A bit of a debacle.

I have written at length in my blog about my goals for miles walked each year. So far I have always reached my year-end goal and thus been able to rest on my laurels every December 31st.

As I’ve paired photography more and more with my treks, (as opposed to just the occasional interesting header image in my blog’s early days), along the way I even began creating goals for coveted photos of certain critters and even non-critter items.

I shared my “2020 Birdie Bucket List” with you and checked off quite a few images since that March 5th post, so we’re gettin’ there. And, after lamenting I missed the Spring Peepers back in the Springtime, I’m happy to report that recently I returned home with an image of a frog on the camera’s photo card. I had to laugh out loud when I saw that little green guy on the computer screen, as I sure don’t remember seeing him when I took that photo. I was aiming for a close-up of the invasive marsh aquatic plant known as Frogbit … well he and I were both in the right place at the right time it seems. But more about Mr. Frog later – I am hopelessly behind with cranking out blog posts as I took so many pictures this Summer. That’s a good thing. 🙂

Also on my “2020 General Photo Bucket List” was to take photos of sunflowers. They are at their peak in late August here in Southeast Michigan. Fellow bloggers Andy and Diane wrote about and took photos of expansive fields of sunflowers; fellow blogger Ruth, a Michigander like me, showed us the beautiful Teddy Bear sunflowers in her garden.

Last year, you may recall, I registered in advance to attend an annual sunflower festival in Belleville, Michigan. I’ve never been too swift as to maps and I must have great directions to take me to out-of-the-way places, or for sure I will get lost. Because weekend Fall weather can be iffy and traipsing around in a muddy farm field in the rain to view sunflowers was not my cup of tea, I upgraded to a pass for all four days of the September DeBuck’s Sunflower Festival AND the October DeBuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch Fest as well. Surely every weekend day would not be soggy, but I had it covered.

I prefer surface streets to expressway driving, especially if I’ve never been to the area, so I meticulously wrote out the Google Maps directions to get to Belleville, about a 50-mile round trip drive and way out in the boonies.

I hadn’t counted on a fork in the road and an irate guy in a pickup truck behind me, who repeatedly slammed on his horn as I paused a wee bit too long to consider whether to take the left or right fork in the road.

Naturally, I chose the wrong fork in the road.

Yep, there were two options on that bright and sunny day – left or right and I guessed wrong. It is a very rural area and soon, while tooling along the road, I discovered if anyone was outside to ask directions, they likely were toiling in the back fields. Hmm – surely someone was out tending to their late Summer fruit and veggie stands – nope, produce was attractively displayed in baskets or loose in bins. Mason jars of jams or jellies were lined up in rows on wooden shelves, the metal lids glinting in the sunshine, but their purchase was all on the honor system – you simply filled the brown paper bags provided and left your money. You could even make change if need be. Well, farmers are busy and likely don’t have time to deal with this small business venture. So, I decided to “wing it” and just relax and see where the road would take me. I had a full tank of gas, so no fears of running out of gas and ending up in a real pickle. I relaxed and rather enjoyed the ride in the country and ended up at Lower Huron Metropark (which was on my Parks To Visit Bucket List”). Yes, so many lists – so little time.

Driving home that day, I came upon a farmer’s field close to the road. The many gardens were filled with tomatoes, beans and cukes and a smaller plot consisting of corn and tall sunflowers. I pulled over to the side of the road and decided these sunflowers would soothe my wounded feelings of map misreading, plus complement my tale about my misfortune. Granted, up close, they were a tad dilapidated from the rain, but I took photos anyway.

So, I never made it to either DeBuck’s festivals in 2019, even though I had paid in advance. It’s not like me to be frivolous like that, but I assumed I’d try again this year. I bought a paper map and planned to memorize that route. Then COVID-19 arrived. I decided I was not going to mix and mingle with any crowds during the pandemic, so I realized I needed to find something closer to home.

I put my thinking cap on.

