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November 19, 2018
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.
The fourth Thursday in November is when we celebrate Thanksgiving here in America.
A date reserved by 'Presidential Proclamation'
Canada's Day of Thanks is the second Monday of October, (please forgive me for forgetting this year).
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).
Your first thoughts may be the cost of bird feed and seed.
This too is directly related to the drought.
Now take a moment.............
If gardens and crops struggled, what about food sources in the wild?
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), and they did that quite well when the rains finally came in late summer and early autumn.
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.
Many fires were Nature (weather) induced by lightening and I can live with that, it is the man made fires that nauseate me.
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.
Call me heartless, but I feel we should take care of our own people first.
There shouldn't be any homeless in these Great Countries of ours (United State and Canada), unless by choice.
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.
I am Thankful for a loving wife, and our Yolanda.
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.
Thank our current military personnel, police and first responders.
Shake their hands and say thank you.
For their love of country and fellow countrymen.
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.
Trying to become the man I was meant to be.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.
Karen and I have gone through many life threatening challenges with Yolanda.
You shared moments when loved ones have passed.
Many of you prayed for us.
Over the years, many of you were there to share my grief, pain, and happiness.
You felt my sorrow when a Fur Kid crossed the 'Rainbow Bridge'.
Share my happy moments with the Fur Babies as well.
For that I give thanks.
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?
Be sure to share your thoughts with friends and loved ones this year.
Well, it is time to fly for now.
Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.
HAPPY and BLESSED THANKSGIVING.
"When you arise in the morning give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength.
Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself".
Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief 1768-1813
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.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
Psalms 107:1"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,
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