[CnD] The Pen FriendRe: loading a dishwasher

Heidi Thomas heidi.thomas22 at comcast.net
Wed Feb 1 17:20:26 GMT 2012


Not sure how you do your shopping, but you can bring it to the store with
you and label things as they get put in the cart.  I have my groceries
delivered and the delivery man always identifies things for me and I label
as we go

Minimal training... Instructions are very simple and given in audio on the
package ... You actually touch the pen friend to the dots on the package and
all instructions are clearly spoken to you.  You don't need to press any of
the three buttons for this, simply put in batteries and touch to the raised
labels on the package

Heidi
-----Original Message-----
From: cookinginthedark-bounces at acbradio.org
[mailto:cookinginthedark-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of Tom Dickhoner
Sent: 01 February 2012 14:28
To: cookinginthedark at acbradio.org
Subject: [CnD] The Pen FriendRe: loading a dishwasher

Heidi, I was very excited about the Pen Friend. I do have questions before I
actually order one. My question to you is this. How do you know what a label
is on a can? Does the Pen Friend read the bar code to you so that you can
record the label yourself for easy Access? If you need to have sighted help
for labeling the cans, then it isn't going to be much help.

How much training is needed to operate the pen friend. If it is as small as
you say it is, and if it is so helpful and can be used without sighted help,
then it is worth it.

Tom Dickhoner from Cincinnati, Ohio
----- Original Message -----
From: "Heidi Thomas" <heidi.thomas22 at comcast.net>
To: <cookinginthedark at acbradio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 2:19 AM
Subject: Re: [CnD] loading a dishwasher


> Ouch! That's tough ... I also have A Pen Friend labeller ... magic marker
> sized pen that when you touch it to the little dots, your own voice speaks
> the ID of the label ... I find it priceless for so many things in my home
> and especially the kitchen ... Buttons on the microwave, which are like
> you
> mention here, which eventually I have learned, but I use it for all my
> spices, canned food, anything you need labelled. Labels even  stick in
> freezer. It is a bit pricey, but as I said it is priceless and I just
> wouldn't live without it, now!
> Youtube demonstration ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePE0-U73Ajc
>
> Heidi
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cookinginthedark-bounces at acbradio.org
> [mailto:cookinginthedark-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of Jerry Mader
> Sent: 31 January 2012 06:38
> To: cookinginthedark at acbradio.org
> Subject: Re: [CnD] loading a dishwasher
>
> Nope this doesn't have any dials at all. All push button. And none of them
> can be felt.
> It's crazy!
> I never seen anything like this before.
> Jerry Mader
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cookinginthedark-bounces at acbradio.org
> [mailto:cookinginthedark-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of Heidi Thomas
> Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 1:36 AM
> To: cookinginthedark at acbradio.org
> Subject: Re: [CnD] loading a dishwasher
>
> I'm not sure the clear label tape would be the best if you have a dial. to
> mark small points on the dial that you want to find, little raised dots
> work
> best. and I do think you can find them at Office Depot ... Blind Mice Mart
> also has them  http://www.blindmicemegamall.com SpottersT Tactile Adhesive
> Dots. Stick these little adhesive backed dots onto anything you want to
> 'see
> by touch'. Ten .7 mm in height Product ID: 730180
> Price: 1.16
>
> And I can't see what the concern is about such a thing ... It's not
> marking
> up the appliance, they can be removed and leaves no mark Hope this helps
> Heidi
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cookinginthedark-bounces at acbradio.org
> [mailto:cookinginthedark-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of Jerry Mader
> Sent: 30 January 2012 20:30
> To: cookinginthedark at acbradio.org
> Subject: Re: [CnD] loading a dishwasher
>
> How much does the clear label tape cost does anyone know?
> Where can I find this at?
> Been lookin' all over the place even walmart won't carry any or none that
> my
> family have saw anyway.
> Jerry Mader
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cookinginthedark-bounces at acbradio.org
> [mailto:cookinginthedark-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of carollablady
> Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 7:32 AM
> To: cookinginthedark at acbradio.org
> Subject: Re: [CnD] loading a dishwasher
>
> Clear dymo tape is your friend when it comes to making labels.  It does
> not
> mar the surface and in the event that there is sticky residue when you
> remove the labels, that can be removed with a product such as Goo Gone.
>
> Carol
>
> On 1/30/2012 2:39 AM, Jerry Mader wrote:
>> What's the best way to label the dish washer because Mine that came
>> with my newly rented house, doesn't have dials.
>> The landlord told me I couldn't mark up his appliances.
>> Yet I feel scratches all over the touch panel.
>> So that confuses me. I can't use it I guess unless any of you have any
>> cool suggestions?
>> Jerry Mader
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: cookinginthedark-bounces at acbradio.org
>> [mailto:cookinginthedark-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of Drew
>> Hunthausen
>> Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2012 10:55 PM
>> To: cookinginthedark at acbradio.org
>> Subject: Re: [CnD] loading a dishwasher
>>
>> Just to add to this, once you are familiar with the types of dishes
>> and utensils you have in your kitchen I think it is the easiest to
>> load the dish washer as you go. When I finish eating or finish with a
>> drinking glass I put it into the dish washer. This makes it much
>> easier, and you don't have dishes sitting around on the counter to get
>> in the way or break. When I unload the clean dishes, I don't have any
>> problem as I can recognize the different types of dishes I use. Hope
>> this helps
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: cookinginthedark-bounces at acbradio.org
>> [mailto:cookinginthedark-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of Jean
>> Marcley
>> Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2012 6:46 PM
>> To: cookinginthedark at acbradio.org
>> Subject: [CnD] loading a dishwasher
>>
>> I usually load the bottom part first with plates and silverware.  I
>> put only the sharp knives like steak knives in point down, everything
>> else I put in handle down.  I like to keep spoons together, forks,
>> serving
> spoons, etc.
>> It's easier to unload.
>> I feel how the rows of prongs go in the dishwasher and then start
>> putting in the plates.  I like to keep them in neat rows also to make
>> it easier to unload.
>> Then I pull out the top shelf and begin putting glasses in with the
>> top of the glass facing the bottom of the dishwasher; same for cups
>> and cereal bols.  Some cooking utensils like slotted spoons, tongs,
>> big stirring spoons, can lay down on the top shelf.  Anything plastic
>> also goes on this shelf - like measureing cups and storage containers
>> (make sure they are dishwasher safe and you have to ask a sighted
>> person).
>> I like to use premeasured packets probably of dishwasher detergent and
>> I don't use a softener to prevent spotting.
>> After a while, you'll get better at it when you use the same
>> dishwasher all the time.  Do not put wooden utensils or wooden-handled
>> knives in the dw.  I NEVER put sharp knives in even if they are dw
>> safe so that I don't cut myself when I am putting the dishes away.
>> So, there ya go.  Hope this helps.
>> I use my hands to feel where things go and it takes probably 3 times
>> as long as for a sighted person.  I don't care.
>> Jean
>>
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