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From the editor, Lori Motis:
New and used: From greeting cards, and books to electronic equipment and more.
Services and training
Business and employment opportunities
*** This month’s columns:
Did you know? Amazon and Apple customer support by Lori Motis Global cane outreach update from Beverly Crook From the pages of Donna’s travel diary: Check out Ottawa Canada by Donna J. Jodhan.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady: Packing for a trip.
Blind man walking: Why do we fall… by Joshua Loya Living with low vision: Sew What? By Donna Williams Yarn, hook, and needle: Butterflies and blossoms, By Phyllis Campbell Posting to the Blind Post News.
This month’s funnies are from The Little book of limericks By WarrenLyfick.
• New York : Harvey House, c1978., Recorded from:, ISBN: 0817858628.
The NLS audio book is Read by Alexander Scourby.
Lively limericks including a number by Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, and Robert Lewis Stevenson.
*** First funnies: There once was a young man of Kha diz Who inferred, that life is what it tiz.
For he early had learned,
if it were, what it weren’t,
it could not be that, which it is.
*** From the editor, Lori Motis:
Happy almost summer and I do hope you are getting some sort of spring/summer weather. We are getting a mix of some hot days with some much cooler mixed up here in there. I would rather have some nice spring temps for a while before we start climbing to the upper 90s or over 100 degrees. I am very thankful for air conditioning, believe me, when needed, but enjoy the cooler low 70s where I can open all the windows and have the fresh air.
This month I did not get a sponsor, but we have some delightful and informative articles, lots of ads and announcements, so enjoy. I have sprinkled a few limericks around under Funnies, and they are quite good and a couple might even make you laugh. I did.
I will keep it short. I am still working on the website with the archives. I have just been enjoying company and reading and walking, but the summer will give me much time to stay indoors to work on these types of things. Oh, and my son and his wife are driving up from San Diego today, and will be here for a few days. I am so happy to be able to visit with them again.
Publisher and editor
*** Funnies: There was a young fellow named Paul who died in the spring in the fall Would’ve been a sad thing if he’d died in the spring But he didn’t, He died in the fall.
*** New and used:
## Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile by David L. Faucheux C 2017 Due out in early June 2017. What the book is about:
Friends and family. Restaurants and recipes. Hobbies and history. TV programs the author loved when he could still see and music he enjoys.
The schools he attended and the two degrees he attained. The career that eluded him and the physical problems that challenge him. And books, books, books: over 230 of them quoted from or reviewed. All in all, an astonishing work of erudition and remembrance.
Full details: http://www.dldbooks.com/davidfaucheux/
## Shop til you drop! Next month is ACB17, and Elegant Insights Will be there! Find booth 15 in the exhibit hall to see our beautiful Braille-embossed jewelry and accessories. Please stop by our “boothtique” and discover something for everyone on your shopping list!
## SWEET TOOTH offers a variety of braille chocolate items including candy bars, chocolate guide dogs & other holiday items that can be customized with braille.
Contact Judy Davis at 1-585-544-1853 or firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit: http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~laurabai/SweetTooth/Welcome.html
## Your favorite “Bring Back My Bar” fragrances are back during the month of June. There are 25 of your favorites including: Root Beer Float, Orange Dreamsicle, Route 66, Bubblegum, Love Story and Amber Road. The new Summer Collection and Bundles are available while supplies last and include a few new warmers, fragrances, laundry and kids products. Contact me or visit my website to learn more about these amazing Scentsy products and specials. Nini Urschel, Independent Scentsy Consultant, 916-206-1151 (c), 775-463-9886 (h), email@example.com, www.nini.scentsy.us
## Classic focus 40 blue with wiz wheels $1000 Firm This focus has had only about two hours of use with jaws and comes in its case with the charging cable and power adapter. I have tested the battery and all cells and controls are operational.
Reginald George, AT Specialist, Phone 816-721-3145 Pay Pal or Square Cash to firstname.lastname@example.org
## Upgraded Apple iMac desktop computer, iPad Air 32gb tablet with case, pro tools software, tube preamp, portable vocal booth, composite acoustics carbon fiber acoustic/electric guitar, amps, Sheckter bass guitar. For more info, e-mail: email@example.com
*** Funnies: There was a young lady named Banker Who slept while a ship lay Atanker She woke in dismay, when she heard the maid say, Now hoist up the top sheet and spankher.
