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What’s Going On Wednesday: Not Much

Well, I’m sure my title makes you want to read this post! However, it’s true. Been a bit of a boring week so far. Boring isn’t bad but it doesn’t leave much to subject matter for writing.

Been feeling a bit down this week.  Not enough sustained sunshine. Spat with my husband on Monday, lingering. Rained on and off all day yesterday. Certainly added to my blah, no energy vibe. New day, right? After another super cloudy start, I’ve seen bits of sunshine. So there is some good news.

And my flowers loved the long drink of water. Blooms coming on my purslane. Kind of kicking myself for not getting it into the ground with everything else over the weekend. And I’ve never had this many lavender blooms! I rarely even get my lavender plants to bloom so I’m a bit excited about this one.

There’s a sunflower coming out of one of the pots to the right of the lavender. Should be two but I accidentally broke the other. However, I’ve got lots of other sunflower seedlings to plant. Here’s the long view of my front porch.

Note I took the picture above last week not this morning. The front porch is a work in progress. Needs a power washing at the very least. And look at those pansies still blooming! Definite proof of our cooler than normal May.

Well, enough about my front porch plants. Let’s get to the state of the virus around here.

Numbers and COVID-19 Info for Our Area

Cases statewide: 12,291

Total deaths: 686

Total Tested*

PCR tested:  160,113 (fancy term for nasal swab testing)

Serology tested: 19,830 (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: 1,071 and 25 deaths

Our local county:  528 and 15 deaths

And the number of cases within our zip code:   51

Kansas City and Jackson county are in the top 10 of total cases. St. Louis remains number one with 4,583 cases.  One thing I’m not terribly clear about is why Kansas City is listed solo. It’s actually within Jackson county. Perhaps a population thing? *UPDATE: Call it pandemic brain maybe. I realized while watching the news this morning (and I knew this) that KC spans two counties, Jackson and Clay. That’s probably why they get their own stats.*

I also read yesterday where the first case of COVID 19 showed up in Missouri earlier than previously stated. February 2. Wonder if the date shall continue to change?

Now, let’s talk about other things shall we?

Random Thoughts and Bits of Gratitude

Bought some more masks. Gray ones, I thought. However, black ones arrived. SIGH. They’re the style I prefer so it’s okay. Did remind me how last week my hairdresser and I were both grateful for the cooler weather thinking of having to wear these in Missouri’s hot and humid summer weather.

We had a nice visit with my sister in law (and nephew though the boys kept to themselves more, typical) on Saturday while celebrating G’s birthday.

Traditional chocolate cake with white icing

Struggling a bit with my word of the year “home”  However, I’m grateful for where I live both in terms of structure and location. I think I’m just a bit overwhelmed with the things I’d like to do versus it no longer being a simple trek to Target to buy storage bins (or anything else).

Thankful we’ve all remained healthy though I am admittedly still a bit ticked off about not being able to find my favorite spray hand sanitizer. The other stuff stinks! And I’ve kept a bottle of Honest Spray Hand sanitizer in my purse long before the global pandemic struck. Just a little “whine” with my gratitude. Where I’d put the cheese and crackers?

Aside from some laundry, I spent most of yesterday reading my book (finished it), watching mindless TV (Legends of Tomorrow, stupid but fun), and playing my video game. Probably need to do some more productive things to help my mood.


Since I became a bit chatty for a week with not much happening, let me just end here so I can turn my attention where it belongs. On the stack of bills sitting to my right. Fun.

How is your week going so far?



What Went On This Week

Realized I missed posting a What’s Going On Wednesday. So I decided to tackle a look back at the week in the form of a Five on Friday instead.

And I also realized I forgot to share my front porch/flower garden in progress pictures on Monday. So I’ll share those as I talk about all the places I went this week. My pictures won’t match my subjects at all. Welcome to my crazy mixed up world.

Yes! Places. Plural. I got out of the house this week. It felt glorious to have places to go. That said, we’re still not back to normal. And I am dearly missing normal. I don’t want a “new normal.” I want regular normal.

Anyway, let’s start with the usual yucky Covid-19 numbers.

Backyard peonies finally bloomed

 One: Numbers and COVID-19 Info for Our Area

Cases statewide:  11,558

Total deaths:   671

Total tested:  172,946

In the Kansas City Area:  967 and 24 deaths

Our local county:  485 and 15 deaths

And the number of cases within our zip code:   47

Worth noting, there are still counties within our state with zero cases. The two biggest cities, KC and Saint Louis have the highest numbers. And the Saint Louis area still has considerably bigger numbers than our area. A link to the map for anyone interested.

Two: End of the School Year and Supply Drop Off/Pick Up

Still need to plant my marigolds in the vegetable garden

My first outing of the week on Monday (unless we count Sunday’s parade viewing, then it’s the second outing) involved going to drop off J’s school books and band tux. Yearbooks were late so I had to return for that today.

