Friday, August 5, 2011

Tips for Adjusting to Legal Blindness

This was dictated to me by my dear husband -- his attitude and love of life are a good life lesson for all of us. Enjoy!

I have been legally blind for 20 years. As a former golf professional and professional baseball player, this was an extremely difficult adjustment. However, as the years have passed, I have learned ways to cope and make small adjustments. I can no longer read the paper or drive a car. But, I still play golf 4 or 5 times a week, walk my dog in the early mornings, dance with my wife when we have an opportunity for dancing. I enjoy oldies music, mostly rock and roll from the sixties.
First thing in the morning, I push the button on the coffee pot. My wife presets my coffee mug with a spoon, and the cream and sugar nearby. She prepares the coffee the night before. Then my dog and I go for our walk, usually before daylight. I wear a flashing light on my waist so that folks who are up and about early in the mornings can see me.
I settle at my desk to begin the days' work. I easily operate a push button telephone by touch even though I have never received any formal training. I make telephone calls for a local insurance company. I have done this also in the past for the Better Business Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce, a business forms company, and a telephone company. The most calls I have ever made in a day was 100! That was a busy day!
I watch (listen) to sports on television in the evenings. I find I can easily keep up with news and sports via the television, even though I am unable to see it clearly.



Golf Strategies for the Legally Blind

We have discovered a few things that help me continue to enjoy golf. My golf balls are marked with a huge black dot, so that I can easily identify them.

We use white tape on my golf clubs, and mark the club number with a big black magic marker. These have to be redone from time to time, but for now, this is the best solution we can devise.

and as I said earlier, I am blessed with the best friends a guy could have!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Kitchen Aids for Seniors

I found the greatest selection of kitchen tools for the disabled. Explore my list and let me know if you know of one I have not included. I do love kitchen tools and gadgets that make my senior years easier, don't you?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Talking Microwave Oven

I am thrilled to discover a talking microwave oven! what a super help this will be.

My husband has been unable to use the microwave since we remodeled the kitchen, and the old one with the dial was just worn out! Hamilton Beach presented their new talking microwave and I am so glad they did!

This will make a super Christmas present for him!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Talking Wrist Watch

Whitey's talking watch is a necessity! He uses it constantly. The talking watch is the one item he absolutely must have.

I created a site featuring an assortment of talking watches. If you need a good talking watch, you certainly can find one in this selection which includes talking watches for ladies, men, and children!

Talking Wrist Watch

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Talking Alarm Clock

Everything in our house "talks", I think! But the most important piece of equipment in this house is by far hubby's talking watch!

I cannot imagine our lives without it. In fact, we always keep a spare just in case!

Those of us with normal vision easily take for granted our ability to tell time. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night and not knowing if it is time to wake up yet.

Oh, and I keep forgetting to tell you this little tip, too! We went shopping for new shoes last week. We always buy velcro closing shoes for Whitey. Such a help! Tying shoes can be a real hassle when you cannot see well. The velcro closures are wonderful!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blind Joke of the Day

Sometimes we just need a good laugh - the "blind" joke in my mailbox this morning -- just for you!

Returning home from work, a blonde was shocked to find her house ransacked and burglarized. She telephoned the police at once and reported the crime. The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the radio,and a K-9 unit, patrolling nearby, was the first to respond.

As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash, the blonde ran out on the porch, shuddered at the sight of the cop and his dog, then sat down on the steps. Putting her face in her hands, she moaned, 'I come home to find all my possessions stolen. I call the police for help, and what do they do? They send me a BLIND policeman!'