Since it was still fairly early in the afternoon when I left Kmart I decided to stop at the real Mexican restaurant in the little shopping center on the route home, and picked up a ten dollar lunch plate. Adjusted for inflation that's about the same amount I used to pay for similar meals in the early 1960s, so I figured it's not that much of an extravagance (as long as I don't do it too often.) The difference is that restaurant portions are larger now, and my appetite being somewhat diminished with age I ended up overstuffed.
It was pretty good, though, and aside from the enchilada it was not as excessively salty as the last time I bought food there. I also remembered to request hot salsa rather than mild, which improved the food considerably. However, since the late lunch was so big I've been unable to work up enough appetite to eat dinner tonight, and from the way I feel at the moment it's unlikely that I will at all tonight, probably not even a bowl of ramen. Perhaps a cup of bullion at bedtime, which should be fairly early since I had no nap this evening.
Had I not been overstuffed after lunch I might have gone out again around three o'clock, to see if the Goodwill store had put any more interesting books on the shelves, but having eaten so much I was quite sluggish until nightfall. After that the rain began in earnest, and has continued since. The damp chill has induced me to raise the thermostat to 70 degrees, though later I'm sure this will become uncomfortably warm. For now it is pleasant, and even serves to slightly diminish the sense of loneliness this place always evokes when it becomes too chilly in here.
A flash flood warning has been issued for the burn scar on the ridge tomorrow, but I don't expect the rain will get intense enough to cause any flooding down here such as we had early in the year. Still it could be an impressive storm, with a possibility of some thunder and lightning, which also brings some possibility of a power outage. I'll try to remember to keep my phone charged. The forecast now says that the rain might ease up early on Sunday, and the afternoon might be dry enough that I could risk going out. That would be nice, since I don't relish being stuck indoors all day for two days in a row. Plus I could go to Dollar Tree and get a bag of their cheap cheese balls, which I had forgotten I've run out of. They make a nice, softly crunchy snack for old teeth that have difficulty with toughly crunchy chips anymore.
I'm thinking I might go read for a while now. I'm not hungry yet, and sitting in this chair and leaning my weak eyes into the monitor is starting to make my back uncomfortable. Leaning back on a pillow in bed and holding a book close to my weak eyes sounds like a nice change. Plus I have a chunk of chocolate to munch on. I might not be hungry for actual food, but there's always room for chocolate.