Straight from the December Apple Viz online newsletter

From the AppleVis December =
newsletter

Welcome to the December =
2021 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly

Newsletter which highlights what’s new and =
noteworthy on the AppleVis

website. =
Below, you’ll find a selection of content posted to AppleVis by =

members of the community – from new =
app entries, to app updates, to the

latest news and podcasts.

View in browser

https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unl=
imited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-December 2021

 

…. New and =
Noteworthy App Entries

 

1. =
Adventures of Karna (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

Adventures of Karna by UNAR Labs, is a series of free =
and fully accessible trivia game that is inclusively designed to support =
both sighted and visually-impaired users.

The app harnesses the power of Midlina – an AI-based =
platform, which is the core product of UNAR Labs. Midlina enables =
multimodal access to otherwise visual information on digital media and =
makes it accessible to users with visual impairments.

This version of our app, i.e., Episode–1, is a =
research effort from UNAR Labs to understand how multisensory cues can =
be used to provide graphical access to people with visual-impairments. =
Optimized for use with VoiceOver, the app enables visually-impaired =
users to feel and hear the visual/graphical images (e.g., paths and =
locations on a map) through a combination of haptics (touch), audio, and =
kinesthesis.

As our research =
progresses, Midlina will constantly evolve, and we will be adding more =
features to this app. We will also be releasing new applications powered =
by Midlina, for enabling equal access in education, for navigation, to =
enhance productivity, and for fun.

 

Current =
Version: 2.2 (January 22, 2021)

Read =
Adventures of Karna’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more =
information 

https:/=
/www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/adventures-karna

Visit Adventures of Karna’s App Store page  =

h=
ttps://apps.apple.com/us/app/adventures-of-karna/id1449854062

 

2. =
SM Music Reader (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

SM =
Music Reader is a free and fully accessible app for everyone to read =
scores written in MusicXML format. It supports drawing the score, =
playing and reading with screen reader like Voiceover, so both sighted =
and blind users can exchange the same score at the same time. The app is =
connected to Sao Mai online music library with thousands of MusicXML =
scores.

SM Music Reader currently =
provides the following features:

•        =
     Read music files written in MusicXML =
format,

•        =
     Draw sheet music for exchanging scores among =
both sighted people and people with visual impairment at the same =
time,

•        =
     Play MIDI files:

•        =
     Support reading with screen =
readers:

o Speak in order of by voice =
(horizontal) and by timestamp (vertically),

•        =
     Braille music translation

•        =
     Navigate to a certain bar or =
line,

•        =
     Set bookmarks,

•        =
     Manage your favorite lists and view the =
file’s details,

•        =
     Access Sao Mai music sharing =
library,

 

Current Version: 1.0 (December 2, =
2021)

Read SM Music Reader’s =
AppleVis App Directory entry for more information  =

https://=
www.applevis.com/apps/ios/music/sm-music-reader

Visit SM Music Reader’s App Store page  =

https=
://apps.apple.com/us/app/sm-music-reader/id1532411611

 

3. =
TweeseCake (macOS, Free)

TweeseCake =
is a light-weight, multi-purpose, robust software suite. It can either =
be controlled entirely without a window, or from a handy easy to use UI! =
Some highlights include:

•        =
     Supports Twitter and Telegram.

•        =
     Allows you to navigate your file system without =
ever bringing up a window, or in a very fast, no fuss =
window.

•        =
     Customizable global keyboard =
shortcuts.

•        =
     Very light on system =
resources.

•        =
     Customizable soundpacks.

•        =
     And a lot more!

 

Current =
Version: 0.8.2

Read =
TweeseCake’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more =
information 

h=
ttps://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/social-networking/tweesecake

Visit TweeseCake’s website  =

https://tweesecake.app/

4. Twitterrific: Tweet Your Way (macOS, =
US$7.99)

Re-imagined from the ground =
up to be the Mac’s most friendly, powerful and modern Twitter =
client. Twitterrific makes Twitter fun.

•        =
     A clean, uncluttered timeline featuring just =
the content you care about. Tweets are presented in chronological order =
and other people’s likes aren’t placed in your =
timeline.

•        =
     Twitterrific feels right at home on the Mac. =
Support for Notification Center, Retina displays, built-in sharing, =
beautiful animations, full-screen mode & more.

•        =
     Take control of your tweets with multiple =
timeline windows from the same account or multiple accounts, all =
organized on your Mac’s desktop.

•        =
     Navigate the timeline, compose tweets, and even =
attach image descriptions quickly and easily using Voice =
Over.

•        =
     Twitterrific’s appearance panel supports =
themes, lets you customize fonts & type sizes, and even lets you =
control how media appears in the timeline.

•        =
     Whether you use Twitterrific on your iPhone, =
iPad, or another Mac, the app automatically syncs your reading position =
for a seamless Twitter experience.

 

Current =
Version: 5.4.8 (August 31, 2021)

Read =
Twitterrific: Tweet Your Way’s AppleVis App Directory entry for =
more information 

https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/social-networking/twitt=
errific-tweet-your-way

Visit =
Twitterrific: Tweet Your Way’s App Store page  =

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/twitterrific-tweet-your-way/=
id1289378661?mt=3D12

 

5. VIP Code =
Reader (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

This QR and =
barcode scanner was designed with the needs of Visually Impaired People =
(VIP) in mind. Under the default settings, a radar-like sound rings when =
opening the application’s camera. The scanner is able to detect =
any QR code or barcode that is present in the camera’s field of =
vision. As soon as a code is detected, the application redirects the =
user to the corresponding webpage.

Using this application, VIPs can easily scan any 2-cm =
(or larger) code present on printed matter and listen to the contents =
using VoiceOver technology.

 

Current =
Version: 2.4.1 (May 8, 2019)

Read VIP =
Code Reader’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more =
information 

http=
s://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/vip-code-reader

Visit VIP Code Reader’s App Store page  =

https:/=
/apps.apple.com/us/app/vip-%E3%82%B3%E3%83%BC%E3%83%89%E3%83%AA%E3%83%BC%=
E3%83%80%E3%83%BC-%E3%83%90%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B3%E3%83%BC%E3%83%89-%E8%A6%96=
%E8%A6%9A%E9%9A%9C%E5%AE%B3%E8%80%85/id1273427754

 

All recent =
app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:

iOS/iPadOS

ht=
tps://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=3Dios_app_directory

Mac

ht=
tps://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=3Dmac_app_directory

Apple Watch

ht=
tps://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=3Dmac_app_directory

Apple TV

https:/=
/www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=3Dtv_directory

 

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Helpful tips for January 2022 – read more and keep informed

Hello there and welcome to our =
monthly feature of all kinds of tips.

We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our =
monthly feature of a plethora of tips that cover a wide range of =
topics.

All of our tips are designed =
to help you save time, cut down on your research, and help you get =
ahead.

So go ahead and read =
on.

This week we bring you our =
monthly tips.

It’s what we do for a =
living!  We help you to help yourself!

Enjoy!

From the =
business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.co=
m.

Follow us on Twitter =
@accessibleworld

 

+++++++++++++++

 

Helpful tips =
for January 2022

In this issue:

=

General tips

Articles of the day

* salt stains on leather boots? old paint on carpet? =

From the pages of Donna’s travel =
diary

* Travel in the new =
year?

 

_________________________

General =
tips

Courtesy of the research team at =
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

 

Scams of the month:

Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are =
some very valueable tips.

You need to =
remember that scams come in the following formats:

As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live =
caller, and o yes!  It can even show up at your door and in your =
mailbox.

And now they are targeting =
us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

 

Before =
giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots to =
share with you.

Do not respond to =
emails that look strange to you.

Do =
not download attachments from unknown senders.

Do not share your username and password to your online =
banking and any other online payments facilities with =
anyone.

Do not give out any banking =
or personal details on the phone to unknown callers.

Do not pay any attention to threats from automated =
phone recordings or from live persons with regard to your credit card or =
that you owe money to any revenue agency.

Do not entertain any offers either via email or by =
phone from senders and callers offering incredible service packages as =
they may pertain to cable and tv services, prizes that you have won, or =
any sort of any type of service package.

Do not answer the door to unknown =
callers.

Take extra caution to make =
sure that the details of your credit cards and debit cards are fully =
protected when you make payments at restaurants or at stores, =
pharmacies, and elsewhere.

