Austin, Texas, novelist and blogger Ruth Pennebaker’s humorous post about her relief from a recent gray day gave me a refreshing attitude adjustment just now.
Over the past several weeks I have had my own gray days, the result of a toe issue that restricted my walking to moderate movement around my home. I missed walks on the beach with walking buddies. But I also missed being able to keep up with laundry and the few other chores I had finally taken over since my stroke last year.
I really hadn’t given much thought to my “gray-day” attitude. But Ruth’s entertaining saga led to the realization that walking must provide major release of endorphins into my system. But laundry? What does getting a high from doing laundry say about me?
I guess it is evidence that my ambitions don’t run toward saving the world, just keeping husband Walter and me in clean clothes!
Panini, good for what ails me
And thank goodness for my hubby. Husband Walter is administering a happy dose of another gray-day prescription right now. After excellent dental visits this morning, meaning pain free visits, hubby has taken me to Coffee Fusion. We both have on clean clothes, by the way. We imbibed our favorite coffee and tea orders and caught up on computer time. And just now hubby ordered a panini lunch that we will split.
Hubby is a master at tempting me with food as mood-altering medication. Over the past few days among the temptations were fresh strawberries and ice cream, wonderful fresh salads, a steak dinner. I have to say his steak tastes wonderful, even though he prepares mine sans salt.
Then of course there is the righteous feeling from taking measures to combat high blood pressure. I read an article listing ways to lower blood pressure naturally. On the list was eating dark chocolate. Woohoo!
Food as medicine is a definite pattern here. I love it, but overdosing is a distinct possibility.
Beyond gastronomic therapy for gray-day tendencies, my toe is healing nicely and a short walk on the beach path should be back on my agenda tomorrow. Time to end your visit, Mr. Gray Day!