Category Archives: What’s Going On Wednesday

Just Checking In

Mostly just a quick post today. I go into work in just a bit and then, I’ll be working every day (minus the weekends, of course) until Christmas Eve. I was off the first three days of this week but can’t even tell you what I was doing, maybe Christmas shopping? A little. Cleaning? A very little bit. Cooking? I did make one batch of *okay* Christmas cookies. Picking up the camera? Not really. Shoulda/Woulda/Coulda kind of week I suppose. So no pictures for this post.

No snow for us either. Been a bit chilly but no ice/rain/snow or sleet. Just cloudy and blah though the sun is out today.

A Tiny Tip Since It’s Thursday

I’m the use the whole roll of tape almost just to wrap a gift type of person. So no surprise when I ran out of tape this week. If you need to buy scotch tape, don’t pick up the single roll by the wrapping paper (if say you’re in Walgreens because it’s the closest place to you and you’re in a hurry). Go back into the office supply section and get the 3 rolls packaged together, better price and not as crowded.

Other Random Stuff

Wrote a post over on Chit Chat With Jean. Plan to switch over there on Jan 1. It’s still a work in progress at this point. Looking for a good word press tutorial site if anyone has recommendations?

The cookies I made were mint surprise cookies. Started out thinking I’d use a recipe in an old Southern Living Christmas cook book but the recipe looked off to me. Ever heard of a cookie recipe that didn’t call for eggs or baking soda or baking powder? Wasn’t quite brave enough to try it so switched over and used this recipe  from Mr. Food instead.

Staying on the food theme, I also winged it with some homemade minestrone soup one night using this recipe as a guide. A surprising hit with my picky crew!

Better go get ready for work now. It’s candy cane/wear red & white day. No idea what to do with that one.

What’s been going on in your world this week?

Happy Homemaker…Wait It’s Wednesday?

Late last week and again this week. It’s been a week and we’re only halfway there. Monday started off rough, I worked yesterday, and today I’m taking a minute to do this post. And breathe. However, I do have to go in and work half a day this afternoon.

Still linking up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. Lucky for me, she keeps the link open longer for us slow pokes.

Let’s get to the categories.

The Weather

Super nice although we need rain. Yesterday was in the low 60’s with light wind. Today is supposed to hit the 70’s with high winds (Red flag advisory around here). Not many leaves left on the trees.

On The Breakfast Plate

A bit of a bigger breakfast this morning. A peppermint flavored Chobani Flip yogurt (I know it sounds yucky but it’s actually pretty good) and a cranberry flavored English muffin. Plus coffee and vitamins.

As I Look Outside My Window

Back door view.  Added another bird feeder.

As I Look Around The House

It’s a mess but shouldn’t take too long to clean. Not that I’m going to do that today.

What I’m Wearing Today

Work t-shirt and another pair of elephant pants.

On My To Do List

  1. Clean the house
  2. Finish the laundry
  3. Plan for Thanksgiving
  4. Pay bills
  5. Grocery store/Target (maybe)

On My Reading Pile

Just finished reading The Little Christmas Teashop of Second Chances by Donna Ashcroft. Enjoyed it enough I was sad to finish it up this morning. And also sad that it appears to be the last of her books offered through my Kindle Unlimited. Maybe I’ll spend the money to read the last two of her works offered on the kindle app. (And yes, I already checked the library, no luck.)

On My TV

Watched just a few things last week/over the weekend.  The Masked Singer. Mad I didn’t correctly guess the last reveal. I should have known! Binge watched the last season of The Good Place. Happy with the series finale, they did a good job of it. Then, I watched a silly movie: The Man Who Killed Hitler, and then The Bigfoot. Sam Elliot. No words, it’s a weird one but engaging. And lastly, I started watching season 7 of The Holiday Baking Championship.

On The Menu This Week

Well, it’s already Wednesday so I suppose that makes planning the menu a bit easier. Maybe.

MONDAY: We had roast in the crock pot. *J had a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Leftovers. J ate leftover taco stuff from Sunday, everyone else had BBQ. *I worked 7:45-4:15*

WEDNESDAY: Kind of hoping my husband cooks. Hamburgers? Might be a frozen pizza night. *I work 1-5*

THURSDAY: Chicken strips?

