Friday, May 01, 2020

A Squeeze & Squire Weekly Link Round-up

Nothing exciting going on here at Casa Kittling, but then I would imagine that that is the case in most of your homes. I had an appointment at the lymphedema clinic that I had to reschedule because I was feeling under the weather, and when I talked to the therapist on the phone, she used a phrase that made me a bit nostalgic for my central Illinois roots. She asked me, "Are you feeling puny?" I hadn't heard that phrase since I moved away in 1973, and I very quickly learned not to use it myself so the number of raised eyebrows, confusion, and slightly pitying looks would be reduced. Isn't it rather wild and wonderful that a simple phrase like that can evoke so many memories? How we use language is fascinating.

Denis and I have been doing some boring necessaries: scrubbing out water bottles, washing curtains and quilts, and dancing jigs because the dishwasher has finally been repaired. He's been laughing at me because I've been referring to my lymphedema pump as a boa constrictor, but I realized this afternoon that that's not quite accurate. I have two leg sleeves, so I really have two young boa constrictors in training, one wrapped around each leg from ankle to groin, learning how to do their best rhythmic squeezes. (I think they're now working on their Ph.D.s.)

Those two boas must've stimulated my brain because I had another "wave" after my shower when I was donning all my compression garments again. I refer to my foot, calf, and knee garments as my armor, and my postponed appointment at the clinic was to have two thigh pieces fitted. How on earth they expect people to wear this stuff in Phoenix, I'll never know, but I'm going to give it my best shot. (They are H.O.T.) Anyway, as I was doing my velcro management and wrapping each successive band up one leg then the other, it dawned on me that I felt as though I was a knight donning my armor before a joust. And you know, there was something missing. Like...

My squire!

I'm all hale and hearty again. I have my armor strapped and buckled, and it's time to mosey on out to the corral. I think I'll be on the lookout for my squire, too, the varmint.

Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄

►Mother Nature Responds to COVID-19◄

►Literary Interior Design◄

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►Fascinating Folk◄

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Practice social distancing by curling up with a good book!


  1. I love that analogy, Cathy - donning your armor! That's great! And I know what you mean about those expressions that make you nostalgic. I feel that way when I year words and expressions we used where I went to university. It brings back a good experience. Now, you let those boa constrictors do their work while I go check out those Viking artifacts...

    1. I've got a blog post to write, then I shall set aside my armor and don my boas.

  2. I have enjoyed these virtual tours of various places! Will have to check more out!

    1. Good idea! I've been enjoying them, too.

  3. Love the image of armor - Gearing up to do battle against the forces of bad health!

    But this post reminds me that the late (sigh!), great Shel Silverstein wrote -and illustrated!- a poem titled Boa Constrictor. Really. Even if you're not "into" poetry, it's short, and I think you'll appreciate it.

    1. But I love poetry! Thanks for pointing me toward "Boa Constrictor."

    2. I couldn't remember your feelings about poetry. Silverstein is a favorite.

    3. It's no wonder because I seldom, if ever, talk about poetry. I was quoting a poem here and there the other night, and Denis started looking at me like I'd grown a second head.

  4. I don't know how you do all of that. I'm exhausted hearing about it. And I'd have to be running the a/c constantly.


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