the sunflower house

The weather isn't totally cooperating, but we have had plenty of sunny moments in and around the rainy ones. My senior mom and the grandsons got some sunflowers started in the garage for this year's gardening version of the Sunflower House. Last year's Sunflower house was a square. This year we're going to look outside the box and make a jungle houses version with sunflowers all through our square. Should be quite interesting and quite delightful for our landscaping designs, not to mention being fun and physical senior citizen and grandkid activities

This cute country bird house clipart is a fun illustration of the Sandwich Generation staying close to home

And no matter what the weather, my senior mom is thoroughly enjoying all the lovely Kentucky birds, including several lovely Northern Cardinal birds. She's still thinking of a hummingbird house, but in this weather, I think we'll stick with the cute country bird house clipart above for another month or so.  🙂  How about you? Have your boomer and senior gardening plans started or is the weather holding you back as well? And whether rain is holding you back or not, we can all enjoy some online floral delights at Rednesday – just click here. 🙂 

As I wrote at SandwichINK, our autumn garden landscaping plans and designs for my senior mom's gardening projects have been cut in half due to her continuing to recuperate coupled with unexpected caregiving needs for another family member. 

We opted to skip the hydrangeas and hollies for this year, and the last sunflower blossom from the Sunflower House is withering on the stalk, but she is delighting in the lovely colors of her new fall mums and winter pansies! From rich browns, to deep violets, and even a hint of pink here and there, it's a gorgeous calvacade of color in our back yard and the Kentucky Northern Red Cardinal birds, squirrels, and bunny rabbits are enjoying them with her. 🙂

The Sunflower House is done for the year - but what delightful family memories it has provided

 

Senior gardening projects including an autumn garden full of fall mums and other flowers are great leisure activities for seniors that are also very healthy

 

These autumn flowers - fall and winter pansies - are a delight with colors ranging from a deep brown to a light pink

 

These lovely autumn flowers include fall and winter pansies like this gorgeous one with colors of yellow - bright violet - and a hint of pink

My senior mom and I can't wait to show off these pretty posies to the grandkids. They love to see the various gardening projects she is working on!

For more fun flowers and great landscaping designs, be sure to visit Fertilize and Flaunt Your Flowers Friday. And for all things pink-ly intriguing, head on over to Beverly's Pink Saturday. Lots of fun for all of us in the Sandwich Generation as we care for our own real estate while caring for elderly parents and grandkids and often even helping with THEIR real estate needs. 🙂

 

Kaye

 

P.S. Beverly wrote to let us know that in October, all Pink Saturday posts are dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.  And, as she put it, she prays daily for a cure to all cancers! What an awesome goal. Over the course of my life, I've lost so many precious loved ones to a variety of cancers and am currently praying for several friends – near and far – who are dealing with this disease in one form or another.  So, to join with Pink Saturday's Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer (and all cancer) Awareness, I found this cute little frog from Trina's fun clipart to help us remember to pray for a cure for all cancers as we FROG: Fully Rely On God

For breast cancer or any other cancer or illness that impacts the Sandwich Generation - we choose to FROG - Fully Rely On God - knowing that He loves us so much