Category Archives: What’s Going On Wednesday

What’s Going On: A Rainy Week

I think we’re getting a bit of a fall preview around here.  Cool, rainy mornings, steamy afternoons when the sun returns. This morning is more rain. It did cool off over night and is only 75 out there right now.

Ended up with an unexpected day off yesterday. Rain meant my husband also had a day at home. Some rainy days are nice and some lead to cabin fever and bickering. SIGH. At least, I had a chance to clean up the house a bit. That helped my mood some.

I have to work until closing later today and work a full open to closing time kind of day tomorrow. So, I thought I’d get a What’s Going on Wednesday (ha! I know it’s Thursday) post up while I had a chance.

Here’s the yuck pandemic related stuff….

Numbers and COVID-19 Info for Our Area

Cases statewide:   46,750

Total deaths:  1,220

Total Tested*

PCR tested:  660,899 (fancy term for nasal swab testing)

Serology tested:  58,833 (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:  5,428 and 49 deaths

Our local county: 2,957 and 50 deaths

And the number of cases within our zip code:  326

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Not the best news for our area. Let’s focus on some happier things.

Moments of Gratitude From A Rainy Week

Rain holding off enough to still get to go outside with the preschool students. Important thing right there!

Surprise lilies blooming in the backyard 

Watching the activity around the bird feeder

Time to relax and finish my book. If you are looking for a fun summer romance to keep your mind off everything else, Summer at the Castle Cafe by Donna Ashcroft fit the bill for me. Only complaint is it did make me crave a piece of chocolate cake as often as the book mentioned it!

New cleaning supplies arriving on the doorstep. Giving BLUELAND a try. So far, I like them Perhaps I’ll write up a proper review next week. (Note: I just wanted to try them, no sponsored posts around here)

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What small (or big) things are you enjoying this week?

 

What’s Going On Wednesday: Simple, Joy Filled Week

After dreading a week of being stuck in the school office, a scheduling error and I find myself out in the classroom all week after all. A happy way to start my Monday!

Lots of fun, simple joys this week. However, it appears there’s still a pandemic raging so first the yucky stuff.

Numbers and COVID-19 Info for Our Area

Cases statewide:   36,063

Total deaths:  1,159

Total Tested*

PCR tested:  589,460 (fancy term for nasal swab testing)

Serology tested:  55,622 (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:  4,102 and 42 deaths

Our local county: 2,115 and 47 deaths

And the number of cases within our zip code:  275

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Gratitude For Moments of Simple Joy This Week…

At work:

The amazing imagination of these kids. There’s a patch of low ground-cover weeds by the back entrance to one of the classrooms and as we waited to go inside, they discussed what it might be…

On our rainy Monday, it was cilantro. And on another soggy Tuesday, it became seaweed. Made me smile. (Didn’t get a chance to hear what it turned into today)

The gift of an oranges from one of the teachers to the other teachers in the classroom (including me). Smelled so nice and tasted great. A wonderful surprise!

Seeing hummingbirds “in the wild” while on my break. First I spotted one sipping on the trumpet vines at the park. Then, I spotted one on the Zinnias growing near the back entrance.

A chance to shout Helicopter! as loud as possible on the playground when one flew overhead.

At Home

The sound of a summer thunderstorm after a heat advisory weekend.

Sitting on the back deck and watching the backyard birds with the cat (though I did have to run in for mosquito repellent! Yikes, time to search for standing water).

Seeing the sky return to a brilliant blue with fluffy white clouds after two days of rain. (Yes, the heat returned as well. No advisories. Just a typical July 90 degree day)

A box of Bomb pops in the freezer.

J showing me a funny video. (I’ll have to find the link, it involved turn signal use. I may or may not have a problem always using mine. Pleading the 5th.)

G willing to run and pick up dinner (just McDonald’s) after we all had rather hot, long days at work.

Picking out a color for our bedroom remodel.

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What small simple things brought you joy so far this week?

 

 

 

What’s Going On Wednesday: How About A Recipe?

I missed a what’s going on post last week. Super busy week. In a good way. However, I do want to keep up with these posts. Look to the bottom of the post for an easy cucumber salad recipe.

Let’s get the yuck numbers out of the way first. Hoping I’ll still be able to find these numbers. I try not to get political around here but let’s just say I’m super opposed to this new give the numbers to the white house and not the CDC stuff. Maybe they’ll give the numbers to both. I sure hope so.

