Poetry, Pre-op Prep, and Pudding"

Soaking Away my Sins

Surrendering to sleep until seven-thirty am

Sweet relaxation!

Simultaneously staring at the streaked shower glass

Soaking in a salty mix of Epsom salts and frankincense

Waiting the twenty minutes it takes for hopeful detoxification

Sweating it out while sipping on cinnamon-laced ACV tea

Striving for Nirvana

Wanting the pain, to disappear down the drain

As it takes the salts, poisons, and sins with it.

I have to say, I did feel a sight better after my little bath this morning and from there I commenced to partake in a new twist on a borrowed recipe from Nutiva for breakfast-but the only part of the recipe I used was the basic chia pudding, this time it set up properly and other than a strange sort of mouth- feel from what I supposed was the type of coconut milk I used, ( I used So Delicious Brand Culinary Coconut Milk) it was pretty good! To that, I added some flax, frozen blueberries, and some coconut-chia granola and it was a yummy, breakfast pudding indeed!

My first proper chia pudding breakfast bowl.
Not the required canned, full-fat coconut milk

After a teary night last night because I was feeling so out of sorts, I’m hoping for a better day today. I’m trying to detox and prepare for my pre-op the best I can and part of that is getting the house ready for me coming home and not being allowed to bend over or lift heavy items. So what I’m supposed to do if put the things I need to use every day at eye level, tomorrow I will wash the bed sheets and tomorrow night, I will shower with the special kit containing the only soap I’m to use (you have to scrub from chin to toes for two minutes) and then crawl in a clean bed after also removing all of my jewelry.

Thursday morning I will be up rather early to arrive at the hospital by 5:30am, I think surgery is actually scheduled for 7:30am. I know I’ll be in good hands but I can’t stop thinking about all the what-ifs. They are messing with my spinal cord after all, as well as replacing two of my discs in my neck, I literally will never be the same after that. (Hopefully, I will be better!) Maybe I’ll be stronger, pain-free and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…oh wait, that’s Superman. Oh well, I’ll be more like the bionic woman by the time I have a new neck and a new knee!

I’m still feeling blue about the issues mentioned yesterday, yet I will strive for relaxation and try not to think of things that cause me guilt and sorrow and pray that after my surgery is behind me I can once again find the true joy of Christmas, which is having my WHOLE family together and that the gift-giving thing resolves on its own.

(Ugh! I just realized I never hit publish on yesterday’s post! I will post it first-then I will publish this one. Sorry folks, my bad.)

(If you click on the link, you can see the original recipe from Nutiva)

Why Am I Blue?

(This Post was originally written on 11/27/17)

I don’t know if it’s because of my upcoming surgery or the after-the-holiday-blues, but I have been just like the weather today, all over the place. The temperature started out in the low 50’s and it has warmed up to the upper 70’s.  Unsure of what to do with myself but knowing I should be doing something, I abandoned thoughts of writing this morning after hours of reading and researching got me nowhere. I just didn’t feel it today and sometimes I guess that’s the way it goes

I did read all of my paperwork and pre-op instructions over coffee this morning.

As usual, I did a load of laundry, cleaned the kitchen and puzzled over what we might eat for dinner, then this afternoon I thought about taking a walk and ended up raking leaves and acorns instead…even though the wind has been ridiculous all day! I can’t stand looking at my newly decorated front porch with leaves all over it, so I tried to clean it and the beds up somewhat. My neighbors must have thought me a total idiot, fighting the wind and re-raking and sweeping over and over until I had a trashcan full of the fruits of my labor. I’m sure if I looked out there right now, the porch would be covered in leaves all over again!

One of my piles of leaves and acorns

Afterwards, hot and sweaty, I came in and was finally able to write a few words of a short story for The First Line.  That was not my initial thought for a writing job this morning, I wanted to find a job that paid sooner but that was not how things worked out. Mainly because I didn’t much feel like writing and was totally uninspired.  You can’t force it you know. Sometimes you just have towalk away, do something else and collect your creative thoughts or wait until you have the energy to make it happen.

I’m also a little bummed because even though I know that Christmas is about being together with your family, I like to buy presents for everyone and we made the decision this year to just go out to dinner or something instead.  Add to that a bit of family drama that’s going on and you understand the possible reason for my Monday blues. Why I didn’t even put on make-up today! I’m so glad you weren’t counting on me to provide your motivation for today, I would have failed you miserably.  It doesn’t help my mood to be constantly hit with a bazillion cyber-Monday emails since I’m thinking why bother? We aren’t buying presents anyway. I guess we will be buying a couple here and there but you know what I mean.

My ankle is still sore from rolling it the other day, so I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t walk anyway. Hopefully, I worked off my lunch raking leaves in the yard, I sure expended the little bit of energy I mustered up for the task. I just hate that I put on a few pounds over the holiday, but I’m sure I’m not the only one 😉

Ok, rant over, I hope you all had a better, more productive (if that’s what you wanted) Monday than me. Have a nice evening and hopefully I won’t blow away while sitting out on the patio. 🙂

Could You Relax for Twenty Minutes?

Corners and Cobwebs

A cobweb has formed in the corner of the tile work o my tub!
It’s the biggest shopping season of the year. Stress, anxiety, guilt, eating and drinking all sorts of indulgent food and alcohol, all lead to a toxic soup inside your body. I know a way to rid your body of all that bad build up, and it feels great too…but you have to be able to relax for at least 20 minutes, preferably 40!

Could you do it? Well, I did it myself this morning, in an effort to not only detoxify but help with my sore joints (remember my twisted ankle? Still hurts) and muscles and reduce inflammation. It’s called taking a bath with Epsom salts, and they have been used for hundreds of years by many different cultures.

