“And falling’s just another way to fly.”

I am not crazy. I swear I saw a bit of sun this morning, but it is gone, replaced by clouds and rain. Then again, maybe the sun was an illusion, like an oasis sometimes is, but the weatherman did predict rain, heavy at times, for the Patriot’s game this afternoon so I shouldn’t have been surprised by yet another grey, damp day.

My house is always quiet this time of day. It is when the three animals have their naps. Fern is in Gracie’s spot so Gracie is sleeping on the afghan on the floor. Maddie is on her chair. Fern is curled in a ball with her face hidden. I woke up at nine and so did they. I can’t think of what could be so exhausting in three hours that a nap is necessary. When I was growing up, Duke, our Boxer, wasn’t allowed on furniture, but he managed to sleep on the couch at night when we were all upstairs. We never did catch him as he’d jump off when someone was coming down the stairs. My father mellowed over time, and my dogs always slept on the couch when I’d visit. Shauna loved my dad and always slept right beside him with her head in his lap while he watched TV. My dad always said he’d like to come back as one of our animals because life would be so good.

Yesterday I fell down but only the last couple of steps. I was bringing down two very heavy bins by sliding them down the stairs, but they got away and knocked me down and into a table. I’m not really hurt, but I do have a bump the size of an infant’s head. It looks gross and is getting blacker and bluer by the minute. I’ll have to change the sign, the one which says No Accidents for however number of days. The count starts all over again. At least this time I was almost at the bottom of the stairs. After a bit, I took the bins down the cellar and managed to make it without falling. I think I’m getting inured to pain.

The first time I remember falling down the stairs I was ten so this is not a new thing for me. Falling is habitual. That first time I needed stitches, another time I broke a bone in my shoulder, once I broke teeth and fractured a bone in my face, but those are the only major injuries. Bumps and bruises don’t count.

In my next life, I’ll live in a ranch house.

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18 Comments on ““And falling’s just another way to fly.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I actually saw the sun for a few hours today! It felt so strange 🙂 But the clouds came back and with them some snow, nothing much but enough to make me think we had fog 🙂

    I started faling early too and normally I only got a bump or teo, the most serious fall was when I almost tore of my little finger. Strangely enough it didn’t hurt at all, not until I had reached the doctor. I don’t count the times I’ve crashed with my bikes 🙂 No bigger injuries but too many to remember .-)

    I hope Your bump goes down fast and that You won’t be too colorful tonight 🙂

    Have a great day and avoid those stairs if You can 🙂


    • Christer,
      The sun came back for a while this afternoon but has disappeared again. The Patriots play at 6:30, and the rain is supposed to get really heavy then. It is warm out though, in the low 50’s.

      My back is now killing me. It was late to the pain party. Today everything is sorer than it was yesterday.

      I had another huge bag to go downstairs to the cellar so first I threw it down from upstairs then threw it down the cellar. I learn fast-pain does that.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    Another warm and sunny day here in North Texas. You are in good company along with former President Ford. He not only couldn’t keep his balance but he couldn’t keep his job. He’s the only President that was elected by the people living in one Congressional district in Michigan. I think his major economic achievement was issuing WIN buttons, that stood for whip inflation now.

    A couple of days ago my spouse came home with a new dog. This one is a Yorky mix that weighs in at seven pounds. She rescued him from the no kill shelter and they think that he is about four years old. The dogs are getting smaller as I’m aging. When I get to 80 she will come home with a tea cup size poodle. At least a seven pound dog doesn’t make very big poops. He is still becoming accustomed to our crazy household. My son, the Rock musician and audio engineering student, picked the name Ozzy.

    • Bob,
      It is actually pretty warm here. My flannel shirt was enough. I didn’t vote for him because he pardoned Nixon. It was actually a toss-up between him and Carter. His lack of accomplishments was what we all needed, a quiet presidency, after Watergate and Nixon.

      I like that name. Your son chose well. I hope the dog makes himself at home quickly. I’m glad you got a shelter dog.

      • Bob Says:

        Every dog we have had has been an adopted dog. We had two retired racing Greyhounds and the others came from shelters. I can’t fathom getting a dog from a puppy mill. There are way too many dogs available for adoption. Every breed has an adoption group with available dogs if you want a purebred dog. Mixed breeds are nice also.

    • My cats came from the shelter. They were 5. My earlier boxers came from a local breeder, but Gracie came from Maine. The Boxer Rescue would only consider people with fenced in yards which I didn’t have back then so I went to a breeder in Maine who had both of Gracie’s parents.

      • Bob Says:

        The Seahawks won an amazing comeback victory. Now I am cheering for your Pats. If NE goes to the Super Bowl I will have to root for the Seahawks.

