True, embellished and fictional stories for your amusertainment

The other day I woke up feeling down. It was cold and overcast outside – no sun to brighten the spirits. Normally I’m upbeat so I decided that something would happen to make things better.

Engaging in my normal morning routine, I realized we were about to miss the garbage pickup.

Wearing only capri exercise pants and a hoodie, it seemed like a good idea to run. I grabbed the garbage bag, dropped it at the curb and picked up the newspaper on my way back inside.

The process broke down with the recycle bin. A large tall rectangular container on wheels, it was nearly full and heavy. Pushing from behind, I tipped it toward me and ran. Out past the garage door, down the driveway, abruptly into the raised sidewalk.

Hitting the barrier, I fell forward smacking into the bin. I bounced in the air, flipped the bin on its side and landed flat on my back.

A re-enactment

A dramatic re-enactment

Laying in the cold grass, I took inventory. I was conscious, many parts of my body hurt, and the sky looked lovely even in its overcast condition. Not sure I could stand up, I laid there waiting to be rescued.

Stephen arrived quickly, towering over me with a horrified look on his face. Gazing up at him, I raised my arms so he could help me stand and then I started to laugh. Stephen picked up the recycle bin, set it by the curb and helped me hobble back into the house.

I had several bruises on one leg along with various other injuries. I put my leg up right away and took ibuprofen to reduce swelling and help with the pain.

The Universe provided for me that day. I woke up in a bad mood. Shortly thereafter I provided a fantastic show for the neighbors and created a memory that made me laugh. In fact, I laughed most of the day significantly brightening my mood.

Laughter is indeed the best medicine. And ibuprofen – that’s pretty good, too.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,


Practice safe recycling

Practice safe recycling


Comments on: "Laughter And Ibuprofen Are The Best Medicines" (12)

  1. Linda Lewis said:

    Thanks to you, now all junior high kids will have to sit through these safety films. Ha!

  2. Ken Hansen said:

    I think you have your seasons mixed up .. it is spring now , not FALL lol Glad you are ok.

  3. vjstracener said:

    That made me laugh. Thanks for that.

  4. Vivian Herndon said:

    I’m so glad you’re o.k., but the story is really funny. Loved the pictures.

  5. Love the re-enactment. Also, happy you’re not more injured! Mark

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