I was still looking for a sunflower opportunity and recalled many years before, while attending Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan, as I drove along the Michigan Avenue service drive, there was a vast field filled with sunflowers. I always had my pocket camera with me in those days and though I never took a shot of that lovely scene, I kept the image in my head instead. As far as the eye could see were sunflowers, lined up like soldiers, all facing the same way, toward the sun, evoking a smile on my face, every time I saw them. The land was owned by Ford Motor Company – their world headquarters is in Dearborn and they planted the sunflower seeds every Spring and created a little greenspace along a well-traveled service drive. There was no charge to see this colorful feast for the eyes and those black oil sunflower seeds were also a feast for the birds once they had ripened.

That was many years ago and since then, the plot of land was plowed over and a building was in its place. Recently, I Googled around and discovered a news story that confirmed Ford Motor Company still planted those seeds and this massive, 20-acre sunflower field could be found in a different location. So, I was ready – surely I could not get lost going to a City I’d been to hundreds of times throughout the years.

Construction … here, there and everywhere.

There are currently 200 ongoing construction projects in Michigan. I know that fact as 155 of them were temporarily suspended for the Labor Day holiday. Although Dearborn is a big city, unfortunately there were three big construction projects, all which I would encounter, should I choose to visit Ford’s sunflower fields.

So, should I stay or should I go?

I decided to put on my big girl panties and just grin and bear it; I mean, how bad could it be on a very early, hot and humid Sunday morning? I figured the sunflowers should reach my shoulders and would be growing so close together that I’d best wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt in case of any creepy crawlies or bees as I walked through. Not the best day for that clothes combo due to the heat, but nevertheless that is what I donned. Thankfully, I wore a sleeveless tee-shirt under the shirt, so I could remove it after I left the sunflower field.

I headed to Michigan Avenue and Mercury Drive – Michigan Avenue is a busy thoroughfare, more so with only one lane open and a portion of the Southfield Expressway was closed and dumping traffic onto this already-busy street. To make matters worse, free COVID screening from your car was at the Henry Ford Centennial Library right across the street. Grrr. I regretted my decision as cars zoomed past me as I drove along, watching traffic, orange construction cones and barrels, the signage and all the while expecting to see yellow sunflower heads bobbing in the distance.

Well, you’ve got to be kidding me!

Finally, patience wearing thin, I arrived at the destination. I parked at Henry Ford Elementary School and looked across the street – this is what I saw.

“I drove through all that construction for this?” Those were the first words out of my mouth (along with a few words that I won’t mention in this post). I’m assuming the sunflowers won’t be ripe until October and no, I’m not returning.

I took the few pictures above and noted, as you probably did, the “Private Property – No Trespassing” sign as well. I scurried back to the car, grumbling all the way, but, I was not to be deterred – a quick trip to a plot of land that is filled with sunflowers gave me a smile as big as these beauties. So where did I go to get these photos? A Speedy gas station on the corner of Dix-Toledo Road and Northline Road – every year the owner plants sunflowers, corn and pumpkins and when I go to Heritage Park I see this colorful display during the growing season. Look at the miles and aggravation I could have spared myself!!

I’ve made an executive decision – next year, I’m growing my own sunflowers!

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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55 Responses to A bit of a debacle.

  1. Yes! Grow your own sunflowers next year. I’ll look forward to seeing them. Meanwhile, you were victorious. You gave us what we were looking for with you.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I agree – I stopped and parked nearby and walked to this busy street corner. The tow truck driver for the station and I chatted a while on how beautiful the sunflowers were. He had corn growing alongside it … I should go back and check out the pumpkins – they were just flowers at the time and Ruth already has pumpkins. I planted sunflowers before … had planted several in pots and they grew on the back patio and the goldfinch enjoyed them. This post, if you look just at the header image, you’ll see the Russian Mammoth Sunflower I grew back in 2010. I planted it, along with more seeds in the soil, but likely the bunnies ate them and missed this one. It grew like a weed!. I may try to put glass jars over them until they get big enough to be uncovered. That poor sunflower in this picture got top heavy and fell over. https://lindaschaubblog.net/2013/09/17/sunflowers/

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Anne – I will read up on growing sunflowers for next year and see what I can do. That year (2010) I was inspired by Marge who bought a packet of sunflower seeds for two of her grandchildren (who were living with her at the time) to plant at the side of the house. Their sunflowers grew like a weed and the kids were young, so you know they weren’t doing much with them.