Do not =
enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text =
request on your cell phone.

The same =
if you are asked for your Apple ID.

Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that =
your banking details have been Compromised online.

 

From Melanie =
Mama Peach

 

1) Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No Unsweetened Chocolate? (For 1 Square – 1 =
ounce)

* Use 3 tablespoons =
unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tablespoon shortening.

_____

 

2) =
Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus Some Switches You =
May Prefer To Make:

No =
Eggs?

* If you omit an egg in a =
recipe, increase the liquid by 3 or 4 tablespoons for each egg omitted. =
It’s risky, however, in delicately balanced cake or cookie recipes, or =
in recipes using lots of eggs.

_____

 

3) =
Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus Some Switches You =
May Prefer To Make:

No Fresh Herbs Or =
Spices?

* Substitute dried herbs or =
spices. Dried are more concentrated. The ratio is about 1 to 3, so in =
recipes calling for 3 tablespoons of fresh chopped herbs, use 1 =
tablespoon of dried.

_____

 

4) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No Honey? (1 cup)

* =
Use 1 1/4 cups of sugar plus 1/4 cup water (or the liquid called for in =
the recipe?. You’re taking a chance, however, whenever you substitute =
sugar for liquid sweetener, or vice versa, in delicately balanced =
recipes.

_____

 

5) =
Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus Some Switches You =
May Prefer To Make:

No Cake =
Flour?

* Use all-purpose flour. Sift, =
pile lightly into a 1 cup measure; level off. Then remove 2 tablespoons. =
Use this 7/8 measure for each cup of cake flour.

* To reverse the process when you have only cake flour =
and need all-purpose, use 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour for each =
cup of all-purpose flour.

_____

 

6) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

The =
Egg

How To Prepare A Hard-Boiled =
Egg:

Don’t laugh, there’s more to it =
than you think. Place eggs in a pan, cover with cold water and sprinkle =
in some salt. The salt will keep the eggs from oozing out if the shells =
crack while cooking. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes. =
Drain off the hot water and place in cold water; be sure to crack all =
the eggs. Allow to cool. This will make peeling easier and will prevent =
a green ring around the yolk.

_____

 

7) est Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

The =
Egg

More About Eggs

* To determine whether an egg is fresh without =
breaking the shell, immerse the egg in a pan of cool, salted water. If =
it sinks to the bottom, it is fresh. If it rises to the surface, it is =
stale.

* Fresh eggs are rough and =
chalky in appearance. Old eggs are smooth and shiny.

* To determine whether an egg is hard-boiled, spin it. =
If it spins round and round, it is hard-boiled. If it wobbles and will =
not spin, it is raw.

* Pierce the end =
of an egg with a pin, and it will not break when placed in boiling =
water.

* A few drops of vinegar will =
keep poached eggs from running all over the pan.

* To remove egg yolk which has dropped into the white, =
use a corner of a wet cloth or a piece of the egg =
shell.

* Eggs beat up fluffier when =
not too cold. They should be at cool room temperature for best =
results.

* By adding vinegar to the =
water, you can boil cracked eggs without having the white run out of the =
shell.

* By adding 1 tablespoon of =
water per egg white, you can increase the quantity of beaten egg whites =
for meringue.

* When eggs are stuck =
to the carton, just wet the box and the eggs can be easily removed =
without cracking the shells.

* Beaten =
egg whites will be more stable if you add 1 teaspoon cream of tartar to =
each cup of egg whites (7 or 8 eggs).

* A small funnel is handy for separating egg whites =
from egg yolks. Open the egg over the funnel and the white will run =
through and the yolk will remain.

* =
For baking, it’s best to use medium to large eggs. Extra large eggs may =
cause cakes to fall when cooled.

* =
Brown and white shelled eggs are of the same quality.

* Egg shells can be removed easily from hot =
hard-boiled eggs if they’re quickly rinsed in cool water =
first.

* To keep egg yolks fresh for =
several days, cover them with cold water and store in the =
refrigerator.

_____

 

8) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

The =
Egg

A Good Cup Of =
Coffee

* One pinch of salt in the =
basket will remove some of the acid taste. For clear coffee, put egg =
shells in after perking. And remember, always start with cold =
water.

_____

 

9) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Temperature Control Part 1/Keeping Hot Foods =
Hot

In The Oven

* If your oven holds a very low temperature, Set it at =
140 degrees or warm. Cover the hot food with a loose tent of foil or the =
cover of a pan set slightly askew, not tight or the food will steam. It =
will keep hot an hour or more.

_____

 

10) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Temperature Control Part 1: Keeping Hot Foods =
Hot

On Hot Trays And =
Trivets:

* Always preheat the tray =
and have the food hot and covered when it’s placed on the =
tray.

_____

 

11) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Temperature Control Part 1: Keeping Hot Foods =
Hot

In Hot Water

* A small amount of food can be kept hot in the top of =
a double boiler, with boiling water in the bottom pan.

* Set a baking dish or platter holding hot food on top =
of a pan of simmering water. Cover with foil, the food should stay hot =
up to an hour.

_____

 

12) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Temperature Control Part 1: Keeping Hot Foods =
Hot

Wrapping Up

* Wrap a roast in a double thickness of foil or 10 or =
more layers of newspaper to keep it hot for up to an hour. Food can be =
transported this way, too.

_____

 

13) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Time =
Control Part 1: Keeping Hot Foods Hot

Boxing In

* Hot =
casseroles or a Dutch oven filled with hot foods, covered or =
well-wrapped, can be stored or transported in an insulated picnic =
carrier. The food will stay hot longer if the carrier is filled. Stuff =
any spaces with crumpled paper.

* Use =
an ice bucket with a cover to keep stews, soups, etc. hotfor an hour or =
longer. Rinse the bucket in hot water first to warm it. Don’t use the =
plastic foam types because the food may leak.

_____

 

14) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Temperature Control Part 1: Keeping Hot Foods =
Hot

Vacuum Bottle

* To keep the contents of a vacuum bottle hot longer, =
first rinse in hot water. Fill again with scalding hot water and let =
stand until ready to pour in the hot liquid.

_____

 

15) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Temperature Control Part 2 – Keeping The Cold Food =
Cold

In Refrigerator Or =
Freezer

* Chill plates, serving =
bowls, platters and serving pieces about 15 minutes before adding =
chilled foods.

* Many foods, such as =
cut fruit and milk, can be given an extra chill by placing them in the =
freezer for 15 minutes, or so before serving. Don’t do it with salad =
greens because they will wilt.

_____

 

16) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Temperature Control Part 2: Keeping Cold Food =
Cold

Canned Ice

* Use canned ice to set around foods on a buffet table =
or tuck in insulated bags in which cold foods are packed. To make it, =
fill sturdy plastic bags with ice cubes and water and freeze solid; or =
fill empty milk cartons three-fourths full with water, freeze and set =
upright in a picnic bag; or use plastic bowls with tight-fitting covers, =
then submerge them in bowls of food. Individual cans of frozen fruit and =
vegetable juices can be used in the same way, and they will also provide =
the mealtime beverage.

_____

 

17) Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Time =
Control Part 2: Keeping Cold Food Cold

In Ice Buckets

* =
Use an insolated ice bucket for serving chilled foods. To pre-chill the =
bucket, fill it with ice for 15 minutes; empty out the ice and put in =
the chilled foods. Covered, it will stay cold for an hour or =
longer.

* Set a bottle of wine or =
carafe of a beverage in an ice bucket filled about half full full of =
ice.

