Tuesday, October 24, 2023

"This Too Shall Pass" -Listen to This Song!

  I have told you about our son's musical talent on this blog.  Now, for the first time on YouTube, "This Too Shall Pass", written and performed by Christopher!

This Too Shall Pass - YouTube

There!  Oh, I do hope you will be able to click on that link above and hear his song! He wrote the song, played the instruments, is doing all the singing (including harmonies) and also arranged the song himself.   When we were in Nashville before we went to see Ringo Starr in concert, we went to a local bar where a young man was singing and playing his guitar.  After he finished one of his songs, he looked over at Christopher and said, "I was trying not to sing too loudly, since I wanted to hear your harmonies". (C. was singing right along with him, of course!)   See? I am not the only one who appreciates Christopher's great voice! 

All these photos are from a local park here in Rockdale County, where we live.  All made by my husband, Richard!  He is also a great musician too.  Where do you think our son gets his talent? From me? HA! No way!  

Thursday, October 12, 2023



Color me happy! You can see me smiling amongst the Yellow Daisies at Arabia Mountain.  They bloom every September and we are always glad to see them. (They are called daisies, but they are in the sunflower family: Helianthus porteri.)

We also have Yellow Daisies in our own backyard!  Here is a photo of what they looked like....

Look carefully at those petals above...do you see the petals are rather rounded? And the plants themselves are not that tall. These are the Yellow Daisies that have re-seeded themselves from last year! 

  There is another yellow flower that blooms in October rather than September and it is the Swamp sunflower (or narrow leaved sunflower) and for the first time this year...we have it in our own yard!

Ta-DAH!!  It is also in the sunflower family:  Helianthus angustifolious! 

In Greek, "helios" means "sun" and "anthos" means "flower". Therefore, anytime you see the word "Helianthus" you know it is in the sunflower family!

Isn't it a beauty? We have it in a pot.  Back in the Spring, we were walking down Main Street in our town of Conyers and there was a woman selling plants from her front yard. She had a sign saying "Swamp sunflowers" but when I asked her about it.... she said she was sold out.  She must have seen the disappointment on my face because she THEN said, "Oh, but let me go and dig some up for you!". Well, you can bet that made me smile! For $2.00, I have this lovely flower blooming just now! It can grow very tall; we just saw some today that must have been 10 feet high! 

Both of these sunflowers that I have shown you are NATIVE to this area!  We have seen all of them growing wild, either near the trails where we walk or just growing beside the roads.
"Yellow Submarine"!

 Richard and I were treated to a wonderful gift from our son and daughter-in-law.  They gave us tickets to see Ringo Starr!  Oh my goodness, it was most enjoyable! We saw Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium at the end of September.  As lifelong fans of the Beatles, I can't tell you how special this was for both of us!  You know I waved at Ringo, and he waved back at me! HA! My son will tell you that is the truth!

 So wonderful to hear a big crowd sing along to "Give Peace A Chance", although it made me feel a bit sad thinking of the two Beatles that are no longer with us, John and George.  

My friends, I do hope that you are all doing well.  October is flying by now and the colors of the leaves are just beginning to change and today I even had to wear a jacket while we walked! And if you ever get a chance to see Ringo, wave to him and say I told you go!