Friday, March 5, 2021

The changing landscape: My October law exam


Boy, oh boy, and what a difference it was for this exam! Due to the pandemic, everything changed for our online exams at the University of London and now my friend Sam had to come to my home to be the invigilator.


Sam came early and together we made very sure that everything was ready to go, but as they say: something had to go wrong.


It came when Sam attempted to access the instructional video and guess what? There was no audio and no captioning so those of us with either an audio or hearing disability were out of luck.


This was quite disappointing, that the University of London failed to create an accessible video, and Sam and I certainly made our unhappiness and disappointment known to the university. This should not be happening in these modern times when accessibility is being promoted more vigorously.


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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Nice and toasty: My new sheepskin slippers


They arrived just in time for Thanksgiving 2020 and what a welcomed addition to my daily attire. They are nice, fluffy, and very warm and although I am unable to see them I can certainly visualize them.


They are purple with silver trim and my friend, Gabriella, helped me to purchase them online. I really love them and even more so because they were made in Quebec!


Ah, yes! My new purple sheepskin slippers!


I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly sight-loss  coach and advisor, wishing you a terrific day!


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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.


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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Looking back with a tinge of sadness: Thanksgiving without Mom

 


Thanksgiving 2020 without Mom was not very happy for me and I blame this on the Covid chokehold. We spent it apart and for whereas each year we have our rituals of packing boxes with unwanted clothes in good condition and giving them to charity, that did not happen this year.


The Thanksgiving weekend was very quiet for me, reflective and thankful for all that I had. For all of the blessings that the good Lord had given me and continues to shower on me.


I played my piano, spoke to Mom, and enjoyed looking after my fall plants.


I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly sight-loss coach and advisor, wishing you a terrific day.

 

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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.


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Friday, February 26, 2021

Humourous but serious: When the pills got mixed up


Oh boy and what a day! You can say that I never look forward to this type of adventure as when it happens I have to backtrack, sort out my pills, and then make sure that I know which bottle of pills is for what purpose.


Thank goodness that on this occasion it was not my medication; instead it was a mix up between 2 of my vitamins. I only discovered this by pure accident and at the end of the day it was not too bad.


Both bottles were the same in height, size, and the pills in each bottle felt the same. I only realized that there was a mix up when the pills in one bottle finished before the ones in the other. Thanks to my counting I realized my error.


I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly sight-loss coach and advisor, wishing you a terrific day!


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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.


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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Thank God for Nick: When the kitchen sink misbehaved


It does not happen very often but when it does it sure sends me into a proverbial spin.


The first hint of trouble approaching is when the water starts to stop flowing down my sink and then from there things go south, as they say. At first I am able to use my plunger to drive the gathering water downwards but

within a few minutes the plunger is unable to continue on.


Here is where, with a very heavy heart, I have to make the decision to call Nick, my Super, and thank God he is always so available to come and put an end to my sink's misbehaviour. He arrives, snakes out the drain of my sink, and then all is well.


That's my day and another day in the history of my kitchen sink's misbehaviour.


I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly sight-loss coach and advisor, wishing you a terrific day!


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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.


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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The new technique: Mom's FedEx boxes


I can honestly say that there is one great thing that has come out of this horrible Covid chokehold: the sending of Mom's FedEx boxes.


Since September 2020 I have been sending monthly FedEx boxes to Mom and I am just sorry that I did not discover this wonderful initiative before then. However, nothing before its time and here we are! Just a marvelous way for Mom and me to stay connected.


Because Mom does not have FaceTime, we have had to improvise and here's how. Each month I fill her FedEx box with all kinds of goodies that she has requested plus a few surprises. Then, I top things off with an envelope filled with photos of all kinds of things ranging from me doing various activities to photos taken of various favourite objects in our condo that I know that Mom would want to see.


FaceTime sessions have been a treat for Mom, too, and we have had a few thus far thanks to my sister-in-law Gayle taking time to help out here. But those monthly FedEx boxes have really hit the mark.


