Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Thursday, July 15, 2021. It is going to be a hot but less rainy day; currently, the temperature is 85˚F (29˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 50% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 92˚F (33˚C). Today we can expect partly sunny skies and a high of 92˚F. Tonight, skies will be mostly clear. The low will be 73˚F (23˚C). The Air Quality Index (AQI) reading is 35 or Good.
Man, I’m tired. I fell asleep watching a documentary on Amazon Prime Video, so I don’t know what time I went to bed last night. I do know that I woke up at 2 AM to use the bathroom – then struggled to go back to sleep because J, the Caregiver’s middle child (he’s almost 20 now) made a racket moving heavy items around in his room upstairs for what seemed like hours. I don’t know what the hell J does up In his loft after midnight, and I don’t pry into anyone’s business, but it sounded like a herd of elephants was up in J’s room, which occupies most of the house’s second floor.
I didn’t storm upstairs to tell J to knock off the noise. That’s not my style, and it would probably have caused more problems for everyone If I had. I did go to the kitchen to check the time -it was just past 3 AM -and padded quietly to my room to lie back down on my futon and try to get back to sleep.
I eventually managed to do that, and I woke up around 9 AM. The Caregiver must have the day off from her county job because she and her boyfriend were not home and the usual cup of café con leche was not waiting for me at my place on the kitchenette table. And as I write this, the Couple of the Year is still not here.
I ate a bowl of cereal (Kellogg’s Apple Jacks) and a glass of pineapple juice but decided not to make coffee- I’m too tired to deal with the coffeemaker now – and came back to my room to write this post on WordPress. But I feel like I went 10 rounds with Muhammad Ali in the boxing ring and lost, that’s how tired I feel.
Anyway, I saw on Wikipedia that the last episode of Judge Judy will air next Friday, thus ending Judge Judy Sheindlin’s 25-season run and setting a record for reality TV longevity as a first-run “judge show” before it heads to perpetual reruns on syndication.
I never was an avid fan of Judge Judy, but my late mother was. So when I was Mom’s primary caregiver and had the early afternoon watch between home health aides, I watched that show from late spring of 2010 and July of 2015 while keeping my mom company.
Since Mom died on July 19, 2015, I have not watched a single episode of Judge Judy on TV. The Caregiver – thankfully – is not a fan, and I believe that in this TV market in Florida it airs when she’s working anyway. I will, from time to time, go to YouTube and watch clips from Judge Judy for the nostalgia of it, but I won’t go to the main TV (the only one with a cable connection that I have access to; D, the eldest of the Caregiver’s three adult kids, has cable in his room, but he never invites me to watch anything, so…) to watch any new episodes.
I think the news that Judge Judy won’t be airing any new episodes after July 23 is a blip on my radar for two reasons. One, of course, is that I used to cover Entertainment-beat news in high school and college for the student papers, so the fact that TV’s longest-running “reality/arbitration” show is ending (at least as a first-run show) is newsworthy. Unlike The People’s Court, which is a forerunner to Judge Judy, Sheindlin’s show was never canceled and rebooted with a new judge several years later.
The other reason is, of course, that Judge Judy may not have been my favorite show, but it was one of my mother’s Must-See TV baubles. And I, of course, associate the show with the times I spent in her sickroom to keep her company. She appreciated that, I think, and it eases my heart to remember that she liked to have me around when she was stuck in that hospital-style bed for over five years.
Well, Dear Reader, I’m out of things to say, so I’ll close for now. Stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.