April 30, 2012
Do you struggle with containers such as the two-litre cartons of milk and the large jugs of juice? I can’t easily tip or pour out the contents as they put an enormous strain on fragile wrists and hands.
I’ve learned how to change can’t to can, though.
I simply decant the contents into smaller jars or pitchers.
Related post: Tip Me Over and Pour Me Out.
April 29, 2012
I’m of the opinion that when it comes to your kitchen knives, they should all be at their sharpest.
A dull knife makes for hard work.
I was trying to saw through a tomato until my husband, who is the ultimate knife sharpener, remedied that situation, tout de suite. One pass and like magic, I was through that tomato faster than you could sing “. . . you say tomato and I say tomahto . . .”.
Sharp knives not only make it easier to do your slicing, dicing and chopping, but they can also prevent accidents. Yes, this may seem counter-intuitive, but there’s a greater risk of slipping and slicing or stabbing yourself when you saw back and forth with a dull knife.
I like to put machines to work for me, as in Food. Processed., but there are times when they just won’t cut it!
Image courtesy of Maurizio Carta. Grazie!
April 28, 2012
Actually, it’s more like the innocuous seams on the socks, but that wouldn’t have made as good a title, would it?
I have several pairs of socks that rarely get washed—no, it’s not what you’re thinking—because they rarely get worn.
The toe seam—I’m sure there’s some technical name for that—is ridged. I’ll bet you’re thinking that’s no big deal, but it is to someone whose toes may go in all directions of the compass. A ridge just adds a hurdle in your shoe that your toe(s) need to overcome.
In the future, my sock purchases will be seamless.
April 27, 2012
When the Sungod Recreation Centre in North Delta, B.C. was remodeled, they integrated a ramp into the beautiful and aptly named, Sunshine Pool.
The design of this ramp is brilliant. It allows people in wheelchairs and those who are mobility-challenged to enter and exit the pool without assistance. The ability to be independent, when so often a mobility disability requires asking for help—a lot—means a great deal to me.
In another facility I once visited, it was incumbent upon the swimmer to ask the lifeguard to wheel the stairs into the pool. This request was accompanied by an unspoken attitude of “You don’t look disabled, so why are you wasting my time and energy?” The Walking Disabled is a term I use to refer to people such as myself, who at first glance, don’t act or look disabled, unless you start paying attention and notice the gnarled fingers, the crooked toes, the mechanical movements or the adapted walk.)
As a former competitive swimmer, I also appreciate how the integration of the ramp doesn’t interfere with the placement of the lanes for competitive swimming.
Kudos to the Corporation of Delta for designing a facility that raises the bar (ramp?) for accessible facilities!
Related post: The Dirty Down Low.
How easy is it for you to enter and exit the pool at which you swim? Are you able to do so independently? Is that important to you?