Mom anxiously looks forward to her monthly FedEx box and is like a kid in a candy store when she receives her box. I readily admit that I am just as excited to fill her boxes and I truly recognize how important this monthly activity is to us both. In my opinion, there is nothing more exciting than to receive a nice big package every month.


Mom is treated to a variety of goodies and I can just picture her eagerly waiting, receiving, and  then opening her box with a large smile on her face. Then she will meticulously remove each object treasuring each as she goes, but the highlight will be her beloved magazines. Yes! Those magazines

with all kinds of entertainment stories, crossword puzzles, and more.


I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly sight-loss coach and advisor, wishing you a terrific day!

 

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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.


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Friday, February 19, 2021

A very treasured pearl! My friend Pearl


My goodness! Here is a person who is, indeed, a treasured Pearl! She is always so very positive! She is filled with laughter and humor and there is never a dull moment with my friend Pearl!


I met Pearl so many years ago when she became one of my volunteer drivers. She started by driving me to medical appointments and it did not take very long for us to become such fast friends.


Pearl is so very easy going. She is always offering to help me with all kinds of things and last Christmas she baked me a load of Christmas goodies. We have dined together several times and for a time during the Covid era we continued our dining dates.


We check up on each other via phone and she has taken pictures of me during the Covid time so that I could send them to Mom to reassure her that I am doing well.


Thank you, Pearl, for having come into my life!


I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly sight-loss coach and  advisor, wishing you a terrific day!


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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.


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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Go away please! Those bothersome wasps


The irritating thing about these bothersome little things is that, as a vision-impaired person, you never know when they are around until they actually sting you. However, for someone with sight, it is almost the same if a sighted person does not see them in time.


Wasps do not make any noise when they come near you. They are what I call the silent stingers and boy do they ever sting hard! Their sting can even cause one to get a slight fever.


I often wonder what is their purpose in our world, but then again!


I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly sight-loss coach and advisor, wishing you a terrific day!


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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.


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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Not a nice moment:The bathroom scare


This was the day when I slipped and fell! My bathroom mat slipped from under me and I ended up on my back in my bathtub. I landed hard on my right shoulder and hit my head on the wall.


Of course I was scared and when you fall like this it makes things even more scary. Good thing that I have a very good neighbour, Sandra, who lives just across the hall from me. And when I told her she kept checking on me for a few days afterwards.


Falling like this can be very scary at times but I have to admit that I am really fortunate to have so many good friends very close by.


I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly sight-loss coach and advisor, wishing you a terrific day!

 

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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.


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Friday, February 12, 2021

A new way to stay safe: Gathering Covid supplies


This has become a task of necessity. Stephanie and I have spent a lot of time to ensure that I have all the vital Covid necessities: masks, hand sanitizers, antiseptic hand soap, and sanitizing sprays and wipes.


At first it seemed to be quite a chore but after months of constant gathering it has now become a weekly must-do task. Now I have so many of each of these items in my closet and hopefully I'll be okay for a very long time.


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


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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.


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Thursday, February 11, 2021

A hidden talent revealed: Sandra's picture taking


Thank God for my new-found photographer, my good neighbour and very willing picture taker.


Sandra is always willing to take pictures for me so that I can print them and then put them in Mom's monthly FedEx box.  These are the pictures that keep her in touch with me while we wait for Covid to recede. It is the best way to reassure her that I am well. Thank goodness for FedEx.


Sandra takes pictures of me doing various things and over the holidays she took several photos of my Christmas decorations.


Sandra takes her time when taking pictures. She is so very patient and so very precise.  She just seems to have a natural ability and talent for all of this. She makes sure that I am looking at her when she takes each picture. For a vision-impaired person it is so very vital that we know where to look.


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


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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.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

A humourous moment: Turning up the volume on my speakers


Looking back at this experience I can now smile to myself as I put this wee glitch down to a minor lapse in attention to logic.


