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December 2017
Volume 3 Issue 12

Table of Contents

Greetings from the Editor
Movers & Shakers
International Perspective
Exercise, does a body good
Have I Got A Story For You
The Braille Highway
Kaleidoscope of Krafts
Spencer’s Spotlight
Computer Tech101
the Rotating Trio: Potpourri
Cooking Concoctions
Riddle & Brain Buster


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Greetings from the Editor

By Karen Santiago

Hi Readers,
Here we are at the end of another year, my how time does fly bye. I want to thank you again for taking time to read The Blind Perspective and write in with your comments, suggestions, and opinions. In addition, I would like to thank all of the writers for their dedication and great articles throughout 2017. Readers and writers, you are very much appreciated by me. May you all have a wonderful holiday season!

You now can hear a little Christmas greeting audio snap shot of all 14 people who bring The Blind Perspective to you each month. Click here to listen to the Christmas Greetings!

Exciting news for 2018:
I am delighted to introduce three new authors to The Blind Perspective, with new topics to cover.
A Thyme to Plant, which will be in each newsletter. Read the following from the author:
Hi! My name is Sue.
Gardening, container gardening, herbs, and crafts made from plants are special. My first plant, a barrel cactus, received at age 7, survived many years. As I grew up, I remember making terrariums, wreathes, and other plant related crafts. Propagating plants to create new ones is one of my newest hobbies.

Sharing my passion for plants and keeping them healthy is what I hope to accomplish as we learn about gardening and things related to it. I hope to give you ideas for both indoor and outdoor gardening.

Catherine will be writing an article every other month, beginning in January, entitled, Here’s To Your Health. Here is her introduction:
My name is Catherine and I am so excited to be a new writer for The Blind Perspective. I am legally blind due to Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis. For me, that means that I have a five degree field of vision, no depth perception, and I am night blind. The little bit of sight I do have is quite useable, at 20/70, corrected — there just isn’t a lot of it!

I am a Dietetic Technician, Registered with my bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition, as well as an avid cook and baker. I also love many types of movement, including yoga, weight training, and martial arts. I practice Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that is a combination of a dance, a fight, and a game and have been practicing for four years. On a more relaxing note, I enjoy taking long walks with my Guiding Eyes dog, Caleb. I look forward to sharing my insights and experiences with you!

Lois will also be writing an article for every other edition entitled, Seeing the World Differently. Here is what she has to say about herself and her upcoming segment:
I am a South African-based speaker, facilitator, disability consultant, musician, author and blogger working to enhance inclusion of persons with disabilities into society and the workplace.

Since losing my sight at the age of 21, I have achieved a Bachelor of Arts and an Honours degree in ancient civilisations, an HR Management certification and a diploma in Practitioner Coaching Skills.

I am passionate about travelling both within my own country and overseas and has had the opportunity of visiting to 21 different countries since losing my sight. In my articles I will look at various topics affecting blind and low vision travelers and share some of my experiences as a blind tourist.

We also have two more additions beginning in January.
Reader’s Perspective: This segment will focus on different questions and/or situations posed by the writers and you the readers. The questions or situations will be relevant to real life events. Readers will then have the opportunity to email their answers and opinions, which will be published in the following issue. Send in your reply by the 15th of the month to: ReadersPerspectives@TheBlindPerspective.com

Letter to the Editor: A reader asked me to include a section where readers could write in their comments, thoughts, suggestions, and opinions. So, starting in January if you would like to submit a “letter”, just send your email by the 15th of the month to: Karen@TheBlindPerspective.com

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At A Glance: Extinguisher Recall, TBP, Michigan, Circuit Training, Suggested Books, Braille Shopping, Towel Orgami, stocking Stuffer, Add Ons, Order & Odors, Riddle, & Brain Buster!

Reader Mike, emailed me the below notice as a fyi:

I wanted to let everyone know about the Kidde fire extinguisher recall that is currently going on. Some of the defective extinguishers go back as far as 1973. These fire extinguishers are sold under many brand names and are defective.

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency.