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  2. At least you were successful!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I was glad for that Kate and I guess I could have lied and said I went to a farmer’s field for these pictures, but I decided to just confess about the small gas station’s corner plot. It is a “Speedy” not a “Speedway” so it’s not a franchise (which likely would not want him having a plot to grow things on the properly). I’ve been passing it by every time I go to Heritage Park. I think I should return for shots of the pumpkins he had growing.

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  3. ruthsoaper says:

    That field was very disappointing wasn’t it. The field next door to our farm was sold this spring and the new owner planted a couple of acres in sunflowers. He didn’t get them planted until sometime in June I think and by then we were getting very little rain. We also watched deer grazing in the field each night. I suspect they were eating some of the sunflower that had sprouted. There are some sunflowers in the field that are beginning to open but they are about the size of those in your photos and fewer and farther between.
    The ones at the gas station are beautiful. I wonder if they attract customers as well as pollinators.
    Whenever I think “Grow My Own” I want to say GMO but sadly that has been hijacked to mean “genetically modified organism”. 😦

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      It sure was a disappointment Ruth – I am sure they planted too late, just like your new neighbors. I was thinking after I left there that it was odd they had the “no trespassing” sign as well. Did someone wreak havoc there in growing season 2019? There were huge areas of the field that were just dirt. I thought the gas station flowers were beautiful too, especially against the backdrop of a perfect blue sky. The tow truck driver was returning from a run and agreed how beautiful they were – it had a lot of bees swarming about. Yes, the dreaded GMO – remember when I visited the alpaca farm in mid-March and the owner showed me all the dead bees and blamed it on what is sprayed on the corn crops – such a shame. He said he won’t keep bees or make honey anymore because of this.

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      • ruthsoaper says:

        When the guy bought the property next to us he first told us that he was going to spray with roundup. We told him our concern about the bees and how they and the butterflies benefitted from the goldenrod. He then decided not to spray and also left much of the goldenrod. We are so pleased that he did that. Who know what he will with it next year but at least he was good to us this year.
        I wonder if the areas that were just dirt had been foraged by deer as well. They don’t obey “No Trespassing” signs. LOL!!!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Oh wow – I bet you felt sick when he said he was going to spray with roundup … good thing he had a change of heart. Put a bug in his ear about how harmful roundup is – maybe that will be a deterrent. I never thought about deer doing damage to the sunflowers – it is right off busy Michigan Avenue but it doesn’t mean they didn’t meander over from the Hines Park trail which is about a mile or so from there. Shame on those deer! My friend lives in rural New York and she has birdfeeders, a birdbath and shelter houses which she keeps out for the feral cat and her kittens. She feeds and gives the ferals water all year around. So, Carol will look out her back window and see possums, raccoons and fox eating the cat food and the deer eating her hostas and birdseed. 🙂

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      • ruthsoaper says:

        We did talk him about roundup. He did seem to have some concern and even asked if there was milk weed on the property for the monarch butterflies. There is so maybe that will be a motivator for him not to spray also.
        Wildlife can be quite intrusive. 🙂

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That’s good – well at least he knew about the milkweed and that the roundup would not be good for your pollinator garden. Hope those good vibes continue.

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  4. Your sunflower photos are gorgeous!!! Hopefully you won’t have to go through so much to get some good pictures next year. Good luck growing your own ~ I’ve heard they can be pretty persnickety. Our sunflower peak is late July, early August so it was nice to see some more of them here. 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Barbara – I was happy to find a spot to see sunflowers and it was a bonus that there was nothing in the background but a perfectly blue sky. I grew a few sunflowers in 2010 for the birds but three were smaller varieties and one was a Russian Mammoth variety that grew about ten feet and was so tall, the flower was top heavy and collapsed before it ripened. The squirrels had a field day anyway. This year should have been great for them as we had a very hot Summer and when we had rain it was torrential.

