Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
This time of year we remember the Pilgrims' celebration of Thanks they had with the Wampanoag after their first successful harvest in Plimouth. Hopefully you will be able to enjoy something homegrown, or at least locally grown in your celebratory feast. Thanksgiving is also a time for prayer, and reflection. So, before we worry about the big shopping day, I want to encourage us to take some time to reflect on the last year.
Remember the good times, the blessings and savor those memories. What a year this has been. Abundant Design has worked on some great projects from Easter Lake to Beaverdale and Urbandale to West Des Moines. I am truly thankful for my customers and their trust in me!
I also am thankful for the other groups I've gotten to work with. Forest Avenue Outreach, Plant Grow Fly, Monarch Watch, Area515, Urban Ambassadors, the American Heart Association and the Central Iowa Permaculture Guild. These organizations and many others are doing great things to promote wholesome food & healthy lifestyles, building community and environmental awareness.
Also recall the challenges and give thanks, maybe not for the actual events, but for the lessons learned and character that grew from them.
And what about this snow?!?! We had a warm pleasant Fall that really stretched our growing season. That came to a quick end this week with the ~5 inches we got in Waukee. These peppers had given us handfuls throughout October, but the little ones left hanging on there now won't make it to the table. The snow did provide some pretty scenes across the landscape.
I am thankful we didn't get a foot or more that fell across parts of northern Iowa.
Drive safely if traveling is part of your celebration. Eat well, giving thanks for what has been provided to us this last year.