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Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Favorite Word

Cindy has tasked us with posting about our favorite word. Well crikey! This is hard stuff. A favorite word. Words have been rolling around in my head all week like rough pebbles. Giving me a headache in fact. I started to choose this obscure English term I always enjoy rolling on my tongue but that would be pretentious.

I pick sunflower. A combination of two great words. The sun warms and brightens us and flowers cheer and color our world. Plus I have pictures! I think of sunflowers as country flowers. Generally they are tall and found on farms. The seeds are used for many purposes. One use I like is to feed birds. We feed birds at the yellow house and it is a labor of love.

Joe grew sunflowers this summer. On the little hill at the yellow house. He planted them late and then the volcanic heat arrived, We did not know if they would survive. They did. They are not large but for a first effort we are mighty pleased. The bees certainly seem to appreciate them.

The Word Sunflower Makes Me Smile. How about you?

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Joe’s sunflower’s do illustrate why I love this word as I do. What word do you like or love.? Join the link party at Cindy’s blog I Owe It All To Him and tell us all about it. Thanks bunches Cindy for this inventive party.

grace surrounds us



  1. Oh my gosh, Olive,
    I LOVE your word AND your pics!!! SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! I got so excited about the link party that I forgot to post my own word, so it's on there

    Also, I've got an announcement you may want to see on my Whimsical Musings blog--just posted it an hour ago!

    BEAUTIFUL post of yours!!!
    It spreads such sunshine and joy!

  2. Well, you sure did a wonderful job of sharing your word!!! And being a nurse, I know that you must be the "sunflower" in many people's lives on a daily basis!

  3. Olive- this is just lovely.
    I feel relaxed just reading it, and I agree- sunflower is a wonderful word.

    White Spray Paint

  4. What gorgeous images! Love those bees! :-)

    Have a wonderful Friday!

  5. Love sunflowers too! Great shots, I can't get a close up of the bees like that-sure have tried!

  6. The sunflowers are beautiful. Sunflowers seem to brighten a day even if your day might be dreary. This is my first link party to participate in and I look forward to getting to know everyone better.

  7. Ah yes, this was a hard assignment! I love sunflowers--they ones we have planted in the past had heads that were too heavy. You have beautiful pictures here!

  8. Wonderful sunflower pix, Olive. Your word has a happy, bright and cheery sound.

  9. Your "word" is such a happy one! The pics to go with it are wonderful! LOVE the bees.

  10. When my children were small, we always planted sunflower seeds every year and they made a pretty sight. Then we'd leave the heads for the birds to pick the seeds.
    A lovely word Olive. xx

  11. When my children were small, we planted sunflowers every year and they made a pretty sight. Then we left the heads for the birds to feed on the seeds.
    A lovely word Olive. xx

  12. I have a fascination with will be really hard for me to pick just one! You did a great job, sunflower is a pretty, happy word!!!!

  13. Gorgeous Photos Olive!! The sunflowers are beautiful, I love that your husband planted them!!!

    xoxo Nancy

  14. I agree!!!!
    they make me smile!!!!

  15. I so Love sunflowers...They always make me smile...Just like your pictures of them!
    My word has also to do with an flower......

    Have an great weekend

  16. Olive, how clever you are to use a word that you can break down into two wonderful things. I love sunflowers, and your photos of them are beautiful. laurie

  17. I olive, Thanks for stopping by. I like the flowers in your garden. I see the bees sure do like that one flower. Have a great Saturday....Julian

  18. I love your sunflowers Olive! What a wonderful word! You can't help but smile and be happy - your pictures are beauitful - and the best part is that your sweetheart planted those lovely gems! Thank you so much for sharing!
    <>< Concetta

  19. Hi Olive,

    The sunflower pictures are amazing and I really enjoyed your sharing about them. Thank you for reminding me too that the seeds are used to feed the birds...God is so good.