It may be difficult for you to imagine relaxing in a hot tub for 20-40 minutes, however,  you will not be sorry once you’ve done it. The benefits are many:

  • inexpensive remedy
  • removes salts and toxins
  • allows magnesium and sulfates to enter the body through the skin
  • improves health conditions like gout, athlete’s foot, sprains, bruises, chronic pain
  • improves blood flow, muscle,  and nerve function and reduces inflammation

I read this article on Epsom salts last night while perusing Pinterest at a site called Healthy Holistic Living. She said that you need to allocate at least 40 minutes because the first 20 minutes help the detoxification process and the next twenty minutes allow for the absorption of the minerals magnesium and sulfates. She gives a chart based on weight to know how much Epsom salts to add to your bath, mine was about a cup and a half. To that, I also added about twenty drops of frankincense (the aromatherapy grade) to help me be still and grounded.

You are ideally supposed to rest for an hour or two after the bath which is what makes it great for right before bed, but since I have such bad arthritis, she said in my case it was better to get out and start moving around. Also, the health conditions mentioned above improve with continued use, so buy a decent sized bag and make it a habit. I know I will! It felt so nice and while it didn’t immediately help my aches and pains, I felt relaxed and sort of rejuvenated afterward.

While laying there, I turned my head from side to side and discovered a rather well-developed cobweb, I guess I’ve been lacking in the housekeeping department. Oh well, I’ll get to that later. Do try a bath in Epsom salts, maybe before bed, you might also add some lavender essential oil and you will surely sleep the best you have in some time. Let me know how it worked out for you!

 

 

 

Enjoying The Holiday

Ok, so I took a little break from writing to prepare and enjoy the holiday with family and friends! I have enjoyed the time very much and as I prepare for my upcoming surgery, I’ll take all the slack time I can get!

Ok.  It hasn’t all been relaxation either. Cleaning, cooking , and today we went ahead and started decorating for Christmas in case I’m not up to it after surgery. That meant I had to find a place for everything we had placed on our temporary shelves and Dave had to clean the garage to get the shelves in there and make them useable.

Halfway done

We both did a good job but Dave’s effort was much appreciated!!

Dave got the garage cleaned in record time!

That made room in the dining room for the Christmas tree! (Pictures to come)

We enjoyed a nice dinner with family yesterday, even though a few were missing. Everyone contributed a little something and we all ate til we were stuffed. After everyone went home, Dave and I decided to check out a new Netflix series called Godless, starring Jeff Daniels about the old west and a villain bent on revenge and the good guy, an unlucky hero who befriends the supposed town harlot and her son. I’m not used to seeing Jeff in the villain role which he plays very well.

Dave was off today, so we went running ur errands and got more stuff to decorate with. Then, even though we had plenty of leftovers, we found ourselves on Northside and decided to dine at our favorite Mexican place, Los Vicaros. Now I’m stuffed again, tree is half decorated (but loooking pretty goood) and we are watching The Grinch.

Before

I will take after pics and post them soon. I had to move the dining table out of the way so I could place the tree in front of the window. Then,  I made use of the trees Dad gave me last year for the front porch, they look pretty with only lights on them!

I truly hope you all had a relaxng, delicious holiday spent with family, friends, and feel as blessed as we do! Happy Holidays! 🦃🎄

Why Be Organized?

Morning everyone and how are you on this chilly Monday morning? Oh my goodness, I just realized I have not blogged since last Tuesday (on this one anyway) and that is one reason I should be more organized!! If I was sticking to an editorial calendar, these things would not happen.

Last week was super busy with my writing though. I entered several pieces in various places, hoping to earn/win some money…wish me luck! I took a test for Compose.ly to try to find more paid work, I submitted a poem to Winning Writers for their Wergle Flomp Contest (I wrote about entering contests over on my website), and I entered the Barefoot Writer’s Essay Contest who’s theme this month spoke to what we are grateful for.

My new red hat before adornment

It wasn’t all work though, I also went to to the movies with my new lady’s group and saw Murder on the Orient Express. This time we went as the over 40/50 group, but next time we get together it will be as ladies of The Red Hat Society! Yes! I became its newest member last week! Dave and I went shopping for me a new red hat and I’m happy to say we found one! It was at a new store in the mall called Dana, it is a nice felt hat like one we found at a different store which cost $50, mine was under $20! Now all that’s left to do is decorate it up, add some purple flair and I’ll be good to go! I spent some time creating a board on Pinterest called “Red hat ideas” if anyone wants to see it. (visit my other boards while you’re there 🙂 )

I went and had my lab work for tomorrow’s appt. with my kidney dr.

Today I’m supposed to go have my pre-op for my surgery, but I’m going to call and make sure it’s not too early. My surgery is on the 30th and in the old days, one of the tests they’ll be running, a PT/PTT was only good for three days. In addition, I want to make sure they can’t go ahead and use the results from some of the lab work I already took. Why pay twice? (I probably won’t get away with that)

I also did a job for Crowd Content Saturday morning because I tried to do it Friday night, had computer issues and lost the whole thing! Now, I may be making small change, but I had already done a ton of research, so when it was still available Saturday morning, I jumped on it! I spent way too long on it, but it’s done yea!

Well, I’m off to see what else I can get done, it will be another busy week since we are hosting Thanksgiving. Writing, reading, crocheting (I started a new scarf), cleaning and cooking…just like everyone else I’m sure! Y’all have a wonderful day and I hope to see you later on the patio! 🙂