Well, it’s Thanksgiving week, the time that calls upon each of us to reflect on the many blessings we have received in our lives and give credit where credit is due. So without further ado, here are just a few of the things that Grumpy was thankful for in 2011.
Having the chance to be the first to write about a fantastic new botanical garden (above) opening up next March 1 in north Georgia, where I witnessed more than five million daffodils adorning the grounds — the largest such display in these here United States. Look for my story in the February 2012 issue of Southern Living. Thank you, Jim.
Having my house and family spared from the horrific tornado outbreak that destroyed so many lives in Alabama and other states last April. Thank you, Lord.
Having my son win a Presidential Scholarship to attend Auburn University next fall, where he will employ all the horticultural genius he inherited from my father to save the oak trees poisoned by some redneck moron. Thank you, Brian.
Having the government guarantee me a $500,000 loan, so I could buy this magnificent vacation estate in the Caribbean despite my terrible credit score. Thank you, Freddie Mac.
Having my beloved Montana State Fighting Bobcats poised once again to defend their NCAA football championship against LSU. Thank you, Coach Wildhack.
Having a former Southern Living colleague, Charlie Thigpen, open up a great new garden center at Pepper Place in downtown Birmingham — Charlie Thigpen’s Gardener’s Gallery. Muchas gracias, Carlito.
Having the opportunity to photograph wild turkey in its native habitat at numerous locations here in the suburbs. Thank you, ABC stores.
And finally, Grumpy would like to thank you, his loyal readers, for putting up with him for yet another year when you could be spending your time more fruitfully watching former Vice-President Al Gore on the latest “Say Yes to the Dress.”