Sunday, September 9, 2012
It has been a long summer -- long and dry. Very dry. My plants and my lawn have suffered. But this week there was a change.

The mornings are feeling cooler and the days not quite so hot. I for one am grateful. 
No air conditioning running makes it quieter. Out on the porch with a book for long stretches and best of all my walk/run is very pleasant. 
In all the heat, the bright spot in my yard has been the sunflowers. They were planted after the trees were removed. It never seemed to be too  hot or too dry for them. 
My son is engaged to marry a sweet young woman who has 2 wonderful little boys -- seems I have been blessed with 3 grandsons this year. The oldest just started 1st grade. He ended up spending a day with me earlier this summer. BORING -- my activities have little attraction for a 6 year old boy, lol. Then I remembered that I needed to get those sunflowers planted. He tore open all the packets and mixed them up in a bowl and then he dug the trench for me. Didn't quite know what I was going to end up with -- had I done it myself I would have fussed over the tall varieties going in the back and the shorter ones in front. Nope, they all went in 6 year old boy style and what a delightful sunflower garden it has been. You should see how proud he is of his sunflowers too.

Gigi and her boys!

Next year we are going to plant a pole bean teepee just like I did with my kids when they were youngsters. He is already looking forward to it (ME too)!

Posting today at Elaine's Sunny Simple Sunday.


  1. Vintage Gal said...:

    Elaine ~ sounds like you have a budding gardner on your hands. Bravo for introducing him to the wonderful world of gardening. The sunflowers are just beautiful ~ have a blessed Sunday ;-)

  1. Terra said...:

    Yes, those bean pole teepees are fabulous for kids and their adults, I mention how to create one in my new book (Scrapbook of Motherhood Firsts). I especially like the sunflower in that first photo and of course the cute boys.

  1. Oh, this is so sweet! My kids loved to work in the garden with me, too! How lucky you are to have three wonderful additions to your family!

    Our weather is finally cool and I am loving it! :)


  1. Gail, that is just so sweet! I love having young ones around to teach me a thing or two :-) We had horrific weather yesterday, and I thought for sure my tall sunflowers would all be laying on the ground with the strong winds and rain. But today, they are standing tall, the sun it out, and they are making me smile once again.

  1. sarita said...:

    Congrats on the new DIL nfd adding two more boys to your family. Little kiddos love to help! I babysit my two boy grands. They will even pick up of dog poo as long as they get to wear gloves and use a scoop! They love to be useful.dont we all? My grands have helped me paint,vacuum ,cook,hose driveway, and are never bored. The youngest just brought an empty cereal box because I saw online an idea for them to open the Box flt and color on it! One thing new I fun! Your sunflowers are so pretty
    Take care

  1. Danielle said...:

    Oh I wish I had been able to grow sunflowers this year...the birds ate every last one!!! Beautiful photos and the idea of sitting outside and reading is lovely...still a bit too hot here for that except early morning..but looking forward to it.

  1. Mary Ann said...:

    Your sunflowers are gorgeous, and I love the red one... my reds did not bloom this year.

  1. Debra said...:

    This are stunning! Especially the red! They probably did so well because little boy ENERGY went in with the seeds :)

  1. Pam said...:

    I planted Giant Sunflowers this year and they ended up being 6 inches tall. I'm thinking there was a mistake at the plant seed company. Your boys are so darn cute.

  1. Shug said...:

    I just told my husband that I want to plant sunflowers next year! These are gorgeous! sounds like planting them was lots of fun...always great to have little helpers.

  1. Honey at 2805 said...:

    Adore your gorgeous sunflowers!

  1. Jeanne said...:

    Your sunflowers really brightened up my day...a rare overcast drizzly day in Florida. Loved them!! Saw you at Sunny Simple Life! Happy Sunday!

  1. kitty said...:

    Isn't that the cutest story??!! I love the pic with you and your three boys! I'll bet the six year old was soooo proud of those happy flowers!!

  1. Sounds like exciting times for your family Gail-congrats! Beautiful sunflowers! We had our first touch of cooler non-humid weather today... Very nice:@)

  1. Adorable boys and beautiful sunflowers.

  1. rootsong said...:

    Such pretty photos!
    I look forward very much to grandchildren some day. :)

  1. Teresa said...:

    I miss my sunflowers this year. The birds enjoy them before I can pick them . Your grandson looks like my grandson. Age 8 now. Being silly for pics. What fun. Hard to get a serous pic tho.

  1. Olive Cooper said...:

    You and your boys look mighty fine on the porch. The sunflowers are lovely and never ever fail to delight me. Thanks so much for your comment. I am catching up when I can. Hugs, Olive

  1. The sunflowers are gorgeous! Sometimes it takes a child to help us see and experience things from a different perspective. :-)

  1. Debbie said...:

    What a wonderful blog! I found you through my daughter Stephanie, who also has a blog "theenchantingrose". I will enjoy your low carb living, and put it to great use. I look forward to visiting you again soon.
    May the Lord bless you dear sister in Christ.

  1. Hi Gail I just found your blog which I had been following way back but I lost your info. found you this morning on my older comments. Sounds like you have been through alot of changes. May this Fall restore some strength and a new beginning for you. Missed reading your Blog. Blessings, Roxy I will be checking on you:)

  1. Christie said...:

    Just popped over to say hello and these sunflowers and photos make me smile! So pretty! Christie at TPL

  1. You've been awol for a while... Everything Ok?

  1. Lynnie S said...:

    Hey, just a note to say I miss you. Praying all is well with you and yours. I hope you are enjoying the cooler fall days. Hoping to hear from you soon.

  1. Gail, your sunflowers look too perfect to be real! So happy you are getting relief from the heat of the summer!
    I am making your breakfast buttons tomorrow. I am on a low carb diet too and have lost 40 pounds!
    You are a great inspiration!

  1. Annmarie Pipa said...:

    my first grandchild is due April28...
    wishing you beautiful fall weather now..

  1. Barbara said...:

    Hi, I just love this time of year, and love your blog too, sorry I have not been around much, trying to get back into the swing of blogging again, and visiting all my favorite blogs too. Have a great Saturday, and such a beautiful fall day here in Georgia. Hugs my friend.

  1. Gail, I've missed your posts lately. Hope all's well and that you're having a wonderful Fall!

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