2022 Twelve Gifts of Christmas #11

Greetings! I hope you are well, and if you celebrate Christmas, I hope you are enjoying the season. I had a bit of a mishap yesterday that put a slight kink in my posting plans. I used the daylight hours to take my mom shopping and out to lunch. We had some ice storm warnings in effect, but it was forecasted for the evening, and I hoped to get everything done before it hit. For the most part, I was successful. We got all our shopping done, and the storm didn’t show up until we were on the way home. And, boy, what a storm it was! A continuous fall of freezing rain began covering the roads and my windshield! Sadly, my van has the worst defroster ever. The wipers were getting coated with ice as well, so did very little to wipe away the build up that was forming.

We got to my mom’s safely, and I made sure she was safely maneuvered up the icy driveway and into her house. Now it was time for me to drive the remaining 15 miles to get home. That trip was definitely a challenge. It was very dark, the road was getting more icy by the minute, and it was a constant battle to try to keep the windshield clear. The van was constantly fish-tailing, but I was able to keep it centered in my lane. Three police cars and an emergency response vehicle all passed me with lights flashing going in the opposite direction. I’m not sure what happened behind me, or perhaps they were just patrolling and on the ready.

I was finally able to make it up the hill to my house. The next challenge was trying to get up the terraced steps to my house. This is where the mishap took place. All the river rock graveled steps were covered with a slippery sheet of ice. I was slowly and steadily making my way upwards when my left foot slid back and I heard and felt a very loud POP in my left knee! I managed to stay standing and avoided the fall, but I couldn’t move. It was a full five minutes that I was STUCK waiting for the pain to subside before I could even kneel down and literally CRAWL the rest of the way up the stairs and driveway to the garage door! I managed to scooch up to the door and lift it from a kneeling position to crawl inside away from the ice. I’m starting to be nervous that I managed to rip a tendon or ligament, as I am still unable to stand or walk without assistance of a person or walking stick. It’s not the way I wanted to finish up my Christmas preparations, but I guess I’ll just need to make due.

I’m so thankful I have this next gift all ready to post for you. We’re once again going to another sewing pattern. Enjoy and I’ll post the last gift very soon!


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