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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Vern, BBQ Grill, Hazel, & Roseanne Roseannadanna

I've blogged previously about my clumsiness; falling down steps, bumping into furniture, and tripping over this or that. Well at 6:30am this morning, when Vern and I were outside, I fell and...
as Hazel would say, it was a doozy!



I took this picture from our deck, earlier this year. 
Do you see that tiny little silver spec in the grass?

Same picture. Cropped closer.
Do you see it now?

Same photo again. Cropped even closer. 
Yes, there it is. The Culprit. 


This is the drive-way & parking lot behind our townhouse. The decks are over the garages, and we have a beautiful and private view. Vern and I have walked along, and up and down, that little grassy hill zillions of times. He always knows when, and how to, back up and out of an area. Normally, if he sniffs too close or behind that BBQ grill, I pull gently on his leash, and he then backs out and trots along the front of it.


Vern!

Well, this morning he was quite a bit behind it, in the shrubs. So I decided to pull him out of there, but on the back side of the grill. He got confused and turned the other way, and so before I could lift the leash up high enough, he and I kind of "clothes-lined" the grill! 

As it began to roll down, I tried to stop it, and somehow slipped or tripped, bounced around a bit and fell down the little hill, landing on my back and derriere on the hard concrete. As that was happening, the grill's lid fell off and clanked, my glasses and baseball cap flew off my head, and my cell phone slid out of my pocket. 

I sat there for a few minutes and knew I hadn't broken any bones, thank goodness, but my left knee and left arm hurt quite a bit. 

I wondered if anyone heard or witnessed my tumble, but I really didn't care one way or the other. I was so glad I had on jeans, because I could tell my left knee was scraped and bleeding, and it would've been a lot worse with shorts on. 

Vern and I walked home. I cleaned up my scrapes and crawled back into bed. 

The Ronald wasn't a bit aware of it until a couple of hours later when he woke up and I told him all about my latest escapade, and added, 





"It just goes to show you, it's always something--if it ain't one thing, it's another." -- Roseanne Roseannadanna

65 comments:

  1. I am glad you are okay. Bet you hurt for a few days! Anymore, I see potential disasters everywhere! I hate this, but like you I have had a lifetime of it so should be used to it by now. It is just that we don't BOUNCE like we used when it happens. Guess Vern is A-OKAY!

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    1. Hi Claudia! Thanks! Sorry you've had these same kinds of happenings, too! And yes, thank goodness, Vern was/is perfectly fine!

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  2. You poor dear! It's probably going to hurt worse tomorrow. Take care. Here's to a speedy recovery, and hope that you'll soon be "cooking with gas!"

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    1. Hey Val! Thanks so much! And yes, I'm sorry to agree that I think I will hurt worse tomorrow. I'm already hurting in places that felt fine earlier.

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  3. Oh my gosh, what a picture you've painted! After his initial fright, I hope Vern didn't laugh at you? (lol)

    Have to admit, I've always been coordination-challenged.... so it's nice to know I'm in GOOD company.

    Hugs,
    Myra

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    1. Hi Myra! I must say I do feel a bit better, mentally, knowing that many of my friends suffer from the same "clutz gene!" And no, Vern didn't laugh. In fact, I think he thought it was his fault and that he might get hollered at. But, of course, I let him know he was a good boy!

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  4. Was it one of those slow motion falls? I walked into my stepdaughter's house and announced, "I'm faaalllliiiinnnnnggg", and slow-motioned my way down to the carpet. All because I didn't lift my foot high enough and tripped on the door sill.

    The looks on the kids' faces was priceless!

    You're not alone in your clumsiness, believe me!

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    1. Ahhh, yes. Definitely a slow motion fall...and yet it was over in seconds. It's weird how that works. I didn't think much of it until I realized I was going to hit the concrete, and then I was afraid! It could've been so much worse!

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  5. You'll be reminded of that one for a while I'm afraid. Glad nothing was broken.

