Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Fish Hawk (Lithia), Florida, on Sunday, June 5, 2022. It is a gray early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 77°F (25°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 91% and the wind blowing from the north-northwest at 2 MPH (4 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 75°F (24°C). Today’s forecast calls for light rain throughout the day, and the high will be 90°F (33°C). Tonight, light rain will continue to affect the area. The low will be 71°F (22°C).
This morning I woke up early. This is usually not a big deal considering that ever since I moved here in the spring of 2016, I have become an early riser. The trouble is that I went to bed rather late – sometime between 3 and 4 AM, I think. So I am functioning on less sleep than usual, and I am not thrilled about this. I’m tired, which means I’m cranky, and that is never a good mix; I’m usually a mellow, even nice person. But when I’m tired I get irritable and argumentative, and even trivial things can bring out the worst side of me.
On the good news front, at least the passage of Tropical Storm Alex across the Sunshine State last night went unnoticed here. I don’t have cable in my room – one of my irritants as of late – and the ABC News app that I use to watch news on my TV via the Internet was focusing on other stories when I bothered to check at odd times – so I didn’t even know that the disturbance out in the Gulf of Mexico had intensified to tropical storm status.
We had some passing showers yesterday throughout the afternoon, but nothing spectacular enough to associate with a tropical storm. So, it’s perhaps a good thing that I did not watch anything beyond a rewatch of the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi. I would have been fretting because The Caregiver was gone most of the day, her adult kids were either at work or – in the case of the oldest – sleeping, gaming, and not much of anything productive. If Alex had been a hurricane and caused enough chaos – downed trees, flooded streets, and no power or water for even a few days, we would have been SOL.
I’m not sure how I’m going to get through this cloudy, rainy Sunday. I’ll probably watch the third episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+, and maybe even read or try to take a nap. I’ve never been a “nap person” because I have trouble sleeping during daylight hours. All I can say is that I don’t feel my best today.