Life Happens

It has been so long since I have sat to blog. But as they say “Life Happens.”

March, April and May brought a variety of things that life brings– family connections, travel, laughter, death, illness, sadness, joy, upheaval, and well just a feeling for many weeks that things were out of my control.

I guess deep down I know things are out of my control. I know there is a higher power, that I choose to call God, that is in control of my life. I also know I have choices and so do others. And sometimes choices and simply life brings a feeling of being out of control.

I am back home now after several weeks of coming and going. The peace here at home is welcome and refreshing. I also acknowledge that doesn’t make everything simply “go away.”

But it does mean I am trying to get back on schedule, look forward and regain some control on those things that are within it.

With that being said, I am happy to be back blogging. I have some yummy food blogs to share, a little day trip to share, a special gift that I received to share, and of course my green babies and gardening happenings!

So hang with me as I get back into it. I have missed you and we will chat again soon.

Until then smell the flowers along the way.

Sunflowers in South Georgia







Happy Unleashing life today!


Sunflower Bird Feeders

fenceWe had beautiful sunflowers in our garden this year thanks to our daughter.  When she got married last spring she gave everyone sunflower seeds.  Her showers, rehearsal dinner and wedding were are themed with them so it was so great to take some with us.  They made me smile all summer.  Some were so huge, I could not even see their blooms except from afar.  As summer began to wind down, they did also and slumped in submission.

A couple of weeks ago I saw a great idea on using the sunflower heads for bird feeders.  Unfortunately I cannot recall where I saw it– a blog I read, a blog shared on the blog hop, Pinterest, Facebook…. I don’t know.  BUT I remembered the idea of them and set out today to make them.  IF this is your idea, PLEASE claim it and let me know.  I thank you for such a great idea!!!!  

Here we go!

First I clipped off the flowers and left about a foot of the stem.  If you look close you can see the sunflower seeds.  I buy bags of these for my little birdies that I feed, so I am so excited to give them these.

I lined them up and then I gathered them together with a tie wrap.  I just get these at the hardware store or home improvement store.  They hold permanently together, and I use them for everything!


preptie wrap

 I added some hemp and left it long enough to use to hang my feeders.  I added ribbon then to some of them.  Just a bow.

tie together


Then I hung them all over the place!  Aren’t they awesome?

bartlett pear Birdfeeders fence2 pine tree trees











That was so much more fun than opening a bag of sunflower seeds and feeding the birdies.  I think they will feel special and like they have a gourmet meal now.  What do you think?  What are you doing with things from your garden that are loosing a little of their liveliness to keep them giving you pleasure?

Happy Unleashing!