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Musings On Mobiltiy and Freedom!

Jul 28, 2010 - 8 comments

As lovely as it sounds, enforced rest can be stullifying.  Yes, I love my recliner, but that was always knowing that I could tiptoe out and do stuff or see friends.  It's two weeks now that I have been sitting around with my leg draped over my neck to keep the swelling down.  It's a'gettin' old.

I got the walker I have been promising to get for lo' these many eons.  It's not as much help has I had hoped.  Maybe when the leg is healed and I can really get out and walk it will help.  It's fancy, though.  I chose the red one, with the big wheels, the seat, the brakes and the hemi.  It needs the mylar spangles that come out of the handles, like the Huffy I had when I was little.  I don't name everything, but, in my family things tend to get named.  My mom calls all squirrels Cheryl.  Don't ask.  We don't know why.  Her walker is named Charlie.  It fits.  Her old rigid, aluminum walker we referred to as her chariot.

As soon as I zoomed the house, taking my safe 4" steps, I realized that my walker was named Ferdinand.  He just needs some horns.  My mom suggested Texas longhorns, but I think the usual curved ones.  I see myself bulling my way through stores and lines.  Sometimes a poke in the derriere is what people need.  Wasn't there a cartoon character of a bull named Ferdinand when we (some of us) were little?  

I made a break for it and went to the store today.  I asked if they had any.....I could not formulate the word for the electric carts....and asked the manager if they had any of those Ride'Em Mobiles.  He laughed and had one brought to me.  I've ridden them before, but this time felt justified and entitled.  Whoopee!   Those buggers are really maneuverable!  Nothing like planting myself in front of a running, out-of-control 10 year old.  Neh, Nuh, Neh, Neh.  Back and forth through the frozen section - and saw that Haagen-Dazs was $1 off per pint if I bought 5.  Five it was.  Someone (unnamed) will surely eat them.

Childish?  Who was it that noted that while we can't stay young, we can be immature forever?  It felt good to be out and be able to load my basket with treats.  It's my money and I do believe that chocolate has great anti-oxidant powers.  So what if I have to eat three times the milk chocolate to get the same effect.  If someone tries to tell me that the sugar cancels that out, I will cover my ears and hum.

I had cabin fever.  We are back to the usual summer days of low 80's and a cool breeze, but with sun.  These days I can endure.

I got my new copy of Dragon Naturally Speaking today and am going to learn to dictate my entries into the computer.  This should make me much more prolific.  Whoopee!

I'm looking forward to another ride on a Ride'Em Mobile.  Shopping has just taken on a whole new attitude.


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by rendean, Jul 28, 2010
What a great read!!! I can so identify with being trapped in the house. Mine is vertigo but nonetheless it is what keeps me grounded at home.

I think I should try one of those Ride'Em Mobiles next time I get taken shopping . If I need an escort, as thought so by my family, then that should earn me the right to enjoy one!!

Haagen-Dazs and chocolate should cure any ills you may have. If you eat enough I do believe it might mend all those torn ligaments and tissues in about half the time :-). Let us know how much chocolate and ice cream it takes to become medicinal.


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by Lulu54, Jul 28, 2010
Ferdinand the Bull.... a classic children's tale.  You and I both read it as children.  At least I know I did.

from, here is their take

"What else can be said about the fabulous Ferdinand? Published more than 50 years ago (and one of the bestselling children's books of all time), this simple story of peace and contentment has withstood the test of many generations. Ferdinand is a little bull who much prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree-- just smelling the flowers--to jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. This cow is no coward--he simply has his pacifist priorities clear. As Ferdinand grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, until the day he meets with the wrong end of a bee. In a show of bovine irony, the one day Ferdinand is most definitely not sitting quietly under the cork tree (due to a frightful sting), is the selfsame day that five men come to choose the "biggest, fastest, roughest bull" for the bullfights in Madrid.

Ferdinand's day in the arena gives readers not only an education in the historical tradition of bullfighting, but also a lesson in nonviolent tranquility. Robert Lawson's black-and-white drawings are evocative and detailed, with especially sweet renditions of Ferdinand, the serene bull hero. The Story of Ferdinand closes with one of the happiest endings in the history of happy endings--readers of all ages will drift off to a peaceful sleep, dreaming of sweet-smelling flowers and contented cows."

Its a great book - thanks for thinking of it.  I'll have to order it for the granddaughters.  

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by Lulu54, Jul 28, 2010
as for the Hagen Dazs ... look for the HD 5 ice creams and try  the GINGER ice cream.  Almost as good as eating chocolate covered ginger.  yummmmmmmmmmmmmm

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by Fluffysmom, Jul 29, 2010
Quix, I loved your journal entry!  You've made me smile and feel better about life.  As soon as my Avonex is delivered, I'm going out for a shopping adventure.  :o)

Lulu had to mention HD ginger ice cream; suddenly my low-fat chocolate froyo doesn't sound as good.  I love chocolate covered ginger, so it sounds heavenly.  I checked out the Haagen Dazs website and did a search and it said that there were no stores that sold it within a 50 mile radius of me!

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by suzsibs, Jul 30, 2010
You are a breath of fresh air. I can see you whizzing down the aisles with your ice cream and racing kids round the store, keep enjoying your life and putting some fun into ours.
Thanks for being you

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by Sumanadevii, Jul 30, 2010
Quix, you might be jealous but my son bought me a Cutie Scootie!!  It's bright red!  I want a blue one next!  These things are wonderful.  You can turn on a dime and it has given me some mobility.

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by swampcritter, Jul 30, 2010
Great post!

Swampy's Grandcritter named her cane "Horatio".

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by michelleislay, Aug 15, 2010
i wanted to add, that ferdinand the bull is one of my favorite children's books and i know that it's cover is bright and shiny red...i wonder if this is why the name popped into mind for your walker?

great post!

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