On Writing: Summer Heat, Thunderstorms, and Absent Muses


Hi, Dear Reader. I’m off to a late start with this post – a later start than I would have liked – so I apologize in advance for the lateness of this blog post. I didn’t oversleep and wake up at noon, nor did I go out to run errands or for that matter, toContinue reading “On Writing: Summer Heat, Thunderstorms, and Absent Muses”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, August 6, 2022, or: Old Movies, a TV Set, and Me on a Summer Friday Night in Florida


Another weekend, another hot and stormy day in the Tampa Bay area. Last night was yet another somewhat unexciting and lonely evening; the Caregiver has taken to staying in the master bedroom after work hours, supposedly grieving over the recent death of her boyfriend and spending countless hours by herself. Sometimes she reads nothing butContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, August 6, 2022, or: Old Movies, a TV Set, and Me on a Summer Friday Night in Florida”

On Books & Reading, or: Slow Progress with My TBR List is the New Reality for Me


“I cannot live without books.”  ― Thomas Jefferson Well, it’s August 1, 2022, Dear Reader. Another month has receded in life’s rear-view mirror, while another begins. As you know, I have been a reader for as long as I can remember. Even though I was born at the tail end of the Baby Boom, andContinue reading “On Books & Reading, or: Slow Progress with My TBR List is the New Reality for Me”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, June 16, 2022, or: Reveries, Regrets, and Reminiscences


Hi there, Dear Reader. It is late afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, June 16, 2022. It is a hot early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 91°F (33°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 70% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 7 MPH (12 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, June 16, 2022, or: Reveries, Regrets, and Reminiscences”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, December 29, 2021, or: Carefully Watched Amazon Packages – The Saga Continues


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. It is a hot early winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 82˚F (28˚C) under mostly cloudy skies.  With humidity at 60% and the wind blowing from the southwest at 9 MPH (14 KM/H), theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, December 29, 2021, or: Carefully Watched Amazon Packages – The Saga Continues”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, November 9, 2021, or: Never Mind Me…I’m Just Venting


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. It’s a cool late autumn day – by Florida standards; the current temperature is 71˚F (22˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 70% and the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 9 MPH (15 KM/H), theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, November 9, 2021, or: Never Mind Me…I’m Just Venting”

On Family History: Rainy Days & Mondays Bring Back Weird Memories


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in my corner of Florida on Monday, September 6, 2021. It is a rainy early fall day here. Currently, the temperature is 85˚F (30˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the west-northwest at 5 MPH (8 KM/H) and humidity at 61%, the heat index isContinue reading “On Family History: Rainy Days & Mondays Bring Back Weird Memories”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, July 20, 2021, or: Coping with Yesterday


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is midday here in New Hometown, Florida, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The present temperature is 88˚F (31˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 54% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 4 MPH (6 KM/H), the heat index is 98˚F (36˚C). Today’s forecast calls for scattered rain showersContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, July 20, 2021, or: Coping with Yesterday”

Musings for Sunday, May 9, 2021, or: Why Today is Not a Happy Mother’s Day


Hi, there, Dear Reader. As I start writing this, It is early afternoon on Sunday, May 9, 2021. It a warm day, almost summer-like; the temperature is 86˚F (30˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the southeast at 12 MPH (19 KM/H) and humidity at 43%, the heat index is 85˚F (29˚C). TheContinue reading “Musings for Sunday, May 9, 2021, or: Why Today is Not a Happy Mother’s Day”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, April 20, 2021, or: Triggered by Thunderstorms!


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s mid- to late morning here on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, and the skies over New Hometown, Florida are dark, gloomy, and occasionally stormy. Presently, the temperature is 73˚F (23˚C) under light rain. With the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 6 MPH (9 KM/H) and humidity at 98%, the feels-likeContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, April 20, 2021, or: Triggered by Thunderstorms!”