by Charlene Burgi
The holiday season is upon us. Our thoughts gravitate to turkey, dressing, pies, and shopping. Yet, years ago, our forefathers took the time to think of all that they were thankful for before preparing the meal we have all come to know and love.
In the past, the blog posts prior to Thanksgiving carried a message of thanks, and this year is no exception as that day approaches.
- While storms threaten, I am thankful for the rain and snow that that come to replenish our parched land.
- I am thankful for the last of autumn's color with its displays of bright red, yellow, and orange leaves scattering the landscape. Dianthus, reblooming iris, clematis, and roses still draw me to their flowers despite the snow covering the ground in Lassen—the last vestiges of summer!
- Butternut squash also lingers in the frost-bitten garden in Lassen—a reminder of a garden that not-so-long-ago was laden with an abundant harvest of healthy food.
- I am thankful for the opportunity to share gardening knowledge and for the open avenue provided by MMWD, Libby Pischel, and Ann Vallee that allows for my thoughts. Their support is beyond measure.
- Some of my favorite things? Donkeys braying for breakfast; horses tossing their heads and nickering for treats; Sassy and Misty (the two golden retrievers) always at the ready for any event that revolves around activity; two little kittens, Mooch and Tuffy, that constantly entertain as they romp and tumble in play; and of course the six hens that furnish my friends and me with oodles of eggs as payment for strawberries, mealworms, and any leftover green garden scraps.
- I am blessed to be surrounded by nature. Deer and antelope wander freely on the land surrounding me. On occasion, bobcats are spotted by the old barn. And to the dismay of my stepdaughter Jacki, coyotes are known to sing a serenade that tells of their hunting prowess.
- Bees and butterflies flit about from the beneficial plants that provide nectar for their survival. I am thankful that they, in turn, pollinate the garden.
- Birds of all kind visit the bird feeders that are set about in the garden. The bluebirds, robins, and finches add blues, rusts, and golds to the landscape already preparing for winter dormancy. Oft times, eagles soar overhead in search of a meal, and I am thankful for one less garden predator that they eliminate.
As I reflect on this past year, I am most thankful for the ten plus months I had to share with my husband Jack before his accident, and especially the love shared by my daughter and son, grandchildren, other family members and friends that continue to surround me. Those angels, freely giving of their time and support, warm the very core of my being.
Lastly, I am thankful for you, the readers of the blog. I can only express my deepest appreciation for your comments, trusting questions, and always your expression of thanks.
It is going to be Thanksgiving in less than a week. May I challenge you to take a moment and give thanks for what the year had in store for you? It is so easy to focus on the negative but the blessings come from being grateful for the things we cherish.
Have a great weekend and a blessed Thanksgiving.