Here's one that may help. Kind of wordy though. Floor obstacles: When you have guests over at the house, ask them to take their shoes off by the door and put them on a shelf that you place there. I have a rule at my house that states that everyone put their shoes on a shelf by the door. If I find shoes on the floor, I will warn the guest the first time that shoes must be placed either on the shelf by the door or kept on their feet. The second or third time I find shoes on the floor, I will throw them at whomever owns them. That tends to get the point across that I will trip over the shoes if the guests persist in leaving their shoes on the floor. I hope this information is helpful to you. Stacia Woolverton, Executive Assistant The Governor's Commission on Disabilities 4030 Esplanade Way, Suite 260 Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0950 Phone: (850) 487-3423 Fax: (850) 414-8908 Email: Stacia.Woolverton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Website: http://www.fldisabilityinfo.com We serve those who serve Florida. Before printing, please think about the environment For information regarding the Florida Discount Drug Card visit: www.FloridaDiscountDrugCard.com. For information on disaster plans, please visit the Florida Department of Emergency Management's Web site at www.floridadisaster.org. -----Original Message----- From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Lighthouse of the Big Bend Sent: Friday, April 29, 2011 1:09 PM To: tabi Cc: fcb-l Subject: [tabi] Help with Tips/Advice for how to do practical things without your vision? Hi everyone, The Lighthouse is starting to work on our next newsletter, and thought you all might have something to contribute! We used to do a little column of advice or tips called “Practical Tips for Living” with little tidbits on how to do things easily without your sight. Some examples are below. Do you have any tips you’d be willing to share with others? We’d love to include them in the newsletter! Please jJust respond with your tip(s) to this email or info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Thanks! Lights Out: In case of a power failure it is best to refuse any navigational help a sighted companion may offer. Failure to do so may result in bumps and bruises. ~ Barbara Kiger Humpty Dumpty: If you drop an egg on the floor or counter, before wiping it with a wet cloth, use a paper towel or salt to absorb the excess liquid from the egg. Then finish the job with a damp cloth to wipe away any sticky substance remaining. ~ Patricia A. Lipovsky & Mary Ellen Ottman Not Losing It: Try to purchase items like toothpaste or shampoo/conditioner with openings which do not detach so that there's less chance to lose the caps. ~ Anonymous Penny For Your Thoughts: To mark how long to microwave an item, tape pennies to it. To heat it for 3 minutes, tape 3 pennies; if you heat for 3 minutes, stir and heat another minute, put 3 pennies, leave a space and tape another penny. ~ Marilyn Wright More Cold Cash: You can also use pennies to tell difference between food items in similar containers. For example, put 1 penny on potato salad and 2 on coleslaw. Always use the same number so you remember what type of food it signifies. ~ Marilyn Wright No Old Mold: To keep grated cheese fresh until you want to use it, put it in the freezer which will keep it from getting moldy. ~ Nancy Folsom Cleaning artificial flowers: Pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously and the salt will absorb the dust and dirt, leaving your artificial flowers looking like new.~ Bess Bradley Easy mixing: Use a ziplock bag to mix anything! For example, put flour and chicken in a plastic bag and shake them together to put on flour. You can put eggs, onion, green pepper, cheese, etc. in a bag and shake it all together to make an omelet. ~ Sally Benjamin Slick solution: Instead of measuring cooking oil use solid shortening, it won’t spill. ~ Elizabeth Bowden Never lose a sock strategy: Pin the two socks together before washing. You will have all your socks matched up and ready to wear when dry. ~ Delores Wussler Easy Measuring: To measure cooking oil, fill a wide mouthed jar with oil and dip in measuring spoon when oil is needed. To measure vanilla or other flavorings pour some into a small flexible container. Measure correct amount and funnel remainder back into bottle. ~ Delores Wussler -- Lighthouse of the Big Bend Guiding People Through Vision Loss 3071 Highland Oaks Terrace Tallahassee, FL 32301 (850) 942-3658 www.lighthousebigbend.org Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.