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    1. Hi Delores! Thank you! And yes, I think I'll be sore for quite a long time!

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  6. Falls are indeed frightening. Being at an awkward age myself, I sympathize and commiserate. Fell 11 feet off a ladder last year but was only 62 years old so maybe I'm growing out of it.

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    1. Hi George! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! And wow, you fell ELEVEN feet? Hope you didn't get hurt! And yes, maybe you are outgrowing your clumsiness! :)

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  7. OMG, I have company coming for dinner ('just' family) in 2.5 hrs and I am compelled to write on my blog about my two falls! Some other time I'll add the story about how I decided to take up roller skating again. I was a WHIZ 3 decades earlier. My mistake was taking my little doggie along for exercise. Well, she started chasing me, we tangled up in the leash, and down I went. In a slow motion fall onto a hip, fortunately lots of padding so nothing broken and just a badge of purple and blue for quite awhile. Sorry it happened to you.

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    1. Hi Marsha! Oh my goodness! I love it that you took up roller skating again ....but so sorry you got hurt!
      I went to your blog and commented on your post. I'm glad my story prompted you to write about your falls, too!

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  8. Because of the way you wrote this, i had to laugh. Sorry. But I know a fall's not really funny. You're gonna be sore for a while but I'm glad nothing's broken. Rest today, and tomorrow be careful.

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    1. Hi Myrna! Don't be sorry about laughing! I wrote it with humor. And I guess that's what helps me when I do these crazy things....my sense of humor! And oh yeah, I'm definitely sore and getting worse. :(

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  9. Oh dear. I'm sorry to hear about your fall. I'm glad you are OK. Take care of yourself and give yourself time to heal. Falls make me sore days afterward when I think I should start feeling better!

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    1. Hi Daisy! Thank you! And yes, I'm usually more sore the 2nd day, so I can't imagine what kind of shape I'll be in tomorrow!

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  10. Becky, we must have went to the same school of tripping. I fell on vacation on a paver coming out of Sandals gift shop. My wrist swelled up, my ankle, and I had a bruise the size of a grapefruit on my leg. The best solution in these cases - go have a good strong swig of your favorite beverage. It doesn't get rid of the pain, but you laugh alot more. And watch out for those flying bar-b-que lids.

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    1. Ha! Thanks, Sheree! I think I kind of knew that about you! :)

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  11. Oh you poor darling, at least you did not have a big audience. I hope you heal quickly and thanks for showing the photo of Hazel, she was a doozy of a funny gal.

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    1. Hi Terra! Thank you! And I'm so glad you love Hazel, too! :)

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  12. Oh no! I probably shouldn't get a dog...even though I really want one. I walk around with my eyes closed at that time of day. Hope you're feeling better today and not all black and blue! Sweet hugs!

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    1. Hi Diane! You made me laugh! It really wasn't Vern's fault...not too much anyway! It was more mine and the #*&^% who keeps his grill way up on that hill! I've never even seen it used! Grrr.....BUT, I'm taking the blame!! :)

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  13. Yikes! As an experienced faller-downer, I'm glad no bones were broken, though you'll probably be feeling plenty of aches and pains in the days to come from the shake-up.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Hey Pat! I'm getting such a kick out of all these funny comments! It IS comforting knowing I have so many clumsy friends!! I WAS really sore yesterday, and today really isn't much better. I think it's a very good thing I'm not left-handed....because that upper arm really hurts!

