This Is How We Do It

Good morning again everyone and welcome back to campbellsworld.

This morning while doing my housework I began to think about the funny and sometimes seemingly nonsensical questions people who haven’t ever been exposed to a blind or otherwise disabled person ask me about how I “manage to live alone.”

As I worked doing things like taking out the trash and recyclables, unloading and reloading the Dishwasher as well as various other tasks I thought, “I suppose people can’t know what they don’t know, but how can I help folks learn about me and how I “manage to live alone?”

“Well, you dummy, why don’t you do what you do best? Why not write specific blog posts about the subject. Better yet, why not ask the public what they’d like to know and start another column?”

As I wrestled the recycling can loose from the gate I’d managed to get it hung up on I thought, “Hmmm, that’s not a bad idea.”

So, readers I’ve always believed the only stupid question is the one unasked. I Also don’t offend easily so how about it? Do you have questions? Are there things you’d like to know? If so, ask.

You may either post your questions here into the comment section or you may write to me at: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

Once I’ve a question or two I or one of my totally talented Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing clients will write a post which will tell a tale and give the answer.

Come on, don’t be afraid. Ask.

We all of us do the same things, but we each do them a bit differently.

“I’ve heard things over the years like, “Oh! You’re so amazing.” Or, “I just don’t see how you manage.”

And, while sometimes I become annoyed at that, I also understand it. You can no more imagine what it is to be me than I can imagine what it is to be you.

I’ve always had a desire to blend the lines that separate and what better way to do that than to begin a conversation about the different ways in which we live.

Disabled readers, this goes for you as well. Even if we share similarities in our disabilities, no two are quite the same, so if you’ve questions about how something is done, or if you need help learning to do something, ask. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does.

OK. I’m waiting…

Until next time this is Patty who is hopeful this will start some great dialog among friends, and Bubba who is enjoying the cool spring breeze flowing through the window saying…

We are one yet we are we. May harmony find you, and Blessid be.

About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com Visit: https://pattysworlds.com/ And: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher As well as: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG
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6 Responses to This Is How We Do It

  1. Rainne says:

    Hi Patty,
    I have wondered, occasionally, how you go about choosing and buying clothes, mostly the colours, I suppose, and how you put outfits together that don’t clash etc.

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    • Patty says:

      Good morning Rainne.

      That’s a great question.

      There are various ways to handle this issue.

      Some, use a color identifier. You can buy them, and now, you can download them as an app on your phone.

      I however, find they’re not very reliable if you don’t have good lighting, and in my experience, they don’t work well with multi colored clothing.

      I prefer to handle this by either taking a trusted friend, which is difficult to have happen these days or simply shopping online where one can get a written description.

      Also, I don’t buy colored socks, and I try to buy pants and skirts that are of a color which will go with anything.

      khaki White or black work well with most any colored shirt.

      If I have something which is a matched set, I safety pin it together when I toss it into the wash, and I try to include only one matched outfit in the load of laundry at a time in case the darn washing process makes that come undone.

      It can be a real pain.

      I had a friend buy me clothing not long ago for a gift. She is blind too and so understood my need. She bought me leggings which were black, and though the shirts she bought were of different colors but made the same, she made sure to have them shipped separately so that I could learn which was which and mark one with some sort of tagging system.

      There are braille labels which one can have sewn into their clothing too, but I just use safety pins which have bumps on them.

      A Blind Services worker gave me a huge pack of them once, some have two bumps, and some have three, and some have none.

      This allows me to pin one into the piece of clothing needing marked and works well for me.

      While I’d love to have the labels that one can sew into clothing, I’ve no one to do such things and even though sewing was taught in our daily living skills classes as a kid at the school for the blind, I never quite got the hang of it.

      Although I did work in a sewing factory set up for the blind later in life.

      Oh, one more thing, for those who insist they must have colored socks, they have these things called sock sorters which one can put around a pair of socks when putting them into the washer.

      I don’t find these to be a great way of handling such, and so just buy white socks.

      I’ve a fellow blogger friend who does all sorts of posts on make up and other beauty tips who is blind. She writes about how she goes about using them and she sells products too.

      Her site is called unseen beauty

      You might want to check it out.

      If you cannot find it and want to learn more, let me know and I’ll send a URL.

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      • Rainne says:

        Thanks for your interesting and informative reply, Patty.
        Have a wonderful day.

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      • Patty says:

        You’re welcome.

        I was glad for the question and wish more would ask what they don’t know or understand.

        I noted you reblogged this post onto your blog and I’m appreciative of it.

        If you wish you may put my answer there.

        And.

        If folks have commented and I’ve not seen it and replied, please do email me and let me know.

        I’ve still got the messed up computer blues.

        LOL.

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  2. You sort of answered my questions about colors, Patty. I guess it is different for different people who are blind depending on if they were blind since birth or acquired it later in life.
    OK, I guess I have one. With regard to people, you surely come to know them and whether you like them or not from things like voice and the things they say, but what about physical features? How do you come to know that, or do you? I was thinking of someone like Stevie Wonder and how he came to know his girlfriend when he is such a celebrity and surrounded by guards and people who guide him all the time. Thank you kindly.

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