_____

 

_________________________

 

Articles of =
the day

Chosen by the Business Desk =
team

 

salt stains on leather boots? old paint on carpet? =

no worries! and lots =
more

salt. it’s mandatory in a =
human diet. but salt can be as destructive as it is needful due to its =
ability to eat holes through metal and leave ugly stains on footwear. =
here’s a

terrific way to take =
care of that problem—quick and easy!

salt stains. olive oil removes salt and stains from =
leather boots and shoes. shines the leather, too. it’s an italian =
thing!

super-quick dry. need to dry a =
pair of jeans or pajamas in a hurry? put them and a completely dry bath =
towel into the dryer. they’ll be dry in a fraction of the time =
they

would have taken on their =
own.

ice bag. pour 1/2 cup water and =
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol into a quart-size ziploc bag and seal tightly. =
put it into another bag and seal it for double protection. label clearly =

as non-edible and freeze. it will =
remain slushy because the alcohol cannot

freeze. perfect to mold to the wounded area when you =
need an ice pack

paint stains. even =
if it’s been there for a long time, you can get latex paint out of =
carpet or fabric with lacquer thinner (not paint thinner), available at =
hardware or home

improvement =
centers. using a clean white cloth, wet the dried paint with the =
thinner. allow it to penetrate then gently blot with the cloth. be sure =
to test the

carpet or fabric for =
color fastness in an inconspicuous place first, keep the thinner out of =
the reach of children and pets and use in a well-ventilated =
area.

closet strategy. when you =
change your closets over for a new season, put

the hangers on the rod backwards. when you wear an =
item, turn the hangers the conventional way. at the end of the season =
you can easily see what you haven’t worn and the items =

you need to evaluate for =
culling.

power brush.  if you =
use an electric toothbrush and are like me you hate

throwing away those old, not so cheap but need-to-be =
replaced toothbrush heads. hang onto them because i recently found a use =
for them. the stones in my wedding rings tend to

get dull and dirty from everyday wear but now i just =
place an old head on the toothbrush and spin the dirt away. once you =
decide to replace the entire toothbrush hang on to

the old one to be used for deep down house cleaning in =
smaller places such as baseboards, corners or between the knobs on your =

faucets.

visit the men’s department. buy mens toiletries =
if you have a choice when

it comes =
to unscented deodorant, shaving foam and hair colorings, for example. =
products manufactured specifically for men are significantly cheaper =
ounce for ounce than those

made for =
women. go figure.

straight cut. =
ladies: need only the bottom of your long hair trimmed a barber can cut =
just as straight as a beautician. and the cost? typically, less than =
half the salon

price.

heartbreak =
in the dryer. melted-on crayon can be removed by first

applying wd-40 to the area, working it into the stain =
with your fingers. once the wd-40 has begun to break down the petroleum =
base of the crayon, apply

concentrated detergent to remove both the stain and =
and the wd-40. put back into the washer and launder as usual. it works =
like a charm.

suede spot remover. =
most leather cleaning products caution that they should not be used on =
suede. recently i managed to some kind of ugly gunk on the suede portion =
of my

leather shoe. i grabbed the =
folex carpet spot remover (my favorite for carpet spots) and an old =
tooth brush and went to work on it. it worked fabulously to remove the =
stain.

stains treated with folex =
just don’t reappear either—in carpet or suede =
shoes.

cucumbers. you know how the =
expensive english cucumbers at the store are wrapped in plastic? the =
guys at cooks illustrated tested wrapping regular uncut and cut =
cucumbers in

plastic wrap. both work =
and amazingly to allow you to keep any cucumber fresh for up to a =
week!

by mary hunt

  www.everydaycheapskate.com=

 

_________________________

 

 

To learn =
more about me as a sight loss coach and more, visit

http://www.donnajodhan.com

 

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with =
some of my audio mysteries. Take them with you wherever you =
go!

In the car, on the plane, on the =
bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!

Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you =
could either purchase or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at =
www.donnajodhan.com/store.=
html

and you can now take =
advantage of our free downloads here.

 

If you enjoy =
podcasts then check out my weekly one called take another 5!  From =
recipes to apps, and from mystery moment to tips for entrepreneur and =
scam alerts!

Available for download =
at http://www.donnajod=
han.com/takeanother5.html

 

Follow me on =
Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan

And like me on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/donnajodhan=
and at www.facebook.com/autho=
rdonnajodhan

 

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A review of the Home Sense Store – Bravo

A review of the Home Sense =
store

By Donna J. =
Jodhan

 

Introduction:

This =
store has done its very best to adhere to the Covid restrictions and the =
layout of the store and its staff should be commended on a job well =
done!

 

So how would I rate their services?  With 1 being =
the lowest and 5 being the highest, here are my =
ratings.

Service desk assistance – =
5

Assistance for customers with =
special needs – 5

Assistance on the =
floor of the store – 5

 

Remarks =
:

This is a very welcoming store and =
things are made so easy when products are easy to find and staff are so =
very helpful and more than willing to assist.

 

About =
staff:

Knowledgeable about what they =
sell.

 

Any suggestions?

Just keep up your wonderful work!

 

Contact =
info:

Located at the Fairview mall in =
North York Toronto.

 

To learn =
more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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Making your dinner table more accessible – great during this pandemic

Hello =
everyone:

Each month I will be =
responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of the most =
commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and continue =
to be asked.

This month, I’d like to =
answer the following question:=A0

Making your dinner table more =
accessible

By Donna J. =
Jodhan

 

 

Before you =
say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these =
thoughts.

You can definitely increase =
your revenue and reduce both your internal and external costs and here’s =
how.

 

Take it from me!=A0 I have been an accessibility =
awareness=A0 consultant and advisor since 1998 and I continue to help =
companies to increase their revenues, reduce their costs, and reach =
hidden consumer markets!

 

At this time =
of the year, we need to ensure that everyone is kept happy at the dinner =
table so that they can enjoy dining together.

 

The thing to =
keep in mind when making your dinner table more accessible is =
this!

A dinner table can refer to =
instances such as dinner tables in the home, dinner tables at a =
restaurant, and dinner tables wherever meals are shared by families and =
friends.

So here are some tips to =
make your dinner tables more accessible to everyone.

 

You need to =
ensure that most dishes on your dinner table can be easily reached by =
all diners.=A0

This could be =
accomplished by avoiding clutter or by only having the minimal number of =
dishes at each stage of the meal.

A =
suggestion would be to have your dishes split into stages as =
follows:

Group dishes by category =
such as appetizers, entr=E9s, and desserts.

 

Serve soups =
and salads in bowls and/or dishes that are easy to handle and those that =
help to avoid spills.

Do the same for =
dessert.

 

For entr=E9s, avoid serving meals in plates or bowls =
that are too large.=A0

Do the same =
for desserts.=A0

 

Ensure that =
there is enough space on your dinner table to accommodate each guest.=A0 =

That is, that each person has enough =
elbow room to sit comfortably and to maneuver their =
dishes.

 

Ensure that cutlery is placed so that your guests can =
easily find them without too much difficulty.

That is, that you don’t have too many cutlery pieces =
on your table at any given time.

A =
good suggestion would be to only have cutlery pieces for each stage as =
dinner progresses.

 

Remember =
now; access to your dinner table applies when your guests are being =
served as well aswhen they are serving themselves at the =
table.

 

Finally, be sure to have enough room for all =
guests.=A0

Chairs should not be =
crammed around your dinner table.

This is especially so for those who are in =
wheelchairs, those with walkers, and those who are vision =
impaired.

 

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From the November Apple Viz online newsletter – follow the latest

From the AppleVis November =
newsletter

Welcome to the November =
2021 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly

Newsletter which highlights what’s new and =
noteworthy on the AppleVis

website. =
Below, you’ll find a selection of content posted to AppleVis by =

members of the community – from new =
app entries, to app updates, to the

latest news and podcasts.

View in browser

https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unl=
imited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-November 2021

 

…. New and =
Noteworthy App Entries

1. Try this =
new and unmissable Escape Game format. This was originally designed to =
be played in the car, in transport or at home on your smart =
speakers.

You will discover very =
unusual and surprising places: an abandoned hospital, a haunted mansion, =
the Orient Express, a pyramidion, an oasis, a kofun, a fort on stilts, a =
safe of seeds, a secret base. All located around the world: Asia, =
Oceania, Africa, Europe, America.

Live the adventures in beautiful graphics and in =
immersive and even stressful soundscapes.

Resolve the puzzle and discover the real place of the =
Escape Room.

You have 3 minutes to =
get out of each Escape Room. You can be helped by a clue in each of the =
puzzles.

Be careful, each clue will =
cost you time (30 seconds) and reduce your chances of finishing at the =
top of the rankings.

