Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, June 30, 2021, or: Summer Colds Are the Worst!

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Hello, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 82˚F (28˚C) under partly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east at 9 MPH (15 KM/H) and humidity at 63%, the heat index is 88˚F (31˚C). Today’s forecast is much like yesterday’s: thunderstorms are expected to roll through our area in the afternoon, and the high will be 90˚F (32˚C). Tonight, we can expect scattered rain showers and a low of 74˚F (23˚C). The Air Quality Index (AQI) is 32 or Good.

I still have a cold. The symptoms have not gotten worse and they in no way, shape, or form resemble those of COVID-19, so I am not too worried about, you know, dying. I don’t feel feverish, and though I do have a mild headache, a stuffy nose, and occasional fits of either sneezing or coughing, I do have DayQuil and NyQuil to deal with that crap.

The NyQuil came in handy last night because after falling asleep early – don’t ask me what time cos I don’t know – I woke up at 1:30 AM to use the john. I had drifted off to sleep while I watched I, Caesar (which I did not plan to watch but ended up seeing anyway) without taking my dose of NyQuil, so after I returned to my room I unsealed the bottle of NyQuil (I prefer gelcaps, but the Caregiver bought the liquid medicine instead) and swallowed the correct dosage.

Of course, it took a while for the NyQuil to take effect, but once it did, I fell asleep and stayed that way till 8 AM. Considering that my usual wake up time is between 6 and 7 AM, that’s almost as if I had slept till noon!

I just took the first dose of DayQuil. It will be mostly to suppress the coughing and the runny nose, but it should also keep the headache under control.

As for the rest of my Wednesday: I was hoping I’d feel well enough to do a review instead of this I have a cold post, but nope. I still find it hard to concentrate when I’m writing, and I am not doing my eyes any favors by sitting in front of a computer screen for hours on end without breaks. To avoid eyestrain, I think I’ll just reduce my deskbound activities and just take a rest day.

Furthermore, the forecast for today – with its warnings about thunderstorms passing through the area this afternoon – pretty much rules out my use of a computer or a TV set after 1 or 2 PM. I lost one TV and one computer to lightning strikes – on separate occasions – when I lived in Miami; I don’t want to lose this PC or my 4K UHD TV to lightning strikes now.

I hate summer colds. As my friend Patti says, “Summer colds are the worst!

Well, Dear Reader, I need to go take a shower and change into street clothes, even though I am just staying in the house today. I also need to eat lunch; I am running on a single cup of café con leche and a dose of DayQuil, so if I don’t eat anything, I’ll feel worse than I do now. So stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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