So, today I can laugh at myself. Yesterday morning, I went down to my chicken coop to let the chickens out with the dog. I made a choice not to wear my glasses because I forgot them upstairs. I thought, "Oh, I've done it hundreds of times, I can do it half blind in the early morning light..." Well, that would have been fine if someone (not naming names.... DH!) hadn't left a rake out by the run, on the ground. In true Three Stooges style, I stepped on the rake and the handle flew up and smashed into my face. I did the whole, "Ow, ow....ow! and paced around, while the dog looked at me oddly. Then I did what anyone would do-- picked up the bucket and went on my way to get water for the birds. And then, something started dripping down my face. I actually looked up, thinking, "What is leaking?" (I was outside, so it wasn't the smartest moment in my life). Then I realized I had blood pouring down my face. Insert a moment of panic here. I don't like blood very much. Made my way back to house, all the while stage whispering to DH, who I thought might hear me (he was in the shower... um, another not too swift moment). Grabbed a towel from the mud room, made my way upstairs to discover that I have a very ugly break in my forehead from where the handle hit my head. It is gross. Not to mention the blood gushing out of my nose. Today I am sporting a beautiful lump on my face, a lovely gash that is steristripped together and the beginning of what should be a very colourful bruise. And, later when I went back out to assess the chickens (kids completed the morning chores for me), the side of the run looked like a crime scene - blood all over the pavers around the run, blood on the rake handle. Nice. So... lessons learned -- Yes, you should wear your glasses when you are outside before 6:00 am. Yes, you should put rakes away. And, yes, this can happen to anyone, not just slap stick humourists. Does anyone have any advice on how to minimize scarring on your forehead? It is really gross. I am going to look like Frankenstein for Thanksgiving.... Thank goodness I have bangs now. And, any other good stories about chicken care related injuries?