What’s Going On Wednesday: Love and Gratitude

Every time I think about it this week, I stop and just send as many love thoughts out into the world as I can muster. Sounds a little hippy I suppose. However, if we’re repeating the 60’s, it seems I am a flower child.

I think we’re still in a pandemic. So first, the yuck part of my posting.

Numbers and COVID-19 Info for Our Area

Cases statewide: 13,575

Total deaths: 783

Total Tested*

PCR tested:  205,161 (fancy term for nasal swab testing)

Serology tested: 24,724 (fancy term for blood test for antibodies)

*They’ve changed the reporting on these numbers. Now dividing out the two types of tests. Actually, the whole website is updated and in a dashboard format. A lot easier to read and understand.

In the Kansas City Area: 1,135 and 27 deaths

Our local county:  637 and 22 deaths

And the number of cases within our zip code: 65

I now know one person with a positive case (dad of one of J’s friends). Tested after a coworker had a positive results. Thankfully, a mild case and the rest of his family seems fine (according to the Facebook updates). My question is about the length of time between testing and the results. Tested on a Thursday and then, it took a week to get the results. That is way too long.

However, I still think more of us have already had this vile virus and didn’t know it. Let’s move on to happier thoughts.

Gratitude List So Far This Week:

Outside stuff

It’s a new month! And June didn’t bring us any murder hornets but did bring us some much needed warmer temperatures and sunshine!

My flowers like the sunshine! Happy to see my purslane blooming away this morning.

And to see my pink petunias in this plant holder. Wonder where my  husband found it? (Probably the garage, he’s cleaning it out lately). I like it! As you can see from the photo up there, I still need to clean off the front porch and that dirty flower pot. Yikes!

Inside Stuff:

I was nervous about voting amid a pandemic yesterday. Everything was different even the location. However, it went amazingly well. Well enough for me to ask why it couldn’t be that efficient without a pandemic? No moving around with little stickers, signing my name in big books. Just a quick I-pad check, then my very own pen to mark my ballot and keep (in lieu of an “I voted today” sticker). A surprisingly pleasant experience! And note, I’m glad I voted as our council race ended being a 49/50 type decision. Your vote matters indeed!

Threw together what I’m calling an election day pie: strawberries, blueberries mixed together with some strawberry rhubarb pie filling. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for the white part of the red, white, and blue.  Confessing here how thankful I am not have been more “middle of the night sick” from eating the raw frozen pie dough. (Bad, I know).

And I’m thankful to be a point in my life, where I can give myself permission to take it easy. I didn’t sleep well. No sense in trying to do a dozen errands or mow the lawn (I thought of it as we’re supposed to get storms tonight) when exhausted. An easy day it shall be! Maybe one with a nap?

A Bit Of Randomness: 

I got a letter! A letter from my pen pal. Very excited and grateful to hear from her and know all was well. Funny as I happened to be out my door to buy stamps when the letter arrived. (Side note: I still need stamps as the ATM apparently no longer stocks them).

Next week, I return to work for two half-days! Super excited about that. Can’t even express the joy I felt at the thought of it. It’s in what used to be one of my least favorite functions, kitchen but it’s afternoon so aftercare time. I don’t even mind as I’m so excited to go back and be among those preschool children. Nothing to fill your world with more hope and positivity than a conversation with a 3 or 4 year old.

G’s starting to see his friends (in person) again and J’s going to a friend’s house later this week. So glad the boys have good friends to see them through these trying times.


In conclusion, lots of gratitude in my world so far this week. It certainly does help the mood. Sending much love to you and gratitude as well for reading my rambling post.

How are things in your corner of the world?


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2 thoughts on “What’s Going On Wednesday: Love and Gratitude

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I’m both excited and a bit nervous as I know everything is going to be a bit different.

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