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. . . And We All Fall Down! May 10, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness, Humor.

Our letter carriers are collecting nonperishable food items tomorrow morning to deliver to local food banks and pantries.

Last night, I started collecting  a few items to include in our donation bag ~ Quaker Rolled Oats, Lipton Tea Bags, Black-Eyed Peas, etc.

Some of the items were out of reach.  Since BFF was still eating dinner, I stepped up on my handy dandy step stool . . . armed with a spatula to extend my reach still further.

No luck.  The Tea Bags were still out of reach.

I swapped out the step stool (10″ high) for a ladder back chair (17″ high) so I could reach the box of tea bags stashed in the tippy top of the pantry.


Until I stepped off the chair . . . into thin air!

I had forgotten where I was and “muscle memory” kicked in.  It knows that I always use a 10″ high step stool to reach out-of-reach pantry items.  As soon as my left foot had descended 9″, muscle memory caused my body weight to shift from right leg (still on the chair) to left leg (dangling in air).

Muscle memory made sure that I was ready for a soft landing as soon as my left foot dropped the last inch and reached the floor.

Only the floor didn’t cooperate.  It was still 7″ away and didn’t rise to the occasion.

Down I toppled.

But muscle memory came to the rescue . . . saving me a trip to the ER.

When I was 13, I took a Judo self-defense course that taught us, inter alia, How To Fall.

Instead of tensing up, I relaxed and absorbed the weight of the fall on the balls of my feet, the palms of my hands, and on my well padded butt.  Instead of slamming my head into the cabinet, the counter top, or the floor, I curled into a “ball” by curving my spine and rolling as I made contact with the floor.

All said, I feel a bit bumped and bruised this morning, but that beats being broken and battered hands down!

Just ask Humpty!

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Ally Bean - May 10, 2019

I’m glad that you’re ok, but things like that are scary. So easy to get focused on one thing, forgetting about another thing. Lucky that your muscle memory kicked in. I have our contribution to the postal food campaign sitting on our kitchen counter. It’s such a good thing to be a part of.

nrhatch - May 10, 2019

Muscle memory can save the day . . . or send us sprawling! I will NOT swap out the step stool for a chair in the future. If I can’t reach something using the step stool, I’ll wait for BFF.

And, yes! Supporting local food banks to help fill empty bellies gives me a good feeling.

2. dreamingthruthetwilight - May 10, 2019

Thank goodness you didn’t hurt yourself. Fallind down and breaking a bone is one of my worst fears at this age..I’m sixty two. 🙂
Haven’t been reading blogs for quite a while now and am slowly catching up.

I had visited Granny 47’s page and I find no posts from her after December 2018. I hope she is well.

nrhatch - May 10, 2019

Granny tends to come and go. She writes for a time and then takes a sabbatical from blogging. I sometimes post a comment on her last post to encourage her to “wake up!” 😀

dreamingthruthetwilight - May 31, 2019

That’s good to hear. I was worried.

3. rivergirl1211 - May 10, 2019

Yikes! Sure glad you know how to fall…. that could have been awful.
But thanks for reminding me, we’re having the food drive as well and I need to gather a bag full. Hopefully without incident.

nrhatch - May 10, 2019

Yes! I’m glad my fall was a “close call” rather than a hard topple from Humpty’s wall. Being battered, splattered, or scrambled = NOT FUN!

Hope you find some good food stuffs to share.

4. Tippy Gnu - May 10, 2019

So, you fell ass over tea bag, eh? I’m glad you survived with only a few bumps and bruises. And now that I know you know Judo, I will treat you with a little more respect.

Go Food Drive! I’ve got my bag ready, too.

nrhatch - May 10, 2019

R-E-S-P-E-C-T . . . find out what it means to me!

I’m glad that so many participate in the postal food drive. Hope no one else falls ass over tea bag! 😯

5. joyroses13 - May 10, 2019

OH dear! Very glad that you made out better than Humpty!
That is the why it can be dangerous being short, we have to use dangerous things like step stools and chairs! 🙂

nrhatch - May 10, 2019

Yes. Those of us with short stature must rely on ladders, stools, and chairs to stair-step up to the tippy-top cabinets. Next time, I’ll try not to tip over the top!

joyroses13 - May 10, 2019

Yes, try not too! Or at least put the tea on the bottom shelf! 🙂

nrhatch - May 10, 2019

All the lightweight stuff is on the top shelf ~ cereal, tea, and bags of chips. The bottom shelves got the corner on canned goods and bottled juice.