And it didn’t involve going into any buildings. I made a paper sign with his name, held it up and drove to each station where I opened my trunk so they could take things out or put thing in it as needed. It worked very efficiently. And I did appreciate that as I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Three: A Little Bit of Normal And a Zoom Meet

I was so happy to finally find one of my favorite summer annual flowers

Purslane graces my garden every summer but the store where I usually buy it went out of business (pre-Covid 19) and I didn’t even remember the name of it until recently. I was so happy to find it last weekend. A little bit of normal when things are not. Another bit of normal was J’s baritone lesson on Monday night. His instructor just gets him and is a happy, enthusiastic person. It was nice to sit and read my book while listening to the lesson again.

Instead of normal bunco on Tuesday night, we had another Zoom meet up. There were only 4 of us this time. And it was an odd mix. I think fewer wanted to bother now that we can “go” and “see” people again? Not sure. Anyway, it was quite odd and I found myself rather down after it. Not anyone’s fault. Just me missing normal stuff.

Four: Haircut Therapy

I read somewhere lemon grass repels mosquitoes so I always try to put some near the front porch

My hair appointment was different. I’ve known my stylist for years following her from shop to shop to the salon she now co-owns. Lots of rules for her to follow with regards to giving haircuts again. I had to text her when I arrived to get the okay to enter, have my temp taken prior to entry, wash my hands upon entry, and wear a mask the whole time (so did she). Not the most relaxing experience but we both did what was necessary.

Still a nice chat while she cut my hair. And I smiled at how she referred to not wanting give me “The Covid.” I felt better after as always.

Five: Target time, Traffic, and a Return to the High School

Pink petunias on the front porch.

Yesterday for the first time since early March, I braved Target. And I was a bit let down to find them out of several things on my list (still?!), full of confusing signs…one way aisles but no arrows? And with only one cashier, very long line. I refuse to wait in line for self-check out. Don’t get me started. Not the experience I anticipated.

My main goal to get G’s birthday cake decor and cards still happened so not a total waste. We celebrated his birthday last night with take-out Chinese food and birthday cake Kit Kat candy bars. His aunt and my nephew plan to come over tomorrow for dinner and official chocolate cake with white icing.

Then, I had to take some tools to my husband at his job and found myself in a bit of traffic. Been awhile. Things may still be weird on the inside but the outside of our city is veering closer to normal every day.

This morning, I returned to the high school and picked up J’s yearbook as well as popped into a local farm supply store to get my starving birds a bit more food.


So as you can see, I spent this week going all the places! And while it wasn’t quite normal, it did feel good to get out and about again. How did you spend your week?





What’s Going On Wednesday: Gratitude and Optimism

This week’s been a bit slow so far. It’s given me time to stop and reflect on how nice we really have it during this time at home.

I’m not sure what my word of the year for 2020 (home) is trying to teach me. That I want to live outside? Not really. I’m an indoor plumbing, electric and hot water, people loving city girl. Not likely to change now. However, I do know it’s time to start seriously applying the lessons from my 2019 word. Gratitude. Not that I’d stopped being grateful but I just don’t think I was quite ready to go there full force in a blog post until today.  First though, let’s look at the numbers for our area. While increasing, I’m grateful for the lower overall numbers when compared to other parts of the country and world. And that they are doing a bit more testing now.

Numbers and COVID-19 Info for Our Area

Cases statewide: 10,142

Total deaths:  542

Total tested (through 5/12/20):  124,006

In the Kansas City Area: 808 and 16 deaths

Our local county:  401 and 15 deaths

And the number of cases within our zip code:  36

Moments of Gratitude So Far This Week

Here are a few lovely moments/thoughts from this week working backward from today:

  • My boys and how they came up with the idea on their own to give me a video game for Mother’s Day. And the time to spend (way too long) playing it this morning. Jeansland is coming along nicely (aka Animal Crossing: New Horizons).
  • My husband. He keeps us supplied with everything we need. I don’t think I’ll complain about hunting season this year (Have you seen the price of meat?!). While I might complain about the junk food purchasing, I do also enjoy the junk.
  • Yesterday. New faces. And a bit of “some things just don’t change”. Truth: I’ve gotten up and pulled myself together (showered, dressed, hair fixed) all but maybe 3-4 days during this entire time. Yesterday was one of the 3-4 day kinds of days. Spent the day in my pajama pants. What? A knock on the door! J’s band directors on the front step dropping off a marching baritone and music for the fall show. Definitely, thankful for teachers who care enough to show up at the front door to say hello and drop off materials.
  • The sweet sound of marching baritone notes. It’s been far too quiet in J’s room.
  • A bit of cold sunshine on Mother’s Day and the Monday after it.
  • My backyard birds, all the flowers springing up and ready to bloom
  • And of course, I don’t want to leave out the one who’s really in charge around here, the little gray cat. She certainly keeps an eye on things.


What little or big things are you appreciating more during these squirrely times? 


What’s Going On Wednesday: Wondering…

When we’ll get to be carefree again? 

What the next few months will look like? And honestly, feeling a bit whiny today. Bored for no reason, I have plenty I could do. Gripe-y. Are we really in “unprecedented times”

Welcome to the complaining rabbit hole wondering of my mind. Really though with all the comparisons to the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, I’m thinking perhaps the much overused word unprecedented is wrong. Wouldn’t historic be the correct term? Unusual. Very unusual. However, we’ve had pandemics before this one. And though I loathe to think it (and one pandemic a lifetime is really enough for me thanks), we’ll have others. Thanks for listening to my mini-lecture.

