and I find myself looking over at what has come to visit the grounds,
and all I have told you about here and
pondering on what I would like to do differently this coming year.
Here is a glimpse back over the creatures and plants this past year 2017
a dear blogging friend created a painting of our sweet Sophie
I found Homer ( who had been dumped on us)
a great home with a local veterinarian
Homer's 8 kittens arrived in march, and somehow,
I was able to find homes for the mother and all kittens
our damaged meadow has restored itself and the wildflowers
the yellow headed blackbirds made their annual visit
Three small owls stayed in our front yard tree for weeks
the tough horned toad helped get rid of ants
Gertrude got a new dress
a hot and tired hawk came to rest his feet in the bird bath
a very dear aunt filled our home with music and happiness
I showed a bit of my vintage kitchen
I gathered the last of my tomatoes on the vine
As I put the Christmas tree away, I am already focusing my
attention on garden books, garden catalogs, and spaces outside
where I want to try to grow vegetables and flowers this
next coming year.............
Tell me, what have you accomplished this year in your gardens?
What are your dreams and plans for the new year?
Lord, as the New Year dawns today,
Help me to put my faults away.
Let me be big in little things;
Grant me the joy which friendship brings;
Keep me from selfishness and spite,
Let me be wise to what is right.
A Happy New Year! grant that I
May cause no tear to any eye.
When this new year in time shall end,
Let it be said: "I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here
And made of it a happy year."
Edgar Guest (1881–1959), "Prayer for the New Year
Wishing you a very blessed new year!