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  5. Sandra J says:

    Those sunflower photos are just gorgeous Linda, I have not seen any this year. I used to plant a handful of seeds and loved watching them grow so tall and the flower heads turn and follow the sun all day. I am going to plant some next year for sure. Don’t you hate that when they get behind you while driving and have no patience.
    That was a pretty sorry looking field of sunflower at your first stop. They must have planted late.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Sandra – they were huge flowers and what a great background … a perfect blue sky. I grew a tall sunflower and three small ones ten years ago in the yard, but the tall one collapsed from the heavy flower’s seed pan – it broke in half. The goldfinch visited the smaller sunflowers which I put in rolling pots on the patio. Yes, I was mad the guy was honking at me – I would have liked to ask him directions and I might have just made it to the Sunflower Festival. Yes, it was a sorry-looking crop – I did not want to go back, not only the construction, but lots of bare spots in the field, plus that “no trespassing sign” as well.

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  6. Laurie says:

    They say the third time is a charm. I guess it took you at least 3 tries to get these beautiful sunflower photos. Thanks for sharing them and for entertaining us with the story of how they (finally) came about! There is a sunflower patch I pass almost every time I run on the bike path near my house. The fellow who grows them is a meticulous gardener. Everything in his garden is perfect – straight rows, no weeds. He has smaller flowers like zinnias in front and sunflowers, the star of the show, in the back. You have inspired me to carry my camera along and take some photos! 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, it was the charm Laurie. I declared I’d try growing my own down the road, which I did in 2010. One Russian Mammoth towered over everything in the yard, then toppled over before it fully ripened as it was top heavy. I grew some smaller sunflowers, maybe five or six feet tall in pots on wheels and the goldfinch liked them. Yes, take your camera along and get some shots for your next post as Summer starts to fade away.

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  7. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………………that was an adventure……………………I loved the bright large sunflower photos…………………………………..and ……………………………..I do hope to see your own sunflowers next summer…………………………..I planted one sunflower this spring…………………..it took off very well and then it stopped growing………………………..maybe because every time I watered it ……………..the water wasn’t getting to the roots correctly…………………we do have lots of clay instead of good soil and it was on a slope………………………………..bummer

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      You must go to see this patch of sunflowers on Northline and Dix-Toledo Ann Marie … they may still be there because the sunflowers were not all ripe in the middle portion when I was there (but they sure looked much better than the field in Dearborn at Michigan Avenue/Mercury Drive. My soil is not the best either – there is clay in the backyard. I planted some sunflowers in 2010 but the bunnies got most of them – the ones I grew in pots on wheels lived as the bunnies couldn’t climb up and the other very tall sunflower they must have missed that one. 🙂

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  8. have your own backyard sunflower garden and charge admission! Costs a bag of peanuts….and whatever you do don’t let any of your furry friends be doorman!
    They may of planted them later than normal so they’ll be ripening for the birds when they are migrating?

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I grew four back in 2010 – the tallest one was 10 feet and bent over as the seeds were too heavy. My dream of watching the goldfinches perch on the big flower and eat the seeds faded fast when I went out in the morning to water and the squirrels were gorging themselves on the unripe seeds. The three smaller sunflowers got some goldfinches.

      I am wondering if they didn’t order the seeds or plant them timely due to COVID – seed places not working, people not there to buy the seeds or plant them. I picked the wrong year to go looking for sunflowers. I think you’re right … the migrating birds will reap the benefits.

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  9. Sartenada says:

    Hello Linda.

    Your sunflower photos are amazing beautiful! We have now autumn and there are few flowers to be seen or none. Their bight colors made my day. Thank you.

    Have a wonderful day!

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  10. Sunflowers are great when they are out so disappointing when they are not! We had some grow for free this year only small ones but from bird seeds that had fallen off the feeding station.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, such a disappointment after seeing your sunflower fields and then Diane’s. She lives in Ohio, just one state away but posted pics and had a similar experience as you. I wondered if they planted late due to the COVID lockdown or seed unavailability due to COVID seed companies being shut down? Even smaller sunflowers like you have grown by accident, would have been pleasing.

