Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is late morning – noon is not that far off, and because I’m not Speedy Gonzales at the keyboard, it will be early afternoon by the time I post this on WordPress – in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. It is a hot early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. The current temperature is 83°F (28°C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 56% and the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 2 MPH (4 KM/H), the heat index is 84°F (29°C). Today’s forecast calls for light rain to affect our area, and the high will be 93°F (34°C). Tonight, we can expect partly cloudy skies and a low of 72°F (22°C).
Yesterday, June 21, marked the summer solstice – the longest day of the year – and the start of astronomical summer. It was hot, cloudy, but not stormy, and for me it was a long, tiring, and a bit depressing day. The Caregiver worked in her home office from 8 AM to 5 PM, then sped off to the hospital to be with her boyfriend Alfred; he is waiting for a liver transplant after drinking so much alcohol over his adult life that he developed cirrhosis and was this close to death till he went to a local hospital in Tampa.
Of course, she did not have time to cook, and because The Caregiver’s three young adult kids are either working or attending college (two of them do, anyway; the third games all night and sleeps all day) no one was available to cook dinner for the group. And since I hate gas stoves – the knobs on our stove are so damn fragile that I dare not use them; I accidentally broke one when I tried making a pot of rice not long after I got here in ’16 – I can’t even make scrambled eggs or even pasta al burro.
I didn’t want to starve, so I ordered a small hand-tossed pepperoni pizza, a small order of boneless chicken wings with honey BBQ sauce, and French fries. I ate six slices of pizza and the fries but left two slices in the Pizza Hut box. I also left the chicken wings up “for grabs” in case anyone else wanted them. The two pizza slices were still in the box last time I checked; I’m sure they’ll be gone by the time I go out to the kitchen to have lunch, though.
(Though this was a rather small order, it was still pricey; including the tip I gave the Pizza Hut driver, this cost me $38.99.)
Anyway, today promises to be a repeat of yesterday; The Caregiver will work in her remote office till 5 PM, then – without even saying goodbye or asking me if I need anything – she will get in her car and speed off to the hospital to be with Alfred. I can’t afford to order out again, though, so if those two slices of pizza are gone by the time I finish my blog post, or if there are no chicken wings left, I will be Sierra Oscar Lima in the Dinner Department.
On the bright side of things, at least I can watch the sixth and final episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi on the family room set. I already watched most of it early this morning on my 4K UHD TV and my separate Disney+ account, but – as I have mentioned in previous posts – Disney’s streaming service does not support subtitles unless you’re using a Roku device and app. I don’t have Roku, but the family room TV does. So as soon as The Caregiver leaves, I will head over to the family room, aka the Florida room, aka the common room, and watch the conclusion of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Hopefully, I’ll have either a few chicken wings or a peanut butter sandwich for dinner, as well.
I don’t have much else to say, other than to report that I was awakened at 4 AM (almost on the dot) by a painful cramp in my left leg. It went away after what seemed an eternity but was just a few minutes. I might have been able to go back to sleep right away, but then I had to go to the bathroom, and between having to walk gingerly across the hall to the “throne room” and all that, by the time I was done with the task, I was wide awake.
That’s why I watched most of the final episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which I was able to get the gist of by the show’s strong visuals but still was frustrating because I’m hard of hearing and could not hear the dialogue, musical score, or the sound effects. And since it was around 5 or 6 AM, I could not turn up the volume and wake the folks in the adjacent bedrooms, so that was that.
As a result of yet another early-morning wakeup. I am – yep – tired, irritable, and in need of relaxation. I had hoped to write a more interesting blog post today, but “interesting” content requires a focused, engaged, and energetic mind. My mind, Dear Reader, might be slightly focused and engaged, but it is not energetic.
Hopefully tonight I will have a good night’s rest.
Well, that’s all the news I can share with you today, so I’ll close this post here. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the less rainy side of things.