Two years ago, while talking with my dear friend Bonnie, she mentioned that as she had been driving to see a friend who lives in Bel Air, MD several weeks earlier, and she passed by gorgeous fields of sunflowers.
I did make the trip, about half an hour from home, to see these fields of gold, but the flowers had passed their peak by the time she and I had that conversation.
Last September, Lou and I made the trip to Baldwin to see the sunflowers, but the fields were filled with corn. I was very disappointed.
On Monday, I started seeing friends on FB posting photos of fields filled with sunflowers. Justin Berk, a local meteorologist, has been posting photos everyday from followers of his page.
One beautiful, clear morning last week, Lou and I hopped in the car and took a ride to see this truly amazing sight, planted by Clear Meadow Farm at Jarrettsville Pike and Hess Road in Harford County.
The fields are filled with sunflowers for as far as the eye can see. 200 acres of them.
There were quite a few people taking photographs that morning... some with phones, some with cameras and all enjoying the beauty of the day and the flowers.
In the early evening that same day, my daughter Meagan went to take some pictures and said that there were possibly a hundred people there.
I was so very glad to see visitors being respectful of the land and plants.
Sunflowers are a cash crop for the farm and this bit of beauty is being shared with us.
Every day for the last week and a half, I've been wanting to do a blog post. But in the morning I'm running up to the shop to paint orders or to work on new designs. In the evening, after dinner I'm just too tired to think. Any post done then would be like blah blah blah...blah blah...blah blah blah blah.
We have had a mouse in the house (probably more than one) ...and none of them are named Mickey. Found some little shredded piles in the family room and mouse droppings. Had Lou set out some traps but the stinking thing would clean the peanut butter off the trap without setting it off. 3 different types of traps.
We finally put out poison, which I hate to do because of the dog.
She had to be closed in certain areas with baby gates
Stopped finding little mouse gifts in the family room but discovered them under the kitchen sink and on the bathroom floor. I have become the poop spotter. This also made me a crazy lady. Every piece of furniture that is against a wall got pulled out and vacuumed under and behind in case they were nesting where I couldn't see. Haven't seen any sign of the varmints for a couple of days but every morning I'm still running around doing the poop searching boogie!
I am putting cotton balls soaked in peppermint oil anywhere I think they might be getting in and hope, as the weather gets colder, it will keep the critters from coming in.
On a happier note, our darlin' grandson has started kindergarten and he loves it. Lou and I drove out to see him get on the bus his first day.
Walking to the bus stop with his Mom, Dad and sister.
He has a cool turtle backpack.
I can't believe our first grandbaby is going to school.
We have several birthdays in the family this month and Lou celebrated a big one... In honor of his 60th the daughters planned a trip to St. Michaels on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
A misty trip over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
to meet with a few of Lou's favorite people for a cruise on The Patriot and crabcakes for lunch at one of the local restaurants. Unfortunately, Son-in-Law, Chad was called out of town on business and then, on the morning of the birthday celebration, Holly came down with a stomach bug. Because of this, Lou and I made an unscheduled pick up of the grandbabies so they could still be part of Gramp's birthday.
We had never visited the lovely, quaint town of St. Michaels but are planning on going back soon to explore some more.
The Pride of Baltimore IIwas in town.
It was a beautiful day for a boat ride...
The grands enjoyed the ride on The Patriot...
Dylan had the chance to steer the boat and received a sticker to prove it.
Daughter Meagan did an amazing job of pulling this all together. Happy Birthday Old Man!