You can also ask =
the answer to the puzzle but this will destroy your chances of finishing =
the Escape Room on time (it will cost you 1 minute)

Current Version: 1.1.0 (May 17, 2018)

Read Audio Escape Room’s AppleVis App Directory =
entry for more information 

https:=
//www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/audio-escape-room

Visit Audio Escape Room’s App Store page  =

htt=
ps://apps.apple.com/us/app/audio-escape-room/id1369877793

 

2. =
Blind Mahjong (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Traditional Chinese Mahjong was made accessible to =
everybody, including those who are blind or visually impaired. One =
player can play the game offline. Up to four players can play online. It =
is for all ages, allowing kids and adults to bond through playing =
together. Enjoy all the improved memorization, concentration, strategic =
thinking skills, and social skills that this relaxing game can bring =
you!

Features:

•        =
     Use of 136 tiles and most widely accepted =
Chinese Mahjong rules

•        =
     Full support to iOS’s screen reader =
VoiceOver

•        =
     High color contrast and large print for players =
with low vision

•        =
     Clean and easy-to-use =
interface

•        =
     Detailed how-to-play =
instructions

•        =
     Ability to play against computer players with =
basic, proficient, or advanced skills

•        =
     Ability to play and chat with friends online =
(perfect for a group up to four)

•        =
     One month free trial before a subscription is =
required

 

Current Version: 1.2 (November 25, =
2021)

Read Blind Mahjong’s =
AppleVis App Directory entry for more information  =

https://ww=
w.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/blind-mahjong

Visit Blind Mahjong’s App Store page  =

https:/=
/apps.apple.com/au/app/blind-mahjong/id1574002764

 

3. Blue =
Badge Parking (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

This =
app uses a database of parking locations by kind permission of Dan =
Gibson at “BlueBadgeParking.com”. After the initial launch =
of app, if you don’t have cellular connection it uses the last =
version saved. When launched, app looks for nearest spaces to your =
location based on the Search Radius selected in ‘Settings’ =
(default 3 miles / 4.5kms).

•        =
     The circular ‘Zoom’ button toggles =
between 3 views, Zoom just nearby locations or your location & all =
nearby locations & if a pin is selected then it zooms right into =
just that location. The pin flag has a blue ‘i’ & if you =
touch that a menu appears with Navigation Options.

•        =
     In the main ‘Map’ tab, touch the =
search box at the top & you can enter not only a Town or City but =
also Post or Zip codes.

•        =
     List tab: The list which is sorted so nearest =
to you or if you used the search box then nearest that location is at =
the top. Parking locations are within same Search Radius as Map. If your =
location has changed then ‘pull’ list down ‘to =
refresh’ distances & locations. If you would like to view a =
particular location just touch description & ‘Map’ tab =
opens with that location shown.

•        =
     Settings tab: This tab lets you change the =
search radius, distance units, enable / disable Beep Sounds, Delete =
‘Marked’ which has 4 options, Enable Shake feature, Disable =
Screen Auto Lock, Larger Display changes size of text & some =
controls, Zoom with Satellite view, display all Favourite in List Tab =
& Shake in Map Tab which has 3 options. These settings are =
remembered when the app is closed, ready for next time.

•        =
     There are 3 functions that use the =
‘Shake’ facility which means when you shake your iDevice =
firmly, it will trigger one of these

 

Current =
Version: 1.0.26 (November 16, 2021)

Read Blue Badge Parking’s AppleVis App Directory =
entry for more information 

=
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/navigation/blue-badge-parking

Visit Blue Badge Parking’s App Store =
page 

ht=
tps://apps.apple.com/gb/app/blue-badge-parking/id1109027666

 

4. =
CrimeHunter 2.0 (macOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Fight and platform your way through 10 levels of fun, =
guided gently by a story behind the scenes! Redesigned from the ground =
up in Python to be cross platform!

•        =
     Rewritten from the ground up to be future proof =
and compatible with Windows Defender.

•        =
     Contains 10 multi-part levels of nonstop =
action.

•        =
     Arcade style, with lives!

•        =
     unlockables once finishing the =
game!

•        =
     Inventory system.

•        =
     Inteligent enemies jump over traps and target =
the player, as well as each other and other objects on the =
board.

•        =
     Play on both Mac and Windows, with gameplay and =
options specifically designed for each system.

•        =
     Buy endless mode and compete against other =
players on an online scoreboard!

•        =
     Watch a semi inteligent AI play endless mode if =
registered!

•        =
     Create and share custom levels online! Note: =
Uploading requires a registration key, but playing shared levels does =
not.

 

Read CrimeHunter 2.0’s AppleVis App Directory =
entry for more information 

https://w=
ww.applevis.com/apps/mac/games/crimehunter-20

5. SkySafari 7 Pro (iOS/iPadOS, =
US$24.99)

SkySafari makes stargazing =
a simple pleasure. It has the largest database of any astronomy app, =
includes every solar system object ever discovered, offers unparalleled =
accuracy, advanced planning and logging tools, flawless telescope =
control, and provides the very best experience under the stars when you =
depend on it. Don’t postpone joy. Discover why SkySafari is the #1 =
recommended astronomy app for serious amateur astronomers since =
2009.

 

Current Version: 7.0.2 (November 27, =
2021)

Read SkySafari 7 Pro’s =
AppleVis App Directory entry for more information  =

http=
s://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/reference/skysafari-7-pro

Visit SkySafari 7 Pro’s App Store page  =

https=
://apps.apple.com/us/app/skysafari-7-pro/id1567658979

 

All recent =
app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:

iOS/iPadOS

ht=
tps://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=3Dios_app_directory

Mac

ht=
tps://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=3Dmac_app_directory

Apple Watch

ht=
tps://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=3Dmac_app_directory

Apple TV

ht=
tps://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=3Dmac_app_directory

 

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Helpful tips for December – important info

Hello there and welcome to our =
monthly feature of all kinds of tips.

We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our =
monthly feature of a plethora of tips that cover a wide range of =
topics.

All of our tips are designed =
to help you save time, cut down on your research, and help you get =
ahead.

So go ahead and read =
on.

This week we bring you our =
monthly tips.

It’s what we do for a =
living!  We help you to help yourself!

Enjoy!

From the =
business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.co=
m.

Follow us on Twitter =
@accessibleworld

 

+++++++++++++++

 

Helpful tips =
for December 2021

In this issue:

=

General tips

Articles of the day

* Make Your Own Tub, Tile and Shower Cleaners— =
Cheaper Better and Faster

* turn =
your barbecue grill into a baking oven

From the pages of Donna’s travel =
diary

* Traveling =
resumed?

 

_________________________

General =
tips

Courtesy of the research team at =
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

 

Scams of the month:

Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are =
some very valueable tips.

You need to =
remember that scams come in the following formats:

As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live =
caller, and o yes!  It can even show up at your door and in your =
mailbox.

And now they are targeting =
us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

 

Before =
giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots to =
share with you.

Do not respond to =
emails that look strange to you.

Do =
not download attachments from unknown senders.

Do not share your username and password to your online =
banking and any other online payments facilities with =
anyone.

Do not give out any banking =
or personal details on the phone to unknown callers.

Do not pay any attention to threats from automated =
phone recordings or from live persons with regard to your credit card or =
that you owe money to any revenue agency.

Do not entertain any offers either via email or by =
phone from senders and callers offering incredible service packages as =
they may pertain to cable and tv services, prizes that you have won, or =
any sort of any type of service package.

Do not answer the door to unknown =
callers.

Take extra caution to make =
sure that the details of your credit cards and debit cards are fully =
protected when you make payments at restaurants or at stores, =
pharmacies, and elsewhere.

Do not =
enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text =
request on your cell phone.

The same =
if you are asked for your Apple ID.

Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that =
your banking details have been compromised online.

 

Courtesy of =
our dear friend Mama Peach

 

Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Speed =
Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible

Getting The Ketchup Out Of The Bottle

* Insert a drinking straw, push it to the bottom of =
the bottle and then remove. Enough air will be admitted to start an even =
flow.

_____

 

Speed =
Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible

Getting The Ketchup Out Of The Bottle

* Insert a drinking straw, push it to the bottom of =
the bottle and then remove. Enough air will be admitted to start an even =
flow.

_____

 

Best Of =
Helpful Hints: The Kitchen

Speed =
Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible

Ridding The Ham Of The Rind

* Slit the rind lengthwise on the underside before =
placing it in the roasting pan. As the ham bakes, the rind will pull =
away and can be removed easily without lifting the ham.

