In my mind, I used to chastise my mother for being an ostrich. When events were not to her liking, she stuck her head in the sand. These days, I understand all too well how useful that attitude is. I hesitate to read the paper thoroughly or watch the news. Where is the good news?
All that aside, I am a most fortunate woman who counts her blessings every day. I am thankful for:
Fifty-five years of marriage to the best husband imaginable
Three beloved children and four grandchildren – how can they all be college or graduate school age?
A fairy-tale house filled with love and laughter, perfect for everyday and for holidays and dinner parties accompanied by good food, wine, friends, and family
A garden just the right size in which to experiment with design and trial new plants
Lots of friends
Living in a city with world class music (the Cleveland Orchestra as well as so many other musical organizations), world class health care and caring doctors, and major league sports (excepting the hapless Browns)
Grateful clients who have the patience of Job (most of them) and to whom I express my appreciation by annually donating a percentage of my business income to the Cleveland Foundation and to LAND Studio in their honor
Wonderful associates in the green industry with whom I work or travel
The opportunity to write a book for Timber Press and have it sell so well that it is going into a second printing
My love and best wishes to all of you for the holidays.