Archive for August, 2018

Summer 2018

A glimpse of my summer through the lens of my camera.

Onions that went to seed.

Sunset

Day Lilies

Fresh blackberries from my garden.

Queen Anne’s Lace (Wildflower)

Just chillin’ on a hot day. It is called bearding.

Hundreds of humming, buzzing bees sitting on their porch!

Evening Primrose

A frequent visitor to my bird feeder.

I love when my hostas bloom.

 

 

Rose of Sharon

Baby wrens.

Buzzard in a dead tree. Settling in for the night.

Wild turkeys

Storm Clouds

Huge mushroom from all the wet weather.

Wild Canadian geese grazing in the pasture.

Sunflower

Homemade rolls almost ready to bake.

Coral Star peaches from the Shenandoah Valley.

Full moon

 

“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth.

You have set your glory above the heavens.

Psalms 8:1

 

It Was My Bald Spot

A bald spot on a man can look very dignified and stylish, but for a woman, it is a cosmetic nightmare! As I kept tabs on the thinning spot on the back of my head, I decided it was time to take action and try something, anything!

My friend, google, guided me to numerous web sites and after reading the information, I decided on Keranique.com. It proclaims itself as the hair regrowth system for women with thicker, longer, stronger and healthier hair. And, it is clinical proven! After looking at pictures, reading testimonials and seeing the claim that 1,000,000 women have been helped, I decided to give it a try. After all, what did I have to lose except more hair.

The products are rather pricey, but if I had gone to a doctor and gotten a prescription, that would have also been expensive also. With anticipation, I ordered the kit; Scalp Stimulating Shampoo,  Volumizing Keratin Conditioner, Hair Regrowth Treatment, Lift and Repair Treatment Spray along with their super duper vitamins for hair regrowth.

I have been using it since January 2017 (1-1/2 years) and the results are very noticeable, I am very pleased. I don’t have the luscious, silky, flowing hair of the women on the ad, I never have. I admit I have always been a tad bit jealous of women with thick hair but for me the results are a huge improvement. My hair is still thin, but there is no longer a bald spot.

Now, I just look at another bald spot that I don’t have to have a mirror to see it. Shhhh, I took this picture while he was sleeping. I think he ought to start using my magic potion, it might even make him feel younger! What do you think?

Sunflowers

I’m not sure there is anything as striking and colorful as a field of sunflowers. The tall stately plants seem to smile in delight.   Whenever I see a field I just have to stop and take a picture.

In the early stages, the heads turn to face the sun. As the heads mature and they get heavy with seed, the heads droop downward.  Deer can be hard on a field, especially in the early stages, as they love the tender shoots when they first come up. Bees are very attracted to the flowering stage and birds flock in as the seeds mature.  In almost every field of sunflowers unless you spray them, you will find a tangled web of Morning Glories winding around the stalks. The heads are left on the stalk until the are fully ripen and brown.

There are three kinds of sunflowers; decorative, black oil and striped. The decorative are smaller stalks with very small heads and are for looks rather than seed. The striped seeds have huge heads and the seeds are used mostly for human consumption as they have a larger nut, however, they are used in some bird seed mixes as well. But the favorite of our songbird friends is the black oil seed. The seed is smaller and rich in oil.

Sunflowers are known for their beauty and food source, not as a fragrant flower.

The following website, https://www.almanac.com/plant/sunflowers, states the following interesting facts about sunflowers……..

“Sunflowers are one of the most important oil crops in the world, and are a valuable food source in many countries. Just one ounce of sunflower seeds contains about 6 grams of protein and 14 grams of oils. The fats are almost entirely unsaturated with 9 grams of polyunsaturated and 3 grams of monounsaturated fats per ounce (NSA). The oil is high in linoleic acid and is a good source of vitamin E.”

In western Powhatan County at the corner of Route 13 and Ballsville Rd there is a field of sunflowers that a lady has been planting for quite a few years just for her and our enjoyment!  People stop to take pictures and enjoy the beauty. The word on the street is that she wants us to take a bouquet along home.

Thank-you Georgianne Matthews.

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