*** Services and training:
## Family having a difficult time adjusting to your disability?
I know mine did. My virtual Family Intensive offers 2 days with the whole family!
We will address the changes happening through exercises, quizzes and hand-out included. The 2 days can be together or a week apart.
For more information:http://www.freshoutlookcoach.com/spp_elp_sales/family-intensive/
## Are you fed up with mysterious computer errors or wish your audio recordings could sound like the pros do? Do you want to build skills so you can start a great career? The Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired can help you conquer your computer chaos with affordable, fully accessible classes in several areas. Enrollments are officially open for the fall 2017 semester. For more information on our courses,
## Create your own E-commerce website easily. Site Right Now is an accessible website builder and server.
If you sign up, please include your friend, Lori Motis from theblindpost.com, on the order form, and I will get a free month of service. I independently created, and maintain, the Blind Post website using Site Right Now.
*** Funnies: There was a young lady named Ruth, who had a great passion for truth.
She said she would die
before she would lie,
And she died in the prime of her youth.
## The time is right to join Out-Of-Sight!.
We are a group of blind fun-loving, congenial, and interesting people from all over the world, who use our screen-readers and microphones to play games, chat, learn, and socialize on our own internet TeamTalk server.
We have a full schedule of activities every day and evening and you can drop in whenever you wish.
We display our musical talents and play music in our music rooms. You can get help with your computer, your iPhone, your cooking, and your chess game, or you can just simply have fun!
We also have a book-discussion group and Bible groups. There is no end to the stimulation, excitement, and camaraderie you will experience, and it is all free!
It is like a burst of fresh air and sunshine coming into your life.
To join us and receive your materials, simply send your real name, a preferred nickname if any, your email address, and your phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We sum it up by saying: “Catch the vision–it’s Out of Sight!”
## Starting a new women’s Bible study group.
Are you interested in a small women’s Christian fellowship studying God’s word with other blind and vision impaired women? All ages are welcome, and I want to meet on either Wednesday or Friday mornings, twice a month or more, depending on everyone’s schedules. I have some ladies, that have shown interest in the past, and I want to make it easier for folks living in the Eastern Time zone. I have a small women’s group for women over 50 that began last September, meeting on Monday afternoons and most of us are on Pacific and Mountain times there. Please email me, Lori Motis at email@example.com if you are interested. I have some good study material that I have used in my first group. We meet on my conference line, which is a phone conference. I also, send out reading lessons, and some studies do include a book, usually one from NLS that we can all easily get. I hope to hear from you soon. Who knows where it will take us. It is in the Lord’s amazing hands.
## Get all your tech questions answered from these two amazing blind guys on Tuesday mornings. Search for the your own pay podcast in your favorite podcast app.
## Alexa, Start Sero!
Are you using the Amazon Echo products? Are you currently enjoying the vast multimedia Serotek has to offer? Then we think you might be interested in this announcement:
## Eyes On Success radio shows & podcasts:
1718 The Helen Keller Archives (Apr. 26, 2017) Helen Selsdon is the archivist for the American Foundation for the Blind. She joined the AFB in 2002 to organize and preserve their Helen Keller Archives. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about her work and about this rich source of information on Helen Keller and her advocacy for the disabled, women’s rights, and other causes.
1719 Accessible Linux (May 3, 2017)
Linux is a free alternative operating system for your computer.
However, of the many versions of Linux that exist, only Vinux and Sonar GNU have been accessible to the visually impaired out of the box. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with several contributors to these projects about plans to merge both versions and what to expect in the future.
As usual, the audio and show notes can be found at: www.eyesonsuccess.net and the podcast is also available on iTunes.
## Would you like to go to a relaxing place with fellow visually impaired and blind folks? Let me tell you about the Burkeville lodge for the blind.
It is located in a small rural community of Burkeville, virginia, near the intersection of hwys 360 and 460.