_____

 

Speed =
Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible

Anchoring Boards And Bowls

* A crumpled towel or sponge cloth under a bowl or =
board will prevent it from sliding around when mixing ingredients or =
kneading and rolling out dough.

_____

 

Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No Bread Crumbs?

* =
Use finely crushed cornflakes, wheat flakes or any other unsweetened =
cereal.

* Use crushed potato =
flakes.

_____

 

Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No Butter?

* 7/8 =
cup solid vegetable shortening or lard plus 1/2 teaspoon salt. To =
measure 7/8 cup, measure 1 cup, then remove 2 =
tablespoons.

_____

 

Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No Fresh Milk?

(For =
1 Cup)

* Use 1/2 cup each evaporated =
whole milk and water.

* Use 1/3 cup =
instant nonfat dry milk plus 1 cup water, minus 1 tablespoon =
water.

_____

 

Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No Sugar?

* You can =
often substitute, measure for measure, packed brown sugar (light or =
dark) with no adjustments. You will get a light molasses flavor, =
however.

_____

 

Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No Vanilla Extract?

* A batter or dessert can be flavored with grated =
lemon or orange rind and a little lemon juice.

* Use 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg for each teaspoon vanilla =
extract.

* Use a dusting of =
cinnamon.

_____

 

Substitutions/When You Are Out Of What You Need, Plus =
Some Switches You May Prefer To Make:

No All-Purpose Flour?

* For thickening gravy or sauce, you can substitute 1 =
tablespoon cornstarch, rice starch or arrowroot for 2 tablespoons flour =
or 2 tablespoons instant mashed potatoes, cornmeal or quick-cooking =
tapioca.

* If you use whole grain =
flour in baked goods, be careful not to overload them with it or the =
food may be heavy. For each cup flour, use 1/2 to 2/3 cup whole-wheat =
flour plus the remainder of white flour called for in

the recipe or 1/2 cup rye or buckwheat flour or 1/4 =
cup soy flour.

_____

 

From =
Donna:

What is the difference between =
parchment paper and grease proof paper?

You can use parchment paper when baking in your oven =
but you cannot or should not use grease proof paper.

You may also use foil instead of parchment =
paper.

 

When it comes to choosing cats from an animal =
shelter:

Black cats are the least =
favourite colour.

 

_________________________

 

Articles of =
the day

Chosen by the Business Desk =
team

 

Make Your Own Tub, Tile and Shower Cleaners— =
Cheaper Better and Faster

The only =
thing better than making things myself is when what I make turns out to =
be cheaper, better and faster than something I can buy in the store to =
accomplish the same

goal. That makes =
me so happy!

Dear Mary: I love, love, =
love! the homemade Tub and Shower Soap Scum

Remover. It works better than any product I have ever =
used. Our tubs and showers have never looked so good! Now, I would love =
to know how to make my own daily shower cleaner—

the kind you just spray and walk away for daily tub =
and shower maintenance between cleanings. Any ideas? =
Polly

Dear Polly: Yes! I’m =
confident this is the recipe you’re looking for.

Daily Shower Cleaner

1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap (like blue =
Dawn)

1 tablespoon dishwasher rinse =
aid (like Jet-Dry)

2 cups =
water

Directions:

1.    Pour all of the ingredients into =
a 24-ounce spray bottle. Mix gently. Each day before

you step out of the shower, spray the walls then walk =
away.

2.    This no =
rinse, no wipe, no scrub shower cleaner spray is safe to use on glass, =
glazed tile, stone, tubs and shower curtains. The gentle formula =
contains no bleach,

ammonia or harsh =
chemicals and it wont scratch surfaces or leave behind a dull =
residue.

3.    Store =
your daily shower cleaner in a dark cupboard, as hydrogen peroxide =
breaks down quickly in the presence of light.

Here, for readers who may have missed it, is that =
nearly magical cleaning potion you love so much (so do =
I!)

Tub, Tile and Shower =
Cleaner

Pour one cup blue Dawn into a =
32-ounce spray bottle (1/2 cup Dawn if you are using a 16-ounce bottle). =
Fill the bottle the rest of the way with white vinegar. Apply sprayer =

top; shake gently to mix. To use: =
Spray liberally on the area to be cleaned.

Allow to sit from 30 minutes up to overnight, =
depending on the severity of the problem. All of the offensive gunk and =
grime will break down and become soft and gooey. Simply =

rinse it away. For especially =
challenging situations—or if this is the initial =
treatment—use a sponge or brush to gently scrub the surfaces =
before rinsing. Caution: Do not use

on stone, marble or granite.

Dear Mary: We live with extremely hard well water. =
Given this challenge, can you recommend a brand of laundry and also =
automatic dishwasher detergent that will suitable for

hard water? Thank you! Jeannine

Dear Jeannine: Rather than changing products, I =
suggest you supplement what you are using now—in both the clothes =
washer and automatic dishwasher—with Super Washing Soda, also =

known as sodium =
carbonate.  

https://w=
ww.amazon.com/Arm-Hammer-Super-Washing-Soda/dp/B00K6ON90S/ref=3Das_li_ss_=
tl?ie=3DUTF8&qid=3D1484759369&sr=3D8-

1&keywords=3Dsuper+washing+soda&th=3D1&link=
Code=3Dsl1&tag=3Dcheapskatemonthl&linkId=3D8956060d29841a513e3add=
0368a35d2a

It’s a natural =
product

(read more about it HERE =
including ten other ways to use washing soda around the house) that =
looks just like white powdered detergent.

http://www.everydaycheapskate.com=
/home-and-family/beyond-laundry-10-ways-use-washing-soda-around-house/

Super Washing Soda =

boosts the power of soaps and =
detergents because it instantly softens the water.

I’d start by adding 1/2 cup Super Washing Soda =
to every laundry wash cycle and the same amount to each dishwasher load. =
You can just toss it into the machine before you close

the door. As a bonus, sodium carbonate (Super Washing =
Soda) will clean out the hoses and pipes in your appliances to keep them =
from mineral build-up that can wreak havoc on a

household appliance.

Most supermarkets and discount stores carry Arm & =
Hammer Super Washing

Soda, or you =
can easily order it online through Amazon. It comes in a 55-ounce box =
for about $5. Good luck and be sure to let us know how that works for =
you!

www.everydaycheapskate.com=

Our mailing address =
is:

Everyday =
Cheapskate

12340 Seal Beach =
Blvd.

#B-416

Seal Beach, CA 90740

 

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turn your =
barbecue grill into a baking oven

 

If you have =
an outdoor barbecue grill with a cover that closes over the top of the =
grill, you can turn it into an outdoor oven. Why would you want to do =
that? To

preclude the need to heat =
up your kitchen this summer to bake pizza, cookies, cakes, bread and =
casseroles. Or so you can expand your camping-out cooking =
repertoire.

GENERAL. You can bake =
nearly anything with a covered grill. If your grill doesn’t have a =
cover, improvise with a large inverted pot. The heat rises and =
circulates in the

covered area just =
as it does in your oven. The heat source can be charcoal, gas, or even =
wood, however gas is preferable because it is easier to control and does =
not transfer

a smoked taste to the =
baked items.

TEMPERATURE. This is the =
challenge. If your grill has a temperature gauge

installed, you’re in luck. If not, you’ll =
need to get a small oventhermometer so you

can more accurately regulate the inside temperature of =
your grill when it is closed.

PRE-HEAT. Always fire up the grill for a few minutes =
to set the temperature before baking.

GET BRICKS. When baking, never set the baking pan =
directly on the grill. Instead, set a brick or two as necessary on the =
grill, then the banking pan on top of the brick(s).

DON’T PEEK. As far as possible, do not lift that =
cover once you’ve closed it on your baking. You’ll need to =
watch the time carefully at first until you’ve experimented =

sufficiently to know how long things =
take to bake in your new outdoor “oven.” Just remember that =
opening that cover is like allowing an arctic storm to blow =
through.PIZZA ON

THE GRILL. You =
really can make pizza on your grill, provided you

follow these instructions:

1.    Roll out the pizza dough to your =
desired thickness.

2.    Transfer the rolled crust to a =
pizza peel on which you have sprinkled corn meal to act as a release =
agent. (Think of corn meal as tiny ball bearings that roll the pizza =

of and onto the grill. Or you can =
use a cookie sheet that has no lip on at least one

side. This will allow you to easily transfer the dough =
to your hot grill by allowing it to simple slide off the sheet or peel, =
if you have one.)

