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Charley Horses, Dogs, Chickens, and Bananas


SOC winner 2017

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is “cramp.”

Do you even get a cramp in your foot, or your leg at night? They are the worst. I’ve heard some people, really old people, call them a Charley Horse. I wonder where that comes from? Should I look it up? Sometimes streams of consciousness get detoured for a look up…. Well, that took longer than I planned. There was a lame horse named Charley which I don’t want to think about, and the term was used a lot in baseball in the 1800s. Now, lets get back to the main stream of my consciousness.

Where was I?  Charley horses are muscle spasms or cramps. I’ve had some doozies and you probably have too. Mine are at night, not that often, but when they come, you lay there and think, can I just relax my leg/foot and it will go away. That would be nice, but then, Aaaagh! You have to get up and walk it out. For me, that often means pacing because my house is little. Some might say cramped. It’s not a tiny house, but two bedrooms and one bath is small. I prefer to think of it as cozy. My cozy urban cottage with the big back yard.

Having a big fenced in back yard has always been important to me, mostly for the dogs, and also, now, for the trees. Dogs should have room to run. Trees, not so much. All animals should have room to run if they want to. Or waddle, or scratch, or fly. That’s why when I buy eggs, which is not often as I inch toward veganism (often with three inches forward and two inches back) I buy free-range eggs. But free-range doesn’t always mean happy chickens if they are in a crowded area. Granted, it’s better not to be in a cage, but it can get cramped if you have to share your space with a lot of other chickens, standing wing to wing because you can’t fly…. Yeah, so I don’t buy eggs often. What did I just buy eggs for? I don’t even remember! Well, that’s nothing new. It was some kind of cake mix that required two eggs. The rest are now hard boiled.

I’d rather buy bananas and put them in my oatmeal. Aren’t bananas good for cramps? Potassium? Water is supposed to be good for muscle cramps. Water is good for just about everything. As long as it’s safe water without a bunch of bad chemicals in it. Water is life. Water flows though many paths in the stream of consciousness. If you’d like to travel along more of those streams, eat bananas so you don’t get cramps and visit our SOCS promptress, Linda Hill, at this blog post:

Here are the SOCS rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

32 thoughts on “Charley Horses, Dogs, Chickens, and Bananas

  1. Very well done JoAnna! Cramps are the worst, especially if you have to get up to deal with them.

  2. That was so cute, great job JoAnna.

  3. My ex used to have terrible legs cramps. He was told to take magnesium.

  4. There are potassium supplements, too, you know. I’ve heard magnesium is good for them, too.

  5. I get cramps in my arches periodically. Ouch. And I’m old enough to have used the term “Charley horse” when I used to get leg cramps while hiking or biking. Stretching helps.

    Great job of incorporating the word “cramp” into a true stream of consciousness post.

  6. Oh the middle of the night leg ow. Oy. Those are awful, although brief, thank goodness. I don’t get them often, either, and I’m grateful.

  7. This was great! I will have to try the SOC soon.

  8. Hey, this was a great read, JoAnna, and my first SoCS read as well! Im new to WordPress and blogging…used to write and published just a bit in the “old days” (prior to the Internet–ha!) and just now getting back into it…I love that you call yourself a “tree-hugging Christian” my millennial, forever tree-climbing daughter –who married at age 19 (some 4 years ago ) and is living happily at a retreat center in the woods of middle TN…) would love that!

    • Welcome to WP! I’m glad you enjoyed my SoC. It has been a dream of mine to live at a retreat center. If could just take my dogs, and now, my husband! My son lives in western NC. If your daughter’s retreat center is in eastern TN, who knows, maybe I could visit some day. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Take one Co Q 10 every night or day and y0u’ll never have any more muscles cramps. Mine were so awful, I would cry and all but scream. I would put about 1/4 teaspoon of salt under my tongue and drink a lot of water. ( salt bad for BP) My MD told me about Co Q 10. Get it at drug store or the vitamin aisle at the grocery store.

  10. Loved your write JoAnna, and yes Cramps are the worst and thankfully I do not get them as often as I once did. So maybe the bananas I eat help, And I am with you on animals being given room to manoeuvre etc . ❤

  11. I liked the way your beautiful mind covered so much territory in this post, JoAnna!
    I get leg cramps which ironically my doctor prescribed “restless legs syndrome” meds for relaxing me.
    I don’t get cramps too often so most of the time I get up and walk around my apartment. My arches ache after reaching on my toes for auto part products, while I pack up hampers to auto parts stores. This is quite wearing on my feet, along with my fingers. . .
    Thanks for sharing this great stream of consciousness post!

  12. I loved reading this, JoAnna! I loved how you went from Charley horses to eggs, with cramp or cramped or cramps all the way through! Wow! Your house being “cramped,” to chickens being cramped up, to vegetarianism… So fun! I hate leg cramps in the night because no matter how much you try to talk yourself out of it, you have to get up and walk. Then you are awake…
    I use a magnesium product called CALM. It is a powder that I take at night. Really helps.
    Thanks, JoAnna. I always enjoy your SOS’s.

    • Glad you enjoy my stream of consciousness, posts, Mary. I think I’m in the process of discovering a lightheartedness (?) I want to cultivate when I write from the SOC. Thanks for your support. I like the name of that product. CALM. 🙂

  13. Nice stream, JoAnna! You certainly covered it, and it seemed to flow smoothly. I gave up this time. My thoughts were not making any sense. Lol. Have a wonderful day!!

    • Our thoughts don’t have to make sense in the Stream of consciousness. But I know it’s hard to put that stuff out there without being able to edit. I’m trying to have a sense of humor when I do SOC. There was one time when I scrapped a SOC post and completely started over. Thanks, Deborah! I hope you have a good week!

  14. Now that was a great stream of consciousness!! 😁 Happy to find out why they ar “charley horse” though not happy for poor old Charley!
    And as far as cramps or muscles spasms go…yes…I know a thing or two…it is a common ‘passenger’ in my Lyme Disease 😑
    Hope your Sunday is as beautiful as the one I see today 💜

    • Thanks, Lorrie. Glad you liked my SOC. Glad you had a beautiful Sunday. Mine was busy, but it had some beautiful parts to it. Here’s hoping you have calm muscles and smooth sailing. 🙂 ❤

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