Featuring good meals, a swimming pool, a fishing and boating pond, walking trails with handrails. Private and semi-private rooms. A gazebo , for chatting, with wheelchair ramp. Wi/fi equipped, many books and games.
Charges include room and buffet style meals with sighted assistance.
Call 434 767 4080 to leave reservation request, or call me, Richard, at 757 468 0277 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.vawb.org and click on the info links.
*** Funnies: There was a young lady who’s nose Continually prospers and grows.
When it grew out of sight,
She exclaimed in a fright,
Oh farewell to the end of my nose.
*** Business and employment opportunities:
## Are you looking for something that will give you flexible time with family? Something that will either supplement your income, or allow you to be financially free?
Let me and those on my team show you how! Contact Portia Mason email@example.com or 323-335-8181
*** Funnies: There once was a composer named Bong, Who composed a new popular song.
It was simply the croon
Of a lovesick baboon
With occasional thumps on the gong.
*** Did you know?
## Customer support is great for business, especially when it is geared toward assisting customers with disabilities.
The following are two different examples of great customer service that I have recently experienced.
Did you know that Amazon has a Disability Customer Support line?
You can either call them, or while on their website, you can click the link to connect with them.
The phone number is 1-888-283-1678.
I called them recently, for the first time, because one of my subscribe and save orders was not included in my shipment. I had checked my orders on their site, and it said that it was shipped with my other items.
I searched and searched, and so did my husband and we could not find it. So, I decided to call the Disability line, which is usually toward the top portion of their website on most pages. I was pleasantly surprised. They looked up my order and noted the cost of the item with my 15% discount, and also the regular price. They gave a few choices for crediting my order, and I chose the quickest way- getting an Amazon gift card in the amount of the retail price plus same day shipping, placed in my Amazon wallet, which is under my account. It was in my account in just a few hours. Usually I don’t have issues like this one described, but I now know I can call them to remedy any issue I might encounter through their website. I have heard that they will also assist folks in what an item might look like, and if you need help selecting the right color and size of an item and placing it your shopping cart. Then you can finish the process.
If any of you have experienced Amazon’s new disability customer service, please let me know. I will share the responses in a future Blind Post.
Apple has a telephone number for accessibility related questions and technical support.
The toll-free number is 1-877-204-3930. Representatives are available to assist with iOS inquiries Monday–Friday 6 AM to 11 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 6 AM to 10 PMcentral time. For all other products, specialists are available 8 AM to 10 PM central time, 7 days a week.
This number can also be used to file accessibility bug reports.
I have contacted them twice and plan on calling again in the future.
The first time was last fall. My husband had updated his iPhone 6 to the latest software update and his phone died. I mean it was not working at all. So, being the kind understanding and loving help mate that I am, I called Apple’s new accessibility number to see if they could assist this poor lady in distress. Anyway, after I looked up several things on my own on the Apple site and the Verizon site, and tried some of the suggestions, I could not get his phone to come back to life.
The wonderful Apple man assisted on the phone for over an hour helping me restore his phone, and updating the software. I was so elated and promptly went out and pronounced to my husband that I had fixed his iPhone. Of course this was after I thanked the Apple man profusely.
My husband was especially thankful!
The second time I called them was recently, when my dear friend Bevie was visiting. I was learning how to save a document in my Pages application on my Mac book air. Something was amiss on my Mac either in my settings or somewhere, because I could not get it to do what it was supposed to do. Finally my friend called the Apple support line and we got some help, but it actually took more than one person to understand the issue. So, every time you call, you don’t always get “Apple Man” with awesome results. It can take a few times. I think we called several more times that visit too. Bevie calls them a lot for several products. It is always good to check out their website or Google to see if you can discover the answer, but they are there to help. Please don’t hesitate to call them. The more we call, the more Apple knows we need the support.
Here is their support website:
And if you have had some great Apple help stories, please email them to me, and I will share them as well as the Amazon’s support experiences.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Funnies:There was a young girl in the choir, whose voice rose higher and higher.
Til it reached such a height,
It was clear out of sight
And they found it next day in the spire.
