Happy Day before Thanksgiving!
Today I don’t have any recipes to share. Or nutritional advice to dish out. Because sometimes even a food loving dietitian needs a break from writing about, well, food. Instead, I want to share with you, something I am thankful for. My garden.
Let me begin by saying that I most definitely do NOT have a green thumb. I have total admiration for any of you wonderfully intuitive gardeners who know exactly how to create a beautiful, mesmerizing garden, full of brilliant color, fabulous texture, and intoxicating scent. Alas, I am not one of you. But I do have a passion for beautiful gardens, and I have always loved having fresh flowers in my home. It’s one of the little things in life that makes me happy!
I was fortunate to grow up in a house with a big back yard and a canyon behind us. We had citrus trees, strawberries and boysenberries, a vegetable garden, multiple varieties of roses, wildflowers, and native California plants growing down the hillside. My friends and I spent many a day running through the canyon in search of fresh fruit, flowers, and adventure.
Years later, the summer before my senior year in college, my appreciation for plants and flowers deepened. I got a fabulous job working at a flower stand in San Diego. I got to spend my days outdoors, surrounded by beautiful flowers and happy people. And, lets face it, how can anyone NOT be happy at a flower stand?
Since then, I’ve always had this little idea somewhere in the back of my head that if I wasn’t working as a nutritionist, I would own a flower stand.
Or, I would have a farm, raise goats, and make cheese. But that’s a whole other story…
Flash forward two years ago. My family and I had just completed a big remodel to our house. The problem was, we had a lovely house, but no landscaping to speak of. We thought we would do the landscaping ourselves. One year passed, and we still had a yard full of…dirt. Not that the kids complained.
I grew a little weary of the dirt, however, so we finally decided to hire a wonderful nursery, Barrels and Branches, to do the work. It was one of the best decisions we made. In less than two weeks, we had the start of a lovely, drought tolerant garden. I say “the start of” because, like anything worthwhile, it takes a while for a garden to grow and show off all its beauty. Almost 10 months later, I am delighted every day by new flowers popping out to greet the world, and by buzzing bees and dive bombing hummingbirds sipping up the sweet nectar. It is my happy place!
So, this Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for my family, my friends, and my health. And my garden.
And I am also VERY thankful for all of you who read my blog! I wish you and your families a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Do you enjoy being in the garden? What are you thankful for? What are the “little” things that make you happy?