Friday, 22 February 2013

As Time Goes By...

Every day on my way to the Bracebridge office where I work, my usual route passes by one of the churches in town. The Pastor there has a knack for pertinent and appropriate phrases which are eye catching on the large outdoor “bulletin board”. Passersby can’t help but notice when a new slogan or phrase replaces last week’s post…

This week the words read as follows: “Love does not dominate, love cultivates”.
Immediately upon seeing this, I thought of recent buyer clients who perfectly represent this thought-provoking phrase. The lady and her husband are both hale in health and she is hearty in enthusiasm; the gentleman however is quelled somewhat with dementia. The “missus” bubbles with eagerness on his behalf – and despite the burden of care she carries – she appears sunny and cheerful.

When one’s partner of family member suffers a diagnosis of Alzheimer disease, for lack of a more particular adjective, it can sometimes feel insurmountable. Progressively, confidence wanes, words sometimes fail and the horizon is no longer clear – for all parties. It is times such as this that caregivers and other supporters mush dig deep inside to find a way to navigate each bend in the road and learn how to climb over the humps in the day.

In a circumstance such as these clients find themselves -  when one partner now clearly depends on the encouragement and support of the other, their relationship reflects that truly, “Love does not dominate, love cultivates”

Friday, 15 February 2013

Somewhere Over The Rainbow...

February 14th is celebrated by many as Valentine’s Day, worldwide. The glitz and shimmer of bouquet ribbons, bows on boxes, jewellers’ bling and all manner of commercialism is contagious.

Lost in the shuffle sometimes are the plain jane couples who are no longer blind to the view from rose-coloured glasses. Their long-time partnerships may have grown into less than sensational passion, no sliding down banisters or cavorting on countertops – but nonetheless caring and sharing.

A red chiffon dress and silver stilettos may be voluntarily traded for fleecy slippers and a shuffle around the floor in pj’s and a housecoat; and for him – track pants and a clean T-shirt, socks that don’t stand alone and maybe a splash of something that sniffs yummy.

Restaurants in all locales offer specially created menus, tables adorned with party ware and candles, and maybe a Special Occasion cocktail.  This year I will be thinking of the many Valentine’s Day(s) that have been recognized, and a few surprises on occasion too!  Ahh – the fulfillment now comes from a burger barbecued on a snowy Winter night, luscious wine in a glass that’s not from the kitchen, and the annual viewing of a now-grainy video of the nuptials .

Somewhere over the rainbow dreams really can come true.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Techno-challenges and the Canadian Penny...

Several months ago I replaced a small television in the living room with a large, flat screen. Next step was to replace the cable box with a High Definition one!
Then purchase component cables for the DVD, to say nothing of separate audio cables which were not included. I’m still not sure if they are essential.

Being in the baby-boomer age group, I have quite a collection of VCR tapes which are still enjoyed. Especially my wedding video – and with Valentines coming up I decided to double check and make sure everything works. You guessed it – remotes, instructions, menu choices, selecting video vs DVD…No picture. I went online to the manufacturer and printed out a diagram of the connections how-to.
Still no go.

Presuming that perhaps the VCR machine was not working period, I bought a new combo DVD/VCR. Same results. However, I did learn that the red, blue and green component cables are for DVD only – a clue!!! So now, if I’ve got it figured right – when using the VCR, unplug the DVD component cables, plug in the old-fashioned red, white and yellow cables, select Video and the results should be rewarding. Except I haven’t tried it yet.

Like the way of the proverbial dodo bird and other phased-out items no longer useful, maybe I’ll have to source out more help. Tonight may not be a celebration at all, conversely, a commemoration of both my apparent inept grasp of techno-challenges and the last day of the Canadian penny!