The blind Post classified news
February 12, 2020
The Blind Post classified news
From and for the blind and visually impaired.
February 12, 2020
Current subscribers to date: 1,204
Contents for this month’s issue:
From the editor, by Lori Motis.
New and used.
Wanted, to trade, or to give away.
Services and training.
Business and employment opportunities.
This month’s articles:
Global cane outreach update- Meet the Uganda Team from Donna Kimball.
Tech corner- The Seeing AI app By John Harden.
Living with low vision- Three things by Donna Williams.
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady- Instant Cart grocery delivery service plus a cake recipe.
Blind people talking-two excellent articles.
Uplift,inspirational- “A Little Girl” (With a Big Heart) from Ruth.
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary- Your traveling utility kit By Donna J. Jodhan.
Yarn, hook, and needle – Vintage patterns by Phyllis Campbell.
Other important info:
How to post and pay for an ad or announcement,
new 2020 word counts and costs.
What can you post to the Blind Post?
Subscriptions to the Blind Post.
From the editor:
Here we are in the second month of 2020. This year is longer due to 29 days in this month, which happens only every four years, unless the century year in question is not divisible by 400, I believe.
Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day this year. Eat something yummy and celebrate even if you don’t have a sweetheart.
I used to love Valentine’s Day in grammar school. Picking out from all the various cards to give to my classmates. It is too funny how my sisters and I would tease each other if we picked certain cards for some boy. Also, picking the appropriate heart candies to include in the envelope. It was innocent fun back then. Not sure how kids do this now adays.
This month’s articles are fantastic, I just have to say. I have enjoyed reading them and including them in this month’s edition. Lot’s of great notices too.
I apologize for this being a bit late. I have been dealing with some health concerns plus a cold. I want to get this emailed and tomorrow will post to the website and get the links and emails correctly coded.
Thank you all for your continued support and for sharing the news.
God bless you all,
Lori AKA Food Lady
Publisher & editor of the Blind Post classified news.
A great place to share and sell!
Have you ever wanted to post a time sensitive announcement or several notices before the next month’s Blind Post classified news edition?
Now you can. If you have ads or announcements that are time sensitive, or just have several items, then you can include them in a special Blind Post Extra Extra edition. The word count costs are the same as the monthly news, but not free notices. This works best when you might have more than one item for sale, notice for an event, or a special class or training that is of interest to the blind and low vision community.
It will go out to all Blind Post subscribers within one day of approval, and will also be posted to the website.
your submissions and I will let you know if it is suitable and what the cost is.
New and used:
My name is Alice Crespo and I have written a book about my life and the starting of my non-profit organization called "Never Be Discouraged: With God, All Things are Possible".
It is available in print or on a thumb drive for $15. I can receive payments by Paypal
Scentsy’s Spring/Summer Catalog Products are now available.
Check out our New Mini Fan Diffusers and some of our favorite new fragrances such as: Berry Bright, Iridescent Pearl, Mineral Oasis and Rainbow Sherbet.
Contact Nini Urschel, Independent Scentsy Consultant, 775-463-9886 (h), 916-206-1151 (c),
or Facebook: NV Wickless Scents & More
second gen Refreshabraille, 18 cell braille display from APH, $600 or best offer
Would prefer to ship inside the US. Can also provide limited tech support getting the display going.
I accept paypal and most other forms of electronic
Contact Kade at
kademurdock on facebook, or Keighty94 on twitter.
Wanted, to trade or give away:
Wanted or give away
Hi all, I am shafique. I need an orbit Braille reader. if anyone wants to giveaway please contact me at
Get your Free WayTag
Tag your everything. WayAround is the app for your smart device that provides on-demand details about everyday things. The simple tag-and-scan approach lets you quickly and easily identify things around you. It also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires. The result? Doing more of the things you want, with more confidence and more independence.
If you have an iPhone 7 or later or an Android device, get a free WayTag and try it out for yourself.
to request your free tag today.
or call 269-216-4798.
Hi. It's Joshua Loya from Blind Man Walking. I'm an Aira Explorer. Are you? Would you like to be?
If you don't have an account just yet, and you'd like to try the app on your iPhone or Android device, you can help support my adventuring efforts by downloading the app at the following link. You don't need to pay any money. You just need to install the app by activating the following link on your iOS or
Android device. I really appreciate the support. The link is:
Thank you. Remember. Adventure is a state of mind. How you live it is up to you!
Would you like to help me make my small home studio more accessible
and get a free album in the process?
Announcement for several events, Friendship club fund raiser plus Helping Hands:
I have just had the Mary Kay book "Miracles Can Happen" put on a thumb drive. If any of you would like a copy, please call me at 917-696-8115 or email me at
and I will send it to you. Also, on Saturday, March 7, Helping Hands for the Disabled will be going to Junior's Restaurant, 386 Flatbush Avenue Extension for a luncheon. Let me know if you would like to attend. On March 14, the Friendship Club for the Disabled will be meeting to have a Mary Kay fundraiser. Please join us and support our organization. If you would like to learn more about us, visit our website at
. If you cannot attend but would like to support us, feel free to call me at 917-696-8115 or visit our website at
I look forward to hearing from many of you. If you live in New York City, feel free to give me a call if you need help with reading mail, shopping or running errands. Hope to hear from many of you - I am not great with the website so phone calls are more than welcome.
Eyes on success shows and podcasts:
2003 Communicating with Zoom (Jan. 15, 2020)
Zoom is a powerful communications tool that has gained a lot of popularity over the past few years. The software can be run from desktop or mobile devices for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Carter Jenkins, a Customer Success Manager at Zoom, about the accessibility of Zoom and some of its features.
2002 Books with Blind Characters (Jan. 8, 2020)
Blind since birth, Phyllis Campbell is a prize-winning author who started writing as a young child. Over the years she has written a number of books including both fiction and non-fiction as well as many magazine articles. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Phyllis about her writings and how she portrays blind characters in some of her books.
As usual the audio, show notes, and much more can be found at:
Subscribe to the podcast wherever you get your podcasts or listen on your Amazon or Google smart home device by saying “play Eyes On Success podcast”.
Services and training.
John Harden's Quality Brailler Repair business has a reputation for doing good service at a reasonable price.
In addition to Brailler repair Quality Brailler Repair will repaint your braille writer so it looks as good as it works. We also sell a high quality black canvas dust cover for your Braille writer.
The basic price for repair is $85.
Painting a braille writer is $50.
A new dust cover is $20.
If you want to contact John Harden for more information you may call or text:
You may email John Harden at:
Business and employment opportunities:
I will help you begin to make a residual income.
No investment. Must talk. 859-587-2060.
Global cane outreach update:
Meet the Uganda Team
By: Donna Kimball, GCO Board Member
Meet the team! Bevie and the Global Cane Outreach Team (GCO) will be travelling to Uganda at the end of April, 2020. The team for the trip is now finalized and team members are Bevie Heninger, Tony Dettle, Joanne Cureton (serving as Bevie’s sighted guide) and David Heninger, Bevie’s grandson.
Preparations for the trip have stepped up as the time is drawing closer, and Tony will be purchasing airfare tickets this week. He was able to get a great deal on the tickets when the team adjusted the dates of the trip, which will allow even more money to purchase canes and solar Bibles for the villages we will be visiting.
Meet David Heninger! For this article I’d like to introduce you to Bevie’s grandson. David is 16 years old, and lives in Washington state with his parents. This is his first mission’s trip and he has been preparing for a year with getting the required vaccinations and working on fundraising. He plans on taking his guitar with him and is very excited to be travelling with his grandmother and having the opportunity to learn proper white cane usage so he can assist with the trainers in Uganda. He will be accompanying the team to visit 2 different villages.
Please remember to pray for the Uganda fundraiser, “Night of Music”, which has been set for Saturday, March 14, 2020. We are looking forward to another fun event this year! If all goes well with the technology, we hope to stream the evening live over the Internet! Stay posted for details!
As always, your prayers and support mean everything to us! Thank you for your support and interest in GCO!
Here is our updated go fund me link, if you would like to donate to GCO:
Global Cane Outreach, Inc. is a 501(c)3 ministry based in Scotts Valley California. Our mission is to equip and train the blind and illiterate in other countries with canes and audio bibles. Christ’s love is demonstrated through the giving of canes, mobility, independence and sharing God’s word.
The Seeing AI app
If you have an iPhone and have had it for more than a couple days you probably already know that it is a very powerful tool. Today I would like to talk about one app for the iPhone that really does a lot for us as blind or visually impaired people. This free app is “SEEING AI”. This can almost be considered nine apps in one.
If you are totally new to the iPhone you may or may not already know that the word app refers to application which is today's equivalent of program on older computers. Among other things and app tells the iPhone what to do with specific information. With “SEEING AI” you can read short text like sorting the mail or looking to see who a letter is from. If you find something in the mail that looks like it is worth reading then you can switch from short text to document reading. In document reading mode you can take a picture of the document and it will read the whole page to you. If that page has been handwritten you can switch to the handwriting mode and take a picture of the page and it will do a pretty darn good job of reading it to you if the handwriting is at all decent..
“SEEING AI” will also read the barcodes on your canned goods and packaged products in your pantry or freezer. While in the product mode after scanning and identifying a product in many cases you can get more information and that information may include nutritional value and cooking directions for that product.
Other functions include paper money identification, color identification and light detection. I must admit that the color identification is not very good but I think it is the best I have found in any iPhone app. The last two functions I have had a lot of fun with although perhaps mixed results. You can take a picture of a person and it will tell you or at least guess how old the person is and what kind of a look they have on their face. You can also take a picture of a scene and it will describe what that picture is. This again may or may not be terribly accurate but it is fun.
If you do not already have seeing AI you can get it free from the Apple App Store. In the App Store you will want to look for ”SEEING AI, Talking camera for the Blind”.
I have done an audio tutorial on using Seeing AI and here is a link to download that tutorial.
If you have any problems or questions feel free to contact me by email at the following address.
Living with low vision
By Donna Williams
It all started with my stand alone cabinet in the kitchen. A mouse decided it would make a great place to live. After all that’s where I kept my yummy non-perishable food. I think it was living there for a while until it made a fatal mistake. On a sleepless night I heard it having a food party which I promptly stopped. I surveyed the damage and began throwing things out. Once the cabinet was emptied and I stored food items elsewhere I called the exterminator. While I was waiting for him to come that stupid little mouse having its little world upset had the audacity to park itself in the middle of my kitchen floor and squeal with a question mark at the end of its protest. By this time I had shoes on and decided that if the critter was going to be so stupid as to let me know where he was with his squeals he deserved to be stepped on but as I ran into the kitchen he ran away. When the exterminator arrived he informed me that I’d need to junk the mouse house. I agreed with his assessment especially since it smelled like an unclean hamster cage. For a while though I shut the doors and left things as they were since glue traps and poison were put down. Eventually my problem was solved and it became time for me to look into a storage replacement. I wasn’t sure if I actually wanted another cabinet because I was afraid I’d have another uninvited guest reside there. After talking with family and friends I began to seriously think about getting some sort of shelving instead. I figured this way there would be no doors for unwanted critters to hide behind and if I put everything in containers they wouldn’t find anything that would be easily chewable. So off to the store I went in search of the best bargain. I found one set of heavy plastic shelves however they had all these nooks and crannies where I began to think a mouse could hide out comfortably. I mentioned this to my mom who was helping me shop and she kept telling me that she didn’t see how that could happen if the holes were covered by containers. I kept telling her that it only takes one exposed hole for a mouse to find a nice place to hide and reside. After much debate back to the store we went and I can now say that I own a set of chrome shelves. These have rungs so even though mice can climb unless they rest on top of one of my containers they won’t be able to get comfortable. Most likely that won’t happen when they realize how exposed they are going to be.
