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Sometimes you really luck out when you take a different way home. Bored with my same old commute, I was so lucky to find these winding back roads of our beloved Sunflower State. The first time I got lost, I used my gps. The second time, I just let it roll and I found these awesome tee pee things.


And then when this route became slightly more familiar, but no less spectacular, I decided to make it my permanent commute. There’s even an apple orchard on the way. Not to mention gorgeous golden and green landscapes.

One day, by chance, the farm I had always taken for a corn field (I’m too busy driving to pay attention to everything!!) turned out to be…sunflowers! What a fantastic lovely and sunny ending to my day.

20120807-213452.jpgMy breath got caught in my throat at the stunning sight of ten billion sunflowers. My brakes squealed as I turned around. I called my husband to tell him I’d be a little late. He told me dinner would be ready. Aw. The lovely sight of farmland (and thinking of my darlin, making dinner) never gets old.

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Also on the roadside taking pictures was a sweet Topeka woman who had a nice camera and good wide angle lens. She told me her husband had recently passed away and that these flowers were her favorite. We chatted and had a lot in common. She was as beautiful as the sunniest sunflower. I’m sure her photographs were lovely and I hope she remembers that moment in time as fondly as I do.

Kansas, you sure are special.

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Want to know more about me? Check out my About page for starters and my other adventures: Puerto Rico and The Flint Hills. Recently I got caught up in Tropical Storm Debby, but not without my camera!

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Living in my historic century-old home, I enjoy some of the established gardens around the property for their moss covered rocks and thick lush perennials. Last year, my husband and I built four vegetable gardens. My best “lazy” tip for heirloom tomatoes is to let a few ripen on the vine, fall off, and the re-seed themselves. It’s blissfully simple and has worked well for me for three summers. I do the same for annual heirloom flowers grown from seed! Just don’t let it get messy-looking!

But there are none more darling than my little daisies growing on a north east corner. They get all the morning sun they need for success and delight me when I peek over the porch wall. Being on the NE corner, they may never be big crowd-pleasers but they make me smile and I just love them.