But BFF can reach the tea as easy as picking a peach. I’ll rely on his height going forward.

6. Joanne Sisco - May 10, 2019

GASP! That’s a scary fraction of a second as you feel yourself tumbling, but wow – well played! I doubt I would have been so nimble!

nrhatch - May 10, 2019

As I sat on the floor, assessing the possible damage, I felt quite satisfied with the quality of my landing! 😀

Joanne Sisco - May 11, 2019

And as we all know, it’s the landing that counts. Anyone can fall 😉

nrhatch - May 11, 2019

True dat!

7. anotherday2paradise - May 10, 2019

Well, thanks for the hints on how to fall if I ever do. I’m not keen on climbing up to reach stuff these days. Luckily hubby has marvellous balance, so he comes in very handy. I’m so glad you’re still all in one piece, Phew!! 🙂

nrhatch - May 10, 2019

My balance is good . . . as long as I’m mindful of my surroundings and don’t throw myself “off-kilter.” I am glad that I landed in a heap instead of creating a puddle like Humpty Dumpty!

8. Jill Weatherholt - May 10, 2019

I’m so happy to hear you weren’t hurt. Spending the warm summer months wouldn’t have been fun. I’m a klutz…I probably wouldn’t have been as skilled as you. 🙂

nrhatch - May 10, 2019

Life is precarious and we are fragile . . . but we are more resilient than Humpty since we can “bounce back.” 😉

9. Kate Crimmins - May 10, 2019

No good deed goes unpunished. I worked for a guy who said that all the time until you realize that you believe it. It’s a downer. I’m sure your “incident” was coincidental and it’s always good to know how to fall. I should check. I think our pick up is Sunday.

nrhatch - May 10, 2019

I feel quite fortunate to be boasting only a few lumps, bumps, and bruises . . . and not broken bones!

And our bag is ready for donation.

10. Val Boyko - May 10, 2019

Whew! That was a close call Nancy. So glad the previous body awareness and overall health kicked in!! The body knows … as long as we check in with it and use it ❣️

nrhatch - May 10, 2019

Thanks, Val. If I’d been completely “mindful” I wouldn’t have fallen at all . . . but at least I checked in quickly enough to minimize the damage.

11. L. Marie - May 11, 2019

So glad you remembered that training, Nancy. But how frightening! Were you still a little sore from that fall? So sorry!

nrhatch - May 11, 2019

Thanks, LM. I am a tad sore, but nothing terrible ~> I have a full range of motion and am able to engage in my normal ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living). Yesterday, instead of going for a walk, I stretched in the pool to give any stressed out muscles a break.

This morning, we’re going for a beach walk so I’ll see if all my pistons are firing. 😉

12. Debra - May 12, 2019

Oh my goodness! What you share about muscle memory is really interesting. I’m certainly glad you’re okay. We were out of town this weekend and didn’t put anything out for the mail carrier, although we have in the past. I feel a little sorry for them picking up those bags when they have so much to do on their daily rounds. I do hope it was successful, however. Again, I’m just so glad you weren’t hurt. I’ll bet the crash and fall scared BFF!

nrhatch - May 12, 2019

Around here, separate workers come out with pick up trucks to collect the donations while our regular carrier delivers the mail.

And, yup. BFF was “scared” (and annoyed that I didn’t wait for him to help me). 😯

13. Tammy - May 13, 2019

Glad you’re ok but it still sucks to fall down.

nrhatch - May 13, 2019

Yup, it does. And I’m reminded that I fell down every time I sit down . . . especially if it’s a hard surface (i.e., my bike seat or a park bench). That said, I’m delighted that I didn’t break anything, including my tail bone! 😛

14. Tiny - May 21, 2019

Glad you’re all in one piece, Nancy!

nrhatch - May 21, 2019

Me too! Alive and Well and Living in Florida.

15. suzicate - May 29, 2019

Glad you’re ok. Wish I’d taken that class…fell in a pot hole a little over a year ago and broke my ankle, ended up eventually having to have surgery. It was a long healing ordeal, but it gave me a time of thinking, meditating, reading etc… turned out to be a much needed opportunity to slow down and grow within.

nrhatch - May 29, 2019

OUCH! Life is quite fragile (and swift) . . . it pays to slow down. Glad you benefitted from your time of healing.

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