Around the time I found a resolution for my storage problem something else happened. I love reading large print books and I decided to spend some time relaxing and doing just that. I turned on my reading lamp and the bulb burned out. I quickly replaced it with another and sat down to read. Suddenly my light went off. I turned it back on and it did the same thing again. This time when I touched the switch to turn it on the light blinked on and then went off again. I asked a friend of mine who knows about this sort of issue to look at the switch and he told me I needed a new lamp. I felt like crying. There would be no large print book reading for me that night. Once again I went shopping. The problem I faced while looking at lamps is that most of the time they were packed in boxes or if they were on display they either did not have a bulb, weren’t plugged in, or the store lights were so bright that I really couldn’t tell how much illumination I’d actually get when I was ready to use it to read. Some lamps also were not adjustable and I needed mine to be so I could angle it in a position best suited to my visual needs. I finally found a task lamp and took a chance on it. I wasn’t too sure it would meet my needs since it was designed for a nightstand. I also learned that it took a special bulb and I wasn’t sure how bright it would be. Well, I’m happy to tell you that this too has worked out. The lamp has a bulb bright enough for me to read in comfort and as it turns out an L E D bulb is required which means it will last a lot longer than a traditional one. I can also angle the goose neck to best suit my needs. In addition the base of the lamp has an outlet on it so if I want to plug something into it I can. I’m so happy I found this solution since I noticed that most of the lamps designed for low vision users are magnifying ones and that wasn’t what I was looking for. And of course I was able to save money too.
Speaking of reading and getting information, everyone knows one of the best ways of doing that is using a computer. Of course it helps to have one that actually doesn’t show its age or rebel on you. I have both. My laptop is going to be 5 years old in May and since it runs Windows 7 it has decided to become rebellious and finicky. For about the past 6 months I’ve put up with failed windows updates and the inability of Internet Explorer to display web pages. Now that Microsoft has stopped providing support for Windows 7 I’ve decided to take the plunge into Windows 10. First I had to purchase a new laptop. I found one with what I thought was a full size keyboard but when I got it home I discovered to my horror that the context menu key was missing. This has been a nightmare since I know of no other way to get icons to the desktop. I will write more in a future article regarding my experiences of using Windows 10 but so far I will tell you that my assessment is not a very positive one. I’ve had my new computer for over a week and I’m still feeling my way around the system. I’ve had a lot of trials and tribulations with this new venture. Too much to write here without hogging up space that should be used for others so look out for my foibles in a future article. Perhaps by then I’ll actually have some tips and tricks that I can share as well. I’d better since a friend of mine who is totally blind, has had a few strokes, and now experiences memory issues as a result is counting on me to teach him Windows 10 once he upgrades. Oh joy! Glad I have patience. Lol!
Maybe I’m an eternal optimist but despite my struggles with the new computer I believe that it’s still better to have upgraded to newer technology. In the long run it will be more secure and I will hopefully be able to do the things I used to on my old machine. I’m also thankful I could do this while both computers are still available for me to use. It’s making the transition much easier and less frustrating. For now I will work on the new system and play on the old. Speaking of which I think I hear a Rummy game softly calling my name. It must know I need a break after attempting to write this article twice. Can you guess which machine I’m using?
I’d love sharing in your experiences of living with low vision. Feel free to write to me at:
Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady
Shopping using Instant Cart on your iPhone
You can also use the service online, and maybe on other smart phones.
I recently signed up for the grocery delivery service called Instant Cart. I had heard about it a year ago and had downloaded the app but had not actually used it until two weeks ago.
The app is very accessible, and I found it easy to use.
Where I live, I have several stores to choose from that participate with this service. Unfortunately, Trader Joe’s is not one of the choices. Also, Walmart is not available through this app either. I have great stores though to choose from like Target, Fred Myers, Albertson’s, Boise Co-op, Pet Co, and others. Also, Costco, but I think you might need a card for that one. Not sure though.
It is very easy to add and remove items from your cart. The checkout process initially was a bit challenging for me, only because I had to input all my credit card info and such. There is an Express membership where you get free deliveries over $35. The free trial of this is two weeks. You can either pay a full year membership for around $90 or $9.99 per month.
This is not a requirement to use the service though.
I was pleasantly surprised as to how easy the whole shopping experience was. I was notified when my shopper was at the store, when items were put in my cart and when she had checked out and left the store. I could easily chat with my shopper, if I wanted something else or if I need to make another choice.