If you go to the Kidde website, they will explain how to determine if your fire extinguisher is on the recall list and how to receive a free replacement.

The website is:
click on either the kidde safety recall notice link, or the product safety recall link.

You may also call but, you must have your fire extinguisher model and serial number and date code handy to determine if it is one of the defective models.

For the USA call:
855 271 0773

For a replacement fire extinguisher for Canada call:
855 233 2882

Readers, click onto the below link to listen to holiday greetings from all of us here at The Blind Perspective

2017 Writer's holiday greetings

Movers & Shakers

By Karen Santiago

The Blind Perspective is about to embark on its fourth year of publication. I believe that we have done some moving & shaking with the variety of articles included in this newsletter. As our tag line says, we aim to keep you informed and entertained.

Where else can you get a publication with such a mixed bag of information for the blind community? There is sure to be something to please everyone. Throughout our past three years there have been numerous interviews, exercises, great books and gadget reviews, craft projects, recipes, riddles and brain busters. In addition, articles have educated readers about the iPhone and PC, finance, braille, and miscellaneous topics.

We here at The Blind Perspective are extremely proud of how far we have come, and grown. Our readership, based on the email access is nearly 1,000 subscribers. There are many people who access the newsletter via our website. Now that we are included on News Line, even more people will be able to access The Blind Perspective.

Should you have an interviewee recommendation, please send an email to my address located above. Thank you, and continue reading to be informed and entertained.

International Perspective

Michigan, By Ed Hanes

A bit about Michigan:
Michigan is a very large state with a great deal of geographic and demographic diversity. Michigan is geographically unique in two distinct ways: It is surrounded by the Great Lakes (Huron, Superior and Michigan) and it is composed of two separate peninsulas; the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula. The southern part of the Lower Peninsula is densely populated, with large cities and metropolitan areas. Areas farther north are very rural. The northernmost section of the state is dominated by forests and wilderness.

There are no residential schools for blind children within the state of Michigan. Blind students are mainstreamed into the public school system. Predominantly, braille and mobility are taught within the schools. However, it depends on the school district, as some students may be taught braille and mobility through a blind agency.

Sports & Recreation:
The availability to participate in sports for blind children depends on the area. Large school systems may have more opportunities. Michigan has some very rural areas, and some schools are so small that K-12 may be in one facility. There may be fewer opportunities in these environments.
There are many summer camps offered by various organizations that offer adaptive sports, but travel to another location would be necessary.
There are national organizations that have local chapters (goal ball, Ski for Light, etc.).

Job Training:
Michigan provides Vocational Rehabilitation Services through a separate state agency that serves persons with blindness and vision Impairment; The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons. There are regional offices of this organization that provide assistance with obtaining and maintaining employment as per the federal requirements defined in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. (WIOA).

Students are assisted with higher education if such participation is part of the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) and conforms to the requirements defined under the WIOA. Ancillary services are also provided if these services are part of the IPE and conform to the requirements defined under the WIOA.
Michigan is home to diverse and numerous institutions of higher learning. Each institution also has its own system for providing support and accessibility to students with disabilities.

There is no state-wide standard for accessible transportation. Every county or municipal area is different. Some areas have very good public transport systems which provide accommodation for persons with disabilities, others do not.
Free or reduced fares vary depending on location. The advanced notice needed to schedule a ride also varies from place to place.
As for public buses and taxi cabs, each area is different. Rural areas may not have these amenities.

Getting around:
It depends on the municipal area whether or not there are tactile strips and curb cuts in the sidewalks. As for audible signals being present at intersections, generally, no. Some larger, more affluent areas will provide this. Newer construction in all areas tends to confirm to newer, more stringent accessibility standards.

Braille is not seen consistently throughout the state. Some places may have braille in public buildings, some restaurants may provide braille menus, and some documents may be obtained in a braille format.

Guide Dogs:
Michigan has a very successful and highly regarded school; Leader Dogs. Leader Dogs is a popular institution and dog guides have access to public buildings.

There are no unique, state-specific monetary benefits, outside of the federally mandated and funded programs for persons with blindness.
state assistance is provided for the purchase of accessible equipment under the auspices of the WIOA. There may also be various non-profit or charitable organizations that provide monetary assistance.

