Handbags, Books...Whatever

Handbags, Books...Whatever (http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com) is the website of Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction. Handbag lover. Avid Jazzerciser. Mah jong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Choc-aholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome.

HBW Calendar

  • 11/27 - Handbag & Book, open
  • 11/23 - Happy Thanksgiving!
  • 11/20 - Handbag & Book, Pauline Baird Jones
  • 11/16 - Vicki, a funny look at colonoscopy
  • 11/13 - Handbag & Book, Falling Leaves
  • 11/09 - Vicki, Season of Magic
  • 11/06 - Handbag & Book, H. D. Thomson
  • 11/02 - Handbag & Book, Barbara White Daille
  • 10/30 - Handbag & Book, Vicki
  • 10/26 - Handbag & Book, Joanne Guidoccio

Thursday, November 16, 2017

5 Ways to Make Your Colonoscopy Easier #doctorstuff #medicalprocedure

About a year and a half ago, I was told by my doctor it was time to schedule a mammogram and a colonoscopy. The mammogram was pretty easy. I do have boobs and they squish them close to pancake flat. That's okay as long as there's nothing to worry about.

But that colonoscopy...no one has nice words for this.


My aunt had colon cancer. I didn't want it; so I sucked it up and phoned the doctor who had done the procedure ten years earlier to schedule an appointment. The doctor went over my history - nothing has changed. Directed me to the young lady who said she could schedule me for the procedure in a week. I was like that quick? And then thought, if you do so quickly, you won't back out. I said yes and went home to begin the prep.

First off, no seeds, nuts, fruit with nuts. Bleh! Six days later, last meal. Day before, drink clear juices, no red or grape anything. That evening, drink the prep.

So here's my tips:

1. Hawaiian rolls and roasted deli chicken sandwiches are good. In fact, my new fav sandwich.

2. Mix equal parts of apple, grape, and 7 up. Drink as much of this as you want.

3. From a friend, drink the prep with a straw. Disclaimer: I tried this and it didn't work for me. In fact, I never want anything faux cherry flavored again.

4. Drink a bit of the prep, water, prep, water, until it is all gone. This helped dilute the faux flavor.

5. There isn't a five. I kept hoping I'd think of something, but I've got nothing.

The instant the sedative was injected, I conked out. I'm such a lightweight. The nurse woke me and after a brief visit with the doc and was told I was fine, I went home.

It is my greatest wish for when the next ten year appointment rolls around, something better will be invented instead of what I had.

Have any tips to share?

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Handbag and Book: The Leaves are Falling #autumn #freebook

Every Sunday, Handsome and I walk four miles. We go from our house through the shopping center, past the post office and turn down one of the most beautiful streets lined with homes, the earliest dates to 1905. The designs are colonial, prairie style, like a modified Italiante (I'm not literate on all styles). Lots of famous people have lived on this street and some of the movers and shakes now do.
Many years ago, this was not the most popular area to live in and the homes fell into disrepair. Through the hard work of those with a vision to create a historical area, the homes were renovated.k
The boulevard is lined with magnolias, crepe myrtles, live oaks of all varieties, pecan--again, multiple varieties, and the most colorful of all: sweet gum. Today, I picked up these leaves:
The one on the left is very scarlet with purple edges. The one on the right is a lovely lemon color with a tinge of green just near the stem.
Lots of people don't believe we have the turning of the leaves in the fall. We have to have the perfect cold snap for a stunning display. Today, we have the sweet gum.
It was a glorious walk.
Just til Nov 15, Season of Magic is free on Amazon, Nook, and Kobo. 

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Handbag and Book: The Holiday Dupe #Christmas #presents #holidayboxedset

Recently, I conversed with someone who shared his hilarious Christmas remembrance. Every December, presents were piled around his family’s tree in the living room, but no one dared to enter unless there was company or on Christmas. On Christmas Eve, the kids opened one present. Afterwards, off to bed because Santa was coming. On Christmas morning, they opened the rest.

One year, he realized the packages under the tree hadn’t changed from the night before. Nothing new had been added. Nothing from Santa. And then he had this realization: his parents had lied. He’d been duped.

Off he went to confront his mother who danced around the subject and finally explained how all things Santa worked.

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