Last Garden Harvest and Working on the Patio


A photo of Nebraska DaveHi everyone. Thanksgiving is upon us and for me it's a time for reflection on the past year and thinking about all the things that I have to be thankful that are in my life. Because of the recent event, I reflect much on how grateful I am to have had such wonderful parents. It's so sad that many kids of today's generation will not experience the love of parents as I have. The normal stuff such as food, clothes, shelter are other things that I am grateful to have. I can't ever remember going hungry unless I wanted to go hungry in my life. I've always had a car since I was 15 years old. I've been able to purchase and maintain a house since the early 70s.

I have truly been a blessed man. I am thankful for the health that I have because without health I could never be able to do what I feel is my calling in life, which is helping others in need. I am thankful for the family and friends that support me during the down times and rejoice with me during the good times.

I am especially thankful for my blogger friends that I have acquired over the course of the last couple years. You are the best encouragers ever. What are you thankful for this year?

Last of the harvest  

The last of the harvest came on October 21st. The tomatoes were small compared to earlier in the year but with the weird weather they just kept getting smaller as the year progressed. The green pepper started out slow and really didn't start producing until the hot weather of July was over. Then they kicked in and produced prolifically until the cold weather killed the plants. This batch of green peppers now resides in the freezer to be consumed when the cold winds of winter are blowing outside.

Mesclun after freezes  

Mary Carton
11/27/2011 5:42:15 PM

Dave, my Uncle, his family & Grandmother came from Chicago to visit when we were kids. My cousin, a month younger than I, went out to the milk barn to watch the cows being milked. He came back in and asked his Mother if that was where his milk came from also. They had trouble getting him to drink milk after that. That was over 50 yrs ago, so the citified started a while back.

Nebraska Dave
11/26/2011 9:26:26 AM

Mary, I have lived in the big city of St. Louis for about seven years. I moved back to the biggest city in Nebraska but nothing like St. Louis and promised myself never to move away from here again. This is home to me. Although the metropolitan city has about 500,000 people most still have the midwest farm mentality. Of course the younger generation (30 and below) has lost quite a bit of that. It's a sad thing to see the kids become citified and know nothing about where food comes from. My grandson wanted to know from what part of the chicken does nuggets come from. :0( He didn't even know that a french fry was made from a potato. He turned seven last October and I hope to get him out in the garden this next year to get an education about plants and growing food. The way this world is headed it just might be of value to him in the future. Since he likes corn on the cob, I'll let him plant and watch the corn grow. Then the harvest and eating will mean a lot more to him. Don't you think? I'm glad to hear that family and friends have rallied around you while you recover from your knee surgery. I hope that your recovery is quick and without any complications. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend.

Mary Carton
11/25/2011 11:01:13 PM

Chuck after visiting my Grandmother & Uncles in Chicago, I knew I didn't want to live & work in the city when I graduated from Auburn. I've been offered some good paying jobs at hospital labs, but I live in a great area in NW Alabama and even though I live in the country on part of what use to be the family dairy farm, it's only 5 minutes from town. The cost of living is low & the hospital I work at offers cardiac surgery & neurosurgery. Our open heart surgery is rated one of the best in the state. We have a great musical heritage in the area and there is always something going on musically or some type of theater. You go into one of the Mom & Pop grocery stores for a gallon of milk and spend an hour talking to people you know. I don't take that for granted. You tend to fuss after the work you put into a garden doesn't yield veggies, but I did get corn, tomatoes and cucumbers. I’m thankful for my family, wonderful friends, great co-workers who even my Mom considers family. I had knee surgery last week, & I haven't lacked for a meal. My 3 hooligans are thankful they have a good home on three acres with all the mice, birds, bumblebees and rabbits to chase. They are thankful their lives are now free of the abuse of the past, except when I yell at them to stop digging up a tree after mice.

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