News, updates, and happenings with the Kragnes family: Phil, our Seeing Eye Dogs, and (me) Rebecca.

first post

I was hoping the Kragnes Karol might be the first post, but I’m still working on that. Maybe that will motivate people to follow this blog. So far I have not been able to find a way for blog posts — rather than notifications with links — to come as e-mails. It’s simple to follow the blog and receive notifications with links, and I’ll be testing it with this post. For blind readers, I understand that receiving only notifications with a title and link is going to entail extra steps. But I think it will be relatively easy to find posts using heading keys in screen readers and the find command to search for the title of the post. It is my intention if possible to have the post itself — rather than the notification and link to the post — come to your e-mail boxes. but it’s taking a little more time and effort to find very specific answers to questions like if this is possible and how to make that happen. There’s also an unsubscribe link at the bottom of each notification message if you are changing e-mail addresses etc.

In a quick update, I have my second Christmas performance at the IDS building today. Phil stayed home because he couldn’t get his prosthetic on. He’s had a bump on the front of his limb, and today it hurt too badly to get the prosthetic working. He’s using crutches to get around, and we have had to rearrange his dialysis rides. I worry that Garron is going to pull him around, because I don’t know that he’s worked extensively with Phil on crutches. I am particularly worried about steps being slippery with the change in the weather coming.

We’ve had mild temps above freezing, and we’re due for more cold in the days to come. The majority of the snow has melted, and forecasters are saying we’ll have a brown Christmas. I know it’s probably not great for the economy, but it sure would make getting around easier.

Christmas has come a little early in the gift and goodies department. We’re waiting to open presents we don’t know about until Christmas day, but we did open some things from our family they told us were coming in the mail. I also had a friend send me a gift of a Scentsy warmer and some wax bars to go wit it. One out of eight cubes in a bar goes in the warmer, and the scent lasts for five or six days. We warmed Strawberry first, and just yesterday I put in a cube called Christmas Cottage — kind of a cinnamon, nutmeg smell. The warmer looks like a green cupcake with pink and white frosting which makes up the lid. In the little of the bass and lid sits a dish where the wax goes. This warmer is the only one with a lid, so there’s no way a hand can accidentally be put in it. I’m excited, because I’ll be able to be very specific about the scents I want upstairs. Phil has also taken the candle warmer downstairs, so we should have a lot less musty basement smell in the house.
Rebecca Kragnes and Zane (Black Labrador and Seeing Eye Dog)
E-Mail: rebeccak
Twitter: RebeccaKragnes
http://www.rebeccak.com

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