So. What has been going on? Where have you been? One question at a time and I’ll get y’all filled in. The biggest piece that has kept me away is that I ended up with a kidney stone. Now, I speak in explanation, not to gain sympathy. Kidney stones are not that big a deal though I will say they hurt like crazy. I think I am about at the end of the treatment course for the thing and am praying I can avoid it in the future. The worst part about the whole thing was the nausea it induced. I rarely find myself in that position, so the severe nausea seemed even worse than the pain for me. But, I’m almost done so life will be good again soon.
On a related note, I discovered a few more essential oils I have a new appreciation for. The first is helichrysum. Because my kidney stone adventure has led me in and out of the hospital several times between procedures and some dehydration issues, I had several IVs placed. My poor arm is getting rather sore and bruised. So, I did a bit of research and tried helichrysum on my arm to help promote healing. I must say it seems to be doing a good job so far of addressing the minor bruising and soreness from the IVs. The other is a blend of peppermint, wintergreen, helichrysum, and clove. I ended up with sore muscles, probably as a result of the yo-yoing hydration levels, and this has done a wonderful job of easing the achiness.
New tangent, don’t say I didn’t warn you. I find it interesting in the world of poetry, chapbooks still seem to be a fairly commonplace way of publishing. Yet, why is it I cannot find much about what to put in a chapbook? Sure, I can find instructions on size, layout, binding, total pages, etc., but I cannot find something as simple as how many poems to include. So, I’ve decided to just take a stab in the murky twilight at it. I’m not entirely in the dark as I do have the total page count, but I wish I had a clearer answer. So, let’s see what happens when I get this done and attempt to get it published.