Gunky Is Actually A Word?!

Main Entry: gunk
Pronunciation: \ˈgəŋk\
Function: noun
Etymology: from Gunk, trademark for a cleaning solvent
Date: 1943

: filthy, sticky, or greasy matter

gunky \ˈgəŋ-kē\ adjective

My mornings are once again getting gunky. I’m just coming off a three-day weekend, and today my class was online, so it hasn’t been a problem. Yet. First thing tomorrow I have physical therapy, which requires me to get out of bed at 7:30 am. The day after, I spend my morning at the university, which requires me to get out of bed at 7:00 am.

The next couple of days will be a good test of my willpower (?) to move in the morning, when my body wants to do the exact opposite. I’ve usually found, however, that firm commitments are just the thing to get me moving on those days when I feel like the Tin Man (minus the oil).

Have I mentioned that autumn is in the air, and winter is just around the corner? Temperatures are already falling to the low 30s. May, June, and July are usually my most difficult months of the year – but once again, I’m trying to keep an optimistic outlook as my body adapts to the changes in the seasons.

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

7 Comments
7 comments
  1. Wren says:

    Time to break out the sweaters and long underwear, Guy. Wrap your fingers around a nice, hot cup of cocoa with some cinnamon stirred in. Think warm thoughts. ;o) You’re right, though: there’s nothing like early morning commitments to others to make one grab the oil can first thing upon waking. And once up, stretching under a stinging hot shower can be the ticket to making the rest of the day more bearable.

    I’m envying you the beauty of autumn (in spite of the chill) even as I enjoy the popping flowers and lush greens of spring. We had snow, hail, grauppel and rain today here in the Sierras, and the wood stove is getting its final workout of the year, blazing away and keeping us warm as winter throws the last of his old tricks at us. I’m sending you all the warmth and comfort that I can through the ether. Stay cozy in your eirie, Guy.

  2. RA Guy says:

    Thanks, Wren! The flannel pj’s are out, and my electric tea kettle is beginning to work overtime. I’ve also got a cool “hot water bottle” that is actually filled with buckwheat and heated up in the microwave.

    At this altitude there are not too many trees, so it’s definitely not like the autumns that I experienced when I was in grad school in New England – right outside my living room window (I was on the 2nd floor) was a tree that turned bright red before its leaves fell – it was a lovely sight.

    Your wood stove sounds nice!

  3. Terry says:

    Fall is one of my favorite times. I hope your upcoming winter is easy on you this year.

    I overdid it today mowing, weed eating and cleaning up flower beds for the first time this year. If I weren’t going riding tomorrow, I would dread getting out of bed in the morning. Isn’t it great how the anticipation of a great day can over ride your body’s pain. I will be hitting the Tylenol Arthritis before we ride tomorrow though.

  4. Cathy says:

    I found my first love in the fall and still always associate fall with love. I love getting out all my sweaters and snuggling up to stay warm. I hope fall and winter bring out some of those good feelings for you too and your mornings are made easier getting up and doing something you enjoy.

  5. Laurie says:

    Gunky, junky, funky…all those unky words and describe any of us some days. In Orlando we went straight from one of the coldest winters ever to 85 degrees in a week….so now all the trees are flowering at the same time and everything is literally coated in a film of pollen. I do miss the autumns from when I lived in Wisconsin.
    Stay warm…..

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