Closing the week with

Bryan Adams singing "Heaven"





The mixture of the calm with the storm is not haphazard.

Quite the contrary. Your growth is at the center of each.

Trust its message

Always be aware of the people around you. Acknowledge

them if it is right and you feel comfortable. Be thankful

for all they could and are offering you.

Life indeed presents us with an assortment of blessings; some bring us

immediate joy; some invite tears; others foster fear. What we need help in

understanding is that all experiences are meant for our good, all bless us in

some manner. If we are able to see the big picture, we'd greet all situations,

large and small, with a thankful heart.

Each morning - when we all awake,

is blessing number one.

COLUMBUS, OHIO  — The state flag of Ohio is

featured on a new postage stamp.

The U.S. Postal Service says the flag appears with a

butterfly and milkweed plants along a riverbank on the

stamp being issued (8-11-11) as part of the post

office’s ongoing “Flags of Our Nation” series.

They’re tall and bright, striking and unusual, sunflowers are one of the most fun flowers to grow. Read on to discover some fascinating facts about these sunny, yellow flowers!

1. The name sunflower comes from its scientific name, Helianthus. Helios means sun and Anthos means flower.

2. Sunflowers have a long history. Remains of sunflower seeds found in archaeological digs in North America date them as nearly 3,000 years old.

3. There are lots of different varieties of sunflower, but the most common form is bright yellow, with dark brown centres filled with seeds.

4. Sunflowers are believed to have first originated in Europe in the early 1500s. The seeds, as well as the flowers themselves, were brought over by Spanish settlers returning to visit relatives.

5. As well as being grown for pleasure by members of the public, sunflowers are also grown commercially. Part of the commercial growing focuses on producing edible seeds and the other half is concerned with producing sunflower oil. Every mature flower is able to yield 40% of its weight as oil.

6. The Aztecs were fascinated by sunflowers, which often towered high above the ground. In fact, they even ended up worshipping sunflowers and used images of the distinctive flowers in their temples.

7. In the past, stems of sunflowers were used inside life jackets.

8. Sunflowers are well known as having the ability to grow very tall! As well as having a long stem, the heads of sunflowers can be equally huge.

9. In recent years, a form of low-pollen sunflower has been created. As well as helping to reduce the risk of asthma for pollen sufferers, it’s also helped extend the life of the flower itself.

10. New varieties of sunflowers are continuously being developed. Some of the newer forms are orange, tan or maroon in colour, or even have striped petals. Plus, they have greeny yellow centres instead of the distinctive brown one we all know and love.

And lastly, do you know where in America is known as The Sunflower State?

Answer: Kansas.

Sunflower cake

How clever is this?


  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) chocolate frosting
  • 19 yellow chick Peeps candies
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  • Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased and waxed paper-lined 9-in. round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely; carefully remove waxed paper.
  • Level tops of cakes. Spread frosting between layers and over the top and sides of cake.
  • Without separating Peeps and curving slightly to fit, arrange chicks around edge of cake for sunflower petals. For sunflower seeds, arrange chocolate chips in center of cake. Yield: 12 servings.
  • Comment from me ..... not sure where you would find the yellow peeps right now since they are a Easter/Spring favorite. But I had to share, this looks easy and fun to make. I am sure it would be quite impressive. Peeps are probably available on the Internet. What isn't? ENJOY.

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I hope you have enjoyed all the sunflowers today. They are one of

my favorites. I do thank you all for all the wonderful emails I receive. I may not

respond back individually, but know that I read each and every one of them,

and they do brighten and touch my days. I have all of you to thank that take the time to write

a note or comment - as it is your words of appreciation and kindness that

keep me inspired to continue my pages. They are a lot of work and I spend quite

a bit of time doing them, so it is appreciated. I wish you all a great day and

a wonderful weekend. Join me Monday! Be safe and always aware of

everything and everyone around you.

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