Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


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Thursday, September 11, 2008

The end of the sunflowers

I didn't get outside as early as I wanted to yesterday so I didn't finish picking up all the branches or take down the sunflowers. Today though is another beautiful sunny cool day so after my morning walk I stayed outside to finish.
All the branches are picked up and I pulled up some of the dead flowers. I left the cone flowers up yet because the birds like the seeds, especially the gold finches. Then I cut down the sunflowers and spread the heads of them around the yard for the birds to pick at the seeds.
This first picture of the sunflowers is what they looked like after the heavy rain we had.
The largest sunflower was 14 inches across when the yard stick
is bent from one edge to the other.
This is my hand on it.
I put these sunflower seeds from the biggest flower aside for James (Mary's grandson) because he loves sunflowers and liked my giant ones that "reach all the way to the clouds."
I will leave these sit out for a day or two and then send them along to James.

What do you see when you look at this trash can lid?
I see a mean face with slits for eyes and a mouth turned down.

This morning I put all the ingredients into my crock pot to make a new recipe called Mexican Meatloaf.

I have a couple of chores to do around the house (dishes and ironing) and then I'm going to go sit out on the front porch. Maybe I'll read or knit - haven't decided yet. Then when Kenny comes home from work, I think some nice cold watermelon for a snack would be just perfect.
Hope your having a happy Thursday!


  1. Oh my god, that is SO BIG! amazing!

  2. Wow! That sunflower is huge!!

    You're right, that trash can lid is not a happy one. :-)

  3. I saw the same face in your lid! Art all around us. Your sunflowers would have won a contest! They remind me of gigantic happy faces.

  4. Wow!! Your sunflowers not only reached the clouds they are giants. James will be so happy to have the seeds. He already has a place designated as his giant garden and knows that spring is "planting time for giants." You are so nice to do this for the little fellow. I'll help him make pics of his "planting place" next spring and summer.

  5. Your sunflowers were HUGE! WOW!
    And I saw that face in the trashcan lid the minute I looked at it. Neat shot!

  6. I absolutely adore your sunflowers!!! Lay them out for the birds or better yet, check out this website for their beautiful sunflower heads in their garland with bird gourds!!!



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