Greetings, everyone, from Connecticut! Yes, the Midnight Gardener has taken to the road to celebrate some Thanksgiving with family and friends. You’ll forgive me not having posted in a few days, but there was much to be done before departing and well, you know, lots of fun to be had once I arrived, too.
You shouldn’t worry about my pal Badum, who has not made the trip. Travel is not his favorite thing, so he’s stayed behind to keep the home fires burning at the Nest. His Aunt Kathy will be stopping in to check on him, so I’m sure he’ll be having a great time. Still, I do miss him and look forward to being back home with him again soon.
The cold weather of the weekend had faded into memory by my departure from the Cape on Tuesday. Temperatures were climbing into the high 50s, and most of the trip was punctuated by heavy rain. The forecast had nearly promised thunderstorms, as well, but those didn’t seem to have materialized.
By the time I’d reached Hartford and the Evening Rush…an ironic name for the time, as we were more or less standing still…the rains had stopped and there was even the glimmer of a nice sunset through breaking clouds. And oh, how clean my windshield was after all the rain.
I arrived here at Mom and Dad’s new place in time for a late dinner. So great to see them and to check out their new digs. The house is terrific and by morning’s light, I was able to see that not only is a it a great house, but the location is terrific, as well, with some nice views of the surrounding Connecticut hills.
Mom and I had a nice “forensic” tour of the yard and gardens, to see what it was possible to identify at this late point in the season. There’s certainly a terrific variety of things we could see, and who knows what all that we can’t. No doubt it’s got some nice bones for the start of a garden, for sure!
Dad keeps this bird feeder stocked up (one of those back yard views in the background here) and it is quite popular with the local birds. Over coffee this morning, I spotted a blue jay or two, a female cardinal, a few titmice, and a great cloud of house sparrows, as well as the nuthatch and chickadee pictured here. Mom proudly reports having also spotted a red-bellied woodpecker and a yellow-bellied sapsucker!
In addition to our visiting (and doing a few loads of laundry), we also did a bit of shopping this afternoon, as I began to get ready for Sara and Danny’s wedding, which I’ll be attending in a few short weeks.
While we were driving around the city of Torrington, I spotted this bear statue outside a local hospice office. I haven’t a clue what the story is behind him, but it’s not every day you see a Bear decorated with Daffodils…and Dad was kind enough to turn the car around so I could go back and get a shot of him to share with you all.
[EDIT, 12/02/08: My sister Sue tells me this was part of a big chamber of commerce campaign, The Bear Affair, in Northwest Connecticut in 2007. The website link is there above. If you have a moment, check out the amazing bears. Incredible stuff…I’ll have to look for others as I make return trips in that direction. Thanks, Sue.]
I like having a holiday called Thanksgiving. It gives you a chance, hopefully, to think a little about the year that’s passed and what it is in your life that you do have to be grateful for. For my part, I’ve come up with a few things and I thought I’d share them with you. It’s by no means a complete list, but just a few things that came to mind while I was stuck in traffic the other day.
* I’m grateful to have a steady job, a comfortable home and a warm kitty.
* I”m grateful for my family, who are fun, loving, supportive and wonderful. This barely scratches the surface of how I feel about them and it’s late in the evening to be trying for greater eloquence. But please trust me, they are terrific!
* I’m grateful to old friends who understand that Life sometimes leads us down paths away from one another and who are always willing to pick up where we left off.
* I’m grateful for new friends who encourage me to see the world and myself through fresh eyes.
* I’m grateful for co-workers who are friends and yet seem more like family.
* I’m grateful for Nature, which gives us air to breathe and food to eat and varied and incomparable beauty to restore and thrill my soul.
* I’m grateful for everyone who stops by the Midnight Garden from time to time, especially those of you who take the time to leave me a note to let me know you’ve done so.
* And I’m grateful for music and singing, which help me express what’s in my heart and soul.
So there you go. Like I said, it’s an incomplete list…and one I’ll surely want to amend/add to as soon as I’ve hit the Publish button. I’ll resist that temptation because it’s rather late/early and tomorrow will be a very full and festive day…and I’d like to also be grateful for having gotten a little sleep, too.
I hope this finds you celebrating with your family and/or friends (I know, you Canadians are just having a regular Thursday, but I hope it’s a great day for you, too!), with warmth and joy, good food and fine spirit (or spirits, as the case may be).