I got the brilliant idea to try out a decorative window film. My original idea was to put it in the guest room to help block out some of the light from irritating street lamp outside.
So I figured first try something out. I even had a chance to receive one free in exchange for an honest review Cool. I thought it had 2 sheets not 1, so the size really didn’t work for me. So I ended up trying to find a different place for it.
I thought maybe in the window o my sink. The size would have worked OK, but it was hard to get it even, and my knee and ankle could only take SO MUCH of being in the awkward position balancing me with 1 foot on a chair and 1 in my sink. Yeah, IN my sink.
So, plan C…the little window in the door between my utility closet and the deck. The size being of course way wrong, that meant cutting. Great. Because I’m just so incredibly good at that. NOT!
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I found this so frustrating that I threw both scissors and cling, but I had only 7 little teensy days to do this review, and I HAD to do a video and a blog post. I would have chucked it and tried something else later if not for that, but now I’m forced to pick up my scissors and cling and hack at it again. This one didn’t originally say I had to do a video, so I wasn’t thrilled.
OK, so, after it was all said and done, the window film looks OK. I’m not ready for a craft magazine spread or anything, but it’s kinda cool. But I’m not convinced I’ll mess with clings unless they’re exactly the right size in future. Just me.
Look out Trekker Breeze – there’s a new turn-by-turn navigation system for the blind and visually impaired!
I like to share new tech. I haven’t tried this and don’t own an Apple watch, but it’s so great to see technology advance in leaps and bounds!
Check out the new ViaOpta Nav app for the Apple Watch, part of the Novartis Pharmaceutical ViaOpta app suite.
ViaOpta Nav is the first turn-by-turn navigation app available for a wearable device which has been designed specifically for visually impaired people. It uses voice guidance and vibration settings that alert the user to upcoming intersections and landmarks.
The users can ask for their exact position, add waypoints to a calculated route, and find nearby destinations or landmarks and save them as favourites. See original source.
Preparing the home for a young dog (thankfully not a puppy) is what I’ve been doing. It’s really fun, and I have to remember things like keeping my guest basket with footies and slippers in my closet until people come over so they don’t become dog chews.
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So excited for the adventure! Follow me on social for more updates. Just a little over a week until my trip to Leader Dogs for the Blind to get my guide dog!
A couple of people dealing with losing their eyesight have called to talk with me recently, and Linda was wondering about writing checks. SHe said she has a check writing guide but has trouble with it, so this is the solution I proposed to her. It’s simple and won’t require any further investment.
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If you need a check writing guide, I highly recommend Beyond Sight, which is the “superstore for the blind.” Not only do they have a lot of things, the staff know their stuff. Find them at BeyondSight.com.
If you’re losing eyesight or already low vision or blind, you may wonder what to do about reading appliances. For example:
Dial on yur stove
Like anything else, it’s easy when you know how. If you’re losing eyesight, you may not yet be as accustomed to using your hands to see, but you will become used to it! There are little raised dot markers called Bumps that let you mark things like appliances so you can feel the right location.
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Bumps come in clear, orange or black. The clear ones are a bit smaller, good for tight spaces and for not looking strange.
The orange ones will stand out against any background if you’re still focused on seeing the control. They won’t work as well on an oven dial, as the numbers are close together.
You can get Bumps at any supplier of blindness/disability supplies, but I love shopping from a place where the people know their stuff and can help you decide which items most fit your needs. That’s Beyond Sight, 5650 S Windermere St, Littleton, Colorado, (303) 795-6455
I hope this helps!
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