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CoVid-19 TOTD #5: Summer Holiday Tips

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Editor’s Note:

At Bold Blind Beauty, the goal is always for you to enjoy a full life, but be well and stay safe while doing it. During #COVID-19 we want to assist you with that, so here is our COVID-19 #TOTD (Tip Of The Day).

CoVid-19 TOTD #5: Summer Holiday Tips

By Cheryl Minnette

Many Americans are gearing up for their Fourth of July weekend, which is right around the corner. This is a time when people get together with family and friends to have a great time. Usually, they would come together for picnics or barbecues, then end the day watching a wonderful display of fireworks. With 2020 being hit with a second wave of COVID-19 across the country, how do you plan on spending your holiday weekend?

For those of you that will be out and about, going here and there, or whether you are the host, here are some tips you may want to incorporate into your holiday.

  • Arrange for your activities to be outdoors, instead of a full day indoors
  • Shorten the length of time you spend with others indoors
  • Keep the number of attendees low

Doing the above in addition to adhering to the protocols of wearing a face mask, washing your hands frequently, and practicing 6-feet of social distancing, would help to keep the number of COVID-19 cases low. This year, you may opt to avoid crowds at places like parades, festivals, and fireworks, simply because it is difficult to maintain 6 feet of social distancing.

Give us your thoughts by commenting below as to whether this TOTD was helpful, what you would like to know as it relates to safety tips, and what you were able to relate to. Your insights and expressions are appreciated.

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CoVid-19 TOTD #4: Mindfulness

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Editor’s Note:

In today’s CoVid-19 TOTD (tip of the day) contributor, Cheryl Minnette recently featured as a Woman On The Move in Beyond Sight Magazine shares important handwashing tips. Thank you, Cheryl! ~Steph

CoVid-19 TOTD #4: Mindfulness

Here at Bold Blind Beauty, our goal is for you to enjoy life, but be well while doing it. During CoVid-19 we want to assist you with that, so here is our CoVid-19 #TOTD (Tip Of The Day).

We are all preoccupied these days and with the weather getting warmer, there is excitement swirling in the air. Stay on full alert and don’t let your guard down. We must all remain mindful, especially in the warm weather.

As the thermometer rises and the days become longer, coming home we are looking for relief from the heat. If you are someone who comes in the house and does one of the following:

  • Turn on an air conditioner
  • Turn on a ceiling fan
  • Open or close windows
  • Open or close blinds

Be aware that the possibility of transferring the unseen virus onto these places is higher than one would think.

  • Knobs
  • Panels
  • Pull strings/chains
  • Windowsills
  • Windows
  • Blinds

It is these actions that one usually doesn’t give much thought to. 

Whenever returning home, your first course of action should be to head straight to the sink and wash your hands, wrists, and nails with soap and water. This detour should not take you more than 60 seconds. A small delay to pay for one’s life. In the event that you skipped the handwashing in your haste, be sure to go back and sanitize all areas that have been touched by using a disinfectant spray or a disinfectant wipe. Comfort is what we want, but safety and wellness must come first. 

Give us your thoughts by commenting below as to whether this TOTD was helpful, what you would like to know as it relates to safety tips, and what you were able to relate to. Your insights and expressions are appreciated.

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Knowing the Flow and Slaying It!!

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By Cheryl Minnette

AWARENESS & SENSITIVITY

Editor’s Note:

In an ongoing effort to increase awareness on sight loss/blindness, Bold Blind Beauty contributor Cheryl Minnette will be inviting readers into the world of what it’s like to live with severe sight loss. These articles are created with the intention of continuing meaningful conversation while further connecting blind and sighted people. We hope you will enjoy these quarterly pieces that will be published under Beauty Buzz and tagged “Awareness & Sensitivity.”

Initial thoughts…

“Oh no…!!”

“I hope I can do this.”

“A little more variety from the color palette would have helped.”

There are so many beautiful colors in the world, such a vast rainbow to observe. In addition to the many shades, you have your pales, your brights, your darks and your lights. Any color, any hue that you can imagine is some type of blend. So what happens when the color choice is just one? One single color, with no other. No other color to compliment it. No other color to offset it. No other color to contrast with it. How does this single hue appear to you? 

Knowing the Flow and Slaying It!!