Numbers and COVID-19 Info for Our Area

Cases statewide:   29,714

Total deaths: 1,102

Total Tested*

PCR tested:  517,947 (fancy term for nasal swab testing)

Serology tested:  51,446 (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:  3,294 and 36 deaths

Our local county: 1,681 and 35 deaths

And the number of cases within our zip code:  228

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Been a fairly regular summer week despite the odd pandemic times. A Monday spent at home. Yesterday and today at work (just a half day today). We’re going to go have cake and ice cream for my nephew’s birthday later (we passed on dinner out).

Had a very “2020” experience with my pink petunias yesterday. I arrived home to find them missing: 

Then, I found them. SIGH. No idea what happened.

Picked them up threw them back in the pot and we’ll see if they make a comeback. Then, I went inside and drowned my sorrows in cold cucumber salad.

Here’s a super easy summer recipe for you. Minimal ingredients and just a bit of marinating time.

Cucumber Salad

My late mother-in-law used to make this. I loved it when she had this on the table. Always ate too many servings. It’s a great summer side. It complimented yesterday’s dinner of fish (from a box, I’m not that fancy) really well.

Did I mention this was super easy? Slice up some cucumbers. Layer with slices of red onion. Don’t skip the onion. It gives the salad some pizzazz and color. Plus cuts down on the sweet.

I don’t like cold onions either. Just eat around them when it’s finished. Once you’ve sliced the cucumbers and layered them with the red onion slices, pour on the marinate. Another easy one. 

Mix one cup of rice vinegar with one cup of sugar. Done. See photo above. You don’t even have to clear off your counters to make it!  (You may need to adjust quantities based on how many cucumbers you slice. I used two in my salad and ended up using 1 1/2 vinegar to 1 1/2 sugar. Make sure the liquid covers the cucumber mix.)

Pour mixture over cucumbers & onions. Seal container and refrigerate. I’d suggest overnight but a few hours should work if you can’t wait. Then, enjoy!

What’s going on in your world this week?

Half Way There (Tomorrow!)

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.

Apparently, not the correct kind of mask to wear in public 😉

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

Total Tested*

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

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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!

Fun And Busy Week

I keep missing the Wednesday part on the What’s Going On Wednesday tags. Oops. Maybe I should drop the day from it?

Before I start on this post, look at my front porch petunias! They are happy this summer.

Dare I even say this week feels almost normal. Not even new normal. Actual, honest to goodness normal. Ah. Happy heart over here. Of course, things aren’t back to normal quite yet. So first the yuck-o news.

Numbers and COVID-19 Info for Our Area

Cases statewide:  19,421

Total deaths:  982

Total Tested*

PCR tested:  341,648 (fancy term for nasal swab testing)

Serology tested:  38,268 (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:  2,162 and 31 deaths

Our local county: 1,074 and 23 deaths

And the number of cases within our zip code:  146

Now that I’ve finished reporting the numbers for our area, let’s move on to the happier stuff. Lots of gratitude this week!

Gratitude List For The Week

  • Getting called into work again! I’m working my fourth day of the week tomorrow. I worked two days in the office, spent today in the classroom (my favorite day), and tomorrow work in both the office and the classroom in the afternoon. If you want to find some joy, go have a conversation with a 3-5 year old.
  • Seeing friends IN PERSON. So nice to catch up and see everyone again. A nice evening spent outside around a friend’s pool. Also, nice to be in a pool for the first time this summer as not too many opportunities for that this year.
  • J got to go to his mini Band music camp. So he saw friends IN PERSON as well. They made it work with the temp checks and moving things around a bit. He said it was fine.
  • For the first time ever, I think, we have an almost red tomato in June! There’s some hope as our tomatoes usually become ready in late September or October.
  • They’ve set up the fireworks tents. Might be different this year but one thing unchanged, it’s still my very favorite holiday. I love the Fourth of July! And fireworks.
  • Spending lots of time outside (one of the benefits of working as preschool teacher I truly missed without realizing it as much).

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I could keep going. I’m stopping instead as lots of fresh air and sunshine results in being actually tired at the end of the day. Early bedtime for me so I can turn around and go to work again tomorrow.

What things are you grateful for this week?

 

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