***Global cane outreach:
By Beverly Crook
## Hello Blind Post readers,
I hope that this update finds all of you well and enjoying the springtime. I love taking walks with my Guide Dog, smelling the flowers, and feeling the nice warm sun. This is my favorite time of year.
I am writing to give you some news about Global Cane Outreach’s next trip. We only have about 7 weeks before we leave for the Philippines.
Our departure is July 20th, and we will be away for ten days.
On one of the Islands that we are going to we will be staying in a home where there are over 100 children. These kids are all without
parents. We have some awesome ministry materials to share with them.
Of course, we will also be visiting a Blind school that is Christian based. I know that the teachers and some of the staff are blind. I will have a lot more to report when we get back.
Usually, we have found, when we go on mission trips, we have had our own schedule and plans, but end up discovering that God already had His own. Therefore, I will report most of the amazing details, when we return.
We are also going to a second Philippine Island, and will be staying in a missionary compound there. This island has a blind Christian school as well.
I would like to reach out to all of you to pray for this trip. It is always wonderful to know that we are covered in prayer, when going out into the mission field.
You can look for a report from me in August, I will be excited to share our experiences of how we will have given canes and talking Bibles and being a part of changed lives. So awesome to watch God at work.
God’s Blessings to All of You,
If you shop on Amazon, please consider signing up for Amazon smile and pick the charity Global Cane Outreach. Global cane outreach will then get a percentage of your Amazon orders.
Go to https://smile.amazon.com.
And sign into your account. Your shopping experience will be the same with your account, even with subscribe and save orders. The only thing different is that you will be helping Global Cane outreach further its mission.
Find out more about Global Cane by visiting their website:
***Funnies:There was a young fellow of Perth, Who was born on the day of his birth.
He was married they say,
On his wife’s wedding day,
and he died, when he quitted the earth.
*** From the pages of Donna’s travel diary by Donna J. Jodhan ## Check out Ottawa Canada
In just a few words; this is probably a city for all seasons and I’ll start with springtime.
Ottawa is a blaze with hundreds of thousands of tulips as each year the Netherlands sends them to Canada as their token of appreciation for what Canada did for them during World War II. Here is the story behind this particular story.
During said World War, the Queen of the Netherlands had been sent to Canada as a safety precaution and in that time she gave birth to a little princess. Canada declared the room where she was born to be Dutch territory in order to enable the little princess to retain Dutch citizenship.
During the summer, Ottawa becomes a haven and a playground for all kinds of outdoor activities; ranging from canoeing and white water rafting on the Rideau River to biking, hiking, jogging, and everything summer.
Fall brings you to the countless trails of Ottawa; adorned with the fall colors. You can take long hikes and walks on these trails, or if you like you can walk along the Rideau Canal.
Now it’s winter’s turn and with this season comes the opening of the Rideau Canal; the longest outdoor skating rink in the world. If you prefer you can go skiing, snow shoeing, or just enjoy those to die for winter scenes and events. Sleigh rides, playful snowball fights, eating beaver tails which is a French Canadian delicacy, and so much more. Those majestic ice sculptures during the Winterlude carnival week all help to make Ottawa a city to come back to again and again.
Ottawa is a unique combination of a capital city coupled with downtown living, country dwelling, and then there is more.
Check out the wondrous bakeries, eateries, restaurants, and five star hotels and o yes! The multi language feature that certainly helps to enrich Ottawa.
I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.
To learn more about me, visit http://www.donnajodhan.com On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at www.donnajodhan.com/store.html and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.
If you enjoy podcasts then check out my weekly one called take another 5! From recipes to apps, and from mystery moment to tips for entrepreneur and scam alerts! Available for download at http://www.takeanother5.com and from iTunes and Google music play!
Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan And like me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/donnajodhan and at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan
*** Funnies: There once was a cat named Lucy, who was pretty, but a little bit goosey.
When it came to her meat,
She demanded it neat,
Half raw and a little bit juicy.
*** Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:
## Packing for a trip.
Well summer is right around the corner and so are the conventions, and any other vacation travels. I won’t be going, but I know many of you will be. The following are some tips for packing.