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  11. Prior... says:

    Hey Linda – think I will join you with growing sunflowers in2021
    And then we can compare photos maybe a couple of times!

    And enjoyed reading about your adventure – well
    Written and how fun to get this feel for country life still being out there – like the honor system fill a bag and pay!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I think it will be fun Yvette – I gave it a go once before and I had four altogether – one very large sunflower (10 feet tall) and the three smaller ones. I thought it was meant to be that I find another option.

      I like the honor system too – rural life is so different, unfettered by all the things we deal with on an everyday basis.

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      • Prior... says:

        I have grown sunflowers at least three times – they were fun when my children were small (and need to se if I can find a photo of one time when we took a photo and added it to a “sunflower house” children’s book we read that summer –
        but I did not stay growing them – they are not a fav of mine – even though beautiful and have a fun side –
        but i am ready to have some around and look forward to joining you on this

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Thinking about growing them will get us through this long Winter … we have a La Nina Winter in the cards for us … they are often wrong, but I’ve heard three meteorologists say they are 75% sure that is on the horizon … lots of precip, maybe rain, could be freezing rain, could be lots of snow. They are wrong a lot too, but …. ugh. I sent a link to a fellow blogger, a photographer who likes to take pictures of the moon. She does some beautiful work. Birds and Blooms on Facebook showed how to have a moon garden so I sent it to Sandra. My neighbor grew moonflowers and they are a vine with huge white flowers that open the end of the day and stay open to the light of the moon. Something for us to look forward to as we close out Summer.

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      • Prior... says:

        Ahhh – yes – summer is winding down – and as I reply I am
        Actually sitting outside trying to catch some sun as it is in and out of clouds! Not that I want to be here – I have so many little things to do – but it is all about vitamin D making and just the fresh air! I have 20 more minutes

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, the sun is getting up so late these days – makes me a little sad, especially with the La Nina Winter. Our sky was very blue today, the first time this week due to the wildfires. I did take some pictures the other day of the sun on fire through the haze – I’ve not looked at it yet – hopefully it came out. It was good to see the sun and I got a good dose of Vitamin D today.

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      • Prior... says:

        Oh good for you in the vitamin D today!
        And I was a tiny bit sad about the shorter days and change of seasons – but you know Linda – I then thought of Christmas (and I am not a big Xmas person but do like that time of year for some reasons) and then I remembered how fresh the change of seasons makes me feel ((which is why we never again want to live in an area that is mostly summer all year long – we really like the elements and change) and so thinking of that helped me – and many of my flowers will soon get zapped by the cold so I am bringing closure

        However – I refuse to buy mums and pumpkins – not until
        October

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I got plenty of Vitamin D today Yvette – yesterday and today we had bright sunshine and a perfect blue sky. I have taken a few photos of the sun at 8:11 a.m. on Tuesday, the day the wildfire smoke was the worst here in Michigan. I just looked at the photos and it is amazing to see the sun like that. I will likely use it in an upcoming post. Today I thought of you because after I left the Park, I walked through a lot of neighborhoods trying to get some harvest decor pics. Some people do have their pumpkins, mums and straw bales out … I don’t decorate for harvest or Halloween anymore – many people are stealing decor, especially Halloween and Christmas decor. They are stealing the inflatables – I’ve never had one as my house is small so they’d overwhelm it, but people have them stolen right off their lawn. There is one house and they always do a nice job with the harvest decor so got some photos there – he has a wooden scarecrow with human clothes on and he has a shelf in front that holds mum plants and at its feet are pumpkins and more mums. He decorates like that for all the holidays – always tasteful. It is too early for mums and pumpkins … I agree. Too early for PSL too. 🙂

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      • Prior... says:

        What is PSL?

        And how sad about the stealing of the items.

        That happens everywhere at times – there is an area in our town that is called “the fan” (it fanned from downtown and Has lots of tow homes and mini mansions) and I guess lots of stuff gets picked up.