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  14. Awww, poor Becky! I had to smile, reading this--not because you fell, but that you didn't care who saw you. That's kinda awesome. :-)

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    1. Ms. Cathy C! You always make me smile and/or laugh, too! And yeah, at first I hoped nobody saw me, and then I thought, OH WELL...!! :)

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  15. We are brand new (almost) friends and I'm chuckling over your mishap. So sorry that happened to you but, if there's no blood, I have a tendency to laugh. It's a quirk just like the incessant checking of "things" when traveling and...oh, I won't go on. I do remember the ice cube comment even though I couldn't remember what I'd done with those keys!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. Hi Bonnie! You are too funny! I'd say we are not "almost" friends, but we are "already" friends! You're my kind of gal! I have a tendency to laugh when I see people fall, too....mostly in those TV bloopers! Oh...how about the ones of people sliding on ice?? (We're bad!!) :D
      I don't think I've actually seen anyone in person fall..

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    2. Oh, P.S. Bonnie...Thank you so much for becoming my new follower! I will "officially" welcome you in my next blog post!

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  16. So glad you were okay! I am just as clumsy and actually managed to fall twice last week while walking Clancy. I thought I had topped myself with two falls in one week but the sad thing is three times wouldn't surprise me! I can always manage to find something to fall over.

    I hope your soreness goes away soon!

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    1. Oh Julie! Another woman after my own heart. So good to know I'm not THE ONLY ONE!! :) But, hey, you be careful!

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  17. I feel like I fell right along with you! (the gift of a great storyteller).
    hope you're feeling better! how is the knee?

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    1. Ahhh, thank you Ms. Green Monkey! How happy I am to see your funny little monkey self here! :)
      My knee isn't too bad. It's mostly my left upper arm and left thigh. So far, no bruises there, though....Hmmmm, weird, huh?

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  18. Oh my GOSH, Becky. Just getting caught up on reading blogs and I was SO SORRY to hear of your middle-of-the-night fall. YIKES. That was awful.

    Must have made a racket, too. (Least of your problems.) Gosh, Beck. Hope you are okay, scraped knee and all.

    Take care. Susan

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    1. Hi Susan! LOL...you made me laugh, too! 6:30 AM is the middle-of-the-night?! :)
      And yes, it did make a racket! I wonder if anyone nearby has a security cam?? I would LOVE to see myself tumble!! I would laugh over and over and over!

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  19. Oh the scrapes that our dogs get us into! Attacked by a runaway grill! I'm glad nothing got broken, it certainly could have been worse. I suppose Vern wondered why you cut your walk short...

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    1. Hey Debora! I love your description: "Attacked by a runaway grill!" LOL
      I'm not quite sure what went through Vern's mind! I think he thought he was in trouble....poor guy!
      I'm still very sore today, but I think it's getting better!

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  20. Sorry you took a tumble, and I hope the soreness goes away soon.

    Not fun!

    "/

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    1. Thanks, Sue! The soreness really is better today already!

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  21. I'm thoroughly convinced creative Gene and clumsy Gene are very close relatives. Oh, and let's add intelligent Gene, too; can't leave him out. I mean, it's perfectly understandable. With brilliant writer-y plotting and great philosophical insights brewing inside one's head, who can be bothered to notice something so insignificant as whatever it is that trips us up and lands us on our keister?

    Seriously, I'm a major klutz, too. I'm glad you didn't break anything.

    I've gotta tell ya, you provided me with an unintended chuckle. When I started reading, I thought Vern was your husband. I wondered a little when you mentioned him sniffing around the grill, but hey! my husband likes meat, too, ya know? But when you mentioned the leash, I laughed out loud at my own stupidity.

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    1. Oh, Susan! You are hilarious!!...And, talk about an unintended chuckle....OMG!! I laughed out loud when I read you thought Vern was my husband and he was sniffing around the grill!!! ROTFL!!

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  22. That sounds like something I would do. I'm so clutzy, I could walk down a ten foot wide hall and still manage to careen into a wall at some point. Good thing you weren't hurt bad.

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    1. Hi! I'm SO glad to know I'm among so many other klutzy women! And especially today, August 1st, because it's National Girlfriend Day! We women really need our girlfriends, don't we?? Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

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  23. Since you're okay, I did have a good laugh at your description. As someone else said, it was like slow motion! And, I love the Roseanne Roseannadanna quote :) Hope your bumps and bruises heal!