3.    Heat the grill.

4.    Moisten a paper towel with oil =
and rub the grates.

5.    Slide the dough onto the grill. =
Watch it carefully and when the bottom browns, turn

the dough to grill the other side.

6.    Now you can add your sauce of =
choice, toppings and cheese.

7.    Close the cover to allow the =
toppings to cook and melt.

Alternative method. If you have a pizza stone =
(unglazed terra cotta tile works well and is a lot cheaper than a =
commercial pizza stone), you can lay this directly on the =

grill. Allow it to heat on Low heat =
to avoid cracking the stone. Once it is good and hot, slide the crust =
right onto the stone. Once browned, turn the crust over and =

proceed as above.

CLEANING TIP. Here’s a slick way to create a =
kind of self-cleaning feature on any barbecue grill. Place a few sheets =
of aluminum foil over the grill so you have several

thicknesses. Crank up the heat to the hottest possible =
settings, close the

cover and allow =
to heat for 30 minutes. Like the self-cleaning setting on your =
traditional over, this turns everything on the grill to =
ash.

Caution: Before attempting this, =
check your barbecue warranty to make sure this will not do anything to =
void a warranty that is still in effect.

By Mary Hunt on

www.everydaycheapskate.com=

 

_________________________

 

From the =
pages of donna’s travel diary

Traveling resumed?

 

Some may say =
that it has while others are saying not quite yet.  I am still on =
the fence and hopeful that soon enough we can look forward to a =
return.

 

Masks?  Indeed!  We’ll probably need to =
bring them along on our trips for some time to come.

Hand sanitizers?  Probably need to bring these =
with us too!

Social distancing?  =
We wait to see how airlines and others handle this.

More security at airports?  I believe =
so.

Pack more patience in our hold =
ons?  Indeed!

Will holiday =
travel increase?  I believe so.

May we dare to look forward to traveling to see our =
loved ones?  We can.

 

I’m Donna J. =
Jodhan enjoying my travels.

 

To learn =
more about me as a sight loss coach and author visit

http://www.donnajodhan.com

 

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with =
some of my audio mysteries. Take them with you wherever you =
go!

In the car, on the plane, on the =
bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!

Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you =
could either purchase or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at =
www.donnajodhan.com/store.=
html

and you can now take =
advantage of our free downloads here.

 

Follow me on =
Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan

And like me on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/donnajodhan=
and at www.facebook.com/autho=
rdonnajodhan

 

 

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A review of the showcase store

A review of the Showcase store =

By Donna J. Jodhan

 

Introduction:

The =
staff of this store have worked overtime to ensure that their store is =
accessible, friendly, and Covid compliant but above all they have gone =
beyond the call of duty to satisfy their customers.

 

So how would =
I rate their services?  With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the =
highest, here are my ratings.

Service =
desk assistance – 5

Assistance for =
guests with special needs – 5

Assistance at the store – 5

 

Remarks =
:

Access to the store was extremely =
user friendly for a vision impaired person and navigating among the =
aisles was not very difficult.  The shelves were well laid out with =
not too much clutter.

 

About =
staff:

Extremely welcoming, friendly, =
and knowledgable.

 

My shopping =
experience:

Pleasant and =
rewarding.

 

Any suggestions?

Keep up the good work!

 

Contact =
info:

The Fairview =
Mall

Second floor

North York

Tel 416 =
497 2970

 

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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How to make your corner grocery more accessible

Hello =
everyone:

Each month I will be =
responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of the most =
commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and continue =
to be asked.

This month, I’d like to =
answer the following question: 

How to make your corner grocery more =
accessible

Just in time to meet the =
restrictions of a pandemic.

By Donna =
J. Jodhan

 

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these =
suggestions; consider these thoughts.

You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce =
both your internal and external costs and here’s how.

 

Take it from =
me!  I have been an accessibility awareness  consultant and =
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their =
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer =
markets!

 

A corner grocery establishment is always one where you =
can do good business and why?

Because =
it is the place that so many come to in a pinch or whenever they need to =
get things in a hurry. 

 

So with this =
in mind, let us concentrate on helping you to bring in more than just =
the regular type of customer.  I am referring to customers with =
special needs or one with a disability.

Here are some tips to get you =
started.

 

1. Make your front entrance easy to find and =
navigate.  It should be wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and =
walkers and strollers.  In addition, make it easy to identify by =
having it stand out; put it in colours that are easy to help customers =
identify it. 

 

2. Make your =
sign clearly visible; locate it in a spot that is easy to find and =
identify.  Make your sign with background and foreground that give =
good contrast.  Make letters large enough to read and use fonts =
that are not too difficult to read.

 

3. Make =
aisles wide enough for wheelchairs, walkers, and for persons using =
canes.

 

4. Do not clutter shelves and arrange your items in =
such a way that are easy to find.  Make it easy to identify what is =
in each aisle.

 

5. Use =
colours that are easy to help customers distinguish floors from =
shelves.  That is, provide adequate contrast.

 

6. Place =
your check out counter in an easy to find location and provide adequate =
room for shoppers to check out.

 

7.  =
Make sure that your staff is trained to provide assistance whenever a =
customer with a disability requests it. 

 

8. Provide =
choices at check out time; that is, not just those self check out =
machines, but also cash registers manned by live =
persons.

 

This should be a good start.

 

 

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Latest and greatest Apple Apps – from the October online newsletter

From the AppleVis October newsletter
Welcome to the October 2021 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
Newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy on the AppleVis
website. Below, you’ll find a selection of content posted to AppleVis by
members of the community – from new app entries, to app updates, to the
latest news and podcasts.
View in browser
https://www.applevis.com/newsletter/applevis-unlimited-whats-new-and-noteworthy-october-2021

…. New and Noteworthy App Entries

1. Audio Duel (iOS/iPadOS, US$1.99)

Audio Duel is a simple online audio game featuring a squares board combat
system where your goal is to defend your position from enemy attacks while
at the same time trying to execute attacks on the enemy.

Listen where the sounds of your enemy attacks are coming from, point your
finger at the same position to defend yourself from the attack. Choose the
position where you want to attack and move on. Sharpen your sense of hearing
and try to get ahead of your opponent by scoring higher and winning.

Features:

* Multi-directional combat system featuring the possibility to attack
and/or defend from many positions.
* Play online and put your skills to the test against audio duelists on the
Internet.
* A beginner tutorial to get you through in the game.
* An offline mode to let you practice your skills, get acquainted with the
mechanics and learn what it takes to win the game.
* Visuals so both blind and sighted people can play alike.

Current Version: 1.1 (October 27, 2021)
Read Audio Duel’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/audio-duel
Visit Audio Duel’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/audio-duel/id1590837524

2. e-Sword LT: Bible Study to Go (iOS/iPadOS, US$3.99)

e-Sword® — the world’s most popular PC Bible study software is now
available on the world’s most advanced mobile operating system! e-Sword LT
is the little brother of e-Sword HD for the iPad, but has many of the same
powerful features in a slimmer design for the iPhone. e-Sword LT is feature
rich and user friendly. As your Biblical library grows you will appreciate
the intuitive layout and synchronization of resources. e-Sword LT is so easy
to use you may never need to read the Tutorial!

EVERYTHING NEEDED to study the Bible in an enjoyable and enriching manner.
All Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, … everything is just a tap away!

* POWERFUL SEARCHES that are simple to use. Enter as many words you want to
search for and select the settings. You can even search on Strong
numbers!
* STRONG’S DEFINITIONS are just a tap away and presented in a popover.
* SCRIPTURE REFERENCES too are just a tap away and presented in a popover.
* COMPARE BIBLES quickly to see how the different versions translate a
verse.

Current Version: 11.5.2 (October 14, 2021)
Read e-Sword LT: Bible Study to Go’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/reference/e-sword-lt-bible-study-go
Visit e-Sword LT: Bible Study to Go’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/e-sword-lt-bible-study-to-go/id634158738

3. GoodMaps Outdoors (iOS/iPadOS, Free)

GoodMaps Outdoors is a fully accessible turn-by-turn GPS app for iPhone. It
has all the outdoor navigation features you expect plus unique offerings you
cannot get anywhere else, including extra verbosity for blind users.

