Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s midday here in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, May 7, 2022. It’s a warm but cloudy day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 79°F (26) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 83% and the wind blowing from the southwest at 9 MPH (14 KM/H), the heat index is 79°F (86°C). Today’s forecast calls for light rain throughout the day. The high will be 86°F (30°F). Tonight, skies will be mostly clear, and the low will be 71°F (22°C).
I woke up early this morning – what else is new, right? – and goofed around on Facebook before I finally decided to go ahead and fix my breakfast. Since I don’t use the gas stove and we have nothing in the freezer that I can heat in the gas oven or the toaster for a good morning meal – no Eggo frozen waffles or Aunt Jemima frozen French toast, I made do with a bowl of cereal and two-and-a-half cups of coffee.
If I had somehow been able to afford to live in my old townhouse on my own or, preferably, with a girlfriend who is more compatible with me than my ex is, I could cook far better and more satisfying breakfasts – or lunches, or dinners – than I can here. At least there I had an electric stove, did my own food shopping, and had neighbors that I could depend on for the occasional bit of assistance – a ride to the Regions Bank branch that is 2 miles away from my former home, say, or a minor bit of home repair that wasn’t covered by our homeowners’ association maintenance.
Alas, I was not, and the relationship betwixt my older half-sister and me is toxic “AF,” as kids say today, so I could not count on any assistance from that quarter. I was able to stay in Miami for as long as I did between July 19, 2015, and April 10, 2016, because Mom’s life insurance benefits kicked in September of 2015 and it sufficed to put food on the table, keep the lights on, the cable, phone, and Internet-connected, and the HOA monthly maintenance paid. But that was not enough, and eventually, I would have struggled to have a roof over my head had my current Caregiver not stepped in to help.
Anyway, since everyone here was busy doing their own thing, I made do with a breakfast that would have hardly passed muster in my previous life. But, hey, at least I ate something.
Right now, it looks like the rain is holding off, although my Weather app’s radar map shows that a line of thunderstorms is moving away from the Lithia area. A “boomer” was in the neighborhood around 90 minutes ago – there were a few lightning strikes; I saw them from the safety of the Common Room, which features sliding glass doors that face west, but as bright and mean-looking as they were, they were off in the distance.
I – per usual – don’t have any plans for the afternoon. It’s not like I have a smorgasbord of options. On a weekend I can:
- Watch stuff in my room via the 4K UHD Blu-ray player and the compatible TV I bought in 2020 so I could watch my then-tiny collection of 4K UHD Blu-ray discs (I only had the nine Star Wars films on the newer 4K format at the time, but now I have 83 titles) and my somewhat larger collection of 2K Blu-rays and older DVDs.)
- Stream stuff on either my PC or the 4K UHD TV (which, like most modern TVs, is a “smart” set that connects to the Internet
- Read a book
- Play a game on my PC
- Watch a movie or TV show in the Common Room, although this is unlikely because the Caregiver gives her boyfriend carte blanche regarding use of the Big TV (which is “just” a 1080p HD set but is bigger than my set, and it’s connected to a home theater sound system)
Well, at least I have these activities – and a fast-food lunch – to look forward to. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate, and those thunderstorms won’t switch direction and return here. I don’t mind reading books, but I want to watch a movie – or, at least, a couple of episodes of The Office – simply because there’s not an ideal spot in this house for reading.
And on this note, I’ll close this post. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.