Since returning from Toronto last week, I've had a bit of a cold. I knew things were a bit off when my ears wouldn't pop after landing at the airport. When I got home late that night, I chewed on some gum hoping it would help. Nope, no such luck.
Sunday afternoon I tripped on our own front steps. I did one of those sweet moves where I thought one more step remained and didn't. I fell to the pavement and looked around to see anyone saw me. Ugh, I saw one neighbor looking out her kitchen window. I picked myself up, smiled, and waved to her. Embarrassed, I hurried back inside our house to clean up my left knee and right hand which were used to brace my fall.
Monday morning, I gingerly walked up the work stairwell with a latte and oatmeal in my left hand. Somehow I tripped and dropped my caffeinated beverage and oatmeal. I got lucky this time though and only a few drops oozed out of the cup.
I held my breath Tuesday, hoping for the best. They say things happen in threes so I was on high alert all day. I dodged cars, electrical cords, and various other obstacles throughout the day. I broke the curse. The cold still lingers today. When I blow my nose, my ears pop as if driving over a mountain pass, but no more bruises and no more falls since Monday. [knock on wood]
Friday's Forestry Fact: the very top part of a tree is fundamental to a tree's survival. The top portion of a tree is called the leader. The leader's objective is to retrieve as much sunlight as possible. The more sunlight the leader can harness, the healthier the tree will be. The practice of topping a tree isn't a good idea since it compromises the tree's health.