These Feet Are Made For Walking

Feet are made for walking and wearing beautiful shoes, but for the past two to three months mine were not co operating with their main purpose in life.

Some of you might have read the blogpost:

Confessions of a Shoeaholic ( 2012/08/23 )  and know that I love shoes.

Shoes a girl's best friend
Shoes a girl’s best friend

For the past two to three months I had to resort to shoes like these  in stead of the ones above!

Green Cross shoes
Green Cross shoes
slippers at home
Slippers at home

Green Cross  Shoes and  horror of horrors slippers at home!

The reason ?

I developed morton’s neuroma in my left foot and  walking was accompanied by excruciating pain. No walking on the treadmill for excercise, no walking in the garden, no wandering through a shopping mall. Even walking to do daily chores and driving my car  became a mountain of pain  to overcome.

So off to the doctor I go. After a round of visits, x rays, sonars and even an MRI scan of the foot the verdict was out : Morton’s neuroma. The only cure an operation to remove it. On Monday this week I had the operation and now I am sitting around at home with strict orders from the doctor not to put weight on the foot and to use crutches to move around. Needless to say I find it very difficult and utterly frustrating.

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I look forward to the day when I can resume  wearing beautiful shoes and go about my daily tasks without pain. I even look forward to taking up my walking excercise on the treadmill again ( never thought I would say that ) , but  I do, and start reporting on the progress on Walking Wednesdays.In the meantime I can do my research and decide which part of our country I want to explore when I am ready to walk again.

I also resolve not to take my feet and walking easily for granted again.

Do you ever pause to think about the privilege of being able to go about your everyday activities without pain and struggle?

This experience  has made me more aware of  the importance of caring and appreciating my body and all it can do.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Sometimes life’s circumstances leave us feeling paralised, tired, emotionally drained and unable to  move forward.

The circumstances seem as high as this gate and we feel unable to open it to move forward .

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However if we take courage and move nearer to the gate, it becomes small enough to open and move through.

ED 3 Thus  I encourage you and myself  to  open the gate of life’s circumstances, move through and forward, trust in the Lord and  you will find an open road waiting on the other side .

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Isaiah 40:31
“but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” (NIV)

Mango Anyone?

Peeling and eating a mango can, at best, be a messy business, unless you adopt eating it the Tanzanian way.

Here is how it is done in pictures.  

Juicy ripe mangoes
Juicy ripe mangoes
Cut off one half of the mango without peeling
Cut off one half of the mango without peeling
Mango cut through
Mango cut through
Cut the fruit in criss cross in the peel
Cut the fruit criss cross in the peel
juicy pieces of fruit pops out ready to eat
Bend peel backwards, big juicy pieces of fruit pop out. Ready to eat 
Enjoy!
Enjoy!

Weekly photo Challenge : Kiss

A kiss can express sentiments of love, passion, affection, respect, greeting, friendship and good luck, among many others. In some situations a kiss is a ritual, formal or symbolic gesture indicating devotion, respect or greeting.

When I thought about the challenge to depict ” kiss ”  in pictures, hands came to mind and I selected these photos as I think they symbolise  the sentiments of love, affection, respect, greeting and friendship using hands.

Young hands kissing
Young hands kissing
newly married hands kissing
Newly married hands kissing
A father's hand kissing the bride
A father’s hand kissing the bride
Old love hands kissing
Old love hands kissing
Greeting kiss from a stranger's hand
Greeting kiss from a stranger’s hand

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turnin’ red
Cryin’s not for me
‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’
Because I’m free
Nothin’s worryin’ me It won’t be long till happiness steps up to greet me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Words from the song Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head By B. J. Thomas ( Soundtrack  of the movie Forrest Gump ) 

Raindrops on the windscreen of my car, see the lamppost in the corner
Raindrops on the windscreen of my car.

About a week ago it rained early in the morning before I left for work. I had to pick up a helper and waited for her in the parking lot of the local shopping centre. 

While waiting for her I noticed the raindrops sitting on my windscreen forming a beautiful pattern against the slowly clearing sky .

I had only my cellphone with me, but these are the pictures I took to while away the waiting time.It reminded me again that there is always something of beauty to observe if we just take the time to look.

What beauty have you seen lately in your everyday life?  

A little bit of blue sky and white clouds can be seen
A little bit of blue sky and white clouds can be seen
White clouds seen through the raindrops on the windscreen
White clouds seen through the raindrops on the windscreen

D Day: The Day We Donned and Doffed Hats and Then It Became Old Hat

Hats are surprisingly complicated things.

They keep their wearers warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and sometimes function strictly as fashion accessories.  (GARY WARTH, Staff Writer  North County Times Escondido, Californiahttp://www.villagehatshop.com/hat_etiquette.html)

In the early 1900’s no respectable lady was seen outside her home without a hat and a gentleman used his hat to greet, flirt and show respect to others. This resulted in, as Gary Warth stated, a propper topper protocol and even unique words, which were lost when wearing of hats became unfashionable about 40 years ago.

The words I liked most are these:  A gentleman “dons” a hat when he leaves or “doffs” his hat to a lady ( tipps it slightly when meeting her.) These words are the contraction of the British words to do on meaning put on a hat and the words do off meaning take off or tilt your hat.

This brings me to the day when we donned and doffed hats untill they were old hat and discarded.


Hoede 1

It was 1992 and my mother and father had to move out of the home where they had  lived for 40 years.

We were commanded to come and sort out our childhood belongings which were still in the house, although both my sister and I have been married for a long time and had children of our own.

Early that morning we reported for duty. My two year old twins were the only grandchildren not yet in school and were thus part of the workforce.

After many hours of sorting, throwing out and deciding where each item should go, everyone was tired and bored with this tedious, but necessary task.

Then we came across the hatbox and all the old hats in the cupboard. My dad who was always the instigator of fun and mischief “donned “ a lady’s hat causing much laughter and comments. Not to be left out , all of us  joined in and the sorting and packing became a Mad Hatter Teaparty.

Someone grabbed a camera and captured these very special family moments. I came across the photos when packing up my recently deceased parents’ house and was again reminded of the wonderful family life we enjoyed for many years.

hoede 2

hoede 4