Sunday, January 11, 2009

Support Socks ... part 2

(images from google images)

Is it hyperbole to stand on our recently leaky roof and shout "Support Socks are a miracle"? Do you think so? Well, our roof is now fixed, so think about that.

Okay, okay, so a really nice construction man came in the rain with his lift and some shingles and fixed it, but still. I bet he was wearing support socks.

When we are depressed, burdened, we "walk with a heavy step" or "drag our feet." When we are happy, we have a "bounce in our step" and we "walk on air." And when we are gay - a synonym of happy, we are "light in our loafers," so there you go.

My friend Jean works with energy meridians in the body to get your ch'i flowing. And not just flowing, but in the right directions. She got Very Old Dog over his deadly fear of thunder, and taught me how to calm him by holding the proper points. A lot of those points are below the knees. I think these support socks get my ch'i flowing.

And there's that whole reflexology thing, which no one understands, but hey. Look:

The comfy arch squeezy parts of the blessed support socks calm my adrenal glands, and get my spleen, liver, stomach, spine, colon, pancreas, bladder, and that pesky small intestine whipped into shape! No wonder I feel like a new person!

And then, there's that whole gravity thing. We start out as helpless infants, pinned to whatever surface by the invisible force. We fight to raise to all fours and then to our feet, and spend our lives being pulled down. Along come support socks! Voila! We have the power!

Now, you might have gotten the idea from this blog, if you are a regular reader, that your writer had been a bit down. Losing Maria, having her in an urn on the mantel, brought me face to face with the notion that we can be going along one day, coping pretty well with our world, and the next day we are reduced to literal ashes, just like that. This should have come as no surprise; it is part of having dogs. It is the price of the privilege. And here is Giacomino, Very Old Dog, who has three months to his fifteenth birthday.

And I will soon start working twelve hour days.

It just all weighed me down.

But the miracle of the support socks is that they changed my outlook. Instead of suffering separation anxiety from the thought of being away from the dogs for twelve hours - thirteen really - I suddenly felt so fortunate that in today's economy, I was able to get a job. Only three twelve hour days a week and some weekends. A good job. And I realized I'd have plenty of time to finish my book; instead of thinking I would be giving up that dream. Imagine: I've had the pleasure of Giacomino's company, an unlikely rescue who stayed, my shadow, for nearly fifteen years.

I credit the support socks for this turnaround.

But, dear readers, remember: the socks, and so much else that I treasure in this life, are covered in little white dog hairs, and came from Bill.

Ha. There you go.

Hug your hounds, and support the souls in your life whom you love.


  1. What can I say about this lady that has not already been said? I dearly love her.

  2. Well I swear by them!!! And what kind of nursing are you going to be doing??? If you need any suppport or handholding at all going back,just email me....and I'll be there!! PL2 and A+A

  3. Thanks for the info!
    Hugs & Snugs
    Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

  4. We're thinking you have a possible new career doing testimonials for the manufacturer of those miraculous support socks!!!!

    Mom, with her claustrophobic paws, is still not persuaded, but we do agree with Bill -- you are a spectacular lady.

    We're glad the roof is fixed.

    Jake and Just Harry

  5. hooray! another miracle. and the roof fixed too.


  6. Happy roofy fixed!
    Kisses and hugs

  7. We just love your positive outlook, Patience! Good for you!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  8. What? Again? Must I always smile when I read this blog? This is all your fault.

  9. All I can say is I may have to go out and buy a pair of them thar socks myself! r

  10. If you have no down, how do you have up? Perspective, all about perspective....

  11. Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me. Way too much time watching Laugh In as a kid...

  12. I completely, whole heartedly, support your socks! congratulations on the new job!

  13. I think it shows a great generous spirit to want to share your discovery of support socks with the rest of us! I intend to buy some - why suffer with less when you can buy the best?

    Absolutely love the doggy photo! A gem that a professional couldn't come close to....and don't those cushions look cosy? I'll bet I can guess who made them!!

  14. You have me convinced - I am going to buy a pair of support socks while I am waiting for my four old furry dogs who are off to the groomers. Perhaps they (the socks, not the dogs) are just the fix I need to get me through this last semester of lecturing. (The dogs ALWAYS boost my spirit; perhaps the socks will boost my energy.)


  15. I'm so glad to see you have your equilibrium back!! Good Luck in your new job - everything works out for a reason. Hail to the socks!


  16. Never underestimate the power of socks. What a great post.

    Love the picture.

  17. Hmm wonder if they make white support socks-they would help you get through those 12 hour days at the hospital. Patience, you are amazing!

  18. Aw, Patience!

    Isn't it amazing the ways some seemingly little things can change the whole way we see the world?! My girl says she's glad Bill gave you the support socks and that the whippets gave you all the little white hairs to go with them!

    Goober love & smooches,

  19. Thanks for stopping by Trails End. An 11 acre pasture is home to many horses and ponies including retired pony ride guys who are so sweet and actually turn sideways thinking our grands are going for a ride. The best part? None of them are owned by us. Horses are a lot of work (as you know). I just like to play with them, scratch them and walk with them.

  20. Congratulations on your new job, Patience, and good luck to you!

    It's great to see such a positive change in your outlook. I am very happy for you.

    Now, on to these support socks. After reading your testimonials and studying the foot charts, I've come to the conclusion that I could use about a dozen pairs. Gotta go shopping!!

    Love and Koobuss Kisses,
    Koobie's Mom

  21. Hi Patience, I have changed my blog address to


  22. Mom thinks these socks are miracle workers for sure, but she wonders if they make a certain sock that presses the certain part of the boston terrier that makes us stop farting???


    We are very glad you have a job too, so many folks where Mom grew up are losing theirs and her sister still lives there, its all so scary.


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