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Giving Thanks
November 19, 2012

And then there was one.

Pictured is the last perennial standing (blooming) in my yard, and that is no more after some nights in the mid 20's this past week.

We still have a few annual Snap Dragons in bloom, however.

Snappies are quite hardy and many years they survive winter and return in spring bigger and better.

Gone, are the last tomatoes and peppers from the garden.

Consumed and still tasty in mid November.

Even with the challenges this growing season gave us, I would call that a bit of success.

Welcome New Readers

I've ignored you for too long.

Actually, I keep forgetting to do so.

Stick around for a month or two and see what this letter is all about.

You will learn a bit about me, my wife and daughter and of course our fur kids.

Hopefully I can entertain you from time to time and maybe, just maybe you can learn a morsel from me as I continue to learn from all of you.

The yard and gardens pretty much ready for winter, though there is a Bradford pear still hanging on to it's leaves and I may break out the mower one last time this week.

This past week, I managed to get the car and van ready as well.

Tires have been rotated and checked.

Fluids and filters have been topped and replaced.

New wiper blades and the all important battery check and replaced on the van.

This is a reminder for you as well.

Especially if you live in a more temperate region. A fast way to ruin a day is have your vehicle not start or worse.........

Have an accident or wind up in a ditch because of poor tires or wiper blades.

Fit it in your budget when you can, but please get these items taken care of. Find a full service Auto Parts store or a place that will install for you. I went to a local 'Car Quest' and they did everything for me :-)

This is the week of Thanksgiving here in America.

A date reserved by 'Presidential Proclamation' for all of us to take time and give thanks for all of God's Blessings.

Canada's Day of Thanks was last month, but there are several readers with dual citizenship and others that live in one country or another, please join the Thanksgiving Celebration.

Nepal, Thailand, India, Great Britain, and other nations where we may have readers .......

Welcome to our Special Day of Givings Thanks.

We need to be Thankful everyday, and rejoice in what we have.

More Important...................

Give Thanks to the one that made it all possible.

Here is a sample of my list of what I am thankful for.

I hope You can make your own extended list as well.


When you first think wildlife, I'm sure birds pop into you mind right away.

Why not, we see them everyday and almost every where we go.

You may even feed the birds like I do (year round).

(Red-Breasted nuthatch at my peanut feeder.)

Your first thoughts may be the cost of bird feed and seed.

This too is directly related to the drought.

Corn prices are at an all time high, and I'm sure we will see it in other products as well.

Now take a moment.......................................

If gardens and crops struggled, what about food sources in the wild?

Around here, spring frosts wiped out the wild grape crop.

Many berry producing plants produced inferior if any fruits due to la ck of rain.

A look around here and I see wildflowers and some weeds with inferior crops as well.

Some insects need certain plants to thrive and reproduce.

Still others need moisture to reproduce (mosquitoes).

Without the fruits and seeds, many birds struggle.

Without insects, certain species like swallows and warblers will die or can't feed a growing family.

Again, wildfires were at record levels as well.

Most fires were Nature (weather) induced by lightening and I can live with that, it is the man made fires that nauseate me.

I digress.

The obvious mentions on a list of thanksgiving would be items like having a warm roof over my head and food in my belly.

I am not making light of these important items, as so many in our own countrymen go without.

I am Thankful for a place to call home, for food on the table and reasonably good health. I am thankful that we can help others in need and not simply this time of year.

I am thankful for my family and most important, God's blessings on us.

All Karen and I have to do is look at Yolanda and be thankful everyday for her. Yolanda seems to touch everyone she comes in contact with.

Sometimes we are busy complaining about, our country and politics. Pray for our leaders instead.

We need to be thankful that we have the freedoms to complain and and move about freely. Thank our veterans for these freedoms and rights that they fight for, and so many died for.

For their love of country and fellow countrymen.

Side Story:

We sometimes here or read about the operations of the elite soldier.

Navy SEALS come to mind.

We see and read about the training and how these men are are the elite of the elite.

Taking on insurmountable odds.

Guts and Glory.

A few months ago, one of the elite SEALS from my town was killed in Afghanistan, and their was a memorial service for him.

Our pastor's son went to school with this hero (a navy man himself) and was at the memorial as well as our pastor who did some speaking.

In a conversation, it was mentioned how all of these young men (SEALS) seem to be in their 20's and most are single.

Rarely mentioned, is a majority of these special forces personnel never make it to see a 35th birthday if they remain in service.

Why? Most operations are covert.

Warriors that have such love for their country understand that odds are against them, yet they continue to protect and die for you and me.

Yes, I give thanks to all of our military personnel.

I thank our good Lord everyday.

I am thankful for the air I breathe.

For His endless and unconditional love.

I am thankful for everything I have and the natural world around me.

I don't know about you, but nature awakens my senses.

In what sometimes becomes a mundane world and all to often we do things by rote, nature and wildlife brings life to me.

Simple observations that let me know that He is in charge and always in control.

How creation was made for you and me, and humans were given charge over the planet.

Learning to become better steward, yes I am thankful.

I give thanks that I can garden and He gave me some skill and passions to enjoy His handy work.

Through all of the ups and downs, the challenges and wanting to give up.

I am thankful that I can share this newsletter with so many and in countries I never imagined.

I am blessed to have made so many new friends by writing a simple newsletter in a simple 'Country Boy's' own words.

I am thankful that I can share, teach, entertain, and more important, learn from you at the same time.

Friends do that you know (even cyber friends).

I will end this letter with a few more thoughts.

Earlier this year I was met with a challenge of 3 friends passing away within an 8 week period.

Most of you were there to share my grief and to help me rejoice as they went home to our Father.

I learned that God has a reason for everything and He can cause good to happen from any event.

I learned it is okay to ask Him why.

I am thankful for tears as well as smiles.

I could continue with a Thanksgiving List, but you get the idea. What are you thankful for?

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.


God's word reminds us of this.

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18.

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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