Yesterday, the Colorado Center for the Blind walked a beautiful bike path to the Hudson Gardens. It was a gorgeous day. The agenda was to tour the gardens, have lunch and then participate in a basic self-defense class. One may wonder how we managed to stay together on a bike path. Well, I would be lying if I said we never get separated. But often, what we’ll do is if someone gets ahead, they will wait at a turning point and verbally direct people to turn left or right. we also are informed if we should be walking on sidewalk, gravel, dirt, etc. The bike path we walked yesterday changed frequently as far as what it consisted of. If you ever walk a bike path with a friend, put a blindfold on and pay attention the your other senses. Feel the path change from sidewalk to gravel beneath your feet. Smell the air and feel the sun on your skin. Listen to the group of birds chirping in the trees. Beautiful things like nature and the outdoors truly demonstrate that blindness is not a tragedy. It’s just a characteristic. You can still enjoy life without sight. You can still smell the flowers and feel a nice breeze on a spring day. You can still go to the beach and smell the salty air combined with the food on the board walk. You can still enjoy the sensation of sand between your toes. If blindness was really a tragedy, I wouldn’t be able to say what I’ve said with confidence.
Yesterday was Dishon’s birthday. His main wish was to go bowling. So I reserved a couple of lanes at a local bowling alley and invited some of our friends to join us. We got a little turned around on the way, but we eventually found it and bowled for a couple of hours. How do blind people bowl? In my case, I didn’t keep track of my score. If you knock pins down, you can hear them fall. As far as our group was concerned, we all agreed to use bumpers. Not everyone uses them, but we all know what gutter balls sound like. It’s not the most appealing sound. For those who want to know their score, if they don’t have enough sight to see the screen, they can go to the front counter and ask as long as they know what lane number they had. After bowling, we went to dinner at a nice restaurant known as Ted’s Montana Grill. If you like steak, particularly bison, that’s one place I highly recommend. It’s not cheap, but it’s money well spent. Dishon was happy and that’s the most important thing. Initially, I was going to throw him a surprise party at our house. But he wanted to bowl so badly, I didn’t want him to be disappointed. So I coordinated and made it work. Some people went bowling, some people went to dinner. A majority of the group did both. It was great.
Hello everyone. Sorry it has been so long. This is just a little update on what we have been doing. Enjoy.
While I am still primarily a Braille teacher at the Colorado Center for the Blind, I am currently working on getting a travel agent business going. I recently obtained a wedding planner certification and will be using the skills from that course to specialize in destination weddings and honey moons. But I can also book cruises, vacation packages and even find a reasonable rate on a nearby (or not so nearby) hotel. As a travel agent, I will not promise that a booking will be finished in the blink of an eye. That’s unrealistic and clients will be disappointed. I will promise that no detail will be left unattended. That’s my slogan, “No Detail Left Unattended.” My business name is Royalty and Honey Travel. I am still tying loose ends of the web site, but you can e-mail me at Jennifer@royaltyandhoney.com if you are planning to travel anytime soon. Maybe you can’t afford to travel. Maybe you feel you’ve seen it all. Well, perhaps you know someone who could use a vacation. Perhaps you have a friend who will be retiring and has lots of time on their hands to see the world. Perhaps you know a couple who plans to get married and doesn’t want a wedding planner, but would love help with the honey moon details. I won’t say spread the word for me, but I will say help me spread the word. I am new at this and have already received word on some great promotions. Take that Royal Caribbean cruise or that Disney vacation you’ve always dreamed of taking. It won’t cost you any more than what you spend on your travel. I can also assist you with travel insurance. So what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose. Book with me today.
There’s lots of art work in the World. Some is tactile. For the blind, tactile art is not only much easier to appreciate than visual art, but it gives the blind a ticket into creating art themselves. Anne Cunningham teaches an art class once a week at the Center. In this video, I will show you a masterpiece of hers.
Hello all. It’s been a few days. I’ve done this before and I’m doing it again. I hope that this time my followers won’t be shy. I’m looking for questions. If there was anything that I could blog about what would it be? If you’re afraid of offending me please don’t be. I would rather people ask questions than assume. You know what they say about assuming. As the title says, you have the floor. I welcome questions whenever they come to mind, but right now, I’m seeking them. So ask away. I will either reply in writing or demonstrate it through a video on my facebook group.
For those who are interested, I published a video on my Facebook group this morning. It’s Dishon’s first video and it won’t be the last. So please check it out. Go to facebook.com and search for “Diary of a Married Blind Woman.”
A couple of weeks ago I posted that people needed to friend me on facebook in order to be a member of my facebook group. As of today, that has changed. The facebook group Diary of a Married Blind Woman is now open to all!!! Please go to facebook.com and search for “Diary of a Married Blind Woman.” The group is primarily for videos related to this blog. Watch and spread the word!!!
You may not see us driving a car or operating on people, but you will see a lot of us in the water. Swimming is one of my favorite summer activities. I started swimming when I was a little girl and I haven’t stopped. Is it safe? As long as you don’t stay under water too long. Kidding, but seriously, anybody who gets in a pool is taking the same risks. As far as the physical act of swimming, your hands and arms are important. If you’re approaching a wall, your hands will reach it if you swim properly. But what about other people? Well, it’s important to always be considerate and aware of your surroundings as much as possible. For instance: in the diving area of the pool, you do not dive unless everyone has moved aside. One may wonder why I would spell it out so plainly. Well, the overall point is that if we take the same precautions as anyone at the local pool, the chance of injury decreases for everyone. Think about that the next time you play Marco Polo with your friends. Really evaluate how you feel with your eyes closed.
I don’t participate as frequently as I used to, but one thing I love doing is going out for karaoke. Some people really have musical talent, others know they don’t but just get up there for fun. Whatever the case, everyone at least knows one song. But how do we do it? We have to choose songs we know by heart. I’m sure there are folks who can see and don’t need to look at the screen. Last Friday my husband and I did a song by Atlantic Star called Always. It was his first time singing in front of a crowd. I, on the other hand, have been doing karaoke since I was a little girl. Not in bars, but at other family events. If you haven’t tried it, you should. All you have to pay for is your bar tab. If you don’t want to get up there alone, do a group song. Those are great because if you don’t know every word, it’s much easier to fake it.