It’s Half New Year’s Eve! Tomorrow is the official halfway point of 2020. Are you going to take some time to ring in the second half of the year?
I think we’re definitely going to have a small party (just the 4 of us) to celebrate making it this far. Nothing too fancy, probably just the basics: food, games, and more food. Maybe a few early fireworks? I plan on finding some of those little champagne popper bottles somewhere later. And tomorrow, I think definitely calls for another round of black-eyed peas and cornbread at the very least.
Before I continue this post, let’s look at the official numbers. Masks now required pretty much every where in our area. Probably not a new thing for some of you but definitely a new thing for our area (we were already wearing them in the stores, etc but now they’re officially mandated for all indoor & outdoor public places in our city/county. I think Kansas goes statewide tomorrow. We’ll see if Missouri follows suit.)
Numbers and COVID-19 Info for Our Area
Cases statewide: 21,927
Total deaths: 1,017
PCR tested: 373,007 (fancy term for nasal swab testing)
Serology tested: 42,984 (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: 2,380 and 31 deaths (not sure on this number…it’s not showing deaths except on the map and the two counties together add up to 35. I think the sadly, the right number is likely 35.)
Our local county: 1,204 and 24 deaths
And the number of cases within our zip code: 160
A Few Fun Things For The Week
As you might have guessed from the first photo in this post, my bee balm bloomed! One of my favorite flowers that sprang up as a surprise in the flower garden last year!
One of the stranger items on my list of all the things I wanted to do this year, paint the kitchen trash can. Accomplished that one yesterday. Forgot to take a before photo except of the lid. And the camera hates our wall color (never gets it quite right even with editing, it’s more green than beige) but I think the photos give a general idea. Let’s not throw 2020 out quite yet, let’s just redecorate it! If only it were that easy to fix.
We’ve been having a pretty relaxed and subdued week so far. Feels like a holiday week which is nice. I still need to get out and plant my flowers from Monday. I’ve have some of these just about to bloom already but I have empty spots so decided to cheat and fill it one with some more purple cone flowers.
(Now, I’m going to cut this post short because “behind the scenes” I’m getting nonstop demands for attention from a certain little gray cat. Hard to type with cat butt in my face and cat paws walking over the key board every few seconds).
I’ll leave you with one last thing, a special song for all my 80’s music fans, before I end my post. Seems appropriate not only for our Half New Year’s Eve but for 2020…indeed. Enjoy!