We live in a very small townhouse in a suburb of Cape Town. Really little with two small bedrooms, one bathroom and a downstairs loo. Plus a pocket handkerchief size garden. Last September when we sold a flat we had in England I had this bright idea of putting in a tiny splash pool in our little sun trap of a garden. It worked fantastically, despite the mess involved in the process.
Now we have two tiny poodles and a small cat, all about the same size as each other, who play together with great gusto. Two weeks ago, the night before my birthday, they were in fine form, the dogs chasing the cat and vice versa. Then after some time, Colin, my husband, pointed to the cat who was sopping wet! Obviously in all the excitement of the game she had landed in the pool!
A while later I went upstairs (after we had dried the cat off and she had joined the dogs to resume the game) to fetch something, completely unaware that Miss Molly, our cat, had been upstairs. Nor realising that she had spilt water on the tiles upstairs I came a cropper in our doorway - one leg out in front, the other bent under me with the weight of my body on it. Bad news - the first time in my life I have turned my ankle. I yelled for Colin who came and helped me down the stairs.
He obligingly went to the chemist and bought me a crepe bandage which he applied, and some anti inflammatory tablets that I refused to take when I saw all the possible side effects.
Next morning my ankle was swollen and painful, however a hot bath seemed to help, so I looked up various hot treatments, for ankles. The one I liked is this one http://drbenkim.com/articles-sprainedankle.html I followed his advice and my ankle felt amazingly improved. However ankles, as I am learning to my cost, can't be hurried. Six days later I went to my aqua aerobics class which I love - I was very careful not to do anything which hurt. Unfortunately the warm water lulled me into a sense of false security - it was great in the water but really quite sore afterwards.
So I have cancelled my aqua, and my kundalini yoga, both of which I love, and am doing gentle ankle stretches in warm water as well as a few short walks with the dogs. Meanwhile I am resting my foot on a pillow while typing on my laptop sitting on my bed.
However there's a silver lining to every dark cloud and I find that I am getting on well with my book - it's fun to write - I now have three interweaving stories. I am now on track to finish the first draft before we leave for Scotland on 1st August.
Till next time :)