A Song in My Heart and Ice On My Toe

And ice on my shoulder – living life to its fullest everyday is a great deal of fun and brings joy to my life, and appropriately puts a song in my heart, but you have to be prepared for a few bumps and bruises along the way. I believe this is a relatively small price to pay.

Recently, on vacation I recharged my batteries, hung out with friends, practiced my porch sitting and wine drinking skills, listened to a ton of old favorite music and even practiced my karaoke skills (in private only as I am terrified to sing in public).

Additionally, I went a little crazy and crossed white water rafting, zip lining, stand up paddle boarding, river cruising, 4 wheeling and mountain hiking off my bucketlist. A very good vacation indeed!

Just to be fair and fully disclose along the way, I have to share that after a terrific day of Jeep 4 wheeling I went out the back door of the cabin for a beverage out of the cooler, and just as I stepped onto the deck, a snake slithered past me very near my delicate toes!

Startled to say the least, I screamed, jumped, and promptly stubbed my toe and hobbled a hasty retreat back into the cabin –beverage carefully balanced in my hand.

While my husband and friends were concerned with my scream of pain, I must note no one came running to my rescue. They mainly yelled out an “Are you ok?” While perfecting their porch sitting and beverage holding, wine drinking skills. They laughed. I hopped to the fridge to assemble a Ziploc baggie of ice for my painfully throbbing big toe!

Once settled back in my favorite Adirondack chair, ice pack on my toe, I tried to calm my jittery nerves with a beverage and song. Even though my toe was now swollen and red, not to mention numb from the ice pack, it had been a good day!

The very next morning I was ready to go and game for another adventure. This was stand up paddle boarding day and after a hard day of fun in the sun we returned to the cabin for the evening and soon my bum shoulder was tighter than a knot and screaming back at me for the 4 hours of paddling I had demanded of it!

Improvising as best I could, I recreated the ice pack from the night before, but this time I fashioned a sling of sorts, from my sweatshirt to keep it in place. Another battle scar and victory, but with a price to pay, I’d do it all again in a heartbeat!

Thank God my other shoulder worked so I could lift my beverage for the evening.

Bumps and bruises, ice packs and snakes, it was worth every minute! So as you can see with a song in my heart and ice on my toe and on my shoulder I relaxed and planned my next adventure.

So my friend, I ask you “what’s next on your list?”

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