Reading service:
Michigan has a very comprehensive Library for the Blind system with regional and local facilities. There is no cost for this service, and accessible reading formats are available online and through the mail.

Blind Organizations:
All the major advocacy organizations are represented here in Michigan. Each organization has its own parameters of assistance as defined by their mission statements. Local organizations may offer vision rehabilitation services in their catchment area. National organizations tend to focus on advocacy.

Perception of blind individuals:
In certain cities, Kalamazoo for instance, persons with blindness are a fairly common demographic. In rural areas, person with blindness are rare and may be subject to common misapprehensions that accompany unfamiliarity.

Need for improvement:
As in the entire country, the unemployment rate for persons with blindness is very high. Rehabilitation opportunities for older adults with recent vision loss are often few and far between. Increased funding and staffing for employment and rehabilitation services is needed; this is the case nationally as well.

Final thoughts:
Michigan is a beautiful state with a fascinating economic, cultural and geographic history. Many areas of Michigan are vacation destinations for persons all over the country. Our access to public waterfront and opportunities for water-related recreational opportunities is unique. Few states have such a diversity of communities and environments.

Exercise, does a body good

By Dan Kiely

Hope you enjoyed the chest and back exercises from last month.

Now that the holidays are upon us, and time can be short with family get togethers and traveling, when will you find the time to exercise. Well there is an exercise program that can be performed in the comfort of your home, in a short amount of time and with very little equipment. It is called circuit training.

What is circuit training? Circuit training is a form of body conditioning or Endurance training/resistance training, using high-intensity aerobics. It targets strength building or muscular endurance.

An exercise "circuit" is one completion of all prescribed exercises in the program. In other words, we are going to combine anaerobic/strengthening with aerobics/cardiovascular exercises.

I came up with a 30 minutes circuit training plan. All you need is a chair and an exercise mat. You will perform each exercise for 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds. The sequence will be a lower body exercise first, then an upper body exercise, then a planking exercise, then a combined exercise and then finally an aerobic exercise.

1. Lower body exercise; do a squat, with or without weights for 30 seconds and then rest for 30 seconds.

2. Upper body exercise; such as a push up or a sissy/kneel push up for 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds.

3. Do a push up plank for 30 seconds, and rest for 30 seconds.

4. Do a combined exercise such as bird dog exercise for 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds.

5. Do jumping jacks for 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds.

6. Back to lower body; do bridging for 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds.

7. Back to upper body; do a chair dip.
Starting Position:
Using a stationary chair with its back near a wall, stand in front of it as if you were to sit down.
Place your palms on the front edge of the chair, with fingers pointing down, and arms straight.
Position your feet, hip width apart, about 2 feet in front of the chair, and knees bent at 90 degrees.

Bend your elbows and lower your butt towards the floor and raise yourself back up to the starting position.
Do this for 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds.

8. Do a forearm plank for 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds.

9. Combined exercise; do the superman exercise for 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds.

10. Pretend to jump rope, without the rope, for 30 seconds, and rest for 30 seconds.

Repeat the 10-exercise cycle for a second circuit and then repeat again for a third circuit. Each circuit should last a total of 10 minutes.

I just gave you a sample of a circuit training regimen. You can make up your own circuit training program with a variety of exercises.

Exercise Tip for the month:
To prevent knee injuries, never let your knees extend your toes when exercising.
Good luck and happy circuit training!

Have I Got A Story For You

By Carla Jo Bratton

Greetings book friends,
This month’s article will be a bit different as I have recently had back surgery and am in recovery mode. My Neurosurgeon is a wonderful guy who recommended this month’s book. First let me give you some background. My parents were born and raised in Northern Mississippi. My Mother is the youngest of 8 children. I downloaded the book and read it while I was in the hospital. There is no sleeping at a hospital, there is only rest. I had to lay flat for 48 hours after surgery due to spinal fluid leakage, so bad headache, nurses checking on me every hour equals 2 nights of no sleep. I knocked out this book in that time. So, keep the above facts in mind.

