Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sunflower Success

Several times this Spring I planted Sunflower seeds, and I truly believe there were squirrels watching to devour them as soon as I turned my back. None of the seed sprouted! So finally, I planted in a pot on my patio, and this is my first bloom. I was excited to see that there are several more buds forming on the stalk! And though they may be small, they are welcomed :-) 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hue of Blue

A bit of modification...
The flowers were actually yellow. 
The photo was edited in Picmonkey, 
And though it looks artificial, 
I really like the bright color
and the graceful curve of 
this group of blooms.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Got Apples?


     Ever So Easy
      Apple Cake



2 c. sugar
1 c. vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ½ c. self-rising flour
4 medium apples (chopped)

Mix together. 
Scoop into greased bundt pan.
Bake @ 350 for one hour. 

This recipe also makes good muffins,
but I recommend to cut oil to 1/2 cup.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Yellow Shrimp

So many wonderful things happen after a good downpour! 
I'm so thankful for the days of soaking rains.
My husband picked out this Yellow Shrimp Plant several years ago,
and this is the first year it's done anything. So excited!!! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lil' Seed...Big Show

Notice the main stalk of this plant?'s one stalk for all these
bright feathery blooms.

That is one lil' tiny seed that
caused this beauty!
If you look closely at the base
of the biggest bloom
you may see tiny black specks.
Those are seeds!
They will fall and begin the
cycle all over again.
One lil' seed will make one sturdy stalk
(if given proper conditions :-)
and will produce several showy blooms.

That one lil' bitty seed made quite an impact!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Take A Look!

I encourage you, don't get so caught up in the business of daily life that you forget 
to smell the roses...or spot the butterflies...or enjoy the simple pleasures outdoors :-) 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Few Fowl

So it's been almost three weeks
since we went way out in the country
and bought these 7 hens & 2 guineas
and brought them to our backyard.

They are so pretty, peaceful, and real
easy to care for... feed and water them every day, and be sure they're closed 
in each night so the critters (mainly 
possums) won't get to them.

My husband found the idea to build 
this coop of PVC on YouTube, and 
it is light weight enough to move to
fresh grass whenever we decide to.

Our only disappointment in these 
feathered friends is that they haven't 
laid any eggs yet... not one. None!
And we're baffled as to the reason.

They do go under the shed during 
the heat of the day, but if they're 
laying eggs under there we will 
never be able to access them. 

We're still waiting and hoping...

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Where There's A Will There's A Way

It was a tough job...but somebody had to do it! 
He just climbed in the toy box to get to the problem! 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Cheer In Drought

I know we aren't in a drought in every sense of the word, not to the severe level that some have and are experiencing, and at least we can water our gardens. But the grass is getting rather "crisp" here, and daily I'm hoping and praying for rain because I hate to see my plants drooping, wilting, and dying. 

It sure reminds me to be thankful for every colorful bloom I pick! And thankful also that I can trust the Giver of the rain to do what's best. He is faithful.