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

The morning is cloudy and damp. I could smell the ocean when I went to get the papers so I lingered outside a while. It was quiet. I knew my neighbors were awake as their shades were up, and their paper was gone. I don’t see them much. Thinking about it, I don’t see many of my neighbors. When I do, we always wave.

My groceries arrived right on time yesterday. My fridge is now filled. I bought some plantain hoping to make kelewele. I’m also going to try my hand at jollof rice. It’s fun making something new, especially dishes filled with memories.

I left my windows open last night. I had thought them closed for the season, but yesterday was warm. Today will be even warmer. I got to hear the birds sing when I woke up. They were far less intrusive than that Ghanaian rooster. It doesn’t really matter where I am. I love mornings the best. My dad used to switch to storm windows around this time of year. It took him the whole day. He had to get each window on hooks, and it wasn’t easy because he also had to lean on the ladder for balance. We all watched.

It is from my dad I inherited the gene associated with all my falls. His falls were sometimes spectacular. They were also sometimes funny like the sawing himself out of the tree fall I have mentioned before. He didn’t fall far. He did break his hip on a fall from a high ladder when he was painting his house. He always limped after that. I have been luckier with only a broken bone in my shoulder, and no after effects because of physical therapy. I just accept falls as a fact of life.

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

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I remember those old storm windows. My father used to put them up around this time of the year and they didn’t come down until May. I hated not being able to open the windows in my bedroom and let the early spring air in. When I swapped bedrooms with my brothers, I realized that I would be able to remove one of those windows myself because I could crawl out and stand on the roof of the lower story. Piece of cake. The other window was a problem because it didn’t have a convenient roof underneath. It had cement stairs and iron railings. Assessing the situation, I figured that I could pull the storm window in through the bottom regular window. So every March for several years, I’d open the bottom inside window and unlatch the storm window. Then, hanging at a precarious angle out of the window, I would lift the storm up off the hooks, maneuver it through the bottom window and inside my room. It was heavy but I always managed it. All for a breath of early spring air. Thank heaven for combination storm windows. 🙂

    It rained most of the night, I think. I kept hearing a noise that I thought was someone chopping vegetables on TV. It was raindrops bouncing off the metal downspout next to my window.
    I was out early with the dogs and it was wet but warm.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It was the same with my father. Once they were up, he was loathe to take them down until he was sure of warm weather. You were quite clever in figuring out to to get the window down, but the whole maneuver sounds a bit iffy, dangerous. At least for me!

      I also saw wet streets this morning, but I didn’t see or even hear the rain.

      It was sunny and really warm this morning when I left for Stoneham to take my sister out to lunch. When I got there, it was cloudy and a bit chilly. I was sorry to leave the cape!

      Have a great evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    And down I went – I think I broke my leg in 5 or 6 places or something, It required rods and screws in the ankle and knee and the two big bones . After a year and the self congratulations of the surgeon, I had all the hardware taken out. Severely arthritic they warned me, stinging pains from nerve damage they said, you will never be able to run they announced, you will have a stroke they didn’t say.

    6 years have passed, some of the things are true and some are not. I am somewhat sensitive to inclement weather, slippery pavement and chums that also suffer from the falling over disease or vulnerable to be eaten by crocodiles.

    Right, thinking about lunch and working on my 10,000 steps for the day

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley, good luck for Tottenham today, I don’t really care about Leverkusen and will cross my finger for Dortmund in Lisbon anyway.
      Heading for Dortmund now, unfortunately not soccer-related…

      • Hedley Says:

        Maybe singing in Dortmund ? I will be trying to catch the game on my PC if work doesn’t interfere

        Thanks for the good wishes

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, no singing today but early enough at home to listen to the 2nd half on web-radio. Maybe Tottenham – Dortmund next year?

    • im6 Says:

      I have “known” you for over six years. How did I not know you’d broken your leg?

      • Hedley Says:

        im6 – it was an “adventure” I would rather forget. However as I mentioned I am extremely sensitive to Kat taking a dive, and every now and again it crosses my mind what I would do if it happened again.

        Now I will get back to talking the Prince and football, Lenny, Brian and Tottenham Hotspur. Much happier topics

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I have knocked myself out, broken teeth, a shoulder and my cheekbone, but compared to your break I have been quite lucky.

      I don’t know if I would have been willing to risk everything the doctor said could happen, but if the hardware impinged on my life, I also would have chosen to have all that metal removed.

