajodhan.com

along with my subscription libraries.


Hi there and hope everyone is continuing to muster up their positive power. For today, I really want to zoom in on our abilities to take matters into our own hands and we can do this by realizing that the best way to do so is to take a step in the right direction.

Trust me when I tell you that it is much easier than you think.

You may be thinking that given the present Covid times, it may not be that easy; but no!

Let's follow the example of those enthusiastic young musicians who are using their talents to entertain residents of long-term care homes!

They are helping to put smiles on the faces of our seniors! So let's keep it up! Let's keep reaching out!

And my quote for today?

"The best feeling in the world is finally knowing you took a step in the right direction. A step towards the future where everything that you never thought possible, is possible."

Author Unknown



Across the miles!  Reconnecting with my friend Mary in England. My friend Mary's photo was taken in  her sister's garden. She was sitting on a small bench near her pond with some fish in the pond and surrounded by the colour of flowers.


Friday, August 28, 2020

Expecting and waiting: Waiting to see Mom


For better or for worse, or should I say it like this! There is nothing for me to do but to wait to see my beloved Mom. The last time I saw her was in early January 2020 and seven months later, as we travel through August, I am still waiting to see her and be with her!


I have to settle for hearing her voice across the miles when we chat via phone. As often as we can my sister-in-law, Gayle, arranges Facetime sessions so that Mom can see me. In addition, I now get friends to take photos of me at home and then I email them to Gayle so that she can show them to Mom.    


For the most part this is working and thanks to technology this can help to cushion the lack of in person interaction. It has always been the tradition for me to spend the summer with Mom and in July we would spend 10 wonderful days in sweet Saint Lucia! Unfortunately, not this year!


So, I need to keep telling myself ‘when’ instead of ‘if.’ It's the only thing that will save my sanity!


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


If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com


There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids, with their wide eyed smiles and infectious laughter, is secured forever.


Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and @author_jodhan

And like me on Facebook at

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

A wonderful person: Thanking Nadia


With so many of us struggling to keep our hair in orderly fashion because of the Covid lockdown, it was really a gift from Heaven, so to speak, when my hairdresser Nadia helped me out by cutting my hair almost two months after the lockdown began.


This is what I call unexpected kindness and understanding during these hard times. Nadia knew that for me it would be extra difficult, given my limited ability to keep my hair on track, so she took the time to sanitize her salon and then called me to come in. I was the only one there.


Nadia worked quickly. First she sanitized my hands, made sure she cut my hair, then sanitized my hands once more. The entire session took no more than 20 minutes.


Thank you so much, Nadia!


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


If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com


There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids, with their wide eyed smiles and infectious laughter, is secured forever.


Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and @author_jodhan

And like me on Facebook at

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

For better or for worse: A changing world


Gosh! The world has certainly changed over the past few months and it was oh, so very unexpected! It has changed for everyone but for me I now need to readjust the way I do things.


Much more wiping down of surface areas around the house. More care not to touch too many surfaces when I leave the house. Walk with hand sanitizer and wear a mask each time I go out.


I limit my out-of-the-home outings to just one per week to only get what I need. My home office remains the same.


Yes, it is indeed a changing world and I just need to get used to it. Must check on friends and neighbours much more now and the important thing for me is to only share info when it can be verified.


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

 

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com


There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.


Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan

And like me on Facebook at

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Monday, August 24, 2020

An important message from Donna Jodhan


As part of my contribution to promote positive power, I will be posting positive messages to my personal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/donnajodhan and invite visitors to check out my online store at www.donnajodhan.com

along with my subscription libraries.


Hi there! So far and so good; we're doing just fine and we need to keep up our spirits!

However, we need to continue to think positive and to find ways to remain so. We need to tell ourselves that we are going to defeat the unseen enemy much sooner than later! So, let's work together to do just that!

Here's my quote for today:

"What are the things that you can't see that are important? I would say justice, truth, humility, service, compassion, love... They're the guiding lights of a life." Jimmy Carter



The Caribbean. Aerial view of The Island Of St. Lucia. 

St. Lucia is considered the most beautiful island in the Caribbean Sea, and is generally considered to have the most breathtaking beaches in all the Caribbean.



My subscription libraries contain very valuable tips on home and garden along with yummy recipes for the culinary enthusiast! I want to help make your at-home isolation experience as pleasant as possible.

Thank you and stay safe.


Friday, August 21, 2020

Challenges for everyone: Dealing with Covid-19


It came upon us so unexpectedly. Not sure if I could say that it sneaked up on us; maybe we were caught napping and now here we are! Already having had to spend months in self isolation and not sure how much longer this is going to continue.


For me, I can only say that it is a mixed bag of everything. No big need to complain but just hoping and praying that so many others can weather the storm. I run errands with Stephanie once weekly where we both wear masks and take all of the necessary precautions. I do my best to ensure that our weekly routine is well-organized and not too lengthy.


My home office continues to hum along as I have been working from home for several years now so this is not anything new for me. I have placed myself on a strict daily schedule of working, exercising, staying away from the snacks, watching my daily doses of cooking shows, and limiting my newscasts.


I usually take some brain breaks during the day and then I make sure to spend a bit of time on the phone to catch up with friends. So far so good and I top off my day with calls to Mom to check on her.


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


If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit http://www.donnajodhan.com


There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids, with their wide eyed smiles and infectious laughter, is secured forever.


Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and @author_jodhan

And like me on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/donnajodhan and at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan