Falling Down…Bouncing Back

Stairs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I fell down my cellar stairs on Friday.

I’m just fine now. But I think it’s funny what goes through a person’s head when something sudden happens.

First, the whole incident was caused by my rushing to get ready to go to camp. I keep my elderly cat in my cellar because she seems to think my whole house is a litter box when I’m away. The water bowl from the previous weekend was still quite full but I wanted her to have fresh water and sloshed a bit on the stairs as I rushed to rinse and refill it.

Needless to say, wet stairs, hands full and worn sneakers sent me bopping down most of the stairs upon return.

First thought…”Hey, I didn’t drop the glass bowl!” (Most of the water was all over me though.)

Second thought…”I didn’t hit my head, so I’ll live.”

Well, I knew I was going to have some beautiful bruises but my mission to get ready moved along.

The car ride took about 45 minutes. When I arrived, there was the usual age related stiffness and then I tried to walk to my campsite. My left leg would bear none of my weight. I have had broken bones before and this felt oddly familiar. Strange thing was, I had fallen on my right side. What was my left leg doing when I had fallen? Why was it working, until the ride, then stopped?

My husband rushed up and asked if I had hurt myself?

“Yes, I fell down the cellar stairs just before leaving the house.” I laughed it off. “Didn’t hit my head, I’ll live.”

It took me an excruciating 15 minutes to hobble 50 yards. I used my leg as little as possible but was pretending to take my time as I went.

The pain wasn’t in the joint, it was from the bone.

I sat on the swing and had a Twisted Tea. Thought some booze might loosen me up. I couldn’t remember what my left leg had done when I fell? My mind was on those accident victims who walk away from car wrecks to find they had broken bones after all.

That night, I took aspirin. My concern was a blood clot from damage that I was not aware of.

I could not use my leg, at all!

As I prepared for a night on the couch, I imagined myself in a cast by the end of the next day. Gosh, to move it was very painful!

When morning broke, I found that my leg wasn’t. I had function again. I hobbled a little. Not one bruise decorated the area that had hurt the most. Go figure.

Today is Monday…I only remember the fall when my bruised right thigh gets knocked by the kids, even then, it isn’t too bad.

I will never take those stairs at lightening speed again.

If an autopsy is ever done on my poor battered body, I think the Medical Examiner will wonder what truck had hit me and when?

Weather Prediction

Berkshire County Massachusetts

Since I am outdoors every weekend, I pay attention to the weather.
Farmers do too. It can make or break them.
Every year, I am able to compare the seasons. This year, everything was almost two weeks earlier than last. I have photo records to substantiate my claims but my memory suits me fine, especially when things are a bit “off”. Some of the things that I noticed were:

  • Lilacs bloomed in early May. They were gone before Memorial Day.
  • Salamanders came to our pond in April to lay eggs.
  • The Eastern Phoebes had nested before we put our awning out.(this is a first)
  • Blueberries were out in May. Raspberries too.
  • Blackberries ripened in mid-July.
  • The wood frog tadpoles have grown and gone. (I usually still find some.)
  • The katydids started singing in the last days of July. (usually it is around the 14th of August.)
  • The maple trees have begun turning colors at a quicker pace.

I don’t know what this means but I’m curious to watch as Autumn sets in. At this pace, we may have an early winter. Mother Nature just may be allowing everything more time to prepare.

The only thing I can say for sure is last winter was on schedule. Cardinals start singing a mating song in January and the last two years I’ve heard it one day apart Jan.25 and 24. I documented that phenomenon.

I predict the Fall foliage will peak before October…I’ll guess the 22nd of September. Let’s see if my observations are correct 🙂

Autumn is calling…

There is a crisp new attitude in the air. The katydids are singing in the night. Nesting birds are feasting .The days are getting shorter.

Autumn is calling…

Take heart. The days will be brighter. The breezes will lift you up to a bluer sky than you can remember. Harvesting begins in earnest as the long-awaited sunflowers unfold.

The best of weather is yet to come now that those lazy days are mainly in our past.

Maple trees are sensitive to the changes. They are flashing hints of color many dread to notice.

Embrace these days don’t worry ’bout after later times.

Blackberry pie, ripening pumpkins, enjoy the bustling of wildlife…breathe deeply and experience the best of days.

Autumn is calling…