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Miyu’s Morning Yoga

This morning, as I was peacefully shuffling my tarot cards, Miyu approached me and randomly asked if she could use my yoga mat. I hesitated at first, but then I realized I should take advantage of her curiosity and introduce her to some proper yoga. So, I found some nice videos on YouTube and she had a blast. 🙂

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Getting Ready for School

Last night, I told her that our local toy store already has Halloween decorations for sale. After she badgered me about why I didn’t buy any said decorations, she expressed excitement and is now eager to choose a Halloween costume. Her top choices are all big cats. In the past, I’ve always let Halloween slip by, but this year I hope to at least get her a proper costume…and maybe even do some face painting.

Recently, I’ve been teaching her to properly push back her hair while she washes her face. I think she’s finally got it. And I’m glad because I rarely use those head band things anymore.

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The Current Situation

Friday night, just when my right hand was getting better, I started experiencing the tell-tale snapping-crab pain in my ankles, where it feels like an army of crabs are constantly snapping at my ankles with each painful step. Well, after Friday night and into the weekend, my right ankle faired worse and I had to call in sick to work for today (Monday). It got so bad that I had a hard time walking around the house and Ken would have to help me get around. The area feels warm, tender, and extremely painful with the slightest touch. Any movement or pressure on this ankle is painful. Putting a light blanket on my legs elicited pain from this ankle. It doesn’t look very swollen in the photo, but even Ken said he could tell that it was swollen. Needless to say, I had to call in sick again for tomorrow.

It was yesterday night when I started to wonder about the air pressure and sure enough, it was below the green zone of 29.9 inHg or 1010 hPa. This week is supposed to be rainy with some thundershowers. There seems to be so many ways to express air pressure that I’ve been confused, but for now I guess I’ll just stick to hectopascals or hPa, since apparently that is the international unit for measuring atmospheric pressure.

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Scoot over Summer

Yesterday, I decided it was time to let Miyu out on her scooter and give her free reign on some concrete. It was terribly hot, but at least there was a good amount of wind. We saw several cicada, butterflies, and dragonflies fly about. Only the latter two I was really happy about. I don’t know what it is about cicada that disturb me so much. I think it’s the drunken way they fly coupled with this annoyingly loud sound they produce. I understand they’re important for the ecosystem, but hot damn, they look like huge cockroach beetle flies. I wish I had a team of hungry pet ravens and a small army of dragonflies who would just guard us from mosquitoes and drunken cicadas. 🙂

Anyway, wishful thinking aside, we walked to a 7-11 and bought some snacks and had an ice cream break in the middle of her scooting session. She had a lot of fun and that made me happy.

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Gluten & Sugar Free Banana Bread

I recently discovered that I am sensitive to gluten. Last year I knew that bread and sugar were definite triggers for my arthritis, but I didn’t investigate further and suspect gluten as the actual culprit. So, in my quest to heal my arthritis, I’ve decided to adopt a new lifestyle as free from gluten, milk, and sugar as possible. I’ve read that the body sees milk proteins as gluten, so I don’t want to take a chance, plus I’m lactose intolerant anyway.

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