Hi, I hope everyone had a good long weekend.
Today I wanted to list some books of interest that'll help improve your productivity and time management.
Enjoy your reading!
Books on Prodivitity
Books on Time Management
It's been such a long, dreadful winter. Then suddenly we skip Springtime and went straight to Summer in most areas across the United States.
Now the temperature is rising quickly and it's predicted to be a long, hot summer. One sure way to stay cool and be healthy is to include plenty of summer fruit in our daily diet.
Here are 7 of them:
Of course, we all think of watermelon as a fun summer fruit. We eat them at picnics, outdoor BBQs and holiday celebrations.
Watermelon is in season from May to September (depending on where you live) and can be bought with or without seeds.
The nutritional benefits include:
Another well-known fruit we eat, sometimes year round but more popularly in the summertime. We make fruit salads with it, make desserts and even drinks with this popular fruit. Pineapple is grown year around but its peak season is from March to July.
Eating pineapple helps us:
Another highly popular summer fruit we see in stores and farmer markets around June, but late-bearers can produce as late as Fall.
Nutrients in Strawberries include:
Mangoes are as popular as the others mentioned above, but they're a great summer fruit to include. Mangos in the United States are mainly grown in Hawaii and are harvested from May until September.
Eating Mangoes will give you:
These are actually the most popular melon in the United States. They're related to Watermelon and Honeydew melons.
Eating a cup of Cantaloupe gives our body:
We see blueberries popping up in farmers markets and in the wild around May to August. Again it depends on where you live.
Adding blueberries to your daily summer diet can be beneficial as they contain:
I'm not talking about the maraschino cherry on top of your ice cream sundaes. I mean the whole fruit, especially the tart ones.
Not only do they have similar benefits to all the other fruits mentioned but they're unique in that:
As you can see, they don't just taste good but they have many different health benefits.
You might get tired of eating them raw daily, so here are some fun alternatives to try:
Also check out these awesome recipe books!
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I pretty much don't have to explain this. If you don't know, you can skip this post Heh.
Happy Star Wars Day!!
Here's Joseph Wheeler from ASL That! showing how to sign "May the Force Be With You" in ASL!
Decorate your Home with Star Wars!
Are you a huge Star Wars fan? How about decorating your home in some cool stuff?
Hi! Welcome back to the series I'm doing on Low Vision products. If you missed the other parts of the series, they are: The Living Room, The Kitchen - Part One and Part Two.
Today is about the Bathroom
Let's use the above photograph to explain layout ideas:
1) This bathroom has a lot of natural light as well as room lights. The layout is simple and an open layout helps with moving around. I've seen bathroom where the toilet is in a tiny dark cubicle compared to the rest of the layout.
2) The flooring and the bathtub are the same color and "blend" in, so to prevent accidents and stubbed toes, use a contrasting color bathmat right up against the tub. This way we'll know that the tub starts "here". You could put another smaller mat in front of the sink for locating it as well.
3) You may want to add a lighted magnified mirror to help with close-up work (makeup, shaving, trimming, etc).
4) Also use a contrasting colored rubber mat in the bathtub or shower as well. This helps to see where to step while getting in.
5) If you have trouble with balance as well (sometimes happens along with vision loss), it may help to have a grab bar on the tub or wall to prevent falls.
The Sink and Countertops
Again remember my mantra - the less clutter, the better we can see.
1) The best thing I've found for finding small things is to get baskets and keep everything of one kind in it. For example, one basket for makeup products, a basket for hair products, one for first aid, another for medications. That way everything is in one place and we're not searching all over the countertop or through crowded drawers.
2) It's best to have a contrasting color countertop if possible to distinguish sink, counters, and items laying on the counter.
3) For shaving, use an electric shaver to lessen cuts.
4) For prescriptions, many drugstores offer large print (and Braille) prescription labels for easier reading, but you can also get talking prescription readers as well.
5) For self-injections, as for Diabetes and other conditions, there are several options:
This is a short post as the bathroom is pretty easy to adapt. If you have any tips you use yourself in the bathroom, please share them with me.
Next in the series I'll cover the bedroom. Thank you for reading!
Note: Many adaptations in this series can be found in my eBook.
Disclosure: Some text contains Affiliate links and I may receive compensation from them.
Welcome to the second part of this series, the kitchen!
The kitchen is usually the heart of the home, families gather to eat and share about our day's events, friends gather and gossip over coffee, and of course if you're like me - you like baking and cooking.
