I am a lover of horticulture, gardening and the environment. At age 8, I sent away for a package of Zinnia seeds for 10 cents and I've been hooked ever since. After 25 years of being self-employed, I retired. That only lasted 4 years and I now work in a water conservation program: I buy grass from homeowners who are willing to convert to desert landscaping and lose that thirsty green stuff. I pursue what interests me and you can blame my sister for getting me into this blogging thing.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Many Blessings

It's 6AM and I'm finally finished cleaning up my kitchen. What a chore. I've been up since 4 trying to get things in order. I fell asleep in exhaustion after all our guests left last night. I don't know why I work myself into a frenzy getting everything ready. It's so wonderful to share these occasions with friends. I love using all my good dishes and silverware, I love cooking for everyone. My friends are great, they all bring a dish so I don't have to do all the cooking. These lovely lemons are from the bounty of my garden. I thought they would make a wonderful centerpiece, then everyone could take them home.

My husband brought me these lovely flowers, he knows how much I like fresh flowers when we're having company. I am so blessed. I was able to use both of my Waterford crystal vases that one of my sons and his family have sent as gifts over the years. I was able to use my keepsake pitcher that my mother received as a wedding gift. Even though none of our family was physically present, their spirit was with us. All of our sons called to wish us a happy Thanksgiving.

I dwell on all these treasures in my life because I met a man the other day who was a widower with no children. He was one of my customers and he became ill when I was at his house. I had to call the paramedics. He didn't want to go to the hospital because he had no one to watch his dog. I asked if a neighbor could take care of his dog, he gave me an address and off he went to the hospital. I tried to find the house he described and couldn't find it. Finally I put the dog into my car and started driving around until I found the house that had the welcome sign as he had described. No one was home. So I left the dog in the gated courtyard with a note. I asked the lady to call me and tell my she would take care of the dog. Several hours later, she called my cell phone and said she couldn't watch the dog. Her daughter was having surgery that day. I said I would come and pick up the dog after work and take her home for a few days until her owner came home from the hospital. When I went to pick up the dog, the gate was open and the dog was gone. I felt so bad, this poor fellow had no one in the world except his dog and now the dog had run away. I left a message on the lady's answering machine telling her the dog was gone. She called back at 9PM and said she would look for the dog. I woke up at 2AM worrying about the dog. What a dilemma! Finally, the next morning at 7:30, I was already at work, I got a call that one of the other neighbors had found the dog and taken it in. I was so totally relieved. I don't know how the fellow is doing but I will call him today and see if he's home from the hospital and reunited with his dog.

These events of the past few days have reinforced my appreciation for all I have in life. I do not know what the future will bring but for now I am surrounded by people who care about me, pets who love me, a job I love. I hope I contribute to the solution of the problems of the city where I live and when its my time, I will leave this earth a better place than I found it.

P.S. I spoke with the man and he is home with his dog. He's doing OK.


Blogger Rachel said...

Oh, the poor man and his little dog!! That is sad. I hope that both are doing well.

November 25, 2006 4:31 PM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I'm sorry that you didn't get to spend Thanksgiving with your family, but spending it with friends is also great. It was too bad about all the worry about the dog and it's too sad to hear about the man with only his dog in his life. It makes me count my blessings and say a prayer of thanks for them.

November 25, 2006 8:13 PM  
Blogger Motherkitty said...

That's my sister!!!

I'm so happy that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving (as did we). But, I also wonder why we work ourselves into a frenzy prepping, cooking, then cleaning up after. We should just go out to eat! I always say that and each year I go through the same mishagash with the dinner until I'm so exhausted I can't move the next day. Happened again this year.

People, my sister is the best! If you're ever in trouble, she's the one to call because she cares.

Love ya, sis.

November 27, 2006 11:59 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Glad the man and his dog are reunited. You were definately a good helper to both.

I love fresh flowers in a vase. They always look so elegant and cheery.

November 29, 2006 4:38 PM  
Blogger bornfool said...

Just dropped in to say, "Hi." Thanks for checking on me.

November 30, 2006 11:26 AM  

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