I want to say HELLLLOOOOO to everyone who has wondered where I have been and welcome you all back.

The last 8 months have been full of LIVING LIFE !!

We have mourned losses, gone through financial setbacks, welcomed new life, and most of all have CELEBRATED friends and family.

I have missed everyone and have missed being in the blogging world staying up to date with family, friends and fellow artists/moms/women in general.

We are winding down from an Indian Summer and know that Old man winter is just around the corner.....and if not him, then his little 'jack frosts' waiting to paint the gardens/lawns with their frosty confections.
I LOVE hummingbirds. These two were spotted at one of our feeders a few days ago. Am sure now that freezing temps are in the forecast they are no longer close by.
We planted gourds this past summer and they are just NOW producing. Not to self:
plant much earlier next spring!

Last bloomings of my 'brown eyed susan's or 'rubedeckia'
my 'fourth of july rose ...blooms in late june/early july and again in the fall.
my perennial favorite: bachelor buttons
we tried this new corn: sweet red corn and it PRODUCED!!! Hooray! Sweet and pretty!
Our childhood home was sold this summer and this planter is the shovel blade from a big back
hoe.....my dad drug it home and made a planter out of it. We brought it to our home and I can think of Dad and special memories growing up whenever I see it.
corn stalks all in a row.

I still have my girls and boys come from the neighborhood. We met most of the summer then I had to take some time off. Each one planted sunflowers around their garden spots.
Our kids brianna and jason and tovi and nakiah grew plenty of produce as well. They had to relocate to alaska for jobs!!!!!! I am sorry you aren't here to enjoy the bounty from your endeavors!!! We love you!!


Alison Gibbs said...

How wonderful to have you back and posting.
You have shared so many beautiful things from your garden.
Take care

Marie said...

Catie, so good to see a posting from you but so sorry to hear that you have been ill. ((((hugs)))) I am keeping you in my prayers and hoping that all goes well from now on and that you are well on the road to recovery! Your page looks completely different! Love the pictures from your garden, especially the sunflowers. How pretty. They are one of my favourites!! xxoo

Sugar Bear said...

Welcome back! The garden photos are so lovely. Makes me want to get out to my garden!

Rusted Wings said...

thanks for your sweet comment on my daughter's art!!
your life is beautiful....may the loveliness of this fall season, and winter ahead soon, keep you inspired!!

Mahala (craftyhala) said...

I look forward to planting sunflowers next season. All the plants are beautiful in your yard!
Glad to have you back!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

So nice to see you back! It looks like there has been a great abundance in your garden this year. I have missed you.
♥, Susan

Belle said...

sunflowers one of my fav flowers-- thanks Catie for sharing these beautiful photos with us

The Rose Room said...

Catie, it is just wonderful to have you back! Rachaelxo

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

Catieann, I was wondering where you are. So good to have you back. I was missing a few weeks. You may have read why on my blog but now I'm back to normal. I hope you are enjoying fall. Your summer was sure wonderful and what a colorful garden you had.
Big Hugs!!

Vallen said...

That looks to be a very magical garden.