- Well guys I’m adding something new to our adventures. Handicappers Travelogue..[Handi-Travel]. I know this seems like an oxymoron statement [.
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However through the magic of computers we can go places and experience things we thought were impossible. Also Time Travel [sorta]. This should be fun.
- Our trip this month will be to the Great Lakes area during the late 30′s through to the end of Wourld War II
The Great Lakes provided vital support for the war effort in WWII, from
building 28 fleet subs in Manitowoc to providing the bulk of US industrial
output, we could not have won the war if not for the benefits of the Great
Lakes and their related industry. However there was another benefit of the
lakes that is often overlooked. Japan quickly lost the war because, among
many other things, its navy could not replace its carrier pilot losses. We
could. But how did we train so many pilots?
We took two old side-wheel Great Lakes passenger steamers and turned them
into training carriers on Lake Michigan! Virtually every carrier pilot
trained in the war got his landing training on these amazing ships! Sadly
nothing but these great photos and the wrecks of the aircraft that ditched
alongside them remain to tell their fascinating story!
Check this out link USS Sable and USS Wolverine This is a great video on what went on.
No…..It’s not something naughty…or health wise; it’s a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. After my stroke I had to learn all over again how to chew. My first convalescent hospital had an in house therapist that worked with me on moving my jaw and neck muscles. We laughed and I giggled at my attempts to speak and chew. Actually it was awful for me, but I was very determined to get better. I saw her twice a week for about six weeks. She was very helpful to get me back on track. Now I must admit to loving peanut butter. As a kid it was one of our staple foods in the 1940′s. Most every thing was rationed and very hard to get. [remember Spam?]. I digress, I often had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in my lunch bag. My favorite was Skippy chunk style peanut butter.
In fact during my life time I moved on to even better brands. Before my stroke I was eating the kind you had to hand mix the oil into the butter. It tasted sooo fresh..ummm, and I had gone to jam. Now you ask, what does this have to do with my stroke? I thought that I couldn’t chew anymore and so, no more peanuts. this was most upsetting. As it turned out, this thought was wrong! Today, November 2013, I can begin to enjoy once more crunchy peanut butter on English muffins
Don’t give up on yourself. In spite of your handicap you can live life to the full.
Over the years I’ve used sayings to encourage myself. I was self employed and needed all the help I could get! Here are a few examples for your perusal…
The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/w/woody_allen.html#MCa26vqZoRh5FIIO.99
Here’s where you can find more if you are interested.
- Here’s a must have for us stroke victims. It’s called a “reacher”. During my time in rehab I was introduced to this item. As I learned to use it I could see the value of this thing.
- The Duro-Med 32 is sturdily built. I found it able to pick up most objects that were too low for me to bend over without back pain. Flat paper could be picked up by pushing it against a solid surface such as your shoe to raise one side and then grasping a side with the grabber. The magnetic tip came in handy for picking up light objects containing ferrous material such as pins or nails. The shape of the grabber’s jaws allows for grasping objects with a variety of shapes.
- I think for me the hardest thing to accept is that I need this thing. I usta just bend over and get stuff, now it’s like planning for invasion…uggg. I know, I know..I need to be thankful that I’m alive and kicking. Sometimes I just gotta complain..to you my friends who understand stroke stuff.
- Here’s where you can get one…http://www.amazon.com/Duro-Med-Aluminum-Reacher-Magnetic-Tip
- clock…I had been looking for a clock I could see at night. I needed a battery-powered clock, readable from a distance, in a corner with no outlet nearby. I opted for LCD because of the lower power requirement than LED, but I wanted to read it at night, which required some sort of backlighting like electroluminescence. I found the 2-inch Elgin LCD battery-powered clock on Amazon. It has an alarm, which I didn’t need, but also has a toggle switch which enables/disables a light sensor; when enabled, the sensor turns on green backlighting at night (probably EL).This is just what I wanted Very happy.
- hand wash-Since my stroke it’s been hard to wash my hands. I’ve ordered Method foaming wash twice. The first time it was the blue-tinted Eucalyptus Mint. (Gorgeous color). It had a scent that I thought would work well.
This time, I wanted one without dyes, so I got the Sweet Water, hoping it would have a “unisex” sort of scent. Water is neutral, right?
No, it doesn’t. I’d put this scent squarely in the “gentle floral” department. It’s a clean, scent that’s not overwhelming .
The foaming action is great (I reuse the bottles, putting other shower or hand soaps in there, diluting a bit with water, and getting them to foam up this way.) These make nice gifts in baskets witih other personal products, cause the bottle’s shape is attractive.
It’s not inexpensive. You can get hand washes for a LOT LOT less. But this one smells wonderfull, doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, and foams up..easy to use.
- Flag- Yes I’m an American through and through.I wanted a small American flag to be on my computer desk, so lo and behold my daughter had one for me! I love lookng at it every day, as it reminds me of what I stand for.