And now you know why I limit my news coverage of this virus.

Perhaps, I need to get out a bit more. Definitely. Kind of kicking myself for not going to my work yesterday as my boss texted and invited me to join them for fajitas. A teacher appreciation day thing. However, I chose the cautious side and stayed home. Not out of concern for myself so much as the thought I might get someone sick. Now, I’m wondering what the difference 5 days makes. SIGH.

Numbers and COVID-19 Info for Our Area

Statewide seems much worse than our local area. I know they’ve been having a really rough time across the state over in Saint Louis from the beginning of all this. Numbers come from the same sources as last week.

For comparison sake, Saint Louis county across the state has 3,359 cases and 204 deaths.

Cases statewide: 9,102

Total deaths: 396

Total tested (through 5/5/20): 100,747

In the Kansas City Area: 706 and 16 deaths

Our local county: 362 and 13 deaths

And the number of cases within our zip code: 29

What We’re Watching And Listening To Lately

My husband put on some sort of Eagles live music video one night. That was kind of nice.

We’ve watched a few things. Nothing great. Anyone else actually a bit sick of watching TV? That said…I broke down and watched Snowpiercer on Monday. Not exactly a feel good movie. I wanted to watch it because there is some crazy theory out in Internet land that it’s a sequel to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Probably wrong but plausible.

My husband and I also watched the new Amazon Prime series, Upload. We both enjoyed it. And I also enjoyed Tales From The Loop. That one moved a bit too slow for my husband but I found it enjoyable. Just your basic not too scary science fiction stuff.

Random Thoughts And Tidbits From This Week

Baking again…

peanut butter cookies

Made some basic *can’t mess them up* peanut butter cookies on Monday afternoon. Or maybe Sunday night. It’s an old Southern Living recipe that takes no flour. 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla (technically, you could leave out the vanilla but I wouldn’t as it gives it a little extra something). Drop by rounded teaspoons on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes. (It’s a judgement thing here. They do take a little longer than the standard 9-11 minutes). Not the prettiest picture but they are that perfect pairing of crunchy edges and chewy middles.

J did some school work yesterday. Finally.

A kind neighbor shared some ground beef with us as payback (not even needed) for an earlier turn on our part of picking up some toilet paper for them at the store.

Today started out looking nice but it’s back to gloomy. Not helping my motivation.

Been a slow week really. Does that even make sense to say when we aren’t doing our normal things?





What’s Going On Wednesday: A Bit Of Baking

Feeling a bit grouchy this morning. I’m pondering if we’re going to need a new home improvement project after all this ends. The project where we widen the doors so I can fit through them. SIGH.

As if we I’ve not been eating enough, I did a bit of baking yesterday afternoon and this morning.

More on my baking “adventures” in a moment. First, let’s look at the virus numbers…

Numbers and COVID-19 Info for our area

Found some info from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Total cases statewide: 7,303

Total deaths: 314

Something I’ve not seen before on other sites, total tested: (approx): 77,037

And moving the numbers closer to home… cases for Kansas City: 508/16 deaths

Our local county: 309/9 deaths

Then, switching maps to zero in our local zip code: 22 cases (a glimmer of hope here since that number hasn’t changed from last Friday and I noticed the same thing with zip codes near us)

What We’re Listening To And Watching Lately

I listened to video hits of the 80’s one day. Enjoyed that. Working my way through the Swedish films corresponding to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo book series.

And I watched the season finale of Prodigal Son on Monday evening. WOW. I think I had my mouth hanging open for about 3-4 minutes after the final scene. They better renew it! If you’re looking for a good murder/mystery type show that ties up each time yet also has an overreaching plot, it’s on Hulu.

Random Thoughts And Tidbits From This Week

Baking disaster anyone?

Wondering what that mess pictured above is supposed to be? Monkey bread. It’s supposed to be monkey bread. I was using up some frozen biscuits from Christmas (my husband didn’t like them so they’d been lingering in the freezer).  Sometimes, I make beautiful brunch spreads and sometimes, breakfast looks like this mess:

Clearly, we should’ve stuck with cereal this morning. At least the coffee was decent and the cookies made yesterday afternoon were a hit. 

The cookies disappeared before I could take a photo! They made good use of some leftover sour cream set to expire on Cuarto de Mayo (of all days). Sour cream softies were one of my late father’s favorites and I always remember my mom making them at Christmas time.

Changing gears…

Whiteman Air Force Base did a flyover to salute our health care workers and J watched it with me from the front porch. We were lucky enough to be in the flight path.

Finally, our area is still under stay at home orders until May 15. Other areas near us plan to open up on May 4 (the state’s official date). No idea how it will work.

G thinks it’s all much too soon and has a bit of anxiety about it. I think we all have a bit of that anxiety though I’m certainly ready to be able to go somewhere other than the grocery store!

How are you coping with the uncertainties this week? Is your area opening back up anytime soon?


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