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How Do You Deal with Handicaps in the Kitchen?


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9 hours ago, heidih said:

 We are not our disabilities - and we keep on cooking ;) 

 

This can't be overemphasized.    Almost 20 years ago, I needed a hip replacement.   I was going to lunch with an older friend who lamented as we walked to the restaurant, "Oh, Darlin', you're limping.   It breaks my heart!"    I bristled and told her that I actually was not aware of my limp, that I was plowing through as best I could and really was resentful of her (condescending) sympathy.    Hip replacement(s) done, limp gone.   Now I have a compromised knee and am making similar accommodation, as in how I manage stairs.   Husband lovingly tries to intervene and do chores that require stairs, and I can't get across to him that activity and use are good  for me, that I do not feel sorry for myself and in fact find a sick sense of accomplishment as I soldier on.   I do not define myself as disabled, now.   

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A dear friend had a hip replacement young (56). I happened to be at St. Johns in Santa Monica the next day and went to visit, Already up. 6 months later we were buying plants for an event after a rain and she leapt over a big puddle at the nursery. I tearily laughed. Knees bit tougher but I know many success stories. I am still eyeing the oven mitts and the gloves as I plan a large sheet pan of broiled zucchini tomorrow. or day after. Another small adjustment with pans from stove I have begun is using 2 hands to move the pan - gives more stability for me. 2 hands multi tasking not so wise anymore.  

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6 hours ago, heidih said:

. I am still eyeing the oven mitts and the gloves

As I took my casserole out of the oven last night I had to laugh at myself and think that I'm a poor one to give advice on oven protection. I just had to take a picture of my HotPads, as we always called them.

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I have no idea how old they are and they have sure been through the wringer. Yes, they are clean. They have even been bleached but they are just so old and stained that they can't help it. Twice I have gotten brand new pads and thrown these away. Both times I've used the new pads for a couple days and retrieved the old ones. I have five or six really pretty ones that would do the job but they're just too pretty and I save them to use as trivets on my glass top table.

They say that old friends are the best. I guess that applies to HotPads, too.

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4 hours ago, Tropicalsenior said:

As I took my casserole out of the oven last night I had to laugh at myself and think that I'm a poor one to give advice on oven protection. I just had to take a picture of my HotPads, as we always called them.

20211208_171719.thumb.jpg.fb003ce759af0909429ad22ad882afe1.jpg

I have no idea how old they are and they have sure been through the wringer. Yes, they are clean. They have even been bleached but they are just so old and stained that they can't help it. Twice I have gotten brand new pads and thrown these away. Both times I've used the new pads for a couple days and retrieved the old ones. I have five or six really pretty ones that would do the job but they're just too pretty and I save them to use as trivets on my glass top table.

They say that old friends are the best. I guess that applies to HotPads, too.

Totally get it.   I recently replaced my terry mitts (discussed above).   The new ones are somewhat stiff but within the month of use are coming to heel.    A couple of times through the washer should have done the trick but they take so long to dry (AND WE ALL KNOW THE PERIL OF WET OR DAMP HOT PADS!) that I just let them settle in.   

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26 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

I'm sitting here by the computer with my almonds and mai tai, in my ergonomic chair, nurturing my knee (no peanuts tonight) while my blessed Paragon cooks dinner and my StirMATE stirs it for me.

 

Lets call you "Gadget" v. "Gidget". Sally is a force though.

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