Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 10, 2022, or: Storms, Stress, Movies, and Other Things on My Mind


The Passage of Nicole Hi, there, Dear Reader. As I write this, I’m sitting at the kitchenette table in the house where I live in Fish Hawk Ranches, a sprawling planned community within the city limits of Lithia, Florida. It is a chilly, gloomy, and rainy day in the Tampa Bay area. Thanks to theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, November 10, 2022, or: Storms, Stress, Movies, and Other Things on My Mind”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, November 9, 2022, or: Keeping a Wary Eye on Tropical Storm Nicole!


Life in Hurricane Alley Here we go again. I have lived in Florida for more than 50 years; I was born in Miami almost 60 years ago, then left the United States at some point in 1966 with my mom – Vicky, my older half-sister, was away at a Catholic all-girls’ boarding school in Parkersburg,Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, November 9, 2022, or: Keeping a Wary Eye on Tropical Storm Nicole!”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 30, 2022, or: Better a Late Post than None at All…


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on a sunny and mildly warm fall afternoon on Friday, September 30, 2022. If it weren’t for all the patio furniture that neither the Caregiver nor the three young adult children have not bothered to take back outside, you’d never know that only twoContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 30, 2022, or: Better a Late Post than None at All…”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 29, 2022, or: The Day After Ian….


Goodbye, Ian: Thoughts on the “Day After” Hi there, Dear Reader. As I begin this post, it’s just past 11 AM here in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, September 29, 2022. It’s a cool – 68°F/20°C – fall day; it is cloudy, a bit blustery, and the high today is expected to reach 77°F/25°C, and evenContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 29, 2022, or: The Day After Ian….”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 28, 2022, or: Wait! Is That a Hurricane I See Approaching? (Unfortunately, It Is!)


Hurricane Ian Update Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s a gray, gloomy, and rainy Wednesday here in Lithia, Florida on September 28, 2022. As Hurricane Ian gets closer to the Gulf coast of Florida, the weather deteriorated considerably. As I write this, it is raining. It’s not yet the dramatic tropical deluge you see in footageContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 28, 2022, or: Wait! Is That a Hurricane I See Approaching? (Unfortunately, It Is!)”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, September 27, 2022, or: Keeping a Wary, World-Weary, and Bleary Eye on Hurricane Ian


Storm Front Comin’….. It’s late morning on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 here in Lithia, Florida, and as Hurricane Ian moves closer to the Florida peninsula, the weather picture is, literally, gray and gloomy. As I write this, things are relatively quiet. It is not raining; the skies are mostly cloudy, and the temperature is aContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, September 27, 2022, or: Keeping a Wary, World-Weary, and Bleary Eye on Hurricane Ian”

Musings & Thoughts for September 26, 2022, or: Keeping a Weather Eye on Hurricane Ian


One of the things that I hate the most about living in Florida – any part of Florida, at that – is that its geographic location makes it a frequent target for tropical cyclones. Just look at a map of North America and you’ll see why the Sunshine State – also known as “America’s DroopyContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for September 26, 2022, or: Keeping a Weather Eye on Hurricane Ian”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, September 24, 2022, or: A Quick & Dirty Weekend Update (No, Not That Kind of ‘Dirty’!)


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s afternoon on Saturday, September 24, 2022, and even though it’s fall in the Tampa Bay area, you would not know it because of the summer-like heat. It’s not as hellishly hot as it was in August – the heat index is in the mid-90s rather than the low 100s (30sContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, September 24, 2022, or: A Quick & Dirty Weekend Update (No, Not That Kind of ‘Dirty’!)”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 1, 2022, or: Another Month, Another Season Begin


Another month, another season. Well, it’s hard to believe, folks, but it’s September 1, which means the last quarter of 2022 started at midnight. So did meteorological autumn, although the more traditional date for the start of the fall season is the autumnal equinox, which this year falls on September 22, or three weeks fromContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 1, 2022, or: Another Month, Another Season Begin”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, June 5, 2022, or: Adieu, TS Alex…I Didn’t Even Know You Passed By!


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 (4Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, June 5, 2022, or: Adieu, TS Alex…I Didn’t Even Know You Passed By!”