Christmas Ups and Downs

It began last Tuesday when I decided to "make Christmas happen."  Asking the Pres to take down the large, heavy totes and boxes the day before meant that all I had to do was drag them into the house, place everything in the rooms, put up and decorate the artificial tree.

Prior to starting the inside, I had placed all the swags, and wreaths on the fence and house, and made a "quickie"  floral arrangement using some of Nature's castaways in the old cement basket.  

It was then that my daughter called and suggested that I put up the old tree near the front door  When the Pres plugged the tall, narrow tree in, I saw that she was right.  It fit perfectly.  

However, now I needed to think about a new place for the old cement basket given to us by the Pres' Aunt and Uncle many, many years ago.  That's a Christmas "must have."

And now it was time to bring in the large bag that holds the artificial tree.  So with boxes and totes placed strategically, I removed the three sections of the tree.  Folding up the giant bag, all I wanted to do was get it out of the way and put it out in the garage. 

Well as I rounded the corner and began to walk past the stairwell, the edge of the awkward shaped bag got caught on the spindle.  Suddenly I found myself being catapulted into the wooden bench in the entrance way. Falling sideways, thank goodness the black wooden bench was there.  I caught myself landing on the bench but whacked my arm pretty good.  

Immediately getting an ice pack from the freezer helped ease the pain and I’m sure the swelling too.  Waking up the following day with a 3"x6" black & blue, and a very sore arm, I decided where I needed to move the concrete planter.

The solution was simple.  Pick up the cement basket and carry it about twenty feet to the end of the house,  It would be placed below my wooden snowman given to me years ago by a sweet ad dear friend (another "must have")

Personally, I thought it looked good there.

However, I soon discovered that I'd strained my back and was laid up for five flipping days.  All I can say is, "thank goodness for back belts, Arnicare, and Thermal Care Heat Wraps" along with an occasional Aleve.

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Christmas Ups and Downs

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Gayle said…
Well you 'birthed' a lovely display but I bet the old thing about forgetting the pain just isn't going to happen.
Hope you recover quickly - 13 days 'til Christmas.
Bee Lady said…
Wow! That is one nasty looking bruise! Glad you are feeling better. The Christmas display looks great. Make sure the basket doesn't crack outside this time of year. If it holds water then freezes it could happen.

Poor you, I sympathize as I walked full speed into a door handle the other day and thought I'd broken my arm!
I must say I LOVE your snowman!! Have a great disaster free week :)
MadSnapper said…
your home looks so beautiful, Christmas Card Perfect PostCard... oh no on the fall and back strain... i have to be so careful now, and the thing about picking up heavy things it doesn't hurt when you do it. always the next day. the basket does look good there, but be sure you don't move it again. your house is ready for the HO HO HO to begin
Wow...the high price of Christmas decor. Hopeful healing thoughts headed your way from Canada.
eileeninmd said…
Hello, sorry about your fall. I hope you are feeling better. That bruise looks bad. Your home and decorations do look pretty. Have a happy day and week ahead!
Sylvia said…
JP, the tree lit up on the front porch looks great. I am sorry to hear of your fall. I see the tree in the house has been set up as well. Be good to yourself and let the rest go. Have a great week. Sylvia D.
I do like your Christmas display.
Sending good thoughts for a speedy healing.

All the best Jan
Ann Thompson said…
I knew it, decorating for Christmas is hazardous to your health
Lady Fi said…
Ouch - poor you! Sending you healing thoughts. Your house looks lovely though.
Wow, that's a nasty looking bruise. Your home looks so cozy and inviting with its holiday trappings but I'm sorry you were afflicted so much during the process. Hope you're back up to par soon.
Kay L. Davies said…
As soon as I read "pick up the cement basket" I knew back pain would follow. Poor you, laid up for so long, but I can relate. I am no longer young, but every now and then I get a brilliant idea that involves heavy lifting, and then, like you, it's bed rest!
Nevertheless, your Christmas decorations are beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season with no further complications.
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Angie said…
Picture-perfect, at a price! I take things slower these days to avoid injury, especially walking up and down stairs. Hope you are fully recovered and enjoying the beauty of your decorations! The snow is the icing on the cake!

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