Happy New Years from all of us at Gilson Gardens! As I sit here in my office with the snow falling down and the wind blowing I just keep thinking to myself….spring is coming….2015 is coming and you know what…it is! Tonight we all celebrate a brand new year…we will make resolutions we won’t keep, we’ll probably drink too much, not feel too good in the morning BUT…at the end of the day….2015 will be here and that is exciting!
We have a brand new set of 365 days to enjoy! Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter! We have new plants to put into the earth, gardens to renovate or just prep for the coming of spring. I know most of us can’t get out there right now but it will be here before you know it so start planning what you would like to do with your outdoor spaces. Maybe this is the year you put in a small pond, or add to your patio, start container gardening….whatever you dream up you can make happen!
Do you know that ANY time you spend outside, doing ANYTHING with nature, you extend your life? It’s true….add some years to your life and get outside in 2015!
As for us here at Gilson Gardens, we’re busy planning our year. What plants to raise, how many of them, should we start with smaller liners to cut our costs but extend our growing season? We’re constantly re-inventing ourselves to be sure we stay relevant! It’s a tricky process getting our plants ready for when customers want them and then of course we have to deal with mother nature who we all know can be temperamental! (or just mental!) I’m not sure which!
So my wish for you all is that you have a wonderful new year…spend those 365 days wisely because they go fast…don’t waste too many of them! Be safe, stay healthy and keep planting!
Happy New Year!!!
I generally post about plants and flowers and photography. Those are my loves and my life besides my family. However, I am posting today about fire. My mom’s and her husband’s house burned down this past Tuesday. They live about 3 hours from me so I got there the next day. Nothing could have prepared me for the job ahead of us. You stand out in the yard and just remember what the house used to look like. The family times inside the house….the memories.
Stepping inside is like stepping into what I imagine hell must be like. Black soot, the smell of burnt everything, walls missing, what isn’t burnt to a crisp is is drenched. The firemen did their job, they got the fire out but their job is not to keep items dry!
After spending three days picking through the rooms that were left, I was amazed at some of the things that seemed okay (but stunk) and crushed by those items that were gone.
I know that come Monday, I’m calling our insurance company to make sure that we have the correct insurance to protect us if we had a fire. I’m also going to buy a firesafe box for those papers that my mom lost but now needs. You never know if it could happen to you but if you don’t protect yourself before, it’s too last after the house is burned. Family photos saved on line….worth every dime!
A lesson we’ve learned from this is that no one is exempt of a disaster. We are thankful that no one was hurt and that my mom was home when the lightning struck or they would have lost their dog. Material things are just that but if you have items you know you wouldn’t want to lose. Know where they are so that when you begin to dig through the rubble….you have an idea where to start looking. Walls, drywall, roofing material, insulation…can all be between you and your beloved items.
Insurance is a great thing to have and you must have it. Be sure to know your policy, have the numbers you need saved somewhere besides your house. Have a file that has all your important numbers. A bank safe deposit box is worth the money. I promise you!
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