Tip one: When you want to fit a lot of clothing into a suitcase, but you don’t want them to get wrinkled, you can roll them up. For example, take a pair of pants off your hanger. They may already be folded in half lengthwise. If not, make sure you fold them in half from side to side, so the legs are evenly matched and smooth. You might want to fold according to a crease, if you have pants that do this. Starting at the bottom of the legs, hold them up against you and begin rolling them keeping them smooth all the way down to the top of the pants. Then you can place them in your suitcase. You can do this with skirts, shorts, dresses, and most of your garments. When you get to your hotel or destination, you can unpack and hang them up, and you should not have any wrinkles. Maybe a few, depending on how long they are in the suitcase. Most hotels will have irons and ironing boards if you need to touch them up. If you do have something that might need a little freshening up, hang them in the bathroom while you are taking a shower. Maybe on a hook behind the door or from a towel rack. The steam will get most, if not all, of the wrinkles out.
Tip two: Pack your shoes in bags, and also repack them for the return trip too. This prevents the dirt from the bottom of your shoes to get on your clean clothing.
Tip three: Bring a dirty clothes bag for your worn clothing that needs to be washed. That way you will know what is clean and what needs to go in the hamper, when you get back home.
Tip four: Packing your guide dog’s food in your carryon bag. If you can, try to pack your guide dog’s food into individual portions. I use small zip lock style sandwich bags. I will bring a couple extra too, just in case there is a flight delay. After you have them in small bags, then put them all into a larger bag, so they don’t get out and get all over your other items that you may have in your carry on or back pack. Be sure to include their feeding and water bowls too. I have heard stories of checked luggage getting lost, and then what do you feed your dog. Also be sure to bring plenty of poo bags for your furry pal. You just never know. Some folks actually use their relieving bags to pack the individual portions of dog food, and then the bag is empty and ready to use again for the output.
Tip five: When packing your toiletries in your checked luggage, put them in zip lock style bags. Especially any liquid items like shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, etc. The pressure in the cargo area is not well controlled, and those items can sometimes burst or the cap pops and then you have shampoo or mouthwash all over your clothing. Not a mess you want to deal with, when on a tight convention schedule. I also go a step further and put the bags inside another plastic bag, just in case. I put my bath, shower, and body soaps and lotions into their own bag together, and I put my tooth paste, tooth brush, mouthwash, etc., into another bag. I don’t want anything mixing.
Believe me; I have learned this from experience. Even on a train, I do the same thing. It just makes it easier in the long run. I also pack a few paper towels too. This helps on the trip home. I place them in the bags along with the bath or mouth products, just to soak up moisture that might be left on anything.
Tip six: Before any trip I make a checklist. I start it a few days or so before my day of departure. This way I know what I want and need to take, or even to do. I add new items to it as I remember them. Then I can make sure I have all I need prior to packing.
Also, be sure to add any of those necessary items to your bag, that you might not be able to buy when you get to your travel destination.
There are a lot of convenience stores around, but you may not want to hassle that while away from home.
I hope this has helped, or given you some new ideas, for packing for your next trip.
Have a great time!
*** Funnies: There once was a book keeper, Loraine Who kept her accounts with great pain.
But when cash came up shy,
She had only to fly
To Las Vegas on the company plane.
*** Blind man walking by Joshua Loya:
## “Why do we fall?… So we can learn to pick ourselves back up again.”
–Thomas Wayne, Batman Begins
Sometimes I get discouraged, whether from minor injuries, still remaining personal demons, or other circumstantial garbage. At the moment, my back and/or rib isn’t being especially nice to me.
Fortunately, I can tell it is healing. The dizziness is at a minimum.
Andrea and I are preparing to leave for Idaho to visit family and to work. We’ve been contracted to teach a self-defense seminar for the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. While there is much we still have to learn, we have gained some very valuable skills and knowledge that can help keep people safe, especially those in a similar situation to my own. Teaching others what has helped me makes me feel the most alive. Contributing to the lives of others is one of the key ways I can bounce back from the depression that sets in when injury or other factors are at work.
