Wednesday, November 23, 2016


started out with rain that turned into sleet.  The temperature hovered a degree or two above the freezing mark, so according to those who had to be out in it, the roads were sort of sloppy but not overly icy.  This morning brought maybe an inch of snow on the ground.

I am still dealing with some problems with my legs.  I am not in pain and I can still get around ok.  But I seem to be unable to reduce the swelling in my legs and feet.  As a result, I will miss the big family Thanksgiving dinner at David's house.  A few days ago oldest son Duane asked what my plans for Thanksgiving were.  I told him I would be home as I didn't think it wise to go out in the ice and snow.  The swelling is such that I can't fit these fat feet into shoes.  He and Lori talked it over and decided to stay home, too, so I would not be alone for the holiday.  Duane is roasting the turkey and making a bowl of scalloped corn, a long time family tradition.

I have several physical therapy sessions scheduled in the upcoming weeks.  The goal is to reduce the swelling so I can wear shoes again.  Minnesota is not a really good place to be in the winter if all you can get on your feet is socks.  :)

So today I will be busy.  There are pumpkin pies to make and stuffing to assemble and dinner rolls to bake.  I think I enjoy the holiday preparations nearly as much as the holiday itself.

This year has been one full of blessings.  I have so very much to be thankful for.  I have reached the ripe, old age of 70, still pretty much intact.  Unlike many, I have a warm place to live, plenty of food to eat and I am surrounded by family who go out of their way to see that my needs are taken care of.  Although my body gives out on me from time to time, my mind still works reasonably well and I am able to spend my days doing the things I love to do.

And I am blessed with blogging friends who visit here.  Your comments bring me happiness and I am grateful for each of you.  I wish for all of my blog friends a truly wonderful Thanksgiving.  May God bless each and every one of you.


  1. So good of Duane and Lori to make sure you have company on Thanksgiving. I hope you get that edema under control soon. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Spikessib...It is always nice to be with at least some family on a holiday. I have faith that I will be able to get this leg business under control soon. Have yourself a very happy Thanksgiving!

  3. We are blessed indeed, Vicki. I hope your Thanksgiving is a very pleasant one.

  4. Gorges...Hope you, your wife and the Mighty Dachshund have a lovely Thanksgiving.
    And thanks for the link on your blog. It is appreciated.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving! Canadian Thanksgiving already happened in October, maybe I can convince my family to celebrate 2 Thanksgivings! Take care, glad to hear you will be with family.

  6. Thank you, Jenn...Good idea to celebrate again. One can't have too many Thanksgivings!!

    We can't always be with family on holidays. I think about soldiers so far from home. I will miss being with the grandkids, but they live close enough so I can see them other times. And I am grateful that Duane and Lori gave up the big family get-together to spend the day with me. Life is good. :)

  7. You certainly raised some amazing kids. I'm glad you'll be celebrating with Duane and his friend. What a blessing.
    I, too, am thankful for my blogging friends - you being one of them for sure. Have a very blessed Thanksgiving. SJ in Vancouver BC (and, yes, I celebrate both Thanksgivings. Although I learned early on that finding a turkey in November is a challenge!)

  8. SJ...Sometimes I think my kids must have grown up to be good people in spite of my parenting skills. :)
    It was awfully nice of Duane and Lori to stay here and keep me company. I know we will enjoy the day.
    Lucky you...two Thanksgiving celebrations! Hope your day is a good one, my friend. It is so nice to read the comments that come my way. Even if we never meet, I still count so many as friends. I am so very blessed.

  9. Mom, I know all to well what it is like to spend holidays alone. I don't want you or anyone else to be either. The bird is thawed, picked up what I needed for scalloped corn. Lori will make the mashed taters. Life is good. Love Duane and Lori.

  10. Duane...I remember those times when for one reason or another we were away from family at holiday time. It just was no fun at all. I'm thankful that you and Lori are spending tomorrow with me. The pies are done. The rolls are baked. The stuffing is ready for the oven. And I even found a jar of those homemade dill pickles Lori likes so much! You are right. Life is indeed good.
    Love to you both, Mom

  11. mom has terrible problems with her feet and legs being horribly swelled. she elevates, ices...not helping her. I went to visit her in California to help out a few months ago, and all she had that kind of fit her feet were some house slippers. I was so worried that she would fall, because her heel was still hanging out of them. I search "shoes for swollen feet" and ordered a pair of slippers and a pair of tennis shoes for her for her 84th birthday last week. The shoes fit her well, and now she is not house bound. Have a great Thanksgiving!
    Amish Heart in New Mexico

  12. Amish Heart...I so sympathize with your mother. It is a really good thing that you were able to find shoes that work for her. I pray she will find some relief.
    I am lucky in that this is not painful - just annoying! I don't mind so much being housebound, especially in the cold, Minnesota winter, but I do mind missing family gatherings. Hopefully the physical therapy sessions will result in some answers.

    Here's wishing you and yours a most blessed Thanksgiving!

  13. Your mind is superlative if your posts are any indication of your mind. I am glad your kids pay attention to you and how you feel, physically and mentally. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  14. I would love to leave a comment to make you smile, but that means I would have to come down off my high horse to do it, so I won't...You know that sounded better in my head. i guess I will just blame Hillary for losing the election she said she would win. Maybe I should up my meds so the voices in my head are clearer.

    Glad you won't be alone. Raising a glass to you, Happy Turkey Day

  15. Thank you, Linda...My mind still seems to be functioning fairly well, although I sometimes wish the cells that deal with memory would do their fair share of the work. :)

    I realize just how lucky I am to have kids who step up to the plate when needed, and who also allow me to retain as much independence as possible. Most parents want to see their kids grow into good, responsible adults, and mine seem to have exceeded expectations. That is to their credit and not mine.

    Hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  16. Rob...You succeeded. (Great, big smile.) We could up the meds to hear the voices better - or we could skip them today and stir things up a bit. :)

    Raising a glass to you, too, my friend. Hope you and your family have a really nice Thanksgiving.

  17. And a Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Glen. Hope your day is a really good one.

  18. Thank you, BW...I know your Thanksgiving has come and gone, but I wish you a belated Happy Thanksgiving anyway. :)

  19. I too have had trouble with swelling in my feet and legs. Once, I had to wear my lambskin lined suede slippers to the doctors office. So, I started watching a
    site called for an inexpensive pair of 4E wide shoes. This site has all the
    shoe brands and styles, I think it is an overstock site. Anyway, I ended up buying
    2 pairs of New Balance lace up sports shoes that fit my swollen feet perfectly.
    When my feet aren't swollen, they are much too wide. I only paid $20 a pair. It's worth watching the site, putting in the size and width you need, then setting the
    price from low to high, and just look at what is offered up to the price you want to pay. I totally understand your need for wider shoes.

  20. Anon...Thanks for the tip. In normal circumstances I take a wide shoe because I have short, chubby feet. But with this problem of intense swelling, nothing but heavy sox fit. Last year my Dr. sent me to a company that makes specialty shoes for this kind of problem. That was a waste of $70 as I can not wear them. I am hopeful that the physical therapy that is scheduled will reduce the swelling. Whether it does or not, I will definitely check out the website you mentioned. I appreciate that you took the time to help. :)