Archive for ‘Tools and Products’

August 31, 2017

#534 – Double up on Things that Work

Shoes

Yes, you are seeing double. That’s intentional.

It’s taken me longer than I care to admit that when I find a product that works well for me, such as these shoes, that I should buy more.

I’ve written about what I love about the water shoes you see in this picture. After posting, I hurried off and bought another pair. Lucky for me, they were on sale!

I loved my first pair of  Merrell slip-ons  so much that I bought a second pair, just in case they stopped making them. (Isn’t that often the case? You find something you love and when you go to replace it, it’s no longer available.) For a slip-on they’re surprisingly comfortable. The sole provides support, yet is cushioned enough to treat my RA feet with TLC. I also like the fact that they allow air to circulate. (No one likes stinky, sweaty feet!)

Recently, I found some baby-skin soft bamboo blend underwear at Mark’s.  (Yes, my mother would be horrified. I agree that  maybe it’s a little TMI – too much information! ) Regardless, I’m planning on stocking up because they’re just too good not to have.

When you have a chronic condition, some things become very important. For me, it’s shoes. While the bamboo blend underwear is comfortable to wear, it’s not crucial that I have them. However, Lene Andersen has a different take on them, which she describes in her epigrammatic style on A Farewell to Underpants. One word: fibromyalgia.

Whatever is important to you, whether it makes your life easier, more comfortable and/or aesthetically pleasing, you may wish to double up. Now, if only I had bought a second three-quarter length sleeves black sweater with the cute polka-dotted placket!

 

 

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May 11, 2017

#524 – Those Pesky Containers

Some of my food storage containers are difficult to get into.

A can opener does the trick for a couple of different styles of  containers.

Stuck? Go on a treasure hunt to see which of your implements can do double-duty.

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March 23, 2017

#521- Scissors – Making Them Work

A while back, my thumb was “misbehaving”. I wanted to sew a new jacket for Holly, as she had manged to chew through her old one. The poor girl had an itch she just had to scratch, and the only way to do so was to get rid of her jacket.

I had trouble cutting the fabric because of my sore thumb. It occurred to me to apply one of the same principles I use when trying to solve other problems, which is to look at it from another vantage point. In this case, it was simple. Turn the scissors upside down and put my other fingers in the hole normally reserved for the thumb. This allowed the force required to cut through the fabric to come from my other fingers, rather than from my sore thumb.

Fabric – cut. Jacket – sewn. Holly – warm!

 

February 23, 2017

#517 – Thrifty Tubes

tubes

A chronic illness can be costly – energy, health, money, relationships and time. A waste-not attitude can save you money, with the added bonus of doing your small part to decrease the amount that goes to the landfill.

It’s surprising how much product remains in a squeeze tube, even after using a tube sqeezer. Once I can’t get any more toothpaste, cream, mustard, or whatever is inside, out, I use either scissors or a utility knife to perform “minor surgery” on the tube. I then transfer the contents to a clean container. There’s actually quite a bit of product left in the tube. For example, by doing this I usually have at least an extra month’s worth of toothpaste.

I had to laugh when I was telling a friend about this little trick. She commented that she also does the same thing. Maybe that’s why we’re friends – we think alike!

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