Come along with me on a journey that will allow you to gain some mental insight into someone else’s world. Indulge me a moment by closing your eyes as I walk you through a scenario. Are you ready? Let’s go!

All are chatting away and excitement is in the air, electrifying it, as everyone is escorted through the venue. Anticipation peaks as a pair of highly arched, white French doors swing open to reveal the outdoor wedding reception. Immediately you step onto the first of a limited number of oversized white steppingstones, that wind throughout the beautifully manicured lawn. With the sun shining brightly overhead, you may just barely be able to see the tables that are spectacularly decorated off in the distance. 

The first thing you must do is get from point A to point B while trying to appear as graceful as possible. The steppingstones may not be too much of a problem, but look out for those unseen changes in the terrain. A beautiful scene, but not the most ideal place for a blind girl in her stilettos. As the maneuvering continues, all are wondering what will take place when the festivities begin.  

Getting situated at your table and meeting the other table guests is always an interesting process. As you get closer, you hear people marveling at the beauty of the vision before them. There are all-white tablescapes that start with a tablecloth that gently drapes down to kiss the lawn, and chairs that have been stylishly dressed with white chair covers that are snatched with a rear bow and shimmering with crystal and pearl embellishments. As you approach the seating area, the multiple tablescapes appear to be a large white danger zone, an accident waiting to happen. Your mind now begins to race as it is searching and wondering, ‘How on God’s green earth will I get through this?’ Caution becomes the word of the day, as you proceed very cautiously to ensure that minimal damage occurs, but hoping there will be none at all. The challenge here is that, although you pretty much know what should be on the table, you just don’t see it. 

For instance, you may know there’s a place setting, but what type is the question. One must consider what their entire place setting consists of. You know there will be silverware, but the number of pieces is the variable, since there may be between three and eight. Did you know that in this setting the reflection from the sun can cause silverware to disappear, as they can appear to be white? Having a clear item on a sunny day like crystal stemware adds another layer of challenges. You know it’s there, but where and how many is what you need to figure out before they are inadvertently knocked over. 

Note that without any contrast, sun or no sun, everything on the table can blend together as one. So with the place settings, silverware, and crystal stemware, rounding out these tablescapes are large green and white floral arrangements in a tall crystal vase, which is set upon an octagon-shaped mirrored centerpiece. White pearl strands are swirled around the table with crystal accents sprinkled all around.

With this scenario, I’m sure you can understand the pitfalls that would be challenging for someone with severe vision loss and contrast challenges. Is the scene beautiful? Yes, it is. Could it become a tragic scene? Yes, I could. Can one acquire the skills to move through this scenario with poise and grace? Yes, one most definitely can!

These are some of the things that one has to process and work through as part of their day to day life style.

On the one hand, if you are sighted, this monochromatic display may be a breathtakingly picturesque sight to behold. On the other hand, for someone whose visual challenge deals with contrast and severe vision loss, having this tablescape could be like walking a bull through a China Shop. The bull may not demolish the shop, but some damage will definitely occur.  

Give us your thoughts as you comment below as to what you became aware of, what you would like to know, and what you were able to relate to. Your insights and expressions are appreciated.

Believing you are capable
is the first step, But
taking action is the ultimate step.

~Cheryl Minnette

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CoVid-19 TOTD #3

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Editor’s Note:

Here at Bold Blind Beauty, our goal is for you to enjoy life, and be well while doing it. During CoVid-19 we want to assist you with that, so here is our CoVid-19 Tip Of The Day. 

CoVid-19 Tip Of The Day #3

By Cheryl Minnette

By now you may have heard that the coronavirus also known as CoVid-19, is able to survive longer in a colder climate. With the warm weather closing in, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Although we are still learning about this new strain of coronavirus, this is what studies have found so far:

CoVid-19 is able to live for up to 28 days
in a refrigerated environment.

What does this mean for us as we buy our groceries and bring them home, placing them in our refrigerators? That is a great question, so here is the answer.

All grocery items brought into the home
should be externally sanitized,
prior to storing.
Especially items to be refrigerated.

This can easily be accomplished by using a virus disinfecting cloth, such as Clorox disinfecting wipes. Wiping down the exterior of all packaging will assist in ensuring that the virus is removed. When using, be sure to follow the manufacturers’ instructions. 

As always, our first concern at Bold Blind Beauty during this global pandemic is the safety of all. If this information is helpful to you, please let us know in a comment below.

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