Judge Roy Bean wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:06 am
Things you have to come to grips with and some tips I've collected over the years from personal experience and trusted friends:
That really neat but really now way-too-heavy articulated ladder is going to bang into things when you have to maneuver to use it just to change a light bulb or change a smoke detector battery. Admit defeat, get a cheap, lightweight step ladder and sell the heavy one.
See above - and one - never use a ladder when no one is in the house with you and two - always wear shoes.
If you have hardwood or tile floors get and wear those no-slip socks with the sticky buttons on them.
Never get on or stay on a boat without a life jacket, no matter how many other people shun them. Believe me, you're not the swimmer you used to be. Be insistent, even at the risk of being rude when it comes to your grandchildren having them on.
Don't try to rely on your memory when it comes to meds. Get one of those day-of-the-week plastic boxes and/or a reminder app for your smart phone. If your spouse asks again and again, accept it as appropriate concern not simple nagging. Do the the same in return.
Never bathe or shower when no one else is in the house. If you're living alone set a fixed routine time and make sure someone knows and can check on you.
That really wonderful cast-iron skillet is heavy and dangerous when it's full of hot frying oil. Slide it, don't lift it until it cools off.
With this kind of flu situation, take advantage of those wipe things at the grocery stores - don't touch the cart until you've wiped your hands and the the cart handles and surfaces.
Changing a tire is way too hazardous in any number of ways. Get a roadside service arrangement. Some of them are free with phone services or tire purchases and many car loans include them. You have time to wait for them to come, believe me and it doesn't have to be on the side of the road - they'll come to your house.
Technology is your friend. Never go anywhere without your phone close at hand, even in your own home, especially if you don't have one of those alert pendant systems.
Some car remote devices can activate a car alarm system to start honking the horn. If you have one, keep it by your bed at night to ward off possible intruders and attract the attention of neighbors if need be.
Never go to bed without a well-charged phone.
Tell family or friends if you're going somewhere. A simple text is invaluable if something happens to you and you need to be found.
It ain't for fraidy cats but sharing and common sense can make it safer.