I’d like to offer some encouragement, as I recover from this thankfully minor injury and some personal difficulties that I don’t want to elaborate on publicly. Life is life. Sometimes it sucks, and sometimes there are treasures that make life suck less. Sometimes life is really good. Sometimes life is glorious. Whatever state your life is in right now, you can still move forward. You can still get back up. You can’t change the past, and you can’t go backward. That being said, you can always do something right here and now. Life may beat you down, but your victory, even if it is in a different form than you envisioned it, is assured, if you keep getting up… If you keep fighting forward. That is the key to overcoming adversity.
Doesn’t that sound awfully violent? Who am I really fighting anyway?
Aren’t I supposed to strive for peace?
I can only speak for myself. I fight the struggle within my heart. I know I should love; yet, I still harbor thoughts of hatred, vengeful anger, and jealousy. There are things I want to do that I know are wrong, but I do them anyway. There are things I know are right, and I do not do them. This is my most important battle. The battle for self-control. The battle for love, patience, joy, kindness, gentleness, and long-suffering. I frequently find myself caught up in the chaos of life, and I forget how much Jesus loves me. I forget, but then I remember, and I find peace for just a moment.
The most important battle I fight every day is the battle for a calm and clean heart. I cannot do it alone, even though I frequently think I can. Speaking for myself, and nobody else, I need Jesus. I need the peace that only He can bring. When I am living rightly before God, then I can better fight other battles of injustice. I can strive against mediocrity and complacency. I can stand in the face of discouragement, disbelief, and incredulity.
I am not perfect; yet, I still strive for perfection and excellence. I mess up constantly, but the quality of my life is not determined by how many mistakes I make. It is measured by what I do when I fall short. I fall down seven times, but I get up eight. Whether you share my faith, you can still get back up when you fall. Moving slowly is still moving. Just don’t stop. Don’t give up. If you did, then start again. The battle won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.
Joshua is a martial artist, public speaker, and personal coach.
You can learn more about him on his web site: www.servantwarrior.me and you can also follow him on Twitter: @ServantWarrior You are also welcome to email him at email@example.com
*** Funnies: A certain young fellow named BeBe Wished to wed with a lady named Phoebe.
But said he, I must see
What the clerical fee be
Before Phoebe be, Phoebe BeBe.
*** Living with low vision by Donna Williams ## Sew What?
I was filled with dread as I heard our pastor announce that we’d be sewing trauma blankets next Sunday. I felt helpless and inadequate because I really wanted to help but I can not sew. Yes, here I am admitting to something I actually can’t do. It isn’t for lack of trying believe me.
In Junior High I had to take Home Ec and during that class we had to sew pillows. What a disaster it was. My teacher attempted showing me how to use a sewing machine. She’d show me how to put the material I wanted to sew together under the mechanism then push the pedal. Every time the machine started I quickly pulled both my hands away and of course I’d forget to let up on the pedal. I’m sure you can imagine the result.
Then after high school I went into a program to learn skills to help me live independently as a blind person and one of the things we covered was sewing. I excelled at everything else but when it came to working with needle and thread it was hopeless. No matter what I did nothing ever worked out right. My stitches would be really big and no matter how many times I tried I could not thread a regular needle without breaking the thread or pricking my fingers. One day my instructor decided a self threading needle might be the solution.
However it wasn’t to be. As soon as she showed me how to use it I became so excited that I wasn’t really paying attention to what I was doing. I was determined to conquer this task and using this type of
needle looked really easy. So I took the needle and thread and with
gusto pushed the thread into the little slot on the needle. I used such force that the thread broke and the spool rolled off the table unwinding as it rolled to the other side of the room. My instructor laughed and so did I until she told me I’d have to find the spool and wind it back up before attempting to thread the needle again. I tried several more times to thread that needle to no avail. My instructor kept encouraging me to be gentle but for some reason I never quite mastered the touch. Eventually we stopped worrying about threading
needles and concentrated on sewing material together. Although I was
using a smaller needle once my instructor threaded it I still made those same darn big stitches.