All the items I ordered were delivered within one hour and were packaged well and
in perfect condition.
You can rate your shopper through the app; as well as, give your shopper a tip.
I am not sure how well the service works online, using a computer, but I suspect it is very accessible
I received email notifications too, along with an email message with a receipt of all my items ordered. So easy to read all info with the app, computer and the email receipt. Very easy to use.
If you want to try it and get $10 off, go to:
Or to just check it out:
This is a wonderful way to get groceries delivered without worrying about the shopper. They are trained and vetted well. If any of you have used this service, it would be great to get any of your comments on your shopping experience.
Black Forest Dump Cake
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
1 large can of cherry pie filling
1 package dark chocolate cake mix
1 package Cool Whip®
Put oil in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Add cake mix, eggs, and water and mix with a fork (batter will be lumpy kinda like brownie mix) Pour cherry pie filling over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Frost with Cool Whip.
Blind people talking:.
We have two wonderful articles this month from readers:
Driving Miss Donna
“The Retinal Specialist”
by: Lynn Anderson, Blind Post Subscriber
Donna (the Miss Donna of this article) and I have been best friends for over 30 years. Hard to believe that much time has gone by! We both love to travel, which has cemented our friendship over the years.
I am sighted, although time has reduced my 20/20 vision and made the numbers somewhat different although mostly corrected by eyeglasses. My knowledge of the blind community had been non-existent and something that had never occurred to me except to occasionally see an individual using a white cane as they walked about in public. That is until the phone call….
I was at the office working on my computer when I received a phone call from Donna. She was crying and trying to explain to me that she had an after-hours doctor’s appointment in Los Gatos (what we call “over the hill”) and needed a ride. Her appointment was at 6pm. Instead of driving home to Capitola to pick her up, a friend, DJ, agreed to drive her to the Scotts Valley transit center where I would pick Donna up and then drive straight over the hill to Los Gatos for her appointment. At the time I was working in Felton, which is only 15 miles from where we both lived in Capitola, but with traffic, the drive can take over an hour. What used to be a sleepy, coastal city has turned into a major hub of activity thanks to Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) which lies about 35 miles north of us, “over the hill” on Highway 17.
By the time Donna was safely in the car and we were driving to her appointment, she explained what had happened and why her doctor appointment was in Los Gatos. Normally we only have appointments in that area if it is something specialized, and it was. Donna told me that she had awakened that morning and had lost the central vision in her left eye. She called the eye doctor who made an emergency appointment for her in Los Gatos that evening. The Retinal Specialist only worked in Los Gatos on that particular day, so that is where we went. Donna had calmed down on the drive and when I found the office and pulled into the parking lot, there was a wonderful woman who was waiting for us at the door. After some information was exchanged, Donna was whisked to a back office and I was alone in the plush waiting room. The lighting was recessed and muted, the chairs were elegant and very comfortable, there was a feeling of “wealth” in the room. I had not ever been in a waiting room like that before or since. I was scared for Donna, worried about what was going on with her, but trying to occupy myself with the details in the waiting room. Some people when they are worried call friends on their cell phone, some read magazines, some walk or pace. Me, I count things. I counted the number of chairs in the waiting room, the number of pictures on the wall, the number of tiles in the richly appointed ceiling, the number of pens at the front desk, the number of magazines… I think you get the picture. Donna was in the back room for a long time, but luckily for me, there was a lot to count.
When the doctor came in, I have to admit, I was dazzled. He was a very handsome man, tall, gorgeous dark hair, (as we would say when I was a young person, he was tall, dark and handsome) and he was wearing a tuxedo. I’m not exaggerating, he was wearing a tuxedo. He smiled at me and then headed into the back room where Donna was waiting. I thought, WOW, this is going to be very expensive!
When Donna finally came out from her appointment, she was a bit teary eyed, but there was a tiny smile, and she made an appointment with the woman who first greeted us. The next appointment was for the following week in Santa Cruz. Yes, this was our one and only appointment in the plush Los Gatos office. Donna nicknamed the doctor “Doctor D” and he has remained her eye doctor until this day 10 years later. Doctor D it turned out is not only a retinal specialist, but also a Professor at Stanford, and that night he was attending an awards dinner for a colleague. He took time out from the celebration to help Donna after hours with this emergency appointment!
