SYW/BI — 01/23/2023

It’s about 9:00 Monday night here in the post-operative acute care orthopedic rehab center and I just had the best dump I’ve taken in eight days, which makes me a happy camper! So I thought, before I turn in for the night, I’d celebrate my accomplishment by taking a few minutes to respond to two of my favorite Monday prompts, Di’s Share Your World prompt and Dr Tanya’s Blogging Insights prompt.

Let’s start with Share Your World. Di asks:

1. Do you find it relatively easy to fall asleep at night?

Before my accident, I found it relatively easy to fall asleep, but not so easy to stay asleep due to having to get up and pee at least once during the night. Since my accident last Saturday, I’m so exhausted from pain and the physical and occupational therapy sessions I’m having four times a day, I fall asleep almost the instant I close my eyes.

2. Do you remember your dreams?

Maybe for 15 to 30 seconds after I wake up. But then my dreams, for the most part, just disappear from my memory. The only exceptions are recurring dreams that I’ve had and I can usually remember them because, well, they’re recurring.

Interestingly, I’ve had a lot of really weird dreams since being in the hospital, and I do remember at least the gist, if not the details, of some of those dreams.

3. If you can’t sleep, do you watch TV, read or listen to music in the hope you will nod off?

I either play solitaire on my iPhone or read blog posts on my iPhone until I can no longer keep my eyes open and am able to nod off.

4. Can you literally sleep anywhere (chair, sofa, bus, train, flight, etc.)?

If I’m really tired, I can, indeed, fall asleep pretty much anywhere. But a nice comfy bed is always my preference.

Now for Blogging Insights. Dr Tanya asks:

Do you write directly on a device? Are you old school, do you write on paper first?

When I first started blogging back in 2005, I’d draft my post using Microsoft Word on my laptop and then copy and paste it to my Blogger-hosted blog. But for the past six or seven years, I draft my post using either on my iPhone or using the WordPress app for iOS on my iPhone. Today, I almost exclusively use the iOS app.

Do you re-draft? If so, how many times?

Except when I’m responding to a Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the only editing you’re technically permitted to do is to correct typos and misspellings, I do a lot of redrafting. I proofread, edit, move things around, re-edit, re-proofread, and do it as many times as I think necessary before I’m happy enough with my post to hit Publish. I’d say, on average, I have ten to twenty redrafts for each post.

Put Down Your Phone!

“I’ve noticed that your comments on various online sites have become rather mercurial,” Frank’s wife, Ingrid, said.

“It’s just so temping to troll all of those idiots on Twitter and Facebook. They post the dumbest things,” Frank said in his defense. “I get so damn angry at all these assholes hiding behind the anonymity of social media.”

“Unless you want to give yourself a heart attack, Frank, it’s essential that you put down your phone and relax,” Ingrid said.

“Fine,” Frank said. “I wouldn’t want to make a widow out of you, Ingrid, so I’m going to shut off my phone and go take a nap.”

Hallelujah!” Ingrid shouted!

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (mercurial), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (tempting), My Vivid Blog (social media), The Daily Spur (essential), Ragtag Daily Prompt (relax), and Word of the Day Challenge (hallelujah).

Hold the Phone

3D1E9215-6114-4B7E-AF5A-3A9BC4CC6224“I’m trying to call your mother and I can’t get a dial tone on this damn thing,” Hal said. “Nothing, not a goddam thing. Now I gotta go and pay a visit to the phone company and get them to fix this worthless piece of shit wireless telephone.”

“Dad, that’s not the telephone,” Jimmy said. “That’s the TV remote control.”

Written for today’s Three Things Challenge from Di at Pensitivity101. The three things are nothing, tone, and visit.

FFfPP — The Prime Suspect

A14E3A18-B676-42F5-8C5A-05DC804C34DA“Her wallet, her phone, her glasses,” Anna said. “She would never leave her apartment without those things. I’m calling 9-1-1.”

“Wait,” Dean said. “Perhaps something came up suddenly and she left in a hurry. We should give her some time. She’ll probably show up.”

“Where’s her cat?” Anna asked.

“Maybe the cat got out and she ran chasing after it. That would explained why she left all of her stuff behind,” Dean said.

Anna heard a sound coming from the bathroom, opened the door and an angry cat came running out. “Any other theories,” she asked Dean. “I’m calling the police.”

Dean grabbed Anna’s arm. “No you’re not,” he said.

“Let go of me,” Anna screamed. “Don’t tell me what I can and can’t do. She’s your girlfriend, Dean. Aren’t you concerned?”

“Of course I’m worried,” Dean said, “but I’m the boyfriend and I was the last to see her alive. That makes me the prime suspect.”

“The last to see her alive?” Anna said, a look of horror on her face. “Dean, what did you do?”

Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner from Roger Shipp. Photo credit:

Twittering Tales — Lost In Thought

7bf7907f-3fbd-4858-b7f5-ccb482ca87c6She was sitting inside, staring off into space, lost in thought.

I stood outside looking in at her. She seemed not to notice me.

I used my phone to take a picture of her.

I knocked on the glass, held up my phone, and showed her the screen.

She smiled and waved at me to come inside.

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Written for the Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: Juan Pablo at