    I'm an Oblate of St. Benedict (meaning basically I try to follow the RULE...towards God) and the first time I went to Conception Abbey, MO, I purchased a huge loaf of Sunflower Bread that was amazing good & healthy both. I believed the Monks baked it and learned later it was the Kitchen crew.

    Sunflowers are common in Kansas where I live...thier seeds blow everwhere! People think I'm probably odd because sometimes I will stop on the country road and pick them and other wild flowers to savor a little while on my kitchen table. I have to watch for the ants who like them as much as me.

    Don't you love the way sunflowers seem to smile? I see the happy face, even though it's not really visable.

    God bless you with a wonderful Saturday!

  20. Dear Olive,
    First of all, I must apologise for not coming over to see you much lately. After going to my sisters for a week, I have got so behind that I can't seem to catch up !!!! We are off to Italy in a couple of weeks, so I shall be catching up all over again !! You have been so lovely, coming over to mine on such a regular basis that I feel terrible. I seem to have more and more blogs on my sidebar and can't seem to get around to everyone !! I shall try to do better after my holiday. Thank you so much for all of your support. I really do love your comments and appreciate them.
    Sunflowers are so lovely aren't they ? They make me happy and when I see a whole fiels of them in France, it's an amazing sight.
    Enjoy the weekend, Olive. XXXX

  21. I love way too
    many words to
    pick just one;
    but yours is
    certainly so
    fitting for YOU!
    You are like
    sunshine, yourself : )
    Fantastic pics,
    especially of the
    bees ~ WOW!
    xx Suzanne

  22. Olive:

    I love your photos! Sunflowers is a lovely word - indeed it makes me smile.

    Thank you for your visit and comments!


  23. I just kept thinking about how sunflowers fit you so much!!!!

  24. Such cheerful and hardy flowers they are too!

  25. My favorite flower. Beautiful photos. Thanks for reminding me...I have a pack of seed I need to plant.

  26. Lovely photos and great word. It's not my word this week BUT we're rather partial to it for the summer as one of the fun activities for grandparents and their grandchildren that my grandkids and I have enjoyed was to plant the Sunflower House in my back yard. It's taller than the grandkids and they LOVE getting to play in it. Big smiles all around there and here to see even more lovely ones. Have a blessed week.

  27. These pictures are spectacular, and you said first try?! I would have never guessed that with how lovely they are! Your word means so much and how often I think, "Ugh the sun is so bright and hot today, I'll stay inside with the A/C" You have given it a new meaning to me, I know silly as it sounds but you have. I need to learn to appreciate it more and realize just how much beauty the sun offers us and allows us to grow such beauty as your flowers!

    Thanks for your pictures and your great word!


  28. Oh, you chose a very good one. I love sunflowers too. For some reason I always associate them with my dad who has gone home to the Lord now yet he never really mentioned them to me. I just link it with sunshine and all good things and I guess in my heart it's as if he was smiling down at me together with God.

    Thanks for visiting my little corner. Looking forward to staying in touch. I read your other post about blogland and how pleasant it is...I agree.

    Have a lovely Sunday.

  29. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for sharing your own infertility story with me. Yes, you understand the heartbreak infertility brings.

    I LOVE your word. In fact, my kitchen is a sunflower theme. I wanted a bright, perky, sunny kitchen, so I started collecting sunflowers several years ago.

    I noticed on your sidebar that you are reading To Kill a Mockingbird. My daughter is re-reading it as well (in honor of the 50th anniversary of its publication), and just 2 weeks ago, we did a re-watch of the amazing movie. If you haven't seen it, after you finish the book, definitely do watch it. Gregory Peck was fabulous as Aticus...and Mary Badham as Scout was incredible.

    Anyhow, blessings to you,
    Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

  30. Well, if I was not inspired before by the word sunflower I certainly am now after reading your post and pictures!

    Thanks~ Sherry

  31. That is a word I never imagined anyone would pick...and it is such a lovely word! So happy! I'm going to make a sunflower quilt soon. You just inspired me to do so. :)


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