After Donna was tucked back in my car, I learned that her eye condition was called Wet Macular Degeneration, and she also had Macular Degeneration in her right eye that was just developing. At that moment in time, we didn’t know what that diagnosis meant for Donna and the tremendous vision loss she would be facing in a few, short years’ time. We were both just so happy to have made it to the appointment and that Donna had received treatment from such a wonderful doctor.
I truly thought that after all that had happened, that Donna would just want to go home and go to bed. I asked her what she wanted to do, and she said in a tired voice, in true Donna fashion, “Since we’re already over the hill, why don’t we go to dinner at The Elephant Bar restaurant?”. “Really?” I asked, although knowing Donna as well as I do, I had to wonder why I was surprised. “Yep!”, she said with great enthusiasm. So that is exactly what we did.
If You Watched Your Life as a Movie
by Linda Stewart
I heard something recently that gave me this thought. What if people came to a movie theater to watch a movie that was going to portray my life. Would they be interested in it?
If you wanted to make a movie of your life, and make it more interesting to them, what would you do? You can't make up anything that didn't really happen. It must all be true.
Maybe you would involve more people in your life, or maybe you would have a few extra adventures.
Many people are very lonely, and feel helpless to know what to do about it. Their movie would be boring, not only to themselves, but to others at the theater watching. Is it possible to give the movie a little more excitement, variety, highs and lows? I am thinking it is. We just need to be resourceful about how to make our time more meaningful to us. And, if we have absolutely no ideas, perhaps ask others what they do as far as meeting friends and having a good time.
The first step is to really want to. We must believe that things don't have to stay the same. They can be different, satisfying, joyful.
Many people have found communities of people with their same interests where they can meet and enjoy the hobby together. Or, maybe it's possible to start that kind of a group yourself.
It is easy to forget that we have talents, things that we can do not only to enliven our own lives but to make others happy as well. And, as we slowly make our way out of our shell, think of how we can share our talents with others. We might find that we will be more blessed by doing this than we ever had thought possible. Some of our experiences could be life changing experiences that will make a tremendous difference in our attitude for the rest of our journey here.
Let's say we think about volunteering in some way with an organization. You may have to go through some training to do this. And you could be very enriched by what you learn. The training could be applied to other things in your own life in unexpected ways.
One time I wanted to get involved in something new. There happened to be an organization where finding volunteers for all sorts of things was their mission. I called them on the phone and asked them if they would tell me what areas of need were open for a volunteer. They had pages and pages of needs. She began to read them off to me. I listened for a long time to one thing after another until something jumped out at me that I thought I could do and wanted to do. This is what I would like to try, I thought. So I told her. She got me in touch with the proper people, and away I went. I really did have a life changing experience, and met many people along the way.
We need each other. If you are lonely, please don't think you are the only one in that position. As people, we all have the same needs. Go for it. Reach out. And, as the old saying goes, if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again!
Uplift, inspirational stories.
“A Little Girl” (With a Big Heart)
Knowing that we are in a very solemn time in this country. I decided to ask the LORD for something that would stir our hearts to remember the good always takes precedence
Over evil. We must know that there is better and that there are more good people on this earth than bad, or evil. When we remember just that little thought, we are bound to look up and find something spectacular, beautiful, and that which only GOD could have brought into your realization.
Matthew 5:8;( KJV)
Blessed are the pure in heart, FOR THEY SHALL SEE God.
A Little girl
Whose eyes were full of morning expectation,
Whose joy was insurmountable,
Whose speech always carried rays of sunshine,
Whose clothes were always too large,
And whose socks and shoes were extremely loose fitting or too big.
A little girl,
Who loved to laugh and sing,
Who quietly comforted other’s sadness,
Who gave her broken crayons to they who had none,
A little girl,
Whose love for a crippled could be felt,
Who loved her Daddy with all her heart,
Who sustained the loss of her Mother,
Whose Daddy kept her close and safe,
Who sang her own songs and twirled and twirled,
Who loved to have tea with her Teddy Bear,
Whose tea pot was a third cup measuring cup, handle and all,
Whose tea cups were from her miniature dishes,
Whose tea was most frequently water,
And whose tea cake was a fourth slice of bread.