A few months ago Shane had helped me to set up my satellite radio and after he left I realized that the volume was not very loud. So, there I was, trying to find some sort of button to increase the volume.


I started to search for some sort of button on the receiver itself but could not find any such thing. I must have searched for it a few times and decided to wait until Shane returned to ask him to help me.


Lo and behold, there was the answer, right there on one of the speakers. The volume button was on the side of one of the speakers. I just felt so very foolish when Shane showed me. Good thing that he did not make me feel even more foolish.


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

 

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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.


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Friday, February 5, 2021

A different way to celebrate: The virtual birthday party


Covid-19 has certainly forced us to do some very interesting things and this includes me.


A few months ago Mom celebrated a birthday but for this occasion and due to Covid-19 I could not be with her to celebrate. So, my 2 friends Gabriella and Sandra came up with a substitute celebration.


I bought a cake and Sandra drove me to Gabriella's house where she had set up chairs and tables in her backyard. We had dinner and toasted Mom, ate cake in her honour, and then Sandra took photos with her iPhone.


Gabriella had turned on her fireside and all of this sure helped to create a birthday celebration. Then, to finish things off, Sandra sent me the photos and I sent them to my sister-in-law Gayle and she showed them to Mom. The process was completed when I printed the photos and then sent them to Mom in her monthly FedEx box.


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


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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.


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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Mission accomplished:My Apple certified support professional certificate


Finally and just a huge relief! I have to say that my hard work over the last year has paid off for me. I am just so humbled to admit that I have obtained my ACSP.


Now it is off to the races for me. To put my knowledge to work. To help others learn how to use Apple devices. To help them discover a whole new world with so much to experience, discover, create, and so much more!


I can't wait to get started and this is what it is all about for me! To keep opening doors for others and to help enrich their opportunities and futures.


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


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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.


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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

One great way to stay organized: Rearranging my gadgets


I would openly admit that rearranging my gadgets is just another way for me to stay organized. Some may call me picky and probably wasting time but I truly believe that this is the best way to keep myself on track, to be efficient, and to save lots of time.


So, my gadgets are arranged in a way that makes sense to me. For example; the two phones in my office sit side by side.  My iPhone sits very close to the Apple keyboard that I use to navigate my iPhone if needed. The travel computer sits apart from the desktop computer and the backup computer is also on a different desk. Finally, printer and scanner sit side by side.


Not to forget my Mac, it sits on a separate desk with the Mac external keyboard very close by.


That's the layout of my gadgets.


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Friday, January 29, 2021

Thanks to Covid's choke hold: Packing more away


Ever since Covid-19 descended upon the world, I have found myself buying and packing more away each time I go shopping. This means that I now need to be more efficient and organized whenever I pack things away. In particular to ensure that I know where to find what I am looking for whenever I go looking.


I believe that I am naturally a very organized person and it has definitely saved me from sure disaster on several occasions and I do not believe that this has come about because of being vision impaired. However, I would say that it certainly helps to be organized when one is vision impaired.


So, with all of the additional things to pack away when I return from a shopping trip, I need to persevere more, have more stamina, be more creative, and oh yes! Let us not forget the important package of patience.


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


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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.


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Thursday, January 28, 2021

It never ends: Household duties


I don't think that anyone would readily say that they enjoy household duties so I am not going to use my vision impairment as an excuse here. Suffice it to say that I don't really mind this activity in the least but my main concern is to be sure that when I am finished that I have been able to accomplish a good old cleaning job.


For the most part, my friends and family tell me that my condo is clean so I'll take that as a good sign. However, there have been times when I have come across some sort of crud after checking over my work.


Having had some functional vision previously helps me to do my work more easily. I am quickly able to visualize my condo and to make sure that I reach all of the crannies and corners. However, on the other hand there are things that have changed since I lost most of my vision and so I need to use the explore-with-my hands and feet technique in order to help me visualize.


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


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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.


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