Share Your World for November 16, 2020

Are you ready? It’s Share Your World time again! Melanie has the questions, rules, badges, and pingbacks so you can enjoy this more deeply. Ready? Here we go…

Is cereal soup? Why or why not? No: no mirepoix.

What are some interesting ways to answer everyday questions like “how’s it going” or “what do you do”? To the question "How are you?": my stepfather used to answer "well, John, have you got an hour?" I had a manager once who answered "terrible." Famous Chicago-area disk jockey Larry Lujack would say "About average." I have, on occasion, given a full medical report, which was probably the last thing they wanted.

What was your favorite toy growing up? A Spirograph, which, in keeping with the times, I called an Agnewgraph.

If you have a pet, and you could ask it three questions, what would you ask? I’d want to know what she calls us, mostly. I mean, we call her Molly, also Molly-Toots, Molly-pop, Jolly Molly Orange, and I call her Molly Pepper, because, even they looked nothing alike, she reminded me of our cat Pepper. Come to think of it, I’d want to know what our other cats’ real names were.

What’s one simple thing society at large could do to improve our world? Stop watching the news.

GRATITUDE SECTION: I went to see my lymphedema specialist today, and she told me that they now have inflatable leg wraps that do the same sort of thing she does, so that I could keep the swelling down without having to spend a month going to her and having her massage my leg. She said that she works with a company that sells them, and that she would write up the paperwork so I’d have a good chance of having Medicare pay for the whole thing. She also told me that they now have a bunch of lymphatic drainage specialists on staff, including a young woman that worked with me when I was doing pool therapy for my knees. God has blessed us with good therapists.

See you in the funny papers!

22 thoughts on “Share Your World for November 16, 2020

    1. I’m used to the old radio paradigm of five minutes at the top and bottom of each hour. And frankly, I don’t care what the anchors or the writers think about something. Tell me what I need to know and let me figure out the rest. I think it’s better to be uninformed than misinformed…

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  1. I agree, cereal is cereal. My dog would always be asking for food and to never let him be outside ever. For snarky answers to How’s it Going, I have said, “It’s going nowhere.” and to what do I do…I did answer, “Where is the nearest lamppost.” The last-Stop littering! I am so happy that there are leg wraps that, I hope, are just as effective. It seems they always make headway which is a good thing.


    1. The wrap that I wear currently was a new product three years ago, and now they have ones that give more pressure. The leg pump is fairly recent, and I hope it works for me. I think I’ll have to be more proactive with the doctor and have him check it every year…


    1. The wrap I wear every day is a Sigvaris Compreflex Lite. I get it at

      I wear these socks under it:

      As far as the device that actually does the massage, I haven’t talked to them yet.

      You might want to talk to your doctor about having lymphatic drainage. A good therapist can drain the leg and get you the right compression garment.


  2. I know we always called our cats and dogs lots of extra names besides their actual one. It would be funny if in their language they had funny names for us. 🙂


  3. Thanks John for Sharing Your World and a really nifty clip about stock base (what I would call that melange of onion, carrot and celery. Those veggies do add such a nice aroma (and flavor) to soups or stews or pot roast (which is how I cook mine, with those (the onion is a TINY amount of course) wrapped up in the foil with the meat and allowed to simmer. The meat is more tender and tastes better (IMO) with that kind of addition. I’d LOVE to know Ziggy’s ‘real’ name too, as he is a rescue and I don’t know what they called him ‘before’. He was Scrappy when I got him (named by the pound), but it didn’t fit him. You do have quite an array of Molly-isms! And that lymphedema? That’s amazing that they have a device that can do that now! I was handed support hose and told :”to get used to them”. I could NOT. I always felt like my circulation was being cut off! I’m glad you have such an excellent support staff to help you with yours!


    1. In New Orleans, they call mirepoix “trinity” and it’s celery, onion, and bell pepper. It’s getting to be pot roast time…

      Compression socks work best, but they’re a real pain to get on. There are devices that help you get them on and take them off, but they’re a little hard to handle with one hand. I use a wrap, which has done a pretty good job, though I think I’ll need one with more compression…


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