Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, October 4, 2022, or: Another Sleepless Night in Florida…and a Cornucopia from Amazon


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s another feels-like-autumn-in-Florida day here in Lithia, Florida on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. It’s sunny, it’s cool (74°F/24°C), and the forecast high will be 83°F/29°C, so it’s not going to be one of those “why does it still feel like high summer” days that we had last month. This is goingContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, October 4, 2022, or: Another Sleepless Night in Florida…and a Cornucopia from Amazon”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 3, 2022, or: First Monday in October


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s Monday, October 4, 2022, and it’s a lovely subtropical autumn day here in Lithia. It’s not too hot outside, it’s sunny, and there’s a nice breeze. In fact, if I can somehow muster some enthusiasm, I might even put on my shoes – I am already dressed and not inContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, October 3, 2022, or: First Monday in October”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, October 1, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part One


Hi again, Dear Reader. It’s midday on Saturday, October 1, 2022, and here in Lithia, Florida it is a mildly warm autumn day (78°F/26°C). It’s a lovely sunny day outside; it’s hard to believe that on Thursday night a hurricane passed through this region of my home state, destroyed lots of property, left thousands withoutContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, October 1, 2022, or: Weekend Update, Part One”

Old Gamers Never Die: Getting Better at Playing the ‘Attack’ Skirmish Mission in ‘Regiments’


“In case of doubt, attack.” – Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. USA I’m getting better at playing Regiments. I’m not yet as good a commander of armored forces as George Patton, one of America’s best-known generals from the World War II era and the namesake of the U.S, Army’s Patton series of main battle tanks.Continue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: Getting Better at Playing the ‘Attack’ Skirmish Mission in ‘Regiments’”

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 Friday, September 23, 2022, or: A Brief Update from the Subtropics


Hi, there, Dear Reader. Today’s post is going to be another one of those short-and-sweet ones of little significance because I’m tired, moody, and uninspired. I woke up today shortly after 8 in the morning; the Caregiver had already closed the room to the master bedroom, which doubles as her remote office for her jobContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 23, 2022, or: A Brief Update from the Subtropics”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, September 20, 2022, or: A Short, Sweet Post from a Sleep-Deprived Blogger


“Insomnia is different,’ I said. It was hard to explain this to people. ‘You know the light that comes on when you open the refrigerator door? Just imagine it stays on all the time, even after you close the door. That’s what it’s like in my head. The light stays on.” ― Barbara Kingsolver, AnimalContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, September 20, 2022, or: A Short, Sweet Post from a Sleep-Deprived Blogger”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, September 18, 2022, or: The First Hints of Autumn (Florida-Style), and My ‘Exciting’ Saturday Night


Goodbye to Summer? It’s beginning to feel like autumn. No, the leaves on the trees aren’t changing color, at least not this far south, and not with most trees that grow in Florida. And there is no chill – beyond that of an air conditioning unit set below 78 degrees – that nips the airContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, September 18, 2022, or: The First Hints of Autumn (Florida-Style), and My ‘Exciting’ Saturday Night”

Under the Shadow of the Mighty Cumulonimbus Clouds: Thoughts for a Gray, Cloudy Saturday in September


Another weekend; another hot, humid, and potentially rainy day in Lithia, Florida. It is, of course, still early in meteorological fall – traditional autumn doesn’t start until Friday, September 22 – and I live in the subtropics, so of course, it feels like summer here still. Sure, the temperatures – the official ones, anyway –Continue reading “Under the Shadow of the Mighty Cumulonimbus Clouds: Thoughts for a Gray, Cloudy Saturday in September”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 14, 2022, or: My (Emotional) Focus Determines My Reality – Seeking Joy Wherever I Can Find It


“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien It is another gray-tinged, hot, and rainy early autumn day here in the Tampa Bay area. This, of course, is not unusual in the state of Florida; this far south in the continental UnitedContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, September 14, 2022, or: My (Emotional) Focus Determines My Reality – Seeking Joy Wherever I Can Find It”