The Girls of Atomic City, The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped win World War II
written by Denise Kiernan
reading time: 14 hours and 43 minutes
At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians - many of them young women from small towns across the South - were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war - when Oak Ridge's secret was revealed.

Drawing on the voices of the women who lived it - women who are now in their eighties and nineties - The Girls of Atomic City rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of American history from obscurity. Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the times through these women: their pluck, their desire to contribute, and their enduring courage. Combining the grand-scale human drama of The Worst Hard Time with the intimate biography and often troubling science of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Girls of Atomic City is a lasting and important addition to our country's history.

My comments: I loved this nonfiction book. Kiernan takes history, real lives, hardships, politics and the human experience and weaves a knock your socks off story. My Mother who is 84 came to visit me in the hospital and I was telling her about this book and how much I was enjoying it. She turned to me and said, I know all about that, 3 of your Aunts, her older sisters, worked there. Wow, talk about bringing a story down the block, around the corner and straight to your doorstep!

Here is a book recommendation from a reader named Susan.
Sutter’s Cross
written by Dale W. Cramer
DB 88850
reading time: 12 hours and 58 minutes
Itinerant Harley arrives in the little town of Sutter's Cross. With the good deeds he performs and bearded appearance, he reminds the townspeople of Jesus. Jake Mahaffey befriends Harley and finds himself reevaluating his relationship with God.
Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2003.

Susan’s comments; I was just captured by it, and couldn’t put it down. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thank you Susan for writing to the newsletter. We all love any comments or feedback from our readers.
Until 2018,
Be safe, be kind and love each other,
oh, and read a good book!
Carla jo

The Braille Highway

By Nat Armeni

Hello Readers. Wishing you an awesome December. It's the holiday season and below are some suggestions for incorporating braille into your gift giving.

Dice (with tactile bumps)
Deck of cards in braille (standard, Uno)
Board games adapted with braille (dominos, monopoly, scrabble)

T-shirts (braille alphabet, sayings, customized)
Jewelry (bracelets, charms, pins)
Watches (tactile)

Mugs (sayings in braille, or customized)
Measuring cups & spoons (marked in braille)
Timers (braille /tactile)

Slates (plastic, metal, full page, pocket size, 18, 28, 36 cells)
Styli (wooden, plastic, metal, knob, saddle, pen)
Braille paper (8.5" x 11", 11" X 11")
Hand held braille label maker & Dymo tape

Books (how to, leisure, puzzles, recipes)

If you know someone who does not know braille yet, why not braille them an alphabet card. Perhaps this may get them motivated to learn, and wow what a gift that would be!

Here are some websites where you can find some of the above-mentioned items. This is not a complete list. There are many other sites you can browse through to find such products.

American Printing House: APH.org
Editor’s note: see Movers & Shakers article to learn more.

Blind Bargains: BlindBargains.com

Braille Paper: BraillePaper.com

Elegant Insights: ElegantInsightsJewelry.com

Future Aids: FutureAids.com

Independent Living Aids: IndependentLiving.com

Maxi Aids Inc: maxiAids.com

National Braille Press: NBP.org

Remember to stay on the dotted line of life! Complement one's life with braille. Remember, braille readers do it with feeling!

I want to wish you all a very happy, safe, and joyous Christmas season! I will talk with you again next year!!!

Kaleidoscope of Krafts

By Lindy van der Merwe

It is hard to believe, but here we are once again at the end of another year with the festive season fast approaching. No matter how we all celebrate this time of year, I am hoping it will be a blessed time for all our readers.

So, for this month I am sharing a simple origami project that I hope may come in handy during the coming festive season, but that could be used year round and adapted to different occasions.

Some might know that origami is the art of paper folding, but it is by no means the only medium one could use. The easy and useful basket I share below is, in fact, made from a towel.

For this project, you will need three large safety pins, one large bath towel or beach towel and one wash cloth or hand towel.
It is recommended that a rectangular towel be used with the short sides measuring at least 40 cm or around 16 inches. Hotels and cruise ships use plain white for their towel origami, but there is no reason you could not use towels with designs, pictures or bright colors for your creation.

