Lemonade: A neuropathy kitchen ballet in one act

Spilled WaterHot day in July, time to make lemonade. Sugar, lemon juice and a little hot water are already mixed up in the bottle. All that remains is to pour the cold water through the funnel and fill the bottle. Pouring from a Brita water-filter pitcher into the funnel. Left hand somehow loses grip on the funnel. Right hand somehow flips off the top of the Brita pitcher. Water, water of blessing, water of life, cold wet water flows over the kitchen counter, over me, onto the floor, onto the other counter, onto the floor of the next room.

I had no idea how much area a liter of water can actually cover.

Then comes the cleaning up part. My balance isn’t great today, but I need to make a choice: toss the floor cloth down and sort of skate around on it to sop up the water? Get down on my hands and knees (which means getting up again) to clean it up?

I start with the skating method, lose my balance (not a huge surprise) and fall over into the water. Nice and refreshing on this hot summer’s day. Since I’m down there anyway, I stay down and finish the clean up. Finally I crawl over to the bed and use it to hoist myself back up.

Cool – I did floor exercises today.

(This post appeared in almost identical form on my Facebook page. It made people smile, so I decided to post it here, too.)

Photo copyright: bisprop / 123RF Stock Photo


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32 Responses

  1. Agnès says:

    I’ve always said lemonade was healthy.

  2. Kathi says:

    So, this was sort of a variation on a theme, eh? ‘When life hands you lemonade, make metaphoric lemons by losing your grip because of stupid cancer-related side effects.’ I have a story like this. Had a brain fart one day not long after finishing radiation treatment, was rinsing out some tights, left water running, forgot, 2 hours later, had a flood down to my basement. *sigh* No permanent damage. Just a lot of wet towels & an excuse to buy a shop vac. xoxo

  3. Diane says:

    As long as it was not sticky.

    <3 HUGS Buddy <3 ~D

    • Knot Telling says:

      Not sticky – just nice clean filtered water. Only a liter, but it spread over an amazingly large surface area.

  4. Paula Sanders says:

    And water exercises! ! You had a good workout!

  5. Bill says:

    Did you ever get any lemonade from this batch?

    • Knot Telling says:

      I did, Bill! After I cleaned it all up, I filtered more water and did all again. Well, not *all*… 😉

  6. Sounds exhausting. Maybe this is why I always buy the kind you just open and pour…

    • Knot Telling says:

      It was tiring, but I don’t like the readymade kind. It’s too sweet and not lemony enough. I don’t squeeze lemons, though. I just buy a big bottle of lemon juice reconstituted from concentrate.

  7. Helen says:

    Making positives out if negatives!!

  8. Maxine D says:

    Oh Knots – what an afternoon – you would be exhausted after such a work out – water woggles and then a floor session!… thank you for the smile. I hope I have the grace to laugh at myself should I have a similar mis-hap.
    Blessings and prayers

  9. Lisa says:

    Maybe it would have been better to just let the water evaporate.

    • Knot Telling says:

      I actually considered that, but my place is small. It would have been a hazard for me in moving around.
      Also the little houseproud lady who lives for free in my head wouldn’t have allowed it!

  10. oh, Knot – floor exercises! – -BAWHAAAAA! damned neuropathy. thank goodness you didn’t break your funny bone, Darling!

    much love,

    Karen xoxo

  11. Your sense of humor serves you. xo

  12. Catherine says:

    Splashing about on a hot day eh. Where are the robo-servants when you need them?

  13. Tracy says:

    What a work-out! Sounds like you have a whole weeks exercise in a very short period of time.

  14. mae says:

    Ha – floor exercises as long as you’re down there. I like your attitude! I’m hoping you had a bit of lemonade in the end.

  15. Beth Gainer says:

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade and do floor exercises! Sending you hugs.

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