Dwellers can still participate in many types of activities. It all depends on the type of limitations involved. Sometimes, endeavors must be adapted. Sometimes, they require people to help. Sometimes, they can be used as a distraction. Sometimes, each segment of the project needs to be severely limited. All in all, though, activities for indivisibly disabled adults are as varied as the adults themselves.
Enjoy these pics submitted by individuals as we share with you our pursuits and hobbies. If you’d like to contribute, please fill out the contact form and include applicable pics. We’d especially like to see submissions from physically challenged men.
A reminder: these activities may be easily done by observers but may require much effort by dwellers.
Enjoying a Crafty Difference
Leigh lives with several physical challenges causing limitations in what she can accomplish. She decided for fun during the Christmas 2015 season to make this gorgeous wreath. She shared the results on Facebook. In Leigh’s words, “I made [this wreath] for under $35 bucks. It is made from a wire hanger of all things. I used a wire coat hanger and bent it into a circle and formed the top part the way I wanted it. Then I started stringing it with Christmas ornament bulbs. The day before I took all 100 plus bulbs and glued the tops on them.... now that was fun. My poor fingers! After stringing it with bulbs I used beaded garland, 2 different types of bells and poinsettias on it. I glued all that in place along with a big bow. All was bought at dollar tree where everything is a buck. It was my personal challenge to make a pretty but inexpensive wreath. It was fun. I haven't crafted in a zillion years. Lol.” She added, “I pulled all the tabs off the bulbs and glued them back on. I found that if you skip this step the bulbs fall off (at least for me they did). I bought the plastic shatterproof bulbs and garland that would hold up outside. It was fun to make but I am covered in glitter! Lol.”
Painting for Fun and Profit
Due to multiple challenges, Lynn is more limited now than in the past. In her words, “I love to do raised garden box gardens and paint and make stuff when body allows.” She has turned her hobby of painting into a source of income. She ships her paintings, so anyone can buy one. Check out Lynn Loskot Reader’s Facebook page, The Road Artist, to see more of her paintings. The title “Road Artist” comes from her trucking time with her husband, as they traveled the U.S.
Enjoying the Outdoors
Our family has a long history of camping. We first camped in a tent, then with a camper, now in a trailer. We began camping just for fun while we lived in California, the boys were small, and I still had all my strength. Shortly thereafter, I sustained my first injury, making camping more challenging: rest stops during hikes; air mattresses for sleeping; Joe and the boys doing much of the work. The camper became necessary when I needed a bed, later the trailer when I could no longer climb up into the camper bed. Each year, as I lost strength, I could walk and work less, but we still camped as much as possible. We love getting out in nature! Even with the extra help and adaptive equipment required, it’s so worth it!
Using Existing Skills in New Ways
Although Francee deals with major life limitations, she still uses her piano to help others. She’s no longer able to use her awesome, beautiful piano playing for church
services. But she has found other ways to use her abilities. She brings the beauty of music to others. According to Francee, “I was able to play the piano for a hospice client and her co-residents, as well as for my friend who was in hospice care. … I played the piano for a beautiful wedding at a historic luxury hotel in Spokane.” Francee shares her love of music and piano skills with children by giving piano lessons: “I held my annual piano recital, titled Kings and Kingdoms, complete with some of us dressed up in a royal costume. I had 7 students participate and had the largest recital audience ever.”
Quilting for Distraction on Bad Days
Jennie has some really difficult challenges with too many bad days. Jennie shares with us how she copes, “I always have to keep something exciting going or I would never make it. This quilt [the colorful one] is just fun to create as I go. I have a long way to go but that’s just fine. I like how it is starting out. I’m having an increased dose of meds today. Feeling yucky. But this kind of stuff is how I get through it.”
Photography Hobby Turned Professional
When Tricia’s disability became pronounced and she could no longer perform her normal occupation, she turned her photography hobby into a professional business. Tricia tells us, “The only way I can 'somewhat' forget about my pain and enjoy myself, is when I'm behind the camera!” Visit Tricia Miller’s Facebook page. J&S Photography3, to see more examples of her photos.