A little girl,
Who prayed diligently over her tea party components,
Whose tea table was an over turned wooden crate box,
Who neatly placed a just right pillow slip as the table cloth,
Who was preparing for company,
Whose Teddy Bear knew that this tea party was very special,
Who sat all dressed in a valentine hat,
Who was adorned with a paper ring necklace (with matching hearts,
Who regally sat at attention, waiting.
It was her Daddy’s Birthday,
A very special person and party,
Who deserved these flamboyant, fine fixings,
Who told her that she didn’t have to give him a present,
Who always had a present for her,
Who was the best Daddy in the whole, wide, world
A little girl,
Who prayed at this fabulous table,
Who asked Jesus to take care of her Daddy,
Who had no gift for him,
Who, after praying, looked up,
Who caught a glimpse of something spectacular,
Who jumped to her feet, clothed in big shoes and,
Who ran in a direction previously undetermined,
Whose Joy was unmistakable and,
Who screamed in unblighted delight,
Whose cupped hands and great smile
Immediately raised attention from her Daddy,
Who ran, defensively, in her direction,
Who could see that she was delighted, not blighted,
A little girl,
Who was so excited, she cried,
Who lifted her cupped hands to her Daddy,
Who sang “Happy Birthday” and
Who offered her cupped little hands, filled with tears to her Daddy,
Who gently brought her little hands to his face,
Who attempted to look inside as he continued to observe her,
Who told him to just watch,
Who opened her cupped hands, slowly and
Who released the most beautifully marked butterfly,
Whose wings were not slow to spread and,
Who took flight right out of her little hands,
Who softly landed on the right shoulder of her Daddy,
Whose face glowed with joy and gratitude,
Who with his little girl,
Watched the graceful flight of the butterfly.
A little girl,
Who questioned her Daddy,
“Who else do you think he will visit?
Who will he visit, will he visit Mommy?
Daddy, will you ever leave me, like Mommy?”
He looked into the eyes of his little girl,
“We cannot know some things; but…”
He reached into his pocket and presented to her a small Valentine’s Cookie.
Who immediately broke it in half,
Who shared it with her Daddy,
Who quickly gulped down the smallest piece, and gave her the biggest.
Who then sipped his tea, and asked,
“May I have this dance?”
She nodded and smiled greatly.
He gave her the other part of the Valentine Cookie,
She bit it, as he assured her.
When I do, I leave my heart with you.
And they danced and she triumphantly twirled and twirled for her Daddy,
Who loved his party – The best.
Readers, encourage someone this Valentine’s Day with a simple gift, like a smile, a hug, an encouraging word, even a prayer. So many are discouraged and hurting. You can help.
In Christ I Remain… True E. Readywriter
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Your traveling utility kit
It never hurts for you to make up and take along what I call a traveling utility kit whenever you travel. Because trust me when I tell you that this type of kit often comes in handy in some tight and unexpected situations.
So here goes.
For your utility kit:
Scissors, needles, black and white thread,
safety pins, buttons,
pen knife, a Swiss army knife.
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Yarn, hook and needle
Crafts by Phyllis Campbell
Where does the time go? This is a question we frequently ask. Recently, as I pondered this universal question, I thought about things that have lasted over the years. Quite naturally, knitting and crocheting came to mind. It followed that I thought about an interesting site, with an interesting name.
No, I don’t know the story behind the name, but you’ll have to admit that it’s memorable.
There you can find all kinds of patterns, for knit, crochet, tatting, embroidery, and many other crafty things, and they’re free for download as single patterns, or at a small cost for an entire book or leaflet.
Is there a catch? Not for me, but if you want the most up-to-date styles, this site isn’t for you. All of these patterns are in the public domain, apparently, and definitely categorized as vintage. This alone makes the site interesting to me. Here you’ll find such things as socks, made according to the requirements of the military some of the patterns going back as far as the civil war in the 1800s.