Features

* Four main tabs are easy to access at the bottom of the screen: Routes,
Location (Default), POIs and Settings.
* A unique GoodMaps Outdoors feature: Record a route using breadcrumbs,
called Waypoints. No other accessible app has this. You can add these
waypoints with the add button or you can shake the phone to create a
Waypoint. It also automatically records a point after you have gone a
certain distance. These Waypoint routes can be saved for future use.
* The Lookaround Wand in the top right tells you what is around.
* The More Info button gives the altitude and speed.
* Create your own POIs and share your POIs with others or keep them private
with a shortcut on the Location page or from the POIs page.
* POI categories are announced with search results and make finding your
destination easier.
* Audio tones and vibrations give feedback throughout the app, letting you
know about upcoming turns, critical intersection information, and when
search is loading.
* A robust route menu includes multiple methods of choosing a destination,
from starting with a POI, an address from your contact list, your route
history, and many more!
* Settings include many customization options like: vibrations, vision
contrast, color settings, and distance units.
* There are announcement options like right, left, clockface or both.

Current Version: 4.0.0 (October 3, 2021)
Read GoodMaps Outdoors’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/navigation/goodmaps-outdoors
Visit GoodMaps Outdoors’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/goodmaps-outdoors/id945756779

4. Hell Hunter: Anti Nomen (iOS/iPadOS, US$4.99)

HELL HUNTER: ANTI-NOMEN is a horror action-narrative RPG audiogame with a
wide variety of immersive environments.

Elyon’s story is about to be told…

In our days, in a world where technology has spread worldwide, mankind
can’t even imagine that vampires and all the creatures of the night exist.

Elyon is a dhampir and a vampire hunter and you, blood seeker, will help him
to hunt Dracula, the lord of darkness.

Explore modern Transylvania and survive the chase of an unbeatable
creature… How long can you last?

A new adventure with 100 new maps in 10 different scenarios! Over 7 hours of
gameplay.

Do you have the courage to follow Elyon during his hunt for Dracula?

Current Version: 1.0 (October 28, 2021)
Read Hell Hunter: Anti Nomen’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/hell-hunter-anti-nomen
Visit Hell Hunter: Anti Nomen’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hell-hunter-anti-nomen/id1586126342

5. Jack’d – Gay chat & dating (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)

Diverse. Inclusive. Fun! This is what distinguishes Jack’d from all other
queer dating apps. With 5 million people spanning 2,000 cities in 180
countries, we’re proud to be the most inclusive dating app for QPOC.

Jack’d is an independent, LGBTQ+ owned and operated company, and we use
the app we build. We believe in the power of technology to create community
and to connect with each other. Whether you’re looking to chat, make
friends, find love, or keep it casual, you’ll find it on Jack’d.

Current Version: 6.5200.0 (October 26, 2021)
Read Jack’d – Gay chat & dating’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/social-networking/jack-d-gay-chat-dating
Visit Jack’d – Gay chat & dating’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/jackd-gay-chat-dating/id350426804

6. Maestral (macOS, Free)

Maestral is a lightweight Dropbox client for macOS and Linux. It provides
powerful command line tools, supports gitignore patterns to exclude local
files from syncing and allows syncing multiple Dropbox accounts.

Features

The focus on “simple” file syncing does come with advantages:

* Smaller App bundle than the official macOS Dropbox app (40 MB vs 420 MB).
* Universal binary which runs natively on Apple Silicon.
* Less memory usage: 100 MB for a medium sized Dropbox on macOS vs 500 MB).
The memory usage will depend on the size of your synced Dropbox folder
and can be further reduced when running the daemon without a GUI.
* Supports syncing multiple Dropbox accounts by running multiple instances
in parallel.
* Does not count towards the three devices limit for basic Dropbox
accounts.

Current Version: 1.5.1 (October 20, 2021)
Read Maestral’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/utilities/maestral
Visit Maestral’s website https://maestral.app/

7. Mimestream (macOS, Free)

Made for Mac, optimized for Gmail

As a native app written in Swift, Mimestream leverages the full power of
macOS to deliver a lightning-fast and instantly familiar experience. Instead
of using the IMAP protocol, Mimestream utilizes the Gmail API to enable an
enhanced set of features that let you work with ease.

Rise above the noise and focus on the work that matters most. Mimestream
makes it easy to keep your inbox organized with confidence.

Current Version: 0.30.0 (October 25, 2021)
Read Mimestream’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/productivity/mimestream
Visit Mimestream’s website https://mimestream.com/

All recent app entries posted to AppleVis can be found at:

iOS/iPadOS https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=watch_directory
Apple TV https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=tv_directory

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Helpful tips for November – much for you to read

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld

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Helpful tips for November 2021

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* a dozen dandy uses for white vinegar
* alternative treatments to control termites
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* Getting ready to travel

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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
tips.
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

And in time for winter!
It’s time to change into your winter tires!
Why? Because those temps are starting to dip below the 7 degree level.

Now for a bunch of holiday tips:
Thank you Mama Peach!

Scorched Vegetables?
Set the pot in a pan of cold water and let stand for 15 to 30 minutes. Do
not scrape the bottom of the pan. No one will know the vegetables have been
scorched.
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Soggy Mashed Potatoes?
* Overcooked potatoes can become soggy when the milk is added. Sprinkle with
dry powder milk for the fluffiest mashed potatoes ever.
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To The Rescue/When Something Goes Wrong
The Meat Is Still In The Freezer?
* Place meat in a sealed plastic bag and drop into a pan of very warm water.
* Put your dish drainer upside down in the sink. Run hot water to about an
inch from the top of the drainer. Place meat on drainer and cover with a
pan.
* A quick way to separate frozen bacon, heat a spatula over the stove
burner, then slide it under each slice to separate it from the others.
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To The Rescue/When Something Goes Wrong
The Salt Won’t Pour?
* Wrap a small piece of aluminum foil tightly around the shaker. The foil is
moisture proof and it will keep dampness out of the salt.
* To prevent clogging, keep 5 to 10 grains of rice inside your shaker.
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Speed Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible
Chopping Onions Without Tears
* Refrigerate before chopping.
* Peel under cold running water.
* Periodically rinse hands under cold water while chopping.
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Speed Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible
Peeling Onions For Boiling
* Cut off both ends; drop onions into boiling water; boil for 4 to 5
minutes. Remove and rinse under cold water; then just slip off the peels.
Use the same procedure for removing carrot skins.
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Speed Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible
Peeling Thin Skinned Fruits
* Refrigerate tomatoes. Hold tomato firmly and scrape with a paring knife
from the bottom to the top several times. Prick the skin with the point of a
knife. The peeling will remove easily.
* Place thin-skinned fruits into a bowl, cover with boiling water and let
set for 1 minute. Peel with a paring knife.
* Spear the fruit on a fork and hold over a gas flame until the skin cracks.
Then peel.
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Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen
Speed Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible
Cutting Sticky Foods
* Before chopping, flour the pieces in a paper bag.
* Dip your sheers or knife in hot water while cutting.
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Best Of Helpful Hints: The Kitchen
Speed Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible
Removing The Excess Fat
* If time allows, the best method is refrigeration until the fat hardens on
the top.
* Elininate fat from soup and stew by dropping ice cubes into the pot. As
you stir, the fat will cling to the cubes. Discard the cubes before they
melt.
* Lettuce leaves absorb fat also. Place a few into the pot and watch the fat
cling to them.
* If you prop up one leg of your electric frying pan, (set it on a knife
handle) you can make relatively grease free hamburgers or bacon for frying
on the elevated side of the pan.
* When broiling meats on a rack, place a piece of bread in the broiler pan
to soak up the dripping fat. This not only eliminates smoking of the fat,
but reduces the chances of the fat catching fire.
* Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the fat in which you are going to deep fry.
It will keep the food from absorbing too much fat and eliminate the greasy
taste.
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Speed Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible
Eliminating The Spattering And Sticking
* When pan frying or sauteeing, always heat the pan before adding the butter
or oil. Not even eggs stick with this method.
* Sprinkle a little salt into the frying pan to prevent spattering.
* Vinegar brought to a boil in a new frying pan will prevent foods from
sticking.
* If your muffins are sticking to the tin pan, place the hot pan on a wet
towel. They will slide right out.
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Speed Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible
Preventing Boil Overs:
* Add a lump of butter or a few teaspoons of cooking oil to the water and
rice, noodles or spaghetti will not boil over or stick together.
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Speed Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible
Preparing Cut Fruit Ahead Of Time
* Toss the freshly cut fruit in lemon juice and it will not darken. The
juice of half a lemon is enough for a quart or two of cut fruits.
* Cover with 1 cup syrup made of equal parts of water and sugar cooked until
syrupy.
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Speed Ups/Getting As Much Done In The Shortest Time Possible
Softening Butter
* Soften butter for spreading by inverting a small heated pan over the
butter dish for a minute or so.
* Grating a stick of butter softens it quickly.
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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

