Here I Am!

I'm home, popping pills and grumbling.  Go to the physical therapist to be evaluated on Monday.  Go to the orthopedist for follow-up on Wednesday.  Should be a great week.   Thanks for all your interest and care.  It's much appreciated.

IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING ...

I called in like a good little patient and got my time to report for surgery in the morning.  Five A.M.  That's right, five A.M.  My surgery is scheduled for seven fifteen A.M.  That means we have to get up at two forty-five A.M. to be sure we have...

TRYING TO GET READY!

I'm trying to do things around the house now that I won't be able to do for a while after my surgery.  I cleaned my bathroom this morning and I'm washing a load of clothes now.   Tuesday, I'll change the sheets on my bed.   In the old days,...

Email message from my sister, the clever one.

I got another call from one of those credit card outfits.  I did the “You are currently caller #5, waiting to talk to an associate.  Thank you for your patience.”  Then I sang the theme to Jeopardy.  I did #3, then and sang, then I said, “How may I...

TRYING TO FOLLOW THE RULES

So I guess everyone knows by now that I'm having knee surgery next week.  A week from tomorrow, to be exact.  I was sent home from the orthopedic surgeon's office with a number to call to set it up.  I called, and soon thereafter I received a fat...

YES, I REALIZE ...

I know that this is how old people talk, okay?  I just couldn't resist the topic today.   I got online and ordered some things from the fat ladies' catalog.  I ordered two camisoles, three tank tops and three T-shirts and the bill was over...

I'm Off! (But we all knew that)

Off to the local hospital for blood tests and an EKG before my surgery next week.  I love having blood tests.  It's such fun!!  I can't even keep track of which arm I want stabbed next.

And yet ...

Everyone loves my writing, yet no one buys my books!  The frustration is nearly overwhelming.  They're just stories, like the ones I put on here.  Give it a try!  The last two are even on Kindle, for those who dislike real books.  Argh!

One Hundred Years in the Future

I made my choice, now I have to live with it.  Egad!  Who would have believed it?  Hillary Clinton's great-granddaughter has just been elected Queen of the United States of North America and All Contiguous Nations.  I've just opened my tax bill and...

OH GOODY, A REALLY YOUNG DOCTOR!

Went to the orthopedist today.  Monday will be his last day.  I asked him who I should see and he named a lot of people from Fort Wayne, but we don't want to have to go there and get stuck in the wintertime driving 35 miles one way.  So I mentioned...

GOT THROUGH THE PROCESS!!

My next book is out, for all of you who don't give a fig - it's titled, "The War Comes to Horatio," and it should be up on Amazom.com within another day or so.  They always say 3 to 5 business days, but it never takes that long.  You should at least...

Fred & Ethel, a story by Betty Hartman

Fred never knew what caused him to drive off the edge of the road.  But there he was, fishtailing and spraying gravel everywhere.  One of the rear tires of his pickup caught the ditch and over he went, landing upside down in the deep ditch with a...

A Selection from a Future Book

  I'm back!!  Computer's up, so I thought I'd give some of you a little treat.  This is from my favorite book so far, titled, "All in her Own Good Time:  Charlotte Finds her True Self"   As Charlotte walked toward the house, she thought to...

SUFFERING FROM BRAIN FREEZE

My orphans are on the train.  Theyre traveling at 25 mph from Philadelphia to Cedar Rapids, IA, a distance of 989.6 miles.  How long will it take them to get there??   They'll be travelng 100 miles every 4 hrs.  That's as far as my logic has...

SUCCESSFUL QUEST! (burp!)

We were successful on our little outing to the barbecue joint.  When we arrived at 10:45 (they open at 10:30), the "Sorry, we're closed" sign was still in the window.  We thought maybe we had arrived too late and they had already gone out of...

ON A QUEST!

Someone told Hubby about a new barbecue place.  Anytime he hears about one within a half-day drive, off we go!  So, this morning we're on our way.  I hope he likes it and continues to like it.  Usually when we find a place, Hubby starts out being...

REMEMBER WHEN?

Most of you won't remember, because I guess having to do anything in order to be allowed to join a club is not legal in school anymore.  But when I was a kid, there was always something that was supposed to embarrass you.   I don't even remember...

OKAY, FORGETFUL, BUT THIS????

Let me begin by explaining that I have a lot of hair.  I've worn it short for years just because it's so damn thick that it's almost unstylable with any length to it.  It used to be very curly, then it slowly became very wavy, then it became somewhat...

NICHOLAS: STREET URCHIN

Nicholas came home for supper and found the door to his tenement room locked.  He stood outside yanking on the door and shouting for his mother to let him in.  Finally, the old woman who lived next door stuck her head outside.  "They're gone, son,"...

SAW THE ORTHOPEDIST TODAY, AND HE SAW ME!

The first good thing was, my appointment was at 11:15 and I was taken to the exam room at about 11:10.  Went through the usual stuff and then waited for a few minutes.  At about 11:30, in came the doctor, a very pleasant fellow with a nice sense of...

TO WAIT OR NOT TO WAIT, THAT IS THE QUESTION!

I have two pain pills left.  The prescription was filled on January 21st, so I can call to have it refilled tomorrow.  We probably won't go to pick up the prescription until Monday, because I have a doctor's appointment with another doctor in the same...

LIVING (??) IN THE PAST

I've been thinking today, for some reason, about the weeks just before our marriage and the first year afterward.  I was a tough kid!   Mom and Dad had taken out an insurance policy on me when I was born.  They cashed it in and gave me the money...