Hip Hip Hurray!

You may be wondering where I’ve been over past 48 hours. Or not. Whatever. But let me start out by saying that the year 2023 has not gotten off to a good start for me. On New Year’s Day, my dog’s leash wrapped around my feet, causing me to fall on and injure my back. I was having agonizing lower back spasms for the first three days after that incident. Then, on Saturday morning, during a break in the heavy rainfall, I was up on a ladder cleaning my gutters and I somehow managed to fall off the ladder, landing hard on my left hip.

I called my wife with my cellphone and told her that I’d fallen and can’t get up. Seeing me on the ground writhing in pain, unable to move my left leg at all, she called 9-1-1. Within a few minutes the paramedics arrived, put a hard board under my body, lifted me onto a wheeled gurney, loaded the gurney with me on it into an ambulance, and drove me to the emergency room. Shortly after arriving, I was wheeled into an X-ray room. And then, not long after that, I got the news from an orthopedic surgeon. I had fractured my hip on the left side. In a few hours I was in surgery undergoing a partial hip replacement.

Nice, huh? And now I’m in my hospital room, where I’ll remain for the next two to three days before I’m transferred to a rehab facility where I will undergo physical and occupational therapy for a week or two to learn how to walk and cope with my new partial artificial hip replacement. The total recuperation period for an old fart like me can typically take anywhere from six weeks to four months. Isn’t that special?

Why am I telling you this? It’s simple, I probably won’t be doing a whole lot of blogging over at least the next two to three weeks. Maybe longer. I have some posts scheduled, but as far as writing a bunch of new posts or even responding to prompts, probably not.

And to think that just a few weeks ago I thought 2023 was going to be a better year than 2022. Silly me.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #202

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The image below is from the WordPress Free Media Library from Pexels.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows an unmade bed in the foreground, behind which is a table with a white tablecloth with a laptop, a set of headphones, a smartphone, a camera lense cap, and a table lamp sitting on it. Behind the table is what appears to a mirrored wardrobe.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Meddlesome


It’s January 16, 2023. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “meddlesome.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.