One way to get a project done
Saturday February 18th 2023, 10:43 pm
Filed under: Family,Garden,Knitting a Gift,Life,Mango tree

With all the microclimates around here, no matter what the weather sites say, after a really cold night you wait for the frost on the awning roof to start dripping down before you uncover the mango tree in the morning. That, and, somehow I just didn’t want to go out there this morning. But it had to be done. Be careful.

The top frost layer still had a bit of crispy crunchy glittery to it and I could feel the last ice crystals breaking as I pulled it off the lower layer.

Which was dry and felt cool rather than cold. Those old incandescent Christmas lights underneath are still doing their job.

But the top layer was heavy with liquid in whatever form, and I was putting my whole body into dragging it away from the mango to where it could dry out.

Which is why (and I know better, I’ve done this before) I was at the wrong angle with arms and legs opposite the direction I was leaning in when my foot caught a dip in the ground.

As I told Richard, my instant thought was Don’tfalldon’tfalldon’tfall as I tried to right myself in time.

And then you fell, he said, reasonably.

My back bounced off that vertical piece of the raised bed. But it wasn’t my head!

Ice. Immediately.

He was right, and I did, and I was a lot better off for it.


After dinner I said, I don’t see how I could have broken it.

Is the pain more localized now? he asked.

I wiggled my foot a bit. Actually, no, more diffuse, which makes more sense anyway because it was a twist not a smack.

Broken bones localize.

Yeah. Um, yay.

I found my old ankle brace but it’s still tough getting around. Elevate. Which means the UFO 1×1-stitch-switching intarsia hat that is a joy to give but a pain to make is now almost done. Yay!

Looks like four more nights of frost warnings coming up and then hopefully we’ll be done with that till, I dunno, maybe Thanksgiving?

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Oh no! Darndarndarndarndarn. So hoping you feel much better soon.

Comment by DebbieR 02.18.23 @ 11:30 pm


Comment by Afton 02.19.23 @ 6:39 am

Oh my…

Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 02.19.23 @ 8:38 am

Oh, Alison! Please be careful. Rest and recover.

Comment by ccr in MA 02.19.23 @ 9:52 am

I was outside today when I pinched my finger in a gate. It really hurt, and I thought, “I’ll ice it as soon as I get home.” Then it hit me that there was 8 inches of snow on most of the ground around me. I iced my finger immediately, and it feels much better now.

Comment by LauraN 02.19.23 @ 7:27 pm

Two words.

Bubble wrap

Comment by Chris+S+in+Canada 02.20.23 @ 11:26 am

Alison, you really don’t need to empathize THAT well with me! I hope your foot/ankle is okay. I had surgery on my fracture last Wednesday (the 15th).

Comment by Nancy G 02.24.23 @ 11:38 am

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