Counting our Blessings, Holiday Exercises, and Expecting a Great 2015!

Happy New Year! I know I’ve said it before, but it’s amazing how fast a year gets past me now. Not that I’m complaining or anything; I hope I get to see a lot more of these things.

Like most people at this time of year I tend to spend a little time thinking about the successes and failures I’ve enjoyed (or endured) up until now. If you’ve made it past 50 and can’t look back and see some mis-steps and screw-ups you have either led a very charmed life or you are not paying proper attention. I can see quite a few of them myself. But all things considered, the good outweighs the bad by a long shot.

2014 was a better year for us here at the nursery. Not a great year, but things are definitely improving. The overall economy is gradually getting better, fuel prices are way down and consumer optimism is trending upward. All of these things make me think we’ll see a better 2015. And, thus far, the weather is much better this winter than last, although we’re not out of the woods yet.

Of all the things I am thankful for, my family comes first and foremost. Our boys are home for the holidays and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it, even bowling, which I’ll get to in a minute. Tyler, our older son, is a first year medical school student and seriously needed a week or two of down-time. The amount of material they cover in a semester would take me years to absorb – if I ever did. Jeffry, our younger son (the one who was involved in the incident with the Louisiana State Patrol at the MSU – LSU game) might not have so needed a break from studying but he has taken one anyway, and he has kept us entertained. He will graduate in May with a degree in marketing – then it’s off into the cold, cruel work world.

As you may recall, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer last year but is now cancer free and doing fine. Whatever else I can find to complain about, things are just fine on the home front. I grew up in the Baptist church and one of the hymns we used to sing all the time was “Count Your Blessings” (almost as often as we sang all six verses of “Just As I Am” during the invitation). Well, I’ve got a bunch of blessings to count and I hope you do too.

I mentioned earlier that we’d gone bowling. We had been trapped inside the house all day last Saturday because it rained so much. Late in the afternoon I made the off-hand suggestion that it might be fun to go bowling. I don’t know what I was thinking. I can’t remember the last time I’d gone but it had to be 15 or 20 years ago. Anyway, we went, and we had fun too, but for the next couple of days I thought I was going to have to have my left leg amputated. And it wasn’t just my leg, even my eyelids were sore for a day or two. Evidently bowling works muscles you don’t normally use in nursery work. It was a great time of family togetherness but I’m clearly going to have to come up with an alternative form of entertainment or get myself in better shape. 

Let me close by saying thank you for your business. I hope 2015 is a great year for all of us in the nursery industry!

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