Step 1: Lay the large towel out open on a flat surface with the short sides at the top and bottom. Smooth out all wrinkles.

Step 2: Fold the towel in half by bringing the bottom edge to meet the top edge.

Step 3: Next, fold into thirds by bringing the folded bottom edge up a third of the way and then flipping it up once more to meet the top edge of the towel. You might need to fold and refold your towel a few times to get it right, but keep at it until you have three layers of the towel that is the same size.

Step 4: Fold into thirds once more, this time starting from the left. Fold over once and leave the last third unfolded.

Step 5: You will notice that you have two squares now, the one on the left being thicker than the one on the right. Lift the top right corner of the left square and fold it back to reveal a pocket of sorts. Then tuck the entire right square into this pocket and secure with a safety pin. At this point, you should have a flat, square shape, which is actually one giant connected towel circle.

Step 6: Once you have a connected circle, stand your folded towel upright with the open ends of the inside layer at the top. Carefully place your hand inside one of the folds in the middle of the loop and push it down to form a bottom for your basket.

Towel origami does not have the same rigid structure as similar paper folding projects. If you're planning on filling it full of treats to give to someone as a gift, you may want to add a cardboard circle or similar item to the bottom of your basket to provide some added support.

Step 7: If desired, you can add a handle to your basket using the washcloth or hand towel. Simply roll up the washcloth or hand towel and secure it to your basket on both sides with a safety pin.

Step 8: Depending on the occasion, decide on the items you would like to add to your basket, for example:
• For a baby shower gift, fill the basket with baby shampoo, lotion, oil and a small stuffed animal.
*For a pampering treat, choose body wash, body lotion, a mesh bath sponge, etc.
• For a summertime gift, fold this basket out of a beach towel and fill with sunscreen, flip flops, sunglasses, a book or magazine, etc.
• A gift could be adapted for a kitchen tea by making the basket from some kitchen hand towels you could pin together, and filling it with an oven mitt or various small kitchen utensils.
Of course, possible variations are endless and part of the fun is to adapt the contents and type of towel and washcloth to the individual for whom you are making the basket.

Step 9: As a finishing touch, tie a pretty ribbon bow in a matching color around the basket as a decoration. The ribbon will also help your basket keep its shape.

Step 10: If you need to be able to move your gift easily, consider wrapping the filled basket in cellophane to add another layer of protection to the items it contains. It is also best to pick up the basket from the bottom when transporting or presenting it.

According to Dana Hinders, who presents this project with supporting pictures on LoveToKnow.com, "the best part of towel origami is that mistakes are easy to fix. If you're not happy with how your towel basket looks the first time around, simply unfold the towel and try again. With practice, you'll be able to easily create towel origami baskets for all your friends and family."

And last but not least, on opening the origami basket, the recipient will reveal not only the goodies inside, but the basket itself will turn out to be something practical and useful.


Spencer's Spotlight

By Cheryl Spencer

I cannot believe it is December already! It was just two months ago we celebrated Christmas, right? Well, okay, so this is my subtle way of saying time flies. Here's hoping I ring a few of those sleigh bells for you with this month's spotlight item.

Twenty-dollar alert! For those of us on a severe budget, and let's face it, who isn't this time of year. This little gadget packs quite a punch and it will not hurt your wallet a bit I promise.

It is the M fine portable mini U S B fm radio speaker music player, flashlight, an external speaker all rolled into one little package. It has a micro sd card slot (micro sd card not included) and can take a USB flash drive, and uses rechargeable batteries.

The sound is pretty darn impressive. It has all buttons for easy operation and is so portable, it can fit in a pocket or a purse.

Ready for the price? Drum roll please, it is a stocking stuffer price of 12 dollars and 45 cents. Depending on the color and model you choose, the price may even be less. You can pick your favorite color, and it is available on Amazon with free shipping for prime members.

I really like this little player, it is fully accessible with buttons you can feel and an actual on off switch. It even has an earphone jack for private listening. there is a cable included to connect an iPod device to the M fine and twa la, your iPod has a pretty amazing speaker.

