Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s Sunday, December 20, 2020, and it is early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 70˚F (21˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the south-southeast (but more from the south) at 10 MPH (15 KM/H) and humidity at 75%, the heat index is also 70˚F (21˚C). Today we can expect a high temperature of 76˚F (24˚C), as well as thunderstorms that will pass through our area. Tonight’s forecast calls for thunderstorms and a low of 59˚F (15˚C).
I know that you are probably weary of hearing this, but even though Christmas 2020 is less than five days away, I am still not feeling “the spirit of the season.” And, yes, my reasons for feeling like a Colombian-American version of Ebenezer Scrooge are the same:
- The continuing spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 and the rising death toll
- The stubborn refusal of President Donald J. Trump to concede defeat in the 2020 Presidential election
- The equally stubborn refusal of President Donald J. Trump’s supporters to concede “their” candidate’s defeat in the 2020 Presidential election
- The various personal disillusions and disappointments I’ve been handed in this awful, horrible year
Nevertheless, I am trying to be as helpful and nice to everyone here as I can. Yesterday, for instance, I helped The Caregiver finish her Christmas shopping for her three young adult kids by placing several orders on Amazon – she gave me her debit card, so she’s paying for it all – for things that they requested.
Of course, I am somewhat skeptical that all of those orders will reach New Hometown in time for Christmas Eve; one order – for the most expensive item on the list – has a tentative arrival date of
December 28, 2020- January 4, 2021.
Now, my experience with Amazon tells me that the estimated time of arrival in Amazon orders is often a “worst-case scenario” and that my orders often get here way before the due date. But with COVID-19 still running rampant and affecting the U.S. Postal Service and the various shipping companies’ schedules – workers do get sick, and weather does affect planes and ground transport after all – we are being told to expect delays.
I don’t know why everyone here waits till the last minute to tell The Caregiver what they want for Christmas, but this is how things go in this house. I have gotten used to it after five Christmases spent here, but I can’t help making – perhaps unfairly – comparisons to how my late mother ran her house and prepared for the holidays when she was alive and still in relatively good health. (The last Christmas where my mom had an active role in cooking a Nochebuena dinner and putting up a few holiday-themed decorations was in 2009…11 years ago.)
As for what I’ll do today….I’m not sure, actually. I had hoped to go out for a brief walk; I don’t watch local news that much in New Hometown, so I didn’t know that we will have thunderstorms around today. It is dark, gray, and uninviting outside, though, so that idea has been rejected. I might read for a while, or I could watch some TV before the storms start. We’ll see.
On this note, I’ll close this post; I really don’t have any more news to dispense, and I don’t feel like writing about Trump, COVID-19, or any other unpleasant topics. If the weather permits and if I can choose an item to review, I might write a product review later. I don’t know, though. We’ll see what develops.
So, until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and, please, be kind to others. I’ll catch you all on the sunny side of things!