Sunshine Streaming in My Window


I’m thankful for…

Sunshine streaming in through my kitchen windows greeting me as I feed
my dog and cat and make my coffee.

A warm house on a cold winter’s day!

The ability to read an inspirational chapter of a book.

Food in my refrigerator to make all of my meals today.

Great health!

Almost 8 hours of restful sleep last night.

The freedom to chose to drive to my church and worship.

The ability to bless someone today and this week
with a meal or some other act of kindness.


Swallowtail Butterfly with Lantana in the first photo and Pink Pentas in the second photo taken by me in my flower gardens during warmer months!!

This post was Inspired by “One Thousand Gifts”

written by Ann Voskamp.

Originally posted on my Steemit blog! 

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What are you thankful for today?



Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant

 My husband and I drove from Key Largo down to Marathon in the Florida keys about a week ago and saw a lot of these beautiful trees in bloom. I’m fascinated by them. They make a large seed pod and have a beautiful flower!


Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the bean family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of the world it is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the name royal poinciana or flamboyant. It is also one of several trees known as “flame tree”.

In the continental United States, it grows in South Florida, Central Florida,and sporadically in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.



Beach Table Decor

Florida Keys style – this seaweed has a beauty all its own! Vacation Time! I tried to get a good video and photos of some butterflies near some trees and flowering bushes, but was not able! Maybe today! Until then…here … Continue reading


Violas, Johnny-Jump Ups

While in North Carolina I saw these beauties!

Delicately fragrant flowers are edible and make delightful garnishes. Very winter hardy and eager to self-sow in the shade of summer plants, violas are cheerful surprises in the cool months. Johnny-Jump Up is tricolored in bright purple, yellow and white. Violas will rebloom in fall if cut back in the heat of summer.

I wonder if there are butterflies somewhere in the world that look like these flowers?


After The Rain…

Loving the raindrops left behind after a morning of rain!


Nature’s Pallet

Caladium leaves and a tree gall from our red oak tree share some colors.


Hi Little Beauty!

Saw this small butterfly on a plant in my backyard. It’s only about 1/2 inch long. Need to research what kind it is. 


Garden View

I plant many caladiums bulbs every spring! I just love the colors and the fact that I get to enjoy them around 4 months! 


Golden Rain

     As I read and drank a cup of coffee on Mother’s Day, while looking out my kitchen picture window, I was treated to beautiful,yellow blossoms falling from our Golden Raintree. A pair of squirrels were busily chasing each other around in the tree knocking the blossoms loose. The trees lived up to their name that morning! Every spring I get to enjoy these blossoms!



Petals decorating the ground after falling.