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Short [Aug. 13th, 2018|10:30 pm]
I used to put the toilet paper over the top of the roll, as my mom had always done for as long as I can remember. A couple of years ago when I had several feral kittens in the house I twice found rolls almost completely undone, with heaps of paper on the floor. Since then I have put the paper down the back of the roll. Today, for the first time since then, a cat has unraveled a roll, though only about 20% of it. I just bought a 30-roll pack at Safeway the other day, and I'm guessing that the cat saw it and thought "well, he's got plenty of that stuff. I think I'll have some fun!" I do hope this won't become a regular occurrence.

It's finally getting a bit cooler, right now being about five degrees lower than it was at this time last night. Tomorrow is supposed to get up only to 85, about ten degrees cooler than today. The days will start getting hotter again Thursday, but the nights are predicted to remain cooler than they have been recently. Maybe my fried brain will start to heal. It will be nice to be less deranged again.

Tomorrow is chiropractor day, and tonight is wheelie bin night. I tried raking some leaves earlier today, but found that my left hand kept cramping up from grasping the rake. I'm thinking maybe a vitamin deficiency of some sort. Either that or all the smoke I've inhaled from the fires has clogged something up. My diet has been quite crappy this summer. It was pretty crappy today. I haven't actually fixed dinner yet, again, and will probably just be microwaving, again. Maybe I can make something healthyish tomorrow.

I'd best get the bins out before I collapse. Short of sleep again today.

[User Picture]From: lost_tumbleweed
2018-08-14 07:35 am (UTC)
Darned cats. All the years I had cats, they never did that. So lucky, but I understand it can happen.

Hang in there with the cramping in your hand. It's amazing how early these afflictions start to attack. I hope working with your chiropractor is helping a lot.

Edited at 2018-08-14 07:38 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2018-08-15 04:06 am (UTC)
Better an unrolled pile of TP than the fresh, soggy hairballs I now and then find (one cat once put one on my pillow! Yech!)

I suspect the cramping to be diet related somehow. That's what it was when I had cramps in my feet for several weeks a few years ago, until a spell of hot weather caused me to switch from drinking hot Earl Grey tea to iced orange pekoe and the cramps stopped as suddenly as they had begun. It turns out that the bergamot oil used to flavor Earl Grey can block the movement of potassium in some people, and lack of potassium in the muscles leads to cramping and twitching. Bodies are just such weird things.
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[User Picture]From: lost_tumbleweed
2018-08-23 09:51 am (UTC)
Yeow! A soggy hairball on your pillow. That's the worst!

A friend of mine just started taking bergamot. It sounded worth taking until I read your response here. Have you stopped taking it, and, if so, did the cramping go away? At least when you drink hot liquids.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2018-08-23 01:41 pm (UTC)
Not everyone will react the same way to any given substance. If someone has plenty of potassium, bergamot shouldn't be a problem for them, and if someone has too much potassium it might actually be beneficial. The interactions of various things one ingests can be very complex. After realizing that the bergamot was causing my foot cramps I quit using it all together.

I might still have a potassium shortage, and my recent experience with hand cramps might be the result of citrus flavored sparkling water I've been using. Bergamot is a citrus itself, and the lemon and orange oils in the seltzer, though much milder than bergamot oil, could also be blocking potassium.
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