        I look forward to seeing your photos if you get any of neighborhood decor
        We don’t really do much decor – but back in 2004 and 2005 we went to a fall
        Festival in October and they had a huge set up to “make a scarecrow” and it was awesome

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yvette – it is very sad what is going on, but in all the cities that are clustered around me. I follow a few Facebook forums about goings -on in local cities and so I see what is going on.

        This one house about 1/2 mile away from me just has an awesome vintage-style decor all year around. When his kids were young, the father built a huge tree house for his kids. Even though I walked at Council Point Park nearly every day, I would take a detour and walk up this street and watched the tree house take shape over the course of the Summer. I used to stop and chat with him and his wife all the time … he takes care of the landscaping. Many flowers are placed in t fun or vintage receptacles, like the basket of a real two-wheeled vintage bicycle – just a lot of work goes into their place and it is evident. I will use the pics in a Wordless Wednesday I think, or maybe a longer post … I have a lot of photos to finish sorting through and don’t want them to all look alike as they are visits to marshes, with pond lilies and water lotuses (which two types of flowers are pretty similar looking, but I made three trips to Lake Erie Metropark to get different shots of the lotuses which are very large). These two posts show the treehouse as it was going up (header image only) and a later post when it was finished.
        https://lindaschaubblog.net/2014/08/10/woodnt-it-be-nice/

        https://lindaschaubblog.net/2015/06/20/childs-play/

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      • Prior... says:

        Oh thanks for the links and what a cool way to make their home warm and fit their style!!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, it is a fun and cozy place Yvette and I try to go past their house at least once a season. I apologize … I didn’t say what PSL was and you asked me. It’s funny as I worked in a building where a Starbucks came in on the ground floor and I got into the habit of stopping there every morning for coffee as I like robust coffee and I used to drink it black (I’d be humming all day it seemed) … that was a treat, but I never got any of the specialty hot or cold drinks. Then my boss and I moved – no more Starbucks, so we bought it from the grocery store in different blends … now he has a Keurig but I’ve not been there since 2009. Anyway, PSO is Pumpkin Spice Latte and every year I see it trending on Twitter a little earlier … I mentioned it as you said you would not get mums or pumpkins before October. Last year at the grocery store, I saw that Starbucks now has PSL in an instant hot drink similar to how you buy instant coffee.
        It was five packets, each is one PSL. I thought to myself “I’m finally going to taste what everyone goes on about in the Fall.”
        It was a bit of a letdown, not robust like coffee, but tasted like hot milk infused with pumpkin. Plus it was very high with sugar grams and I don’t eat sugar anymore so I found it incredibly sweet.

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      • Prior... says:

        Hi – thanks !!!
        now I know – and I have a few stores about the fall pumpkin coffees and the starbucks PSL! maybe share them another time – but I know what you mean – the PSL are sugar drinks and if i go to starbucks I like tea – or like you – the black coffee (so good)

        I sometimes liked the fall pumpkin coffee that WaWa has – but never really get that unless I am on a road trip during the fall – and it is really good

        have a good night

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I just got here Yvette – such a gorgeous day and went looking for pumpkins and walked seven miles and took all my yard decor and the hose inside. We are in for a warm spell but I didn’t want to worry they’d say frost tonight and I’d have to scramble and miss a walk to spend my morning bringing stuff into the warm garage. I could not believe how incredibly sweet that PSL was. The Starbucks coffees are so robust that the Colombian roast, my favorite, I truly thought I could trill my Rs after drinking it. I was not really keen on Sumatra, a little too earthy when you drink it black. Have a good night – I’m not going to last too long here with all my fresh air and walking done today.

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  12. Awe so disappointing you didn’t get to see it. You took some beautiful shots of these sunflowers though Linda! We don’t grow our own. But the seed from our feeder always seems to blow into my flower bed and grow a few. I don’t pull them because I enjoy seeing the sunflower when it blooms.

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  13. bekitschig says:

    Too funny! I love your solution 😉

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