Monday, January 24, 2022

One new thing ...

Becki, over at Field Lilies, recently wrote about something she is challenging herself with in 2022.  I'll let her tell you about it in her own words.  She wrote: "Why not be intentional about exploring new things – just for the sake of learning or experiencing something new?  Why not once a week, challenge myself to interact with one new thing?  A new food, a new activity, a new person, a new idea to explore, a new skill to learn…  just for starters.   Hence the title of this post: One new thing…

 "So I’ve decided to do that.  And share about it once a week (if possible) here.   I’m not going to set goals or make rules.  I want this to be a discovery process, not a to-do list.   Actually, the challenge may be better worded this way:   I’m simply challenging myself to record here one new thing I explore, or learn about, or interact with… each week."
Becki is inviting her readers to join her in this challenge, and I must say it sounds good to me.  At first I didn't think I would join in.  It seemed a bit daunting, but after I read Becki's first One New Thing post, I realized that I've already done quite a few new things in 2022.  So I'm going to plan to share some of them weekly as Becki is doing.

For this week, I'll share three new things, the first of which led to the other two.  I may or may not have mentioned here that I've been dealing with sciatica for over a month.  That led me, in early January, to try the first new thing in the series:
Yes, visiting a chiropractor for the first time in my life.  I've found it amazingly helpful: adjustments, laser treatments, exercises.  And ice packs.  Now the sciatica is pretty much gone, although I’m continuing with the exercises.  A knee problem sort of surfaced along with the sciatica,  and has persisted quite painfully.  The chiropractor did adjust my knee and it helped tremendously but was sort of temporary relief.  So he gave me knee exercises to do and also suggested an anti-inflammatory supplement (EPA-fish oil) to help with the arthritis that is there.  He also said I should do a good bit of walking.  That led me to the second new thing:  in-store walking.
Since the weather and footing is not really conducive to walking around outside right now,   Mr. T and I have been going over to Walmart and walking around the inside a few laps every day.  I push a shopping cart and that really helps.  I’ve really been pleased with the improvement in my knee and how much better I’m able to walk. 

And now that led to the third new thing: 
A new-to-us flavor of tea!  Toasted Coconut Almond Bark.  The first day we came home and brewed two mugs of this.  So delicious!

So those are three new things just in the past few weeks.  I'm sure I'll have more to share soon.  Thanks to Becki for this challenge!


  1. I must admit I was terrified of the chiropractor myself, but I went two years ago for the first time. It went much better than I had imagined all those years. I had no popping but some therapy that made my shoulder feel tons better.

  2. Yes, exactly! I was so concerned about going, but it worked out really well and I am so thankful.

  3. I am so glad you are getting some help with the sciatica, etc. and that the chiropractor helped. I am doing physical therapy for my frozen shoulder, and it helps, but it would help more if I would keep up with the exercises at home. I tend to get busy with other things and don't think about it until I move the wrong way and make it hurt. So now you are inspiring me to stick with it and get this thing healed once and for all! I like your "one new thing" idea. I may try that too.

  4. I'm so excited you're joining me, Mrs. T! I've learned of at least two new things from your post. It didn't occur to me before this that THAT would be a benefit of others joining in on this.

    After reading your post, I'm going to start adding EPA Fish Oil to my day. My knee is much improved. The inflammation seems to have gone down, but it still needs strengthening, I can tell. I'm hoping at this point, it just needs exercising (well, actually I think it's my leg muscles that need the strengthening). I'm wondering at the moment if Fish Oil could help my thumb... ???

    I haven't had to have professional treatment of sciatica, but the episodes I occasionally have give me sympathy for how awful it must be to have it continuously. I'm so glad you're feeling better.


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