This morning I looked out my back window and saw a number of birds around my feeders scrambling for the last few seeds. The back yard is a veritable sheet of ice, so there was no way I would be able to replenish the feeders. Instead, I decided to try another approach.
I filled a large glass container with birdseed, opened my sliding door, and stepped carefully onto the back deck. It was covered with about 4 inches of snow and glazed over with a thick crust of ice. The ice seemed as hard as a rock and did not give under my feet. I slowly and cautiously moved across the deck until I reached the side rail and then took one step down the ramp. Holding the rail, I then heaved the birdseed as far as I could into the yard. Unfortunately, the force of the throw caused my left foot to slip, and I hit the ice hard. I was on my back, and my left leg was jammed through the porch rail. The fall’s impact was mostly absorbed by my keister, and though I was somewhat dazed, I did not believe anything was broken.
The most difficult task was extricating my left leg and foot from the rail. That took several long minutes. Even when that was done, I could not get back up on my feet on that ice, so I crawled and slid on my stomach across the ice and through the back door. Once in the house, I pulled myself up by grabbing onto a chair. What a relief!
All’s well that ends well, they say. I thank the Lord that I was not seriously hurt – only a sore knee.
Falls are extremely hazardous to older people. Be very careful, and watch that ice!
My birds will need to wait a while for more seed.