        Sometimes the rescue groups have ridicules rules. How could an apartment dweller rescue a boxer and walk the dog on a leash and provide a good home.

      • Bob,
        I was amazed when the Seahawks won. They really did have an amazing comeback!

        Why no rooting for the Pats?

      • Bob Says:

        I’m a dyed in the wool NFC fan. As a kid I was a NY Giant Fan then a Cowboy fan after the Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City and became the Chiefs. It should be a great Super Bowl. Despite the Cowboy’s being robbed of a win by a bad call on Dez Bryant’s catch against the Packers, I think the two best teams are going to play in the big one in Arizona.

        Since I don’t have dog in this fight I might root for the PATS this time. 🙂

      • Bob,
        We’d appreciate another fan for the big game. My dad was a Giants fan until the new league was formed, and the Patriots were born then he switched his allegiance.

        I expected Green Bay, not Seattle, to win. It will be a great game!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Let’s see it scientifically. Gravity is a well proven physical force and you don’t have to prove it over and over. Just try something different. I would suggest the Theory Of Everything which is an interesting and still unsolved physical topic. Your expert knowledge of gravitation will be helpful to solve it. Apart from scientific relevance it’s also less painful.
    Get well and have fun watching the (applied physics) game!

    • Birgit,
      I’d also have some fun with the string theory. No stairs involved.

      The game starts at 6:30. The first game is on now.

      I always think of football as geometric. The angle of the ball and the position of the receiver are a huge part of the game. The applied physics part is over my head. I have no knowledge of physics.

      I am getting excited about the game!

  4. im6 Says:

    I’m going to be mean…. I have a chaise out on my porch/balcony and I got so warm lying in the sun that I had to move it into the shade where it was Just. Right. Great way to nap.

    I’m going to restrain myself and not chastise you for falling. I figure you’ve beat yourself up enough as it is. Still…. I, Once. Again, urge you to be more careful. You know you have a propensity to fall, so extra care needs to be taken. I do hope you have your cell phone with you whenever you move about the house (if not one of those “I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up” devices. Please take care, my friend. You worry me.

    Hope you mend quickly. Here’s a little something to get you started:

    • im6,
      And if you get a sunburn which hurts, you’ll get no sympathy from me.

      I was two steps from the bottom, safe ground I thought. I gave the phone some thought just after I fell and decided I would carry it around with me when I do steps and carry anything up or down. Luckily my leg just looks awful, black and blue all over, but it doesn’t really hurt. I got lucky.

      I can feel the healing starting! Thanks, my friend.

  5. MT C Says:

    History does seem to repeat itself. And usually at the most inopportune times. I’ve taken a couple of quick trips down the stairs myself. Fortunately with only minor, ignorable injuries.

    I did get to watch the Pats. I thought it was a great game, but I’m sure the opponents might have taken a different view of it. I’m not sure which high school they were from, but they just didn’t seem to be in the same league. Actually, I was hoping for action like in the last few minutes of the cheesehead/birdie game. More like what was predicted. I guess the pony children were having an off day.

    Was looking for a NE/Green Bay match up for the Super Bowl. If NE and Seattle can come up with a good exciting game, I will be happy. Of course the Pat will take the birdies to the laundry, but it could still be a close game.


    • Carl.
      I had one bad spill a long time ago, but I think I was lucky with this last one as nothing broke.

      The Seattle game surprised me as Green Bay was well favored to win, but I have to give props to the Hawks for coming back and taking it in overtime.

      I too wanted a Pats-GB game as I figured it would be exciting, but now I figure the SH will give the Pats a game as the Hawks rose to the occasion in the NFC championship.

      We are working on the menu for Super Bowl Sunday!

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I never precede anything down the stairs, if I can possibly help it. I throw it down ahead of me or I tie something around it and let it go on a controlled slide while I follow behind and give it any kicks that might be necessary. Having worked with horses a long time, I’ve learned not to put myself in a position where large things can run over me. 🙂
    I hope your bump is reduced and your back has calmed down.

    It’s Monday. I’m late with commenting as usual. The sun is shining. It’s reasonably warm and the porch door is open to let the heat gain into the house. The dogs are sleeping in the sunny spots. All is well.

    Enjoy the day.

    • Hi Caryn,
      These bins were too heavy. I keep my Christmas stuff in similar bins and have no trouble with them. I was stupid in cramming in all those clothes. My slide method let me down for the first time due to my stupidity. I did throw down the two bags I also filled.

      My back is not good and my leg is very colorful all over the front.

      No sun here though we did have it for a while this morning. Maddie is elsewhere but Fern and Gracie are in their usual morning nap spots.

      Enjoy the sun!!

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