My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Little Things. Retinitis Pigmentosa.

One of my philosophies on life in general and particularly in the blindness journey is to learn, learn, learn.  Be open to ideas and if something isn't working to seek out options and other ways to do it.  I have learned time again that when something isn't working there is generally a new technique or tool that helps immensely.  Often it is a little thing that can make a big difference. Through the years Steve and I have done much brainstorming and problem solving to have things running pretty smooth.  He is incredible.

Last Thursday morning I had a teacher, who assists individuals who are blind - she is blind as well, come to my home.  I have loved getting to know her.  She once again was fabulous and so helpful.  We walked through my home - my routines from organizing the kitchen, using the stove, organizing my clothes, make-up, etc.   She gave me some further tips on using my ipad to record some of those frequently used instructions on the back of boxes, etc. She marked our appliances with further raised dots.  I forgot how helpful that can be!  It also gave me a little boost of confidence as I told her different adaptive ways I did things and she would say - that's a great idea.  She loved that my closet had a coral section :) and my jewelry organization was also a hit.    As we walked through the house I was able to share and describe with her different pictures on the wall - mostly family and places we have visited that have special meaning to us and sayings - our house has many sayings throughout.  She indicated that she loved how our walls were emotionally connecting.  Loved that phrase and the new little tips she shared will mean a lot and also felt a burst of confidence knowing that the techniques I am doing are mostly working.  I just need to use my oven.

We ran 4 miles this morning.  Beautiful.  Crisp Air.  Talk of a Marathon to come with friends.  Busy Monday at the office with good things to share.  

5 comments:

Lisa and pups said...

Walls that are emotionally connecting. I love that!

Lydia Criss Mays said...

AH! I second Lisa! I was going to comment about the line regarding your "walls that are emotionally connecting." It has in a few short seconds helped me think about my home differently, more deeply perhaps. I feel that my home reflects my family, but I haven't thought about the emotional connection the walls might provide. This is incredibly beautiful! Thanks for helping me think about my environment in ever different and beautiful ways!

Happy seeing beautiful!

wendy said...

Well, I POWER WALKED 4 1/2 miles today. (I don't run, and never will it appears)
but hey, it's something...RIGHT?

You my dear, are probably more organized then many "seeing" people.

MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA said...

Hi Becky,
I have a friend, whose son is blind. The's put 'Braille-wallpaper' all around her house, at waist height to 'interior decorate' his imagination. Aint that wonderful?
With love
C

Becky said...

C - That is such a fun idea. They could really have fun with sayings in braille and it would be beautiful too. Hmmm.
Lisa and Lydia - Agree. Have found myself just loving feeling my emotionally connecting walls now :).