The price of spring (in MN, at least) is a lot of thaw/freeze activity. The last few days have been very warm, and the nights have hovered really close to freezing. This means that all the snow that has been hanging out on our roofs and yards is now melting all over our roads, driveways, and sidewalks and then freezing at night.
This morning at work, I was standing on the stoop trying to determine if the sidewalk had frozen overnight. It was dark yet, so I decided to just test it with my foot.
Bad idea, Barefoot!
The edge of the stoop was solid ice, which I couldn't tell in the dark. So as I went to step down onto the sidewalk both feet went flying out from under me. Luckily I managed to get enough distance from my fall that I didn't smack my head on the stoop, but as the day goes on I am getting stiffer and more sore.
I am pretty sure I didn't do any permanent damage to anything, but the way falls like this work is that you hurt more the second day and WAY more the third. Then you start to get a little better after that. I am learning that as I get older the periods of hurting get longer and longer....not an encouraging thought when I hurt this bad only 3-4 hours after the fall.
Still, soon the freeze/thaw days will be over and we will move into "Mud Season". That isn't too bad hear in the Great Sand Belt of MN. After that is the fun part of spring, and then summer with all it's mosquitoes.
Most importantly, soon I will have dirt to play in and flowers to sniff. I think that is worth a few falls on the ice, don't you?