The patterns are categorized, children, adults, men women etc. The contents of the leaflets are listed, and, of course do often cross category lines.
Often you will find notes about vintage terms, needles and so on, but really they’re easy to figure out.
The patterns download as PDF files, but my screen reader didn’t have a problem with this. I did find it convenient to save as a text file, making loading the file quicker next time, and easier to emboss, or use with a braille aware device. Prefer Word? You can save as a Word document, but you have to go to the site, and it costs. Save as a text file, open in word, and save as a Word document. I just found that if you find a single pattern, the instructions are for you to select, copy to your clipboard, and paste into a blank file. This seems to be a recent change. Here are a couple patterns
Simple Shrug Pattern
Quick-to-knit in one straight piece, with no increases or decreases—just four short seams to sew! A perfect little cover-up for cool evenings.
Directions will fit Sizes 10 to 18.
COATS & CLARK'S "RED HEART" KNITTING WORSTED, 4 Ply ("Tangle-Proof" Pull- Out Skeins): 10 ounces of No. 818 Blue Jewel.
Knitting needles, 1 pair No. 10.
GAUGE: 4 sts = 1 inch; 5 rows = 1 inch.
Starting at center back, cast on 48 sts. 1st row (right side): P 3, * k 1, O, p 3. Repeat from * across to within last 5 sts, k 5 loosely. 2nd row: K 5 loosely, * k 3, drop the O, with yarn in front of work slip the next st as if to purl. Repeat from * across to within last 3 sts, k 3. Repeat last 2 rows for pattern. Work in pattern until total length is 7½ inches ending with 2nd row. At end of last row cast on 17 sts for Sleeve.
SLEEVE ... 1st row: K 5 loosely, p 3, * k 1, O, p 3. Repeat from * across to within last 5 sts, k 5 loosely. 2nd row: K 5 loosely, * k 3, drop the O, with yarn in front slip next st. Repeat from * across to within last 8 sts, k 8. Repeat last 2 rows until length is 13½ inches from cast-on sts of sleeve ending at sleeve edge. Bind off 17 sts of sleeve, complete row. Work even as before over remain¬ing 48 sts until length is 15 inches from bound-off sts of sleeve ending at sleeve edge. Cast on 17 sts for other sleeve and work same as for first sleeve. Work even as before, over remaining 48 sts until length is 7½ inches from bound-off sts of 2nd sleeve. Bind off loosely.
Finishing: Sew 48 cast-on sts to 48 bound-off sts matching patterns—this is lower center back seam. Lay out doubled piece having seam in center of 15-inch area between sleeves—sleeves are now folded in half. Matching patterns, sew cast-on sts to bound-off sts of each sleeve. Al¬lowing for stretch between shoulders, sew both 15-inch edges between sleeves together—this last seam and lower back seam form a T at center back when Shrug is worn. Press seams through a damp cloth. Slip arms in sleeves. The garter st edge will roll back to form a collar.
Basket Weave Scarf Pattern #2270
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This free pattern originally published in: Spool Cotton #108, Wool Accessories to Crochet and Knit
Basket Weave Scarf Pattern #2270
Materials: Chadwick's Red Heart Lustre Knitting Worsted, 6 skeins (1¼ oz. skeins).
Milward's Phantom Knitting Pins, 1 pair No. 4 (3½ mm. size).
Starting at one end, cast on 56 sts. 1st row: P 2, k 2, * p 6, k 2. Repeat from * across, ending row with p 4. 2nd and 3rd rows: K 4, * p 2, k 6. Repeat from * across, ending row with p 2, k 2. 4th row: Repeat 1st row. 5th row: * P 6, k 2. Repeat from * across. 6th and 7th rows: * P 2, k 6. Repeat from * across. 8th row: Repeat 5th row. Hereafter repeat these 8 rows until scarf measures 38 inches. Bind off.
Just as a note this site also has recipes, and a lot of things such as needle size conversion charts. Even if you aren’t interested in these timeless patterns you may find something else that might be interesting. I haven’t examined everything there, so you might be able to tell me many things.
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