Not a Nip Slip But…Slip + Fall = Break

Triquetral avulsion fracture.

That’s the name of the break I sustained.xray

I slipped and fell in this ditch Sunday evening in our upper yard as I was looking for coyotes in the hill on the other side of our property.

I was wearing flip flops (not smart) and my hand broke my fall, but then I broke my hand.

SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT…ditchAt first I thought it was just a sprain or torn ligaments, but the pain was really, really bad, so I had it X-rayed and the doc confirmed my suspicions.

I’m in a removable cast for about six weeks — no weightlifting but I can do anything else that doesn’t cause pain.

My hand is super swollen and all bruised up, too.

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I might not be able to lift weights, but there’s nothing to prevent me from shopping!

Typing hurts, so I’ll have to quit for now…at least my tugboat man’s here to help — although it hasn’t really put a dent in his surfing, but I always like to look on the bright side — he’s here to drive me to the mall.

I never did see any coyotes but I snapped a pic of this amazing hawk in our eucalyptus tree.

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Sunday Snapshots of a Backyard in Southern California

spidereggsToday I’m completing the job I started Saturday — washing windows and waging intense chemical warfare against the Invasion of the Spiders. I’m not sure why there are SO MANY spiders hatching this year, but they’re really freaking me out. 

Back to the garden…

California Buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum foliolosum, California Buckwheat grows in the chaparral in very dry hot conditions. Small animals and birds use it for cover.

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Baby Nectarines

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A row of Pride of Madeira proudly standing guard
at the top of our property

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Baby Plums

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The first strawberry of the season!

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Lavender

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Lemon Verbena
It smells exactly like Lemon Pledge

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Snapdragons and Alstromeira

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Rosebuds, of course!

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Easy Like Sunday Morning

Birds are singing, the sun is out, the sky is blue, and there’s a gentle breeze.
It seems like the perfect time for a couple of Sunday morning songs and a few snapshots of our backyard and a street view.

Agave with Nasturtiums

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Clematis and Sweet Pea Vine
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Baby Apples

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Jupiter’s Beard

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Heart Shaped Leaf

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Pride of Madeirapride of madeira

Baby Artichokes

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We created a drought tolerant front yard: California natives with a smaller lawn
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I love elephants of all colors

White elephant: A possession that is useless or troublesome, especially one that is expensive to maintain or difficult to dispose of. According to Wiki, the tradition derives from tales which associate a white elephant with the birth of the Buddha, as his mother was reputed to have dreamed of a white elephant presenting her with a lotus flower, a common symbol of wisdom and purity, on the eve of giving birth.[5] Because the animals were considered sacred and laws protected them from labor, receiving a gift of a white elephant from a monarch was simultaneously both a blessing and a curse: a blessing because the animal was sacred and a sign of the monarch’s favor, and a curse because the animal had to be retained and could not be put to much practical use, but cost a significant amount to maintain.

Hmmm…that sounds very much like a description of Princess Rosebud, don’t you agree?

Elephant cow charging in defence of its calf.April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month….I’ve protested and spoken out with Peta against the cruel practice of elephant rides at our San Diego County Fair in Del Mar. The life of a captive elephant (or any animal) trained for humans to profit by is barbaric and must end. Please join me in caring about the lives of other species. We must work together to end animal abuse. Click on the link to learn more: http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/tags/elephant+rides/default.aspx

Here’s my very own white elephant. She is extremely beautiful and, as you can see, quite useful, holding a vase of alstroemeria flowers from our garden. I found her at Ross Dress for Less for $29.00. The vase is from Anthropologie. I picked up some color chips from Home Depot to repaint the wall for contrast but I haven’t decided on a color yet.

White elephantMore elephants!
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They’re everywhere!

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An elephant box

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Cute elephant lamp in our entry

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