a dozen dandy uses for white vinegar
i
t costs hardly anything ($2 a gallon on sale), it’s available in every
grocery store in the universe and so useful around your home you are going
to have a hard time
believing it. that’s the power of vinegar. yep, plain, cheap, 5 percent
acidity, white vinegar.
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1. instead of fabric softener or dry sheets, add 1/2 to 1 cup vinegar to
last rinse in your washing machine (as you would liquid softener). your
clothes will come out soft
because the vinegar helps to remove every trace of laundry detergent, which
cause fabrics to stiffen.
2. add 1/4 cup white vinegar to a quart of very warm water to make a good
window cleaner. wipe with crumpled newspaper or a coffee filter and your
windows will
sparkle.
3. vinegar will dissolve hard-water marks like those on shower doors,
faucets and in vases. if the vinegar is hot (heat in the microwave) it works
even faster.
4. instead of pricey commercial rinse agents, fill that little reservoir in
your dishwasher with white vinegar. your dishes will sparkle. refill often.
if your dishwasher does
not have this feature, simple add 1/2 to 1 cup (depending on the hardness of
your water) to the last rinse.
5. wash your car’s windshield with vinegar to help keep ice and frost at
bay.
6. diluted 50/50 with water, vinegar will take pet odors out of carpets.
find the offending area and saturate it well (you want to use more liquid
here than the amount the
pet contributed). let it set for awhile then blot all you can with a clean
white towel. don’t scrub, blot! stand on that towel to bring the liquid into
the towel.
7. vinegar makes a great wallpaper remover. first remove all the wallpaper
you can by simply pulling it off. you’ll probably get only the top layer of
the paper, but that’s
okay. now spray full-strength vinegar on what remains. this will begin to
dissolve the glue. once softened you’ll be able to remove the rest without
harsh chemicals.
8. use the acidity of vinegar to tenderize meat. i add several tablespoons
to pot roast, soups and stews. if you have balsamic vinegar it will add a
wonderful flavor, but
white vinegar tenderizes just as well. your guests will think you are
serving them filet mignon.
9. you can clean copper-bottom pots with a paste made of salt and vinegar.
caution: do not use this on decorative copper that has a lacquer coating.
10. wash your vinyl and ceramic tile floors with a mixture of hot water and
white vinegar (1 cup per gallon of water). no need to rinse and you will
never have that nasty
film that plain water leaves behind. and wow! your floor will shine line a
new penny.
11. white vinegar will take the sting out of sunburn. just soak a towel and
apply to the burn. the smell is far more tolerable than the pain of a
sunburn. caution: never
self-treat a severe burn. contact your health professional immediately if
you have any doubt.
12. clean your steam iron from the inside out. fill the steam reservoir with
white vinegar and heat to the hottest setting. it’s going to steam vinegar
so get prepared for a
strong smell. you will see all kinds of hard water deposits come out of the
steam holes. empty remaining vinegar, fill with water and allow to steam
well to remove all
traces of vinegar. repeat as necessary. note: check the owner manual to make
sure vinegar is not prohibited in your particular model.
source:
http://www.everydaycheapskate.com/home-and-family/dozen-dandy-uses-white-vinegar/

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alternative treatments to control termites
alternative treatments to control termites
if there”s wood in your house, chances are at some point you”ll have
unwelcome houseguests: termites. treatments to get rid of these trespassers
can be environmentally nasty.
infestations in which the entire house is implicated are usually attacked
with chemical fumigants. but concerns about ozone depletion and health risks
associated with these
chemicals have created a growing market for alternative treatments that
still spell r.i.p. for the bugs.
http://emagazine.flywheelsites.com/wp-content/uploads/images/0901home_bugs.jpg
to fight termites, today’s homeowner can choose to freeze, heat. microwave
or shock them.
courtesy of tallon
two basic types of termites may be cohabiting with you: drywood and
subterranean. drywood termites are more common in warm, dry climates and
live in attics, garages and
walls. they may start out infesting the fence surrounding your property, the
woodpile out back or even the utility pole across the street. subterranean
termites tunnel in moist
soil to find wood, putting decks and lower levels of buildings at risk.
giving “em gas
these days, a house under attack from drywood termites may be chemically
fumigated through a process known as tenting. a nylon tarp is draped around
the entire building and
a poisonous gas—usually vikane (sulfuryl fluoride) —is pumped inside. twelve
to 24 hours later, the tarp is removed, and the home is aerated for at least
six hours.
consumers often opt for fumigation because of its ability to completely rid
a structure of termites. vikane gas is odorless, colorless and dissipates
quickly, leaving no residue. but
vikane is extremely toxic and can depress the central nervous system.
long-term exposure can cause blood and bone problems.
methyl bromide, which is still sometimes used as a termiticide, aerates more
slowly and is an ozone depleter. the environmental protection agency is
phasing it out by 2005 in
order to comply with clean air act regulations.
dr. marion moses, public health and environmental medicine specialist and
founder of the pesticide education center in san francisco, says methyl
bromide, which is still used
widely in agriculture, has been linked to serious health problems among
those who work around it, including migrant farm workers.
dow agrosciences, a manufacturer of vikane, now offers an alternative method
of killing subterranean termites called the sentricon colony elimination
system. in this process,
worker termites are baited by compact monitoring stations to pick up a tiny
amount of poison, which then spreads throughout the colony. the systemuses
only a fraction of an
ounce of termite-specific chemical, and it is environmentally low impact
compared with traditional spraying methods. here are some developing
fumigation alternatives for
treating drywood termites: heat them. heating an entire structure or
selected area to 120 degrees fahrenheit will destroy termites and their
eggs. the heat will also disinfect the
area by eliminating most bacteria, odors and fungi. state-of-the-art digital
thermometers and needle-thin probes ensure the wood core temperature is hot
enough to kill the
insects.
freeze them. pumping liquid nitrogen through tiny holes drilled into
infested wood will also eliminate termites. the —350-degree nitrogen is
pumped in slowly to gradually
lower the wood temperature to —20 fahrenheit. tallon termite and pest
control in redondo beach, california has been using the blizzard system to
freeze termites since 1988.
ceo jay tallon says it”s 100-percent effective. technicians use fiber optics
to pinpoint exactly where the termites are living within the wood.
microwave them. microwave treatments involve a machine that looks like an
oven without the door and essentially “cooks” the termites. it is used to
treat unexposed areas, like
walls or a stucco column. when treating an entire house, microwaving is
usually part of the bigger pest-control solution.
shock them. the electrogun is a hand-held device with a 90,000-volt electric
current that penetrates wood to electrocute termites. because the current is
pulsating, it doesn”t
burn the wood.
oil them. oil made from orange peels can kill termites on contact. the oil
is injected into wood timbers or, if wood is unpainted, applied topically to
soak in. not only is it
effective, but it smells good too.
source: emagazine.com
https://emagazine.com/no-tenting-tonight/
author:

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Getting ready to travel

I still remember my very last trip before Covid descended upon us. It was
to Hawaii in February 2019 and as we move towards the return to travel I for
one am anxious to get going.

I know that I need to be realistic but I simply cannot help myself. I have
3 trips in my dreams; to the Caribbean to see my mom and my family, to
England for a family reunion, and to Montreal and Ottawa to see my close
friends.

There is no doubt in my mind that when travel resumes there are going to be
a few very interesting changes and I am ready. In the meantime, I wait
along with so many others.

There will be new rules to cope with at the airport, on board aircrafts, and
much more but patience, patience is the order of the day for me!

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach and author visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio
mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase
or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at
www.donnajodhan.com/store.html
and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

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