Rory’s Morning Dawdler — 02/09/23

Rory, the king of questions, also known as the Autistic Composter, has come up with a new series of questions that he calls “The Morning Dawdler.” He poses four questions three times a week, questions he says are “inspired by life, humor, conversations and observations, town life, blog posts, writers, gardening, news stories, television, entertainment, and human curiosity, and so on.”

Here are Rory’s four morning dawdler questions from yesterday that I’m just getting around to today.

What is the weirdest fact you know?

This is not the weirdest fact I know, but it’s the most disturbing. There are more firearms in the United States of America than there are men, women, and children combined. And Americans purchased more firearms in 2020 and 2021 than at any point in the nation’s history. Furthermore, the leading cause of death for children in the U.S. is guns. Think about that.

Which meal is your favorite: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?

I’m going with breakfast because I have same breakfast almost every single day: a bowl of half Special K, half Wheaties, with a scoop of raisins and a sliced banana over which is poured enough organic 2% milk to just cover the cereal flakes. It’s a no brainer, whereas lunches and dinners require more thought and preparation.

What do you enjoy most about your blog?

Interactions with other members of the blogging community.

What are you passionate about outside of writing?

Right now I’m most passionate about doing everything I can to facilitate and speed the healing of my broken hip and injured right shoulder, including religiously doing the assigned in-home exercises.

You Got Some Stuff Going On

That’s what the tech said to me when she slide me out from within the MRI machine. I had asked her if the images of my shoulder came out okay. “Yeah, the images came out great. Sharp and clear,” she said. Then she looked down at me, still lying on the MRI table and said, “You got some stuff going on there.”

“What kind of stuff?” I asked.

“Well, I’m just the tech. Your radiologist and orthopedic surgeon can tell you more.”

Great. I knew almost immediately that I busted my hip on the left side when I fell off the ladder last month, and I also knew that my right shoulder felt a little sore. But my hip, which required emergency partial hip replacement surgery was the priority.

It’s now going on four weeks since that surgery. I’m at home, undergoing some intensive physical therapy, and my hip is slowly starting to heal. I still need a walker to get around and I’m learning how to deal with routine activities of daily living being anything but routine.

But what has taken me by surprise has been the rapid deterioration of my right shoulder, arm, and hand. I started noticing that moving my right arm up and away from my body was really painful. Then my fingers started to feel numb and pins and needly, like they do when you fall asleep on your arm.

And that’s when I started losing my grip…literally. I couldn’t hold a toothbrush to brush my teeth using my right hand. I was having trouble holding utensils, like a fork and a spoon, and I even had to ask my wife to cut my meat.

When I told my doctor about it, he arranged for me to get an MRI of my right shoulder yesterday afternoon. So what’s the prognosis? Well, all I can tell you right now is that I got some stuff going on in my shoulder. I’ll know more after I hear from the radiologist and doctor.

But there is some good news. I heard back from the county yesterday about my request to be excused from serving on a jury next month. I received an email today, which stated, “Your request to be excused from jury service is granted. You are not required to appear for service on this summons. You may receive another summons in the future and your circumstances will need to be reviewed again at that time.”

FOWC with Fandango — Straight


It’s February 9, 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 “straight.”

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.