Friday, October 25, 2013
If you read my status this morning, you know we had a narrow escape. It could have been really bad, but it wasn't. Hubby asked me to hold the ladder for him. He had asked a couple days ago, but I had to wait for a time he wanted to do it and I didn't have a grandchild to watch. So that was today.
We have one live oak tree that is really too close to the house. He's already planted a small tree further out from the house. He plans to cut down the oak once the little tree is well established. But for today he wanted to chop down all the branches over the house. He had already done the ones he could reach easily. Today the extension ladder was nearly perpendicular to the ground as I held it steady. He leaned it on a branch and cut a few inches out toward the house on that same branch. Unfortunately, what he/we hadn't thought about was that once the branch was cut it was holding far less weight so it went up by several feet. The top of the ladder slipped off the branch and fell with hubby. I know he fell 10 feet at least. He's 72 years old, diabetic, heart problems, vision problems, etc. It could have been really bad. He bled just a little where the edge of the ladder scraped his side. My right arm got badly scratched from the shoulder to the elbow by a falling branch. Inside my left knee also got marked up. All in all, we are fine. And very, very lucky.
PS Weight today: 125.0, 87 pounds below my all time high. I'm working toward establishing 126.0 as my average weight. I'm doing it!!