It is said that we truly don’t appreciate what we have until we no longer have it.  That simple fact was driven home last Thursday night.  I was putting the dogs out for the last time about 11 P M when one of them wrapped her lead around a tree. This dog happens to be a clockwise winder upper.  It would never occur to her to reverse her position and unwind going counter clockwise.  So, I stepped off the back step, wearing slippers, onto ice.  The rest is history. A fractured left ankle and a fractured left thumb.

The ankle is painful, but I am able to move around slowly using a walking boot. Plus, being the left ankle, I can drive.  So, it seems, the thumb is the bigger of the two detriments.  Trying to type this without it for instance.  My hand is bandaged up like a club so, it is impossible to hold anything.  My cooking has been temporarily derailed, so I had to start looking for alternative sources of sustenance.  Soup for instance, however, the can must have a pull tab as I cannot grip a can opener.  Tying my shoe on my good foot became an exercise in futility.  Even attempting to zip up my coat presented some challenges. Simple things like washing becomes more difficult when wearing a plastic bag on your arm.  And shaving, well, I found an old electric razor I hadn’t seen in years. It works, but feels odd to use my right hand.

Fortunately, I have some very caring friends, relatives and neighbors. Yesterday, one of them brought me my mail and then came back and sanded my driveway.  You can’t repay that type of kindness.  And, unfortunately, it will be a while before I can even give them two thumbs up.

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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6 Responses to THUMBS UP

  1. At least you don’t have to worry about yard work, so there’s that. I’d even go so far as to call it pretty good timing. How did the summer go with the new lawn tractor?


  2. oldmainer says:

    Should have bought the riding mower a long time ago. Worked well, especially mulching leaves. But I am still praying that it doesn’t snow for a while. Cannot do a snowblower.

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  3. scifihammy says:

    Oh dear! I am so sorry to read this. Sounds really painful – and terribly inconvenient!
    Typical dog winding itself round a tree like that! 😀
    I hope you heal up quickly. In the meantime, you are lucky to have help when you need it. 🙂


  4. It’s that time of year. Hope you’re feeling better very soon. Order out, so you don’t try and live on soup.


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