This is such a bargain of a price you can actually sweeten the stocking by getting a micro sd card or a U S B flash drive. Why not fill it up with their favorite movies, books or television shows?

I bet this little stocking stuffer idea will turn out to be one of their favorite gifts. Until next month, stay safe and be well.

Computer Tech101

By Jim Morgan

As the “70’s song said, “The boys are back in town …”. I was able to get my mail trouble corrected and, in fact, will let you all know what it was in case any jaws users out there have a similar problem.

As I mentioned I was having Outlook 2010 issues. I’m not sure, exactly, but I think the issue goes back to Outlook 2003 and, again, I think, extends up to and including Outlook 2016. The problem was that I couldn’t enter a message but could do anything else. Whenever I tried to type the actual message, I’d get things like “there is no table” or “that key is invalid” and the like. This was caused by an Add-in that JAWS needs but had been disabled within Outlook. The folks at VFO/Freedom Scientific told me that Microsoft has a nasty habit of doing this.

to fix it, all you need to do is to go into the Options within Outlook; it’s on the File menu just above Exit. Once in there, you need to arrow down the various categories until you get to Add-ins. After that, you need to Tab to the Combo box and choose Disabled Add-ins; I think it says that but am not sure; I know for fact that the first word is “Disabled”. After you make the choice, Tab to the button next to it and press enter. It will then bring up a list of disabled Add-ins. You simply need to highlight the one called Microsoft V B A and then click on the “Enable” button; I believe the button is on the lower left side. Anyway, if everything has been done correctly, you simply need to Exit Outlook and get back in; the problem should be solved.

If you have trouble with it I suggest calling the Microsoft Disability Support Line at (800) 936-5900. If they can’t walk you through it over the phone, they can get into your computer remotely and do it for you. Incidentally, this is strictly a jaws problem although users of Zoomtext Fusion, like me, will have the same problem since it uses jaws as it’s’ speech engine.

One other little tidbit I found that you might be interested in. For those that use Internet Explorer version 11, there is another way to get to your favorites that may actually be a little easier than choosing from a menu for some of you. There is a Favorites Toolbar that has buttons for various favorites. To put things there, you simply need to choose the Favorites toolbar when adding the Website in question to your Favorites. Once done, it puts a button on a toolbar underneath the Menus and you get to the site by simply clicking on the button. This way might be a little tedious if one uses the keyboard to get around but, if you still use a Mouse, it can get you there even faster than using the Favorites menu. I’m not sure if it’s available in previous versions of Internet Explorer since I went straight to Version 11 from Version 7. As I said, it’s just a tidbit I thought some might find interesting.

Since Thanksgiving is coming up soon here in the USA, I wanted to say that I’m thankful for Madam Editor of The Blind Perspective for allowing me to do this, as well as twisting my arm to do it in the first place and giving me one more thing to occupy my busy little brain. I’m also thankful for the readers who continually challenge me to keep my knowledge and skills as current as possible. I very much enjoy the messages I receive; even when I’m being politely told that I’m full of something. As I think I’ve mentioned, I spent a number of years in Computer Tech Support and one of the things I miss about it is the chance to talk with people all over the country. Your questions and, hopefully, topic suggestions give me some of that back so I thank you. Of course, there are quite a few other things I’m thankful for, but I don’t want to get too maudlin.

I wish a happy thanksgiving to all of us here in the U s as well as a Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it and best wishes to all for the coming New Year. If you have further questions about the above procedures, or anything else for that matter, please don’t hesitate to drop me a message. I will try to reply as soon as possible.

Happy Computing!

The Rotating Trio: Potpourri

BySuzy B
In the midst of the busiest holiday season, with Thanksgiving behind us, and Hanukkah, Christmas, other holidays, and New Year's ahead, more time will be spent in the kitchen. Relax, this isn't a cooking article, but still kitchen Stuff. You might call this Order and Odors.

