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As you may have guessed, I’ve been pretty busy in the last two weeks. I know, I know, no excuses…. but really, I’ve drafted patterns, cut out and constructed 3 leather coats, 3 leather vests and 3 leather dresses. But, that’s another post, and I will describe these in more detail in another post. For now I have something more exciting.  I met the most amazing guy the other day. He had the most wonderful energy and positive outlook, I just liked him right away. I’m always looking for new ideas for adaptive clothing and new Buggy Bag products, so I was really happy when he agree to work with me to develop a few new things (tell you about those later). He took a couple of Lap Blankets from me to try out with his “InterFit” organization when they go out on hikes. He started this group in North Vancouver to provide people with disabilities, the opportunity to get out into the woods and enjoy the fresh air. I just love this idea. Seeing the news story that was done on the group, and the huge smile on the girls face as she was escorted through the BC woods, on this really cool unit by volunteers brought tears to my eyes. I never saw such wonder and joy on one face. Such a great experience.

InterFit is holding a fundraiser in North Vancouver, so if you’re interested in helping out a really fantastic organization, here is a link  http://www.interfit.ca/news.htm

I also want to show you a pictures of the rigs used on the trails.. they’re so cool! I can’t wait for my first hike as a volunteer.

This is the ORC – Off Road Chair

And this is the Trail Rider … read more at http://www.bcmos.org/main/index.php

On the morning that the Buggy Bag® Site Launched, I was honored by an invitation to come and show the new Lap Blanket at a ConnecTra Workshop at the Vancouver Public Library. As it turned out it was also the ConnecTra Societys 10th birthday. The event was fairly well attended despite the rainy Vancouver day and the “HandyDart” http://bit.ly/wTjCO strike. I had the opportunity to speak with most of the people in wheelchairs as I went around the room getting everybody to fill out the entry form for the draw. The winner of the draw for the free Buggy Bag® Lap Blanket was a woman by the name of Violeta.

Happy Birthday ConnecTra http://www.connectra.org/… and thanks for having me come and show the Lap Blanket!

On the trail with the BC Mobility Opportunity Society's Trailrider

CONNECTRA IS…

ConnecTra is a connecting agency, linking people with disabilities to activities and programs that will, over time, allow them to gain confidence and become more active and involved in community life (it also includes self-employment group Abilities Business Co-op). ConnecTra is one of the six affiliated societies that make up the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation

Did you know?….. Sam Sullivan served a term as Vancouver City Mayor.

As some of you already know, the new buggy bag® lap blanket was introduced on October 1st.  My very first customer emailed me and said,  “… like your video demonstrates. I’m right hemiplegic.”

When I started  this project I was certain that I could come up with a product that would be really useful for a variety of people, and I think I succeeded at that. But, I have to admit that that comment made by my first customer made me really happy and so appreciative at the same time. You see, I had not thought of the need to have an opening going from the right side. I’m not sure why I picked the left side to be the opening side….maybe, because I’m a “lefty” myself, maybe, because the first person I worked with to develop the product happened to reach over and pull his blanket back from the left….. It doesn’t really matter why…..

What matters is that I will always feel thankful to that first customer for helping me see yet another way of looking at things.  It’s because of people like him that I can make the lap blanket a better product and be able to help more people be more comfortable.

This and your new water-proof Buggy Bag® Lap Blanket.....

This and your new water-proof Buggy Bag® Lap Blanket.....

It’s been a long time and a lot of work, but the time is here. The buggy bag® Mobility Site is launching in the morning! I’m so excited! I feel like I’ve been pouring my heart and soul into this thing…. and that, is good feeling. I love this product and I hope it is comforting and useful to all of the people who decide to buy it. It’s guaranteed, so if it’s not exactly working for certain people they can return it…. but, if you are one of those people…. please send it back with suggestions as to how I can make it better, or more suitable for certain needs in the future. Now that the ball is rolling and things are in place it will be easier to add more products and do different designs and variations of the primary product!

Let me know how you like it… and keep reading the blogs, because I will be keeping you posted about new styles and colors, among other things..

Time to get out and enjoy some fresh air!

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www.buggybagmobility.com to view a video of me talking about the new Lap Blanket.

Last Thursday I went to a new physiotherapist…. I haven’t actually been to one since rehab just after my accident (7 years ago this Nov). I didn’t think I needed to go. I work out, I go to my naturopath for pain management, etc….. I guess I was wrong, because after only 6 days of the same localized exercises for my knee, my mobility has increased, stiffness is reduced and pain in is almost non-existent! I feel much better. I can’t wait to see what new exercises she gives me next week.

Don’t for get to check the buggy bag® site on December 1st for the new wheelchair lap blanket!

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Well…. I know, I know….. it’s been a long time since I posted any news. So shoot me….. I’m here now and the new mobility lap blanket design for wheelchair users is about to be launched. Many tweaks to the design and end quality have been done, and I have to say it is looking good! It feels good too…. This product is really close to my heart and I really want to make the very best product possible. Check back to my site on October 1st 2009 for the launch of the new buggy bag® mobility lap blanket. www.buggybag.com

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Buggy Bag® Mobility Products is dedicated to helping loved ones stay warm and dry while on the go. Buggy Bag® Stroller, Jogger and Wheelchair blankets protect against the cold and wet, while offering visibility in low light conditions.

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