Today’s Recipe and Location: Tuscan Bean Soup with Shrimp
Found in: The Pioneer Woman blog
If you like a hearty soup, then this one is the meal for you. Ree uses fresh wonderful ingredients and strong flavors. She uses Northern beans to add some substance. I like the idea of shrimp in soup. Most soups have chicken or beef, so to me that makes this one unique. A great recipe for Illinoians in the winter months.
Can a toe be a trivial triffle? I’ve decided that this poor little, discolored broken toe is today. Since I took the day off yesterday to feel sorry for myself, I thought the least I could do is to show you the sad, little pitiful thing. It almost has a full rainbow of color. I must say that one of the biggest drags was having to wearing Crocs to the grocery story today. They make my feet like giants, but they are the only shoes I own that do not hurt.
The only upside is that you can see the pedicure I had done an hour before the “accident.” Another day….another broken bone.
|Swollen and puffy|
|Yikes, even the foot is green|
|The pedicure looks great, however|
Since I broke my toe this week, it reminded me of when I fractured both ankles about 15 years ago. That was a major accident for me.
On Black Friday, I was supposed to take my Mom to a doctor’s appointment. I arrived at her condo a little early. Mom’s condo was on the second floor of the building. She had a long concrete staircase going up from the driveway. I let her know that I had arrived, and would wait in the car.
As I stepped off of the final step, it happened. Unbeknownst to me the blacktopped driveway had dropped a few inches where it met the concrete. It was not visible because the area was full of leaves. My left ankle snapped when that foot was half on and half off the decline, and I began to fall. The right ankle came down hard on the concrete slab. The right ankle was actually in worse shape.
Mom came out and I yelled for her to call an ambulance. I knew what had happened. Needless to say, I was one unhappy camper. Mom and I have a funny dynamic that happens when I get hurt. I get mad and she laughs. She asked why I was mad, and I told her it was the first time I actually wanted to shop on Black Friday. She found this funny, and went back into the house to stop the laughter. We always relive these encounters and laugh about them.
Needless to say, I was taken to the hospital where I had to spend a few days until I could be casted. Unfortunately, many doctors leave during the holidays. The other problem was that I couldn’t be discharged until I had a booted foot able to stand on the floor.
I was out of school from Thanksgiving break until after Christmas. I was still unable to drive until February. This was a very hard time for me, because I found out how much I hate being dependent on others. My wonderful aunts cleaned my home. My nieces helped with the dogs, and my Mom was so helpful with medical advice. The parents of Munhall School delivered dinner and other foods every day that I was home, promptly at 5:30 p.m. When I did return, our school secretary, Jan McLaughlin, picked me up and brought me home every day from school. A dear friend, Ruth Verbel, subbed for me the entire time I was out. The kindness of all of these people was overwhelming, and yet joyful.
Wow, that was strange to revisit that time. For some reason a little broken toe now seems such a joke.