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The Harvest

Eva and I did some impromptu sunflower seed harvesting today. I wasn’t expecting to do it so soon, but the seeds came out relatively easily, and it gave Eva something to do since we were stuck on the porch. (I can’t go too far without Kirsi.)

We ended up harvesting 1.5 heads. The other heads either weren’t mature or were devoured by the local wildlife before I realized they had fallen. One of the heads seemed to be affected by mildew in the center, hence the 0.5. I still have two heads that are attached to living plants, so I may get another chance at harvesting more seeds.

The process was pretty simple: either rub or pluck out the seeds and collect them in a bowl. Eva excelled at this task. She liked running her hands through the seeds in the bowl. I’ll admit, it’s a pretty cool feeling.

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Eva harvesting sunflower seeds.

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Our bounty.

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I performed a bit of quality control by picking out debris and damaged seeds.

I’m now tasked with dividing up the seeds and roasting most of them. (I’ve received some requests for seeds since the plants were so impressive. The originals came from a $0.99 pack of seeds I bought at Walmart.) This will be my first time roasting sunflower seeds, so I have no idea if I will succeed. Wish me luck!


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A Mammoth Falls

Today, while I was sitting on the porch with Eva, I heard a crack and saw one of my mammoth sunflowers plummet to the ground. I don’t know enough about sunflowers to know whether the seeds in the fallen plant’s head will ripen now that the plant is broken. I cut off the head anyway and brought it onto the porch.

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It was by far the biggest flower Eva had ever seen. And it was yellow. She spent some time carefully investigating the bloom, then moved on to plucking the petals. I’ll leave it on the porch to see if the seeds become viable, but I have my doubts. It’s a shame really, because that was one tall plant!

The rest of my mammoths are still standing, and I hope they stay that way. I need at least one to ripen so I can harvest some seeds!


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New Phone, New Abilities

Yesterday I bought a new phone and spent a large chunk of today getting to know it. For the curious, it’s a Samsung Galaxy S4.  My previous phone was incredibly outdated, had a less than stellar camera (including a permanent black dot in the lens), and was starting to run really slow. My new phone, on the other hand, has a fantastic camera, a HUGE screen (compared to my previous phone), and tons of cool features that I have yet to figure out how to operate. I’m sure my opinion will change when it starts to malfunction, though. I must give off some sort of continuous radiation that causes electronics to fry. I have trouble with pretty much anything that needs a power source to function.

Anyway, since I now possess this decent phone, I downloaded a bunch of photo editing apps so I can play with my photos like everyone else. Here are some examples of my work:

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Marigolds growing in one of my flowerbeds.

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Petunias from one of my flowerbeds.

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Mammoth Sunflowers in bloom.

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Kirsi caught her tongue!

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Eva draws a circle while playing on the porch.

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Kirsi practices her duck face.

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Eva gives her little sister a kiss.

I’m still exploring all of my options, and I’m so excited to be able to jazz up the images I post from this point forward. Now if I could only adapt to this touchscreen keyboard. ..


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A Mammoth Blooms

It’s finally happened, folks.  A mammoth sunflower has bloomed.

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If you look closely, you can see Eva's cute little face peeking out from the porch.

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The first mammoth sunflower bloom.

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The mammoths on the side of the house are still growing skyward!

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The view from our front yard.

I’m surprised that the bloom is so small.  Well, it’s not small compared to other flowers, but it’s smaller than I expected.  It’s also on one of my short stalks, so that may be why.

I’m looking forward to seeing if the larger stalks produce bigger blooms.  Then I’ll collect seeds from the largest heads for planting next year.  😀


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Snippets of the Past Week

Last week was pretty busy.  For us, that is.  We don’t usually “go out” for activities, but last week we went out twice.  And then Uncle JJ slept over Friday night and played with Eva for most of Saturday.  Needless to say, Eva spent today recovering from all the fun she had.

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Eva was set on using a glass cup with a straw.

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Kirsi and Uncle Jon partied like rockstars at his birthday dinner.

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This did not happen under my watch. 🙂

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The weather was finally nice enough for Eva to make use of her porch pool!

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Kirsi and Daddy relaxed after Friday night dinner with Gwanny, Pop pop, and Uncle JJ.

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Eva tried to put a pretty yellow hairbow in Kirsi's hair so they could match.

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Mammoth sunflower progress.

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If we're lucky, we might get a flower right in the window! 🙂