Written earlier in the day. – ADG
Thoughts and Musings on a Muggy Tuesday Afternoon
Hi, there, Dear Reader. I hope you are well, safe, and coping with the coronavirus pandemic. Right now it’s just past one in the afternoon in my corner of Florida, and – as you can probably see from my post’s title – it’s hot and muggy outside. Right now the temperature outside is 86 degrees Fahrenheit under mostly sunny skies, but by the time I post this on WordPress, it will likely be 88˚ F; the forecast for today calls for a high of 90˚ at 4 PM Eastern, and a nighttime low of 68˚ F. So, like I said…it’s hot and muggy!
I’m glad I don’t have to be out and about in this late spring heat; when I used to go outside for my daily constitutionals in my former neighborhood in Miami, I usually waited till 5 PM, though when I was taking care of my ailing mother, I would get stir-crazy and would go out for a walk as soon as the home health aide or an Easter Seals respite aide arrived, even if it was around noon. (During the cooler and drier months, I would go for walks or take a book to one of the two pools in East Wind Lake Village, lie on a deck chair, and read for an hour while the HHA watched over Mom for me.)
Here, I don’t do that. I live in a nice neighborhood, nicer than the one I left behind some time ago, but I just don’t feel comfortable going out for walks. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of strolls that I’ve gone on, and that number pales In comparison to the number of walks I’d take in any given week in the Time of Ago. I just don’t feel motivated enough to go out, even though part of me knows I need fresh air, a bit of sun, and exercise.
Life in the Time of COVID-19
Because I can’t use the Internet during most of the day – there is a dearth of bandwidth in our area now that lots of people are having to work from home, so if we have too many devices connected to the house WiFi, someone will get disconnected or have a slow connection. And because there is at least one person here whose job requires a secure and reliable connection, at least one PC has to be used on “airplane mode.” Right now, that computer is mine, and it will be on offline mode till just after five.
This “restriction” is one that I have grown accustomed to since the COVID-19 pandemic forced many businesses to adjust to the situation by assigning many of their employees to work remotely from home. I can still write without being connected, provided that:
- If I’m going to write a review and need to download images or get information I don’t have on-hand, I need to get what I require for the review either early in the morning or during the head of household’s one-hour lunch break
- If I don’t have a specific topic in mind, then I should just do a “Random Thoughts” kind of post
Today I overslept, so I didn’t have a lot of time online this morning to plan ahead or do any “prep” work for a review, and even though I had a one-hour window to work on a review, I was still tired and didn’t have anything specific in mind for a review. Even now, in the early afternoon, all I feel like doing is listening to music and lying on a couch with a good book.
Good thing that I enjoy reading and have lots of books to read. I learned to read at an early age – prompted, no doubt, by my maternal grandmother, known to her many grandkids simply as “Tata” – and I’ve never, ever lost my love for books or the act of reading. I can’t conceive of being in a situation where I would have no access to books, and I can’t relate too well to people who don’t read for pleasure. (And, sadly, I know too many people like that!)
Right now I’m reading several books at once – a habit I picked up at a young age from Mom and my maternal grandfather, Quique. They are:
- Library of America Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far
- Library of America Barbara Tuchman: The Guns of August, The Proud Tower
- D-Day and the Battle for Normandy, James Holland
- William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh, Ian Doescher
And this is only a small fraction of the many books I have on my Ikea bookshelves. So, yes, I have enough reading material – and stuff to review! – to keep my mind occupied and my sanity intact.
Well, Dear Reader, I will close for now; I hear the call of the couch and the aforementioned good book summoning me. And who knows? Maybe I’ll take a little siesta. So, adios, and until next time, I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.