I've never had enough storage space for pots and pans, the lids and the jumbled disorder that is created behind that lower cabinet door. Shutting the door before the avalanche may work, but it's worse when the door is opened next. Oops!

Finding the lids and stacking? Here’s my solution. Starting with a large skillet, rarely used, stack in a large soup pot/Dutch oven; inside this, the lid of a 3-quart saucepan, and then it's mate, the pot. Inside this pot, stack the lid of a 2-quart saucepan, and then the matching pot. Next, stack the lid of a 1 quart saucepan and then the pot. The lids will be below the pots; therefore, it allows stacking without the pots getting stuck. No, I haven't forgotten about the lids of the Dutch oven and skillet. They can go behind the stack you just created. Just a bit of help in the cabinet pot slide.

Odor? Reducing odors in your kitchen is easy with a few of these tips.
* Instead of throwing away that empty pickle or mayo jar and empty coffee container, wash them, and repurpose. Banana skins, onion peels, and grease from ground beef, etc. can make a stink. Use one of the empty jars to cram these in, and when filled, put in the trash. If you don't have a garbage disposal, or one you can't use, you'll find many more things to put in these containers. They are air-tight and keep down the odor.

*Rinse out cans and packages with hot water before tossing.
*Rinse off the food residue before trashing, and you'll be happy with the results.
*Make some lemon vinegar ice cubes. Zest one lemon and pour about 1 cup of vinegar over the peels, stir together. Pour into an ice cube tray. And put into your freezer. When your sink/garbage disposal begins to have an unpleasant odor, throw a few ice cubes down there.
If you have a garbage disposal, run it with cold water for about 1 minute. If you do not have a garbage disposal, just throw a few cubes down there and run some hot water at the same time.

Now, plug in the candle warmer and enjoy the Holidays!

Cooking Concoctions

By Maxine

Happy Holidays to all. With the holiday season upon us, here are two fairly easy and inexpensive recipes to try for your next potluck dinner or holiday party.

Slow Cooker Cocktail Wieners
This is just about the cheapest and easiest recipe for a quick and yummy appetizer. These wieners are simmered in a sweet and savory sauce and are perfect for potluck dinners. My daughter loves these!

2 16-ounce cocktail wieners; rinsed and drained
1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
1 small jar of grape jelly or seedless red raspberry jam, I prefer the raspberry

1. Stir barbecue sauce and jelly in a slow cooker.
2. Add cocktail wieners and stir well.
3. Cook on low for 2 to 2 ˝ hours.

Stove Top Directions:
1. In large saucepan stir together all ingredients.
2. Heat to boiling over medium heat.
3. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 25 minutes.
4. Remove wieners from sauce to serving platter; pour sauce into small bowl.
5. Serve with toothpicks.

Kielbasa Sausage Bites
2 pounds Kielbasa sausage, sliced
1 tablespoon oil
3 to 4 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vinegar
3 to 4 tablespoons orange juice

1. In large skillet, fry sausage slices in oil until brown; drain half of the drippings.
2. Add brown sugar, vinegar and orange juice. Cook over low heat for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Makes approximately 7 to 8 dozen appetizers.

Riddle & Brain Buster

By Alex Smart


What is always coming but never arrives?

Answer to November’s Riddle
How many seconds are there in a year?
12. (January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd, etc.)

Brain Buster

False Comparison
If the word POND were an adjective, the comparative form would be PONDER. If EARN were an adjective, the superlative form would be EARNEST. Think of a familiar four letter word that can have either E R or EST added to the end to make a new word unrelated in meaning to the original word. All three words are uncapitalized.
Hint: the original four letter word is an informal term.

Answers to November’s Brain Buster:
Reverse the first two letters of the answer to the first clue to get the answer to the second.
*Monster, vice president, Al; ogre, Gore
*Most unusual, take into custody; rarest, arrest
*Choice, magical drink; option, potion
*Blue jeans, 1950 - 1960 singing sensation; Levis, elvis
*Shade tree, enough; maple, ample
*Height, degrees from the equator; altitude, latitude
*Kind of energy, hard to understand; nuclear, unclear
*Storefront cover, on the way out; awning, waning

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