But for some of us with low vision, especially those newly diagnosed, the kitchen can be a large source of frustration and accidents. It doesn't have to be that way and meal prep and cooking can be enjoyable again!
I'm listing a variety of tips and products for you to pick and choose from and they vary due to 1) amount of vision loss & 2) skill level in the kitchen.
If you're new to experiencing low vision, I highly recommend getting some independent living skills training.
Again, many of these tips can be found in my eBook.
Disclosure: Some text contains affiliate links and I may receive compensation from them.
As I mentioned in the first part of the series - the living room, the easiest adjustment for vision loss is to have less clutter.
Now, let's use the picture above as a good layout for a kitchen:
1) Lots of natural light as well as several lighting options throughout.
2) Cupboards and drawers have contrasting color handles and knobs for easy viewing.
3) Appliances are easy to notice between cupboards (I hate those makeovers where they cover the appliances with the same "covering" as the cupboards).
4) Paths are clear and chairs are tucked in properly - no tripping hazards. Also all cupboards and drawers are closed. (Number one rule in my kitchen).
5) It seems the kitchen table is the same color as the floor, you can remedy this by putting a contrasting table cloth on it, or using a contrasting area rug (secured to floor well) under the table.
This section is on prepping food and the different tips and products that will help you out.
Again, I encourage getting some independent living training to help boost your confidence and reduce your reliability on someone else. If you don't feel confident enough, please check out this correspondence course "Self-Esteem and Adjusting to Blindness" from the Hadley School.
1) Cut food in a well lit area, or use a small desk lamp for task lighting.
2) Use contrasting color cutting boards to highlight the food. Use a light colored cutting board for dark colored foods and a dark cutting board for light colored foods. (Please remember not to cross-contaminate).
3) Tuck the knife blade under the cutting board when not in use to prevent knocking if away and prevent cuts.
4) If you're not comfortable with your knife skills yet, you can opt for a manual dicer instead.
1) Be the one to put all the groceries away - that way you'll know what was bought, do any labeling if necessary, and you'll put it away yourself (so, now you know where they are).
2) If it's hard to read labels (or cooking instructions), there are several options you can choose to do:
3) Gather all the ingredients for your recipe ahead of time on the counter. You can choose to pre-measure ingredients into bowls and cups and such. Once you've added an ingredient to your recipe, put it away! This helps prevents double dosing as well as being easier to find the next ingredient.
4) Use large print measuring cups and spoons for easy viewing. One thing I always do while measuring ingredients, especially liquids, is to pour over the sink. With low vision we don't always see or react quickly enough to prevent over-pouring. So, doing it over the sink makes clean up a lot easier!
5) Put all utensils, dirty dishes and so on, in the dishwasher or in the sink and out of the way. Again, my mantra - "the less clutter there is, the easier it is to see".
Here are a variety of things to do with your "standard" appliances, the ones we are accustomed to - fridge, stove, microwave:
1) If you'r appliance is fairly new (this century), some manufacturers have a tactile (Braille) dial available for some models that you can switch out for to "feel" where the settings are.
2) Get puff paint, or tactile dots, to apply to your favorite settings on your appliance for you to easily feel and push.
On the right is a picture of my microwave with some puff paint on the following buttons:
Sure, it's not pretty, but it is very effective and I no longer spend time straining to look from different angles to find each button.
3) For the stove, don't start burners until you've placed the pot on first. Turn burners off before removing pots too. Turn pot handles inward away from edges to prevent accidentally bumping them.
Alternate to Appliances
If you're not comfortable using the standard equipment, there are several cooking alternatives to use:
1) Slow Cooker - Everything gets put into the pot while it's cold and left all day to cook on it's own and it's ready to serve. This reduces the chance of burns, and does not need a lot of "supervision" over it.
2) George Foreman Grill - Again, food can be placed on here while it's cold and then closed and started. Less chance of burns plus no fighting to flip food as it cooks both sides.
3) Air Fryer - Again, food goes in cold, turned on, check the temperature and texture of food and the handle stays cool to transfer to a plate. I have one and love it! You can read my review and a recipe too.
4) Cobolt Systems - this is a company that sells talking versions of various products such as a Combination Oven, Microwave, a single hotplate and a double hotplate.
Well this post is getting a bit long, I'll save Part Two for next time where I'll give tips and products for Cooking & Eating.
Thank you and feel free to ask me any questions!