Dancing outside my comfort zone

A Mind Left to its Own Devices Can Be a Terrible Thing to Behold

By now, my regular readers have seen what happens when my mind is allowed to play unsupervised. Well, that’s what is happening tonight. The writing101 prompts are only given on weeknights, so, for a couple of days, I get to write about whatever catches my fancy. Be very afraid!

Fortunately, I’m sitting her drinking some Dragonswell green tea per recommendations when I Googled “natural diuretics” and am feeling rather mellow. Why would I Google natural diuretics, you ask? Well, since you inquired, I’ll share maybe more than you wanted to hear, but it might help someone else.

A couple of years ago I began experiencing a weird, red, itchy rash on my calves. Fortunately it is intermittent since the first time it happened, I scratched myself into a lovely infection which was, or so I’m told, only a day or two away from landing me in the hospital. As my sweet fur babies aren’t allowed in the hospital, I’m not inclined to spend time there either!

Determining Cause and Effect

Needless to say, when it appeared that this was a recurring condition, the analytical side of my brain began to take notes. I discovered that it is always accompanied by water retention in my lower legs. I also found that icing it can help alleviate some of the itching some of the time. But the most effective method of relief is to get my body to release the excess fluids which it seems to periodically store in inappropriate places.

The first thing I’m always asked is about my salt consumption which I’m happy to report is far lower than the average person. Thus, the cause of this, aside from the usual fall back, age, is still undetermined. However, if all I need to do is ingest green tea regularly, it becomes nothing more than nature or the Universe or something forcing me to adopt a habit which is extremely healthy on many levels.

As my week has been more stressful than usual with two of my cats exhibiting signs of having eaten tainted food necessitating multiple trips to the vet, the bodily havoc on my part may just be how my system handles something which has become almost nonexistent since I quit my day job at the end of 2013. It has certainly given me a lot more time to think about cause and effect, not to mention time to write, study and even indulge in a bit of organizing.

Cleaning the Slate for a New Week

Have you noticed that no matter how diligent we might be, laundry, dishes and paperwork still pile up and must be cleaned and put away? As hard as I try to clean up as I go, I still end up with piles of paperwork which demand my attention. Today was the day to address that since my daughter had commandeered my kitchen.

It really is a good feeling when the stacks and piles which had graced my desk, printer and any other reasonably flat surface are now neatly stashed in folders or binders for easy access when I need them again. (My daughter laughs, but I can always lay my hands on that one piece of paper when something unexpected happens and I need to provide backup for a transaction.)

Unfortunately, organized desk and work area has my mind acting all organized and annoying too, so I’ll bring this little bit of educational drivel to a close this evening.

My gratitudes tonight are:
1. I am grateful for Google search as even my most obscure questions find some sort of resolution.
2. I am grateful that I’ve completed over 20 of the 30 lessons in the Gina Horkey freelance writing course.
3. I am grateful for a few days with my daughter, just doing normal, hanging out kinds of things. After the stressful week we both had, it’s wonderful to just relax and laugh together.
4. I am grateful for the habits I’m solidifying under which I write at least something every day and study at least a couple of lessons in one of my online classes as well. I’m finding that I spend more and more time on writing related activities as the days go by.
5. I am grateful for abundance: good food, good company, friends, healthy felines, words to write and resources to consult, inspiration, motivation, health, peace, harmony, philanthropy and prosperity.

Blessed Be

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