Brace For It…

I’ve written about my brace previously. (New short video below.) It is like a cast you can apply and remove. (That’s why it’s blue, so they don’t think I’m the Mummy!) The guy wrapped my leg like a cast to make a mold. I wear this brace to keep my ankle from turning or spraining, and it stops my knee from hyper-extending. (It tends to do that!)

Lately, the calf on my bad leg has been getting larger. (My awesome muscles are expanding. “I’ll be back!” said in an Arnold voice.) The brace still fits, but it hurts when they put it on! I would scuff my toes on the pool floor, because they were hanging over the end of the brace! I told Darin I needed a water shoe in a bigger size to go over my brace. We traveled to Walmart to find a cheap one. (Just kidding, you don’t need to travel far.) In the summer, we should have an expansive choice. It’s the first of July, and the water shoes were pretty much non existent! (I guess they’re stocking school supplies now!) We discovered three pairs of men’s water shoes in a corner, and chose the smallest one at a men’s size 10. (Too bad they wouldn’t sell me one shoe!) 

Now my tootsies are safe, and I can walk (in water) with confidence! “These shoes were made for walkin’…”


Lucky Blessing #12 – Nature

Lucky Blessing Challenge #12- A Lucky Blessing is Nature. 

I have been indoors for many months, and have seen the seasons change outside my window. I have missed the beautiful serenity the wild outdoors offers us. Oh, how I’ve longed for the sweet smell of pine and the methodical babbling of a brooklet of water! Soon the flowers will pop their heads out of the ground, and everything will turn green. Spring is my favorite time of year when everything is green and freshly budding. Once all the land dries up, imagine how green it will be. It’s like our reward for surviving a record breaking winter. I am not going to miss the gift of nature this year, even if it’s just outside my door! Give all your gratitude to God for the abounding beauty we have been blessed with!

Lucky Blessing #16 – Water

Lucky Blessing Challenge #16- A Lucky Blessing is Water. 

I really appreciate water, especially running water! Most of you know the feeling of no showers, no dish washing, no doing laundry… you get it. Maybe your life was one, big flood. You could be so sick of water but… I appreciate getting a glass of ice water. I immensely like to have clean clothes and dishes, since I used to wash most of them! I know the ordeal and satisfaction of the end result and sometimes wet shirt sleeves. Three days a week I do physical therapy in a pool. It is the best half hour of my day! The pool lowers down, and with a little help I hold onto the bar and do squats, leg lifts, and the floor is a treadmill, so I do lots of walking. The buoyancy of the water makes it easier to move. Today I walked sideways. It felt so good I started adding hops to my steps! It is about 95 degrees so it’s incredibly warm, until I’m done and come up out of the water! (Cold!) Then I get dry and bundled up. I go back to my room, and get help with a nice warm shower. Isn’t a warm shower amazingly wonderful?
Water is an integral part of our lives. Aren’t we glad we don’t have to go the river and haul back what we need to survive? I sure do appreciate the convenient blessing of water that comes out of a faucet on our command. We live at a wonderful time and in a wonderful place! We are incredibly fortunate. Add running water to your blessing list.