Magic Just Around the Bend

Have almost made it a week back to work after being down two weeks from my illness cyclic vomiting syndrome. It feels so good to be back to work and among the land of the living. Not only has everyone been so nice and understanding, but after laying in bed thinking I was dying for so long, it feels good to just have a routine again. Now that it’s the start of school, it’s great to get a fresh start in a way.

This weekend we have so much going on in our little town of Excelsior Springs. On Friday and Saturday, there will be the annual Barbecue Fly-In on the River. Then on Sunday and Monday, we will be celebrating being in the Path of Totality for the Solar Eclipse by having a festival in our downtown! There are projected to be thousands that will descend upon us to see over 2 minutes worth of the great shadow that will be cast upon us here in the valley of vitality!

Now that the teachers have returned, things are starting to pick up with the foundation. The next event coming up is Homecoming and I’m really wanting to do something different to connect with our alums. We have lost some real legends here in Excelsior this year and I think it would be nice to have some kind of a memorial service. I thought about letting live butterflies free, but it seems to inhumane, plus, I don’t think it’s the right time of year. We could maybe let balloons go, but don’t want to do anything to hurt the environment. Anyway, it’s a work in progress.

It’s hard to believe that next week is the end of the month. I’ve got to get together a proposal to go to a county-wide mental health board to seek funding for a qualified mental health professional to be hired for our school district. Mental health is becoming more and more of a prevalent issue in our society, however, funding for mental health services has dropped off. There aren’t enough resources to meet the needs of the people and when it comes to our children, that is unacceptable. Earlier in the month a children’s mental health tax was passed and the commission is currently being formed. This is a blessing to our county to have this resource. Our children are worth investing in.

Another project that I’ve been working on locally is a state funded program called Project Homeless Connect. A one-day event, Project Homeless Connect will offer direct resources for those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in our area. The goal is to get housing for all of those who come for help. With housing being limited in our area, that might mean that they get on a list for housing, but a plan will be put in place for all that come without shelter. There will also be services such as obtaining an id, getting a haircut, taking a shower, getting signed up for qualified programs to help with assistance, having a hot meal thanks to our local hospital, putting together a resume, picking out professional clothes to interview in, and getting a family picture. A local church will be providing childcare throughout the day. This event will provide us with the information that we need in order to establish a program to help the homeless and needy here in our area long-term.

Urban Farming 

My husband has a variety of different plants and flowers around the house. A few years ago he built raised beds for the backyard and for the past couple of years he’s grown tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, carrots, pumpkins, and various herbs. He also has gooseberries, raspberries, and blackberries planted. Tonight we harvested some of the blackberries from the trellis in the front yard. 

The vines aren’t producing as much as they have in the past for some reason. New chutes have sprouted, though, so hopefully future years will be more bountiful! 

Mackenzie likes to get in on the gathering action! 

Berry picker 

Blackberry vine 

I spent most of the day cleaning the house, trying to catch up from a busy week that gave me no time for my chores. This evening we ran to Liberty to go to the bank and hit up Planet Sub for dinner! 

The Crepe Myrtle is in full bloom on the front porch! 

Jason made a new Spider-Man sticker for himself and put it on his phone. 

Enjoyed this morning’s meeting with the Excelsior Springs Business Women. Our discussion stemmed around an article pointing out that in interviews, the focus for men is the return on investment that can be offered to the company, while for women being interviewed, the questions focus on the perceived risk she will be to the company. 

While women account for 40 percent of founders of US companies, they only get 2 percent of the nation’s venture capital investments. 
Our organization is working to give support to women in business and helping them to emphasize the growth potential they can bring a company with confidence.

My morning quote – 

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

A Day in the Life 

Each morning I have made it part of my routine for the last few months to share a photo I’ve taken of some flowers with an inspirational quote of some kind. I’ve had many people comment to me that they look forward to it each day, which keeps me flower hunting. This morning my quote was: “You cannot change people, you can only love them.”

My husband made it big at the plant sale today at Westlake Hardware! I saw them looking and stopped by for a bit to have a gaze myself. And while I was there, I did more flower picture hunting!

The 2nd annual city-wide garage sale is coming up this weekend! I was so excited to see the map come out in the Town & Country tonight! There are 69 homes participating this year! That’s exciting!

Thanks to the City of Excelsior Springs for paying for the ad space for the community! Good luck in finding great deals everyone!

I went to visit my grandma this evening and take her some jello cake from my birthday. I couldn’t resist in taking a picture of the foyer in her beautiful and historic apartment building downtown, The Oaks.

This evening on the boulevard was filled with noise as church at the Church of Christ let out across the street. After there are always sounds of children’s laughter and yelling as they play. I enjoy it.