      The disease was handed down to me, but it seems no one else has it. Perhaps I am the last of my family to suffer.

      I walk until my back hurts, and that isn’t very far. I rest then continue walking. It is my lot in life.

      • Hedley Says:

        Hi Kat, taking the hardware out was without risk. The rest were the promises from the damage when I broke my leg

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I’m glad then you didn’t have all the dire predictions the doctor warned you about.

  3. Birgit Says:

    My mornings are getting quiet, significantly less birds and insects here this year and spreading diseases are currently killing ash and chestnut trees and rabbits and my beloved blackbirds. Bad signs and only very little hope for a change.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I am sorry. It is sad: the changes in the world, none for the better. My mornings are still a delight. I wish I could share.

  4. olof1 Says:

    I don’t know anyone having storm windows here but I do remember them from growing up when the older apartments had them. People tended tow ait for as long as possible to put them in since they wanted to be able to open the windows on sunny days.

    I rarely see my neighbors either and we too always wave if we would. Having a puppy usually bring them out though, who can resist a puppy even if it is a pitbulldog 🙂

    I don’t know from whom I’ve inherited my falling 🙂 I can’t remember anyone in my family falling especially often so I blame my serbian grandfather who I never have seen 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I had storm windows on this house, but they were easy to use. I just slid them down. Now I have double pane windows which just have to be closed and locked. I can open them easily.

      When Gracie was younger, she used to run out the door. I’d meet my neighbors as one of them often caught her. Now Gracie doesn’t run, and I don’t see my neighbors.

      I can always blame my father for the falling gene.

      Have a great evening!

  5. Bob Says:

    When I lived in NYC I remember my uncle would do the storm window thing twice a year. Did they really hold the heat in or keep the cold air out better than just the normal windows? Do you put them up at your house or just have newer double pane glass windows? Living in Texas storm windows are an anomaly. A storm celler might be a better idea…:-)

    Falling is not much fun in my opinion. I’ve sprained my my ankle once at Logan Airport which created a mess since I had to fly as a crew member on a trip the following day. We had to fly in another pilot and I had to fly home. I had a compound fracture of my fore arm in the fourth or fifth grade but that’s my entire klutz history. Of course I stay off of ladders, I don’t climb trees and I don’t go onto the roof. I don’t do home projects but I do take estimates and hire professionals. Let them injure themselves….LOL

    I have had Plantains the last time I was in Miami. Lots of Cuban influence in the cooking. They look like a banana but have to be cooked and aren’t sweet.

    Another warm sunny day with highs in the low 90s. Tomorrow night a cold front is expected delivering more autumn like temperatures and some rain as the front approaches.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      They really do help keep the heat in and the cold out. I don’t think people have those old style storm windows anymore. A few years back I replaced my old windows. They didn’t keep out the cold anymore. I got the double pane windows. They are like having a storm window.

      I fell off a ladder when I was washing windows. I don’t do that anymore. I fell down stairs: the outside stairs and the inside stairs. One was not my fault-the outside. The deck is off the second floor so I hit the ground hard, was knocked unconscious for a bit but woke up, found my glasses and was fine. With the inside stairs I had all sorts of injuries. Luckily I don’t remember falling.

      I know plantains well. I ate them often in Ghana sometimes with soup and other times fried. They are a staple.

      We got to 73˚ today. It was sunny and a perfect day.

      • Bob Says:

        Plantains, I can take them or leave them. I had them fried two different ways, sweet or not sweet. They came as a side dish with an order of grilled fish. Miami is almost a Spanish speaking city. I stayed at the Embassy suites at the airport and several times waiters and other staff spoke to me in Spanish first until they realized I no habla espanol….:-)

      • katry Says:

        Plantains are popular in Ghana, Mostly they use them to scoop soul from the bowl. The plantain are served with smple soups. My favorites are the kelewele which are tasty with some added ingredients.

        I cook them often as the plantains go with so many of the other dinner components.

        We hit 73˚ and it will be warmer tomorrow.

  6. splendidone Says:

    Glad you are home safe and sound Kat. I am wondering what changes you make in bird food for the Winter? Do you hang different houses or feeders? Enjoy the Autumn, it goes too quickly.

    • katry Says:

      splendid,
      I don’t make any changes. I use sunflower seeds in all my feeders. I also make sure the suet feeders are filled. They all seem to make the birds happy.

      It is good to be home.


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