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    1. Hi Audry! I'm glad you laughed, too! 'Cause, really, if a person doesn't get hurt, it's really funny! And I am the first one to laugh at myself! :)
      I'm a bit sorer today than yesterday. Weird...But, I have no complaints!

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  24. I hope you're lots better now! I mentioned you on my blog this morning! ; ) Sweet hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much, Diane! Like I just wrote to Audry, I'm a bit "worse" today, but not that much! And I read your blog post. Thank you! You're a sweetie!

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  25. Oh, Becky, I'm so sorry. How awful--I know, because I have had my share of tumbles! Well, I hope by now, aches, pains, bumps and bruises have healed up and you're much improved. And if not already, soon!

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    1. Hi Jeanie! Thanks...and another "fellow faller!" I'm sure I'll be back to my old self soon...and hopefully no more falls for a while! :)

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  26. Hi, Becky. Just read your comment on my "static" blog--which I won't delete, and will probably do what you suggest, occasionally post something to keep in touch with friends.

    As for our friendship, I treasure it, and WILL want to know when your memoir is published so I can buy it and read it!!!

    Take care....Ann

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    1. Thank you, Ann! You're a very dear person and I admire you so very much...for the care you've given your daughter all these years, the other trials and tribulations you've gone through, and your publishing your book! Amazing!

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  27. Oh, so sorry about your fall. Hope you're feeling better now. Hugs,

    All the best!

    Nas

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    1. Hello, Romance Reader! How fun to see a new blogger here! Thank you very much for stopping and commenting! I will definitely stop by your blog, too!

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  28. Oh this sounds so much like me ~ except you told the story better than I could have. I hope you won't be sore for a long time. You and Vern be careful out there! laurie

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    1. Hi Laurie! Glad for me, but sorry for you...that you, too, are a klutzy gal! :)
      Vern and I have been very careful lately....!

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  29. You and I would be good friends because things like that happen to me all the time. ALL.THE.TIME. My husband just shakes his head and pretends he doesn't know me... I hope you're none the worse for wear and didn't get anything worse than a scrape? I have a nice boo boo on my knee from when I was contemplating what my next meal would be, and I failed to lift my foot higher than the step in front of me. And down I went in a blaze of glory and bad words. Then I had to cry a little bit so no one would laugh.

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    1. Hi Karen! You are so funny! I think I just told you that earlier today when I commented on your blog! I love your writing...."And I went down in a blaze of glory and bad words." Wonderful!! I know I said a few choice words myself!
      Have a great Friday, and upcoming weekend!

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  30. My favorite fall is up the steps...it's such a creative way to bruise the body and twist the joints.

    It stinks to get hurt, but it's funny to read about!

    Love Roseanne. My hair looks like hers in the summer time and sadly, youngsters don't understand my reference!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! Oh, yes....the falling "up" is also something I've done. And I agree, not fun getting hurt, but funny to read, and funny for anyone who happens to see it! :)
      I can only wish to have hair like yours and Roseanne!!

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  31. Aloha Becky,

    Thanks for the follow, for real :) and I hope you're feeling better after the grillin' incident:)

    I would say you should complain to the grill's owner, but would that be like talking to yourself :)

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    1. Aloha, Mark! I'm better again today. It seems to be one day good, next day not so good, next day good.....!

      And I TOTALLY agree about the owner of that grill! Maybe someday I'll see who it belongs to!!

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  32. Oh, no, I'm sorry that you fell. Hope you are healed up by now, but I can't help to think of your cell phone just being right of of reach if you had really been hurt badly.

    Hugs,

    Kathy M.

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  33. Hi Kathy! Thanks! You know, it never occurred to me about my phone being out of my reach! Actually, it wasn't that far, either. I was able to lean over and grab all three things: my glasses, baseball cap, and cell phone! :)

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