FRIDAY: What ever we do tonight, we’ll do the other choice on Friday. *I work 8:30-5:30*

Something Fun To Share

I got nothing. Here’s a candle that I think I see a heart shape in the wax. Do you see it?

From The Camera

A few mums are hanging in there and continuing to bloom.

On My Prayer List

Friends, family, strangers. For a wave of kindness and consideration to sweep our nation and the entire world. An end to this horrible virus and return to normality. Special request for J as he’s dealing with so much anxiety regarding school lately. So hard to watch kids struggle. Even harder when they’re your own.

Quote For The Week

The best way out is always through. (Robert Frost)

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How’s your week going so far?

 

 

 

What’s Going On Wednesday: A Change Of Scenery

I wanted to practice with my camera this morning.  I craved being near water. Maybe because it’s been so dry lately? Who knows.

The park I drive through on the way to work has a lake. However, I was sick of going to the same old parks.  Decided to venture out to Blue Springs Lake/ Lake Jacomo. I ended up just walking on one trail. The Lake Vista Trail. While a nice little walk, the trail name is a bit misleading.

The photo above I took from the top of the hill at the start of the trail. As I got further down, there were lots of wildflowers to enjoy. This thistle caught my eye.

And I could still see the lake.

I was slightly worried about snakes although it was a paved/gravel trail. Still, I decided to continue on for a bit around the bend.

My lake views disappeared as there were so many trees but I still enjoyed the peaceful walk. I was the only one on the trail early this morning. Saw lots of spider webs in the trees.

Heard lots of chickadees and bluejays further up in the forest. Never caught a bird on camera. Just a left behind feather on the hike back toward the car. Why is the way out always uphill?

Is it a metaphor for this year?

 

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)

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

 

 

What’s Going On: Slow Week Going Fast

I’m not working this week as I’ve had to run J back and forth to band camp. However, for a slow week, it’s going fast. Can’t believe it’s already Thursday.

My plan to post every day this week fell a bit short missing yesterday. I gave myself a bit of a lazy day and then, G descended on the desktop down here about the time I thought to post.  Apparently, some new game plays better on my ancient computer than the laptop.

I’m going to grump a bit before I share the yuck pandemic numbers. Know I’m not alone but I’m so tired of this pandemic!  Want to go on a vacation. A normal, not worrying about masks and virus #’s vacation. I miss being able to just pick up and run to a store when I need something. And random hello’s to strangers on a trail instead of quickly pulling up my mask.  And so sick of reading that if I so much as sneeze, I might have this deadly virus. Actually, I think sneezing might be the one symptom the article (in the NY Times) didn’t mention.

So, let’s see if our numbers for the area are any better this week (hint: probably not):

Numbers and COVID-19 Info for Our Area

Cases statewide:   55,321

Total deaths:  1,272

Total Tested*

PCR tested: 730,574 (fancy term for nasal swab testing)

Serology tested:  60,779 (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:   6,268 and 57 deaths (not sure what’s going on in St. Louis but their numbers are a lot higher, 13,785 and 648 deaths!)

Our local county: 3,713 and 51 deaths

And the number of cases within our zip code:   379

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Done with my griping and the yuck numbers, so now here are some…

Peaceful, Happy Moments From My Week

At A Nature Center

I managed to get outside with my camera on Tuesday, going on a quick visit to a nature center before I had to return home and take J to band camp. They set out a bunch of hummingbird feeders each summer.

There were lots of hummingbirds zipping around the area.

However, I kept getting distracted by other things like this dragonfly.

And seeing my first monarch butterflies of the season!

I wanted to go on this trail but I stuck to the paved one I knew because of time constraints.

And At Home

Returning home, I also spent time outside with my camera. Different kind of dragonfly loves to hang out at our house. And I noticed our hummingbirds, like these flowers. They (the flowers, not the hummingbirds, never smelled a hummingbird, ha!) smell wonderful as well.

And speaking of flowers, the pink petunias took another tumble off the front porch. Can’t figure out what is doing that. However, I’m in shock to still have pansies blooming in August! And speaking of odd things, have you ever heard of orange cherry tomatoes?

They’re very tangy. Start off kind of sweet and then kind of have a bite.

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Time to end this post and go make sure J is indeed awake. Perhaps our breakfast shall include some orange cherry tomatoes. What moments of peace and happiness have you found in your week?

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