An apple a day

  (Turtle Lake, Wisconsin)
Musings on life from an apple tree (or 600 of them)
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Thanksgiving Day is here and I'm reminded that it's important that I spend time considering all of the things for which I should be thankful.  It's easy to think about the things that depress or worry or bother or irritate, but it's harder to think about the good things of life because they are so easy to take for granted.  For instance, I got up this morning and was warm.  I don't think about being warm very much, but this morning I did because the last few mornings I got up to below freezing temps in the old trailer I have at the deer camp.  It's nice to have a thermostat that keeps the house at 60 all night and then kicks it up to 68 about 5:30 every morning.  And I'm reminded to be very thankful.  I'm thankful that I rediscovered what my great grandparents knew; the benefits and taste of locally grown organic food.  Even though my orchard experiment hasn't been a financial success, yet, sharing the goodness of apples that have been grown without pesticides and fungicides and herbicides was a joy and I'm thankful for the chance to do something I've wanted to do for many years.  I'm thankful that the orchard is resting and I just had a chance to rest by spending time in the woods.  I suppose I could have worked in the orchard the last three days, but as the trees are now dormant, and it's still to early to prune, there isn't any urgency so I can rest too.

The list of things I should be thankful for, and usually don't think about, could go on a very long time but I'll just wish everyone Happy Thanksgiving!

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