Thinking About Fall

Wait? Who’s blog is this? 

Jean, aren’t you a lover of all things summer?!  Yes, still enjoying my summer over here. 

However, as back to school talk starts in full force, this year I find myself thinking of fall. To be more specific, fall preparations I want to make. And I am ready for the fourth quarter of the year. (Can we do it KC Chiefs style and end on a super high note? Sure hope something spectacularly good is waiting for us near the end of the year.)

First, the yuck numbers. I share these every week to keep a sort of journal of living in during a global pandemic.

Numbers and COVID-19 Info for Our Area

Cases statewide:  60,935

Total deaths:  1,312

Total Tested*

PCR tested: 787,220 (fancy term for nasal swab testing)

Serology tested:   62,908 (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:   6,885 and  64 deaths

Our local county:  4,155 and 52 deaths

And the number of cases within our zip code:   413

Enough of that.

Fall Things On My Mind

Between some super hot and humid days, we’ve had much cooler mornings. And I can see little hints of fall’s arrival.  You might think the leaf photo starting the post was from last fall but I snapped it near the end of  July.

A Fall Garden? 

Thankfully, friends blessed us with their garden excess as we didn’t fare so well in our summer garden. They even shared okra with us. Fried okra along with grilled chicken for dinner last night. Summertime on a plate!

Have you ever planted a fall garden? I think this is our year. We’ve not had the best luck (seldom do) with our zucchini, peppers, or radishes (0 for 3 on all the produce). Husband declared he won’t touch another cherry tomato. And the beans are done for this batch.  Definitely, replanting green beans and trying again with the radishes. Not sure what else…

Transitioning The Patio Plants Back Inside 

We didn’t get a vacation this year but a couple of my house plants (I’m not a plant person) thrived in their second home on the front porch. Last year, I forgot my shamrock plant prior to the first frost and it went down to just a tiny green shoot. Amazingly, it survived and flourished again. The amaryllis bloomed at Christmas, stayed green, and now has new leaves. Both need to return indoors though I’m not sure what to do with the amaryllis. Will it bloom again this Christmas? And finally, I leave my lavender out but recently read it can be brought in as a house plant? Intrigued by that idea. Definitely, thankful my brown thumb seems to be at least getting a little lighter even if I doubt it ever turns green.

Forget Spring Cleaning, I’m Thinking Fall Cleaning 

I ordered a clean/dirty magnet for the dishwasher. Silly Amazon purchase to inspire other family members to unload the thing once in a while. One can dream…

A fellow blogger, Elizabeth from Burnt Out Mom (her blog is still up but she’s not blogged in years, hope all is well with her) used to do a fall cleaning challenge. Thinking of repeating her challenge this year, perhaps starting in September.

Other Good Things From The Week

Before I end my post, I want to share a few other good things from my week.

  • A Monday morning spent observing birds (one in particular) and squirrels in the backyard. More on that coming in my Saturday bird-watching post.
  • A surprise hug and “I love you!” from a preschool student yesterday right as they were leaving to go home.
  • Did I mention we had fried okra with our dinner last night? Worth another mention.
  • G getting a new job.  He starts training on Monday!
  • Making a dent in the mess down here (However, I have a long way to go to get it clean and organized)


What are some happy moments from your week? How do you prepare for fall?



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6 thoughts on “Thinking About Fall

    1. Jean Post author

      Feels like fall out there again this morning after we had a surprise thunderstorm roll through. Hope your having a great weekend so far.

    1. Jean Post author

      Indeed. I always think of my fall loving friends when I see signs of the next season 🙂 Hope you are enjoying the weekend in your new home.

  1. Linda

    I wish someone would give me fresh okra! It’s hard to find here. I like it grilled when i cook beef on the George Foreman grill. I cut up okra and it gets a little juice from the meat and cooks up nice, no breading needed.

    1. Jean Post author

      We’ve never tried grilling it. Sounds good. We try almost every year in our garden with no success to grow some. My husband’s grandfather always had it in his garden in Oklahoma (where I found out I loved it for the first time as it never graced our dinner table when I was a kid. My mom disliked it so I don’t think she ever made it).

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