Pearl Sutton

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Chronic reader, creative dreamer, a LOT of hand skills to make things real, intense health issues that limit my activity, but not my creativity or dreams. Moved to southern Missouri with enough tools and junk to build a life that might work well with my health. One of god’s gigglers, I punctuate with smiley faces and exclamation points when I type, and smile and laugh a lot in real life. (Often at things no one else understands.) And I both curtsy at people (even when wearing grubby work clothes) and purr when hugged, both online and in real life. “Normal” is not a word that has ever been used for me.

Been organic gardening all my life, and bought 4 acres that I have designed from the ground up. Making it happen is being the most fun I have ever had in my life, the best 3D jigsaw puzzle ever! Reading Mollison’s Designer’s Manual was like coming home, ah, THERE I am! A reality where I can use all of my multifaceted talents and skills!
Dumpster diver, recycler, second hand store shopper, I tell people I am attracted to rust and lace. I have violated every warranty I have ever met, I’m a tool using animal, and I use my tools to modify everything in my world. And it only gets weirder...
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I have my homestead design optimized for the health limitations me and my mom are most likely to have to deal with looking at our histories: strength, vision, walking, climbing are accounted for. Mom broke her arm the other day. Not badly, it will heal quick, she has exercised daily for 30 years, has eaten healthy for many year, takes goods vitamins, and we are treating it well. But it made me think. I don't have things optimized for being unable to use one hand or arm to do things. I'm looking at what she can't do easily right now, and trying to think of whole homestead level fixes. Things like make the gates work correctly (the garden gate at this rental is held shut by twist ties and leans, so you have to hold the gate and then tie it, not easy one handed) is easy, but what about other things I may have not considered?

In the thread Gifts for challenged people Jack Edmonson put an excellent post, quoted here in full:

Jack Edmonson wrote: My Uncle made a cutting board for my Cousin whom had suffered a blood clot stroke in her 20's and lost the most the use of one side of her body, and the complete lose of use in her hands.  She was single and lived alone.  (She was fiercely independent.)  He took a wooden cutting block and drove stainless nails through the bottom of the board, exposed about an inch.  This allowed her to place a vegetable or even a piece of meat on the cutting board; and have it stay in place while cutting with her one hand.  I thought it was an ingenious solution to a very frustrating problem.  One that might make a thoughtful gift to someone that is challenged in working one handed.  

That's an excellent idea!
I'm trying to work good ideas into the design of our place, and would love more of them. If you have this problem, how do you cope?
How do you do things if two hands are not an option?

As the designated loyal opposition to multiple administrations here, I say "if no yodeling, there will be yowling!!"

Edit: looking at the name of that video, that person has never had cats if they think that's the longest ever...
1 day ago

Mark Reed wrote:

Not even... Chicken yodeling?  

1 day ago
Not real sure where this gets posted, but it IS a What is it?
Just not our typical one.
What IS it??
Apples for best answers, chosen arbitrarily by me.

2 days ago
Hm, that was too close to reality.
How about Emu Races every Friday night on the main streets in town? :D

2 days ago
WAIT! We are Permies!! What are we thinking?!?
Require all new homes to have at least 3 fruit trees planted, of differing types, that grow well in the climate. All houses must be sited so there is good space for a garden (with good soil in it, not construction debris subsoil) and a chicken coop and good greenhouse are offered for very low price with all homes sold.

Some politicians promise "A chicken in every pot!" I'll promise "A chicken in every back yard by the greenhouse and the garden!"

Vote for me! More Jimmy Buffet! Silly songs and walks! And a chicken in every yard....
2 days ago

Jordan Holland wrote:
But not too silly, or else Monty Python will get after us!

I'm a dissident again! I think the world needs a LOT MORE silly!!
Executive Order number 3,566,982: Creating the Ministry of Silly Walks and Songs  

2 days ago
My dreams are more fun than my reality.
The hardest lesson I have had to learn is things in your hands in your dreams are not there when you wake up.  :(
Cool things I have bought, things from dumpsters, good books... I wake up, look at my hands and Well FOO! I wanted that!!
Last night it was fabric quilting panels, but they were the size of a quilt, and they were the background for you to applique things to. I had a watery ocean background panel, a backer fabric that matched well, and several fabrics with cool fish and sea life I was going to applique all over it. Well FOO!!
And I buy antique jewelry, china and tools a lot. Well FOO! That matched my set! Or matched that outfit! Or looked useful!
Well FOO!!

2 days ago
No ugly colored striped sneakers!  Neon green with orange stripes looks bad on everyone over 4 years old. Solid colors only!

But I'm already a dissident, I hate power ballads :D I'll start the More Jimmy Buffett party and run against you :D  
2 days ago
I dreamed last night of being chased by a lion, over the hills, through the forest, no matter how fast I ran it kept up and I ran and ran woke up just before the lion pounced and OMG has this ever happened to you?
3 days ago