One day instead of asking me to sew on a button or repair a hem my instructor gave me two pieces of material a spool of thread and a couple different sizes of self threading needles. She told me that I was to do an independent assignment which involved threading the needle and sewing both pieces of material together. The first three times I attempted my task I failed miserably but finally I got one of the needles threaded. Unfortunately it was the biggest one and as usual once I began to sew I made huge stitches.
I felt so discouraged that I just put my head down on the table and began to cry. That’s how my instructor found me. She picked up the piece of material and complimented me on my sewing. That made me sob harder and through my tears I pointed out that my stitches were way too big. My instructor in an attempt to make me laugh said: ”Well, a surgeon you will never be that’s for sure so you’ll have to rethink those lofty aspirations.” It didn’t help. I was so angry with myself because I couldn’t master this one skill.
For the next few weeks my instructor would ask me to try again to sew and I always came up with some reason why I didn’t want to do it.
Then one day she finally had enough. When I arrived for class I noticed the work area we used had absolutely nothing on it. Before I could comment my instructor asked me to take a seat so we could talk.
When we were both settled she asked me if I had a hobby I excelled at.
I told her mine was singing and I talked about being in various choirs and how much I enjoyed sharing music with others. . She asked me to sing something which I did and then afterward she asked me if I had any friends who loved to sing but couldn’t. I thought of my best friend from high school and began to laugh. She can’t sing a tune if her life depended on it. Sure she loves music and has a wonderful time singing with the radio but she could never do a solo in front of an audience. After I finished laughing through my explanation my instructor asked: “can she sew?” That made me laugh harder because not only can my friend sew, she can cook complex meals, draw, and has a thriving green thumb. My instructor then surprised me by telling me that it was ok if I decided to discontinue sewing. She said she’d still pass me through her course. As we talked she told me of sighted people who don’t sew either because they don’t know how or choose not to.
When I left that day I felt so much better. I never did master sewing and I’m ok with that. I have talents others do not have and they can sew. The situation I face this Sundayreminds me that I don’t have to be good at everything. Now that I’m over my dread it’s time for me to email the pastor, explain my situation and ask him how I can help.
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*** Funnies: There is a Siamese feline named Lizzy
Who manages to keep herself busy
Complaining of meals
And other ordeals
Until she drives everyone dizzy.
*** Yarn, hook and needle: Crafts by Phyllis Campbell
## Well, it’s here, June that is. You notice, I didn’t say spring; I didn’t say summer? There’s a good reason. The weather here in Virginia is behaving so strangely, that I don’t know what to call it. Example:
Yesterday afternoon I was using the AC. This morning, I’m wearing a winter robe, and it’s pouring rain. Nevertheless, my lavender is starting to bloom, and my sweet summer, is considering it.
This month, I’m including a crochet pattern along with the usual knit ones, and because I’m an optimistic soul, they’re celebrating early summer. Enjoy!
## Butterfly Fridgie
Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook Size H
Ch 6, join with SL St to form ring.
Ch3 (counts as beg dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 2, * 3 dc in ring, ch 2, rep from * 6 times more. (total of 8 3dc,ch 2 SP ). Join with SL St in top of beg ch.
SL St to next ch 2 SP, ch 3 (counts as beg dc) 2 dc in same SP, ch 2,
3 dc in same
SP, ch 1,* 3 dc in next ch 2 SP, ch 2, 3 dc in same SP, ch 1, rep from * around, join with SL St to top of beg ch 3.
SL St to next ch 2 SP, ch 3 (counts as beg dc) 7 dc in same SP, 1 SC in next ch
1 SP, * 8 dc in next ch 2 SP, 1 SC in next ch 1 SP, rep from * around, join, fasten off. Fold in half.
BODY OF BUTTERFLY:
With black ch 20 fasten off.
Tie the black ch around middle of butterfly wings leaving short strings for antenna.
Folks, I must confess that I have no idea how to attach this critter to the fridge. Email me any of your suggestions.
## California Poppy
Materials: Tools needed:
3.5mm (US size E) crochet hook
DK yarn in orange (approx. 4 g) and yellow (1g) Make a slipknot with the yellow yarn and ch 2.
