This past summer, I asked my niece if there was anything special I had to do to grow some sunflowers. I had never tried it before. She said to plant several seeds, and see what came up, then just thin them out so I had them spaced the way I liked. She had raised some at her home and they always looked so pretty (it helps that she is a fantastic gardener, her husband is a farmer, and plants and flowers LOVE her). Well, I planted the seeds, saw them pop up, and remembered to water them occasionally. I had about six come up and even though they were kinda spindly, I enjoyed seeing them. My only disappointment was when I weed-whipped around them and accidently whacked the biggest and nicest one right off.
When Jenna started this blog, I was so glad to see what a pretty picture she had put on it - and SO yellow which is my favorite color.
At Christmas time, I wanted to get Jen a new Willow Tree piece for her collection. I bought her one just like one I already had in my collection - an angel holding a big basket of sunflowers. I had bought my piece this past summer before I knew all this was going to happen. At the time I saw it, for some reason I just had to have it. Not that big of a coincidence, but it's going to be interesting to see how this sunflowers movement is going. :)
Yesterday, I went to get Alec from school, so I was at his house when Jenna got home. We had Alec take a picture of us holding some dried sunflowers and our Willow Tree angels. P.S. When I was holding the sunflowers, Alec came and stood shoulder to shoulder with me and said "We're getting married!" It did kinda look like I was holding one really large wedding bouquet. And yes, he is about the same height as me. And yes, he did shave his sideburns off to the point that he looks like one of those monks or friars from a monastery. But just wait, he will get hairy again! (ie; Jobey Jay, the bare bear)
So I guess my message for the day is SUNFLOWER POWER!
FYI: I bought one of those Potato Express microwave potato cooker bag and by golly, it works! They have been advertising them on TV and I found it in the Sold On TV aisle at Wal-Mart. I could never make good baked potatoes in the oven or microwave. I experimented last night. The medium size potato worked the best, but a large was still pretty decent - just a little aldente, but still good.
NOTE TO MY DAUGHTER: Yes, I broke a few toes, but I did not want to worry you, and frankly, it wasn't that big of a deal. The baby toe and the big toe were spared, so I just wore my Sketchers, and everything was held firmly in place until they healed. There's not much else you can do with broken toes.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL