In A Sling…

It friggin hurts_3Hello and welcome…

That’s probably one of the happier faces made on Wednesday.  It seemed to sum up the pain after breaking a chip off the elbow.

Recently I’d fallen a couple times at home, once while working, and then smashed the elbow against the edge on a metal cabinet at work.  As the day went by, the swelling worsened and the pain became overwhelming.  It turns out I broke a chip off the “olecranon” (where the ulna bone of the forearm meets the elbow joint).  Man, did it hurt!

Thankfully, the swelling is down tonight (Friday) and most of the pain has vanished.  I returned to work today and other than a light ache this evening, all is much better.

Maggie and the angelsWhile resting, there’s been plenty going on.  Another puzzle arrived on the day of the accident.  Tonight “Maggie the Messmaker” (another cute Charles Wysocki jigsaw puzzle) is being assembled while the kitties doze in the recliner.

Though no camping has occurred recently, I have been experimenting with some convenient foods to take on the next trip when the weather warms.  Even inside, it’s possible to stay in the mindset and plan for the next outing… hopefully when the weather improves!

Once again we are under a wind chill warning tonight.  A few days ago the winds were strong and the low temperature was close to -20.  Even the water to the trailer froze up.  I joke about how our winters weed out the “riff raff”… You have to WANT to live here year ’round.

As always, there is some outdoor fun on the horizon.  Depending on the snow, next week I hope to traipse around a cemetery looking for the tombstone of a controversial figure in Iowa history… It’s a fascinating story and will be fun to retell.  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, take care and thanks for stopping by.  Stay safe!

Bradford, Serena, and Jesse James – Hibernating in Jones County, Iowa


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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

One Response to In A Sling…

  1. Jo says:

    Sorry to hear this news, but happy to hear it is getting better. Take care of yourself and stay warm. I found leaving the cabinet doors open under the sinks plus letting the water drip helps. Even here in Tucson we get hard freezes and I have wrapped all my outdoor pipes Had them burst on my twice in one winter.