R1- 6 dc into second ch from hook. (6 sts) Change to orange yarn
R2- 2 dc into each st. (12 sts)
R3- 1 dc into each st. (12 sts)
R4- using front loops only:
[1 dc & 1 htr in next st, 3 tr in next, 1 htr & 1 dc in next] x 4, sl st to first dc.
R5- attach yarn to any back loop of previous round.
[2 dc, 2 dc in next st] x 4, sl st to beginning of round. (16 sts)
R6- 3 ch (makes first tr), 1 tr & 1 dtr in same space as ch, 3 dtr in next st,
3 dtr in next, 1 dtr & 2 tr in next,
[2 tr & 1 dtr in next st, 3 dtr in next, 3 dtr in next, 1 dtr & 2 tr in next] x 3, sl st to top of 3 ch.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
## Attach these bright blossoms to anything such as your luggage, your briefcase. Why not your cane? They’re intended to make your luggage easier to spot in the airport.
## Luggage Blossoms
US10.5 (6.5 mm) straight needles (for blossom and leaf)
2 US8 (5.0 mm) DPNs (for I-cord hanger)
Small amounts of brightly colored yarn
Using US10.5 straight needles, CO 5 sts
Row 1: kfb each st (10 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: kfb each st (20 sts)
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: kfb each st (40 sts)
CO 5 sts
Row 1: k1, kfb, kfb, K2 (7 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K2, kfb, kfb, K3 (9sts)
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: skp, k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 6: Purl
Work rows 5 and 6 until 3 sts remain on a WS row With WS facing, then p2tog, purl 1 (2 sts remain) With RS facing, k2tog (1 st remains) Cut yarn and fasten off Hanger Instructions:
Using two US8 DPNs, CO 2 sts
Work I-Cord for 9 inches for a thinner handled bag and 12+ inches for a thick handled bag BO
## APPLE CLOTH
Materials: 100% cotton yarn and size 7 ndls
Cast on 37 sts.
rows 1-4: knit.
row 5: k3, p31, k3.
Row 6: and all remaining even numbered rows; knit.
Row 7: k3, p12, k3, p1, k3, p12, k3.
Row 9: k3, p10, k11, p10, k3.
Row 11: k3, p9, k13, p9, k3.
row 13: k3, p8, k15, p8, k3.
row 15: k3, p8, k15, p8, k3.
Row 17: k3, p7, k17, p7, k3.
Row 19: k3, p7, k17, p7, k3.
Row 21: k3, p6, k19, p6, k3.
Row 23: k3, p6, k19, p6, k3.
Row 25: k3, p5, k4, p2, k15, p5, k3.
Row 27: k3, p4, k4, p3, k16, p4, k3.
row 29: k3, p4, k3, p4, k16, p4, k3.
Row 31: k3, p4, k3, p4, k16, p4, k3.
Row 33: k3, p4, k4, p3, k16, p4, k3.
row 35: k3, p5, k4, p3, k14, p5, k3.
Row 37: k3, p6, k19, p6, k3.
Row 39: k3, p8, k6, p3, k6, p8, k3.
row 41: k3, p10, k3, p2, k1, p2, k3, p10, k3.
row 43: k3, p3, k5, p7, k2, p7, k4, p3, k3.
row 45: k3, p5, k6, p4, k2, p4, k6, p4, k3.
Row 47: k3, p6, k7, p2, k2, p2, k7, p5, k3.
row 49: k3, p7, k6, p2, k2, p2, k6, p6, k3.
row 51: k3, p9, k3, p3, k3, p2, k3, p8, k3.
row 53: k3, p16, k2, p13, k3.
Rows 55-56: rep rows 5 & 6.
rows 57-59: knit. bind off.
In closing, thank you, each of you, who have sent in suggestions and comments. As I have told you many times, without you, there would be no column.
*** Funnies: A cheerful old bear at the zoo Could always find something to do When it bored him to go On a walk to and fro He reversed it, and walked fro and to.
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*** Last funny: There once was a teacher named Bob Who always had some other job.
He worked night and day
And often would say
It is better than having to rob.
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