55 Things #3 – Something To Make You Smile

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Here in Michigan this is the time of year when the winter blues, or what is now referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is setting in. The short hours of daylight coupled with the scarcity of sunshine can have a negative effect on our mood.

Today I am sharing a photo that I love. I always say that yellow is a happy color and when I see sunflowers (and dandelions) I see feel like they are smiling at me.


Perhaps this will help chase away the winter blues.

Wishing you sunny days and lots of smiles. πŸ™‚


26 thoughts on “55 Things #3 – Something To Make You Smile

    1. We have had a very strange winter so far. Last weekend we finally had a good amount of snow fall and temps have been below freezing most of the week but the forecast has us going back into the high 30’s and low 40’s for the next 7 days. If that keeps up we may see crocus before long.


  1. It is hard in a winter where sunshine is lacking, here in Tasmania we also have a high incident of SAD. So I understand how that sunflower makes you smile. I had great success with growing some last year, this year someone ate them all. little seedlngs there one day gone the next. I am glad you had sunshine to enjoy Ruth.

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    1. The sunflowers in that photo came up as volunteers in a place I never expected to see them. They grew out of an old tree stump. The seeds were apparently dropped there by birds. They were near the front of our property so each time we pulled in the driveway it was like being greeted by friends. It is frustrating when your flowers become food for the critters. I remember the first time I planted tulips at the farm – one day they had beautiful blossoms – the next they were only stems with leaves. I almost cried when I saw them.

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      1. How delightful I just get agapanthas which are considered a huge weed here. I can imagine how driving in to the unexpected bright sunshine greeting of them. Oh tulips are so enticing o so many critters here too.


      2. it seems nothing wants to eat them well the birds eat the seeds and deposit them so they spread. They are lovely just like so many imported garden plants if they escape they can become weeds in the country side.

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  2. I love sunflowers Ruth – they are a ray of sunshine. I liked that sun today too. Going to plan on taking a longer walk tomorrow to the Park. I stayed in the neighborhood today; in fact, I looked a little crazy as there was snow/ice at both ends of my side of the street, so I walked eight houses one way, then to the other end of the block the other way – did that about 10 times to get a walk in – the sun is a beautiful thing when you are exactly 1/3 through the Winter months.

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    1. The two sunflowers in that photo were volunteers in a place I would have never expected. Apparently the seeds were dropper there by birds. They grew out of and old tree stump towards the front of our property so each time we pulled in the driveway it was like being greeted by friends, πŸ™‚ Woo hoo 1/3 of the way through! Let the count down begin. πŸ™‚

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      1. I one time had an impatients plant sprout up the following year in a place I never planted flowers as I had a butterfly garden and put a big rock and puddling dish there … they are annuals so where did it come from? It thrived and I left it there … did the “Impatients Fairy” stop by one night?

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    1. I don’t think I would trade it for the sunshine we had today. We had full sun all day. It’s been a long time since we have had that so even though temps were in the 20’s and there is about 6 inches of snow on the ground it was a pretty day.


  3. Hello,
    Yes, those sunflowers are pretty. When the sun comes out in winter though it does help the mood. I have lots of pine trees too so the yard isn’t go gloomy when I look out into the snow cold filled days. May the thoughts of spring be with you!


    1. Yes the sunshine today was nice. Not only do evergreens add color, they are beautiful when covered with snow and they provide housing for birds so there will likely be birds around. I’m